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Sure I wanna do more than I did in 2010!

Sure I wanna do more than what I actually think I’ll be able to. But then, as you know, there’s work, business travel, family engagements, etc,etc. With the Totalsports Challenge Terra Firma event behind me, I’m hoping to at least get my backside in gear for a few more events this year.

So, after working through the Ride Magazine’s Dirty Dates calendar, the Bicycling Magazine’s must-do events, some fun trail running events on the various trail running web sites and even the Pedalpower calendar, this is what I believe I can realistically accomplish in the first quarter ( and a bit) of 2011:

Trail running:

There are 5 events in total as part of the Cape Summer series. These are either 5km – 8km  or 10-15km options. There are events in other parts of the country too. I plan to do the following:

  • Sunday 3o January: Paul Cluver
  • Wednesday 2 February: Durbanville Hills

All Wednesday evening races will start at 18h00 for the Long and 18h15 for the Short. The weekend (Sunday) races will start at 07h30 for the Long and 07h45 for the Short

2Oceans Trail run:

This will be on Good Friday, 22 April and starts at 07h30 from UCT campus. Limited to 400 runners. I’ve entered for the 10km event. There’s also a 22km run.

Road rides:

  • Sun 6 Feb: Rollercoaster, Constantia: 88km:
  • Sun 13 Feb: 3 Passes, 77km, Newlands
  • Sunday 13 March: Pick ‘n Pay Argus: 109km
  • Saturday 16 April:  Sea Otter Classic Gran Fondo, 40 miles, Monterey, California:


  • Sat 5 Feb: Franschhoek Lions MTB: 46,8km
  • Sat: 19 Feb: Wilde Cycle: Wellington: 50km
  • Grape Escape: Stage 1 (4 March) Eden on the Bay to Nelson Wine Estate: 85km. Stage 2 (5 March), Nelson Wine Estate to Boschendal Wine Estate: 76km. Stage 3 (6 March) Boschendal Wine Estate, Argus MTB: 67km
  • Sun: 17 April, Seaotter Classic, Monterey, California: cross country:

International MTB action this week-end

Author mtbguy    Category MTB, XC     Tags

The 1st National XC and DH events for 2008 take place in Jonkershoek outside Stellenbosch this week-end.
According to Release Centre, Christoph Sauser, will take part in the event. Sauser was an individual finisher at the 2007 Epic after his team mate fell out. In 2006, his team won the Epic.
Sauser is a former two-time World Cup champion in the cross-country discipline and is the current world champion in the marathon discipline.
He got the bronze medal at the 2000 Games and was listed as a DNF at the 2004 Games. At 31, the Beijing Games are likely to offer his final realistic shot at the coveted gold medal.
So, if you wanna see the top mountain biker in the world race in SA, doing laps, then this is your opportunity.
Bart Brentjens, the 39-year-old Dutch rider who won the inaugural Olympic mountain bike gold medal in Atlanta in 1996 and followed it up with bronze at the 2004 Games is training in the area and may rock up tomorrow as well.
Burry Stander, SA’s remaining Olympic hopeful will be the local boy to watch at the event.
The first event on Saturday will be the single speed category with the age categories following after that.
The elite men will commence their six, 7,5 km laps at 13h00.
Come see the pro’s do their thing.
On Sunday, it’s the downhillers doing their thing. Come see the action!

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