21 June 2012
RE: CM 200 another success for team bizhub-FCF

With Gauteng in the grip of winter, three riders from team bizhub-FCF made the trek to Knysna for the RE: CM 200 which took place from the 15th to 17th of June ...

Race reports
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(30 November 2011)
Stopforth and Williamson continue their winning streak
(21 November 2011)
The right way to spend a weekend – Thomas River MTB Challenge
(07 November 2011)
Du Toit wins the Nissan Trailseeker series
(07 November 2011)
Willamson tackles MPACT Addo MTB Challenge
(01 November 2011)
Dorfling peaks for championship title
(31 October 2011)
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(18 October 2011)
Nissan Trailseeker Diamond Rush
(16 October 2011)
Stopforth and Williamson dominate DCM Cape Pioneer Trek
(14 October 2011)
bizhub and DEVELOP to Isuzu Three Towers Mankele
(14 October 2011)
Successful outing for bizhub at ‘Ride the Rhino’
(05 October 2011)
Oudtshoorn three day marathon victory for bizhub
(05 October 2011)
Neethling wins DCSR Misty Valley MTB Challenge
(04 October 2011)
bizhub to ‘Ride the Rhino’
(28 September 2011)
Stopforth puts up a brave fight
(26 September 2011)
Stopforth tough enough for the DCM Cape Pioneer
(24 September 2011)
bizhub – retain their Transbaviaans title
(15 August 2011)
Lindi Erasmus wins Youth Day Cycle Challenge
(19 June 2011)
Neethling continues with her winning streak
(14 June 2011)
Bizhub surprises with Subaru Sani2C victory
(23 May 2011)
Bizhub confident ahead of Subaru Sani2C
(16 May 2011)
Stopforth and Williamson win Joberg2C
(10 May 2011)
Young Bizhub star dominates SA Track Championships
(03 May 2011)
Du Toit peaking for title defence in Joberg2C
(01 May 2011)
Du Toit ends her dry spell
(12 April 2011)
Stopforth wins the inaugural Merrell Tsitsikamma Mountain bike Challenge
(12 April 2011)
Bizhub pair tame the ABSA Cape Epic
(06 April 2011)
GreenEDGE to team up with Scott Sports
(22 March 2011)
Williamson confirms her versatility
(22 March 2011)
bizhub ladies excel at National XC championships
(15 March 2011)
Young bizhub star shines
(15 March 2011)
Linn Torp wins the Daily Despatch Cycle Tour
(07 March 2011)
Team bizhub conquer the Cannondale 300
(01 March 2011)
Bizhub ladies gear up for 2011
(22 February 2011)
More mud than the whole of Yorkshire
(22 February 2011)
More Mud than the whole of Yorkshire
(21 February 2011)
Neethling looks to maiden marathon ride this weekend
(28 January 2011)
De Wet pays dividends
(17 January 2011)

Konica Minolta seek Cycle Challenge Hat-trick

Sunday's Pick n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge marks the final major event on the 2008 South African road cycling calendar and there's nothing more satisfying for a professional team than heading into the summer break with this prestigious title ticked off on their season roster.

Team Konica Minolta know this feeling well, having won the men's title for the past two years and the women's title in 2006. And the team is back in search of 2008 glory with a small, but focussed squad that's highly motivated to try and capture a rare hat-trick.

"I've been fine-tuning my training specifically for this race and the new finish suits me really well", said a smiling Herman Fouche, one of Konica Minolta's three sprinters and the man that won the coveted title in last year. "I've not had my best season this year, which included a bad crash. But I'm fully recovered and can feel I'm approaching peak form again."

The event, which has attracted more than 25000 entries, will have a new finish for the third successive year. Starting in Woodmead, the route takes the riders on a 94.7km loop through the City of Joburg and surrounding northern suburbs, and will finish with an uphill sprint just near Waterfall Country Estate in Kyalami.

"Last year we finished further along, up a steepish climb, but this the finish a bit sooner and the climb is not quite as steep, which suits me as I'm not a big powerful sprinter, but quick on a slight incline works." said Fouche.

Such is Konica Minolta's depth in the sprinter department, that should Fouche falter on Sunday, there are not one, but two back-up riders capable of capturing the title in Christoff van Heerden and Adam Blythe.

Van Heerden recently won the Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai and is becoming a formidable force in bunch sprints, while Blythe, a talented sprinter from England, has been nibbling at the last couple of big race podiums and could well find himself on top of one come Sunday. And playing his usual understated support role is Dennis van Niekerk, not a sprinter but astute and sure to be looking for any opportunistic situations take advantage of.

"It's one of the big titles to win locally and having missed the Pick n Pay Amashova due to our commitment to the Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai last month, the guys are super-motivated," said team boss John Robertson. "We've managed to pull off the men's race win twice in the past two years so there's no reason we can't do so again."

Fouche expects his main rivals to be Malcolm Lange (MTN Energade) and Hanko Kachelhoffer (House of Paint). "Hanko is sharp at the moment and of course Malcolm has been winning a lot lately and it's always difficult to beat a guy like him that has speed and experience!" said Fouche, adding: "But I'm hungry to defend my title so I'll be giving my all and hopefully it works out well for the team again."

In the women's race Konica Minolta's podium hope is, Aurelie Halbwachs. After capturing two bronze medals at last weekend's Continental Championships in Morocco, the Mauritian champion proved she has very good form. Although she'll be up against the full-strength squads from MTN, Cycle Lab Supercycling and Proline, she'll be vigilant and looking to make sure she's in any significant move.



























Ischen Stopforth Leana de Jager
Yolandi du Toit Nicci Grobler
Lindi Dorfling Cashandra Slingerland
Cathy Colyn Monique Gerber
Linda van Wyk Marissa Stander
Linn Torp Catherine Williamson
Lilandi Swanepoel
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