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
No better way to finish the season
(01 December 2011)
Monique Gerber’s early cycling aspirations reap golden rewards
(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)
bizhub celebrates victory at Isuzu Three Towers Mankele
(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)






13/01/2010
Shot in the arm for women’s pro cycling

Professional women’s cycling has received another shot in the arm with the announcement that Konica Minolta will back an all-female team for the 2010 season.

The team – which will ride on Specialized equipment and be known as Team Bizhub – has contracted a squad of nine top national and international riders, says owner John Robertson, who was also instrumental in establishing Team Barloworld in 2003.

“We will be focusing on both the road and mountain biking disciplines and the squad has been put together with these goals in mind,” he said at the recent launch in Johannesburg.

Among the internationals are current Swiss and Norwegian national champions, Jennifer Hohl and Linn Torp. They are joined by Brit Catherine Williamson, who was fourth at her national championships last year.

The local contingent includes former Pick ’n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge champion Yolandi du Toit, junior national champion Michelle Corbett, MTN Series overall winner Ischen Stopforth, Arien Tortius, Jade Roberts and Lise Olivier.

Robertson, the mentor of former national champions Ronelle van Wyk and Cherise Taylor, says he believes that 2010 will be the most competitive season in the history of women’s cycling. “The most exciting aspect is the number of international riders that have been signed by the various teams.”

Du Toit – who will be racing on and off-road this year – says the influx of overseas riders has done a lot to increase the standard of local racing, which in turn is attracting the attention of major sponsors.

“With tactics playing such a big role in modern racing, it is important to have a strong and balanced unit to be able to contend for wins. I believe we have a group of riders that complement each other.”

Robertson says the printing giant, which is the longest running sponsor of pro cycling in the country, has been considering the change of focus for the last “year or two” after “a very successful relationship” with men’s cycling.

“After 11 years we were looking for a change and that has led to investing in women’s cycling, where many believe our next world champion will come from. In many ways it is a fresh start for an established setup.”

The team’s biggest goals for the first part of the season are the National Championships in Klerksdorp in February and the Pick ’n Pay Cape Argus in Cape Town in March, where Robertson feels they have three or four riders capable of winning.

“We have a lot of depth and experience in the squad and on any given day anyone of a number of riders could win, which is the reason why we don’t have a designated leader.

“We prefer not to focus on one leader as everyone works together for a common cause and, given the variables in cycling, every rider will have an opportunity to excel.”

Team Bizhub will get their campaign off to a rocky start at the Attakwas Extreme Challenge in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, where Stopforth will be defending her title. It is also the first selection event for the mountain bike world championships.

The team’s first road race will be the Pick ’n Pay Fast One National Classic in Johannesburg on January 24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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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