Press Release: Bundu Bashing
Nissan Trailseeker MTB Buffelsdrift #1
Saturday, 05 May 2018
Sunny skies filled the mountain bike track, as over 3000 riders stampeded towards the start of the first Nissan Trailseeker Mountain Bike Series event for 2018. Supporters and mountain bikers embraced the cold autumn morning with a rush of adrenaline and much needed coffee, to kick-start the day.
Pro men pedalled out first, soon followed by the pro women racers. Buffelsdrift MTB Park is home to fast and mostly flat routes, set to test the endurance of any cyclist. The marathon included 720 metres of accumulated elevation, stretching over 67-kilometres of farm roads, single track and bundu bashing routes.
Vanessa Bell and Fritz Pienaar reported on route with their Specialized Levo Bikes:
Gawie Combrinck dominated the first half of the race, with Barend Burger short on his tail. Within the 30-kilometre mark, Gawie managed to break away from Barend, with a 1-minute gap. He continued to stay in the lead up until 50-kilometres. Soon after, Nico Bell caught up with his fellow team mate and passed to take the lead and the win.
The women’s group started off with a strong field. The first big breakaway was before waterpoint one. Robyn de Groot and Sarah Hill were neck and neck for most of the race. Danielle fell back from the breakaway at about 35-kilometres. Robyn made a breakaway from Sarah at the concrete climb to take a lead of about 40-seconds. Three kilometres remaining, Robyn charged ahead solo, maintaining the 40-second lead and ultimately the win.
The day didn’t end here. The half-marathon and fun ride racers still had to endure the route ahead. The energy levels were electric as the masses started off! The water stations were nothing short of spectacular, stocked with delicious pumpkin fritters, pancakes, doughnuts and water to keep everyone jolly and hydrated on route. At the finish, racers were fuelled with Oshee vitamin water and relaxed at the “chill-areas” to recharge their energy levels.
“I loved the straight flats. I thought the routes were very well marked and a fun day out on the bike” – Daniel (12 years old – 20KM)
2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series, Gauteng
ARC Roodeplaat, Buffelsdrift, North of Pretoria
Overall men 67km marathon (Preliminary Results)
Nico Bell winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Buffelsdrift
- Nico Bell – 02:25:09
- Gawie Combrinck – 02:25:10
- Shaun Nick Bester – 02:29:20
Overall women 67km marathon (Preliminary Results)
Robyn de Groot winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Buffelsdrift
- Robyn de Groot – 2:48
- Sarah Hill – 02:49
- Danielle Strydom – 02:54
Round 2 of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series Gauteng, takes place at Legends MX on 23 June. Information and online entries at www.trailseekerseries.co.za