Bestmed Satelite change 2014

Well done to Lida Alberts for completing this years Bestmed Satelite challenge. 79.90km in 2h53.03 including her first crash  in motion.

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Good job. Glad you are all ok and that the nike and kit are still in one piece to :)

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2014 ITU World Triathlon Championships

Dylan Da SIlva, South African triathlete

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It was a long flight there, we left on Sunday 24th August flew through the night to London, an 11 hour flight.  Had an 8 hour stop over at Heathrow and then a 9 hour flight to Edmonton, Canada. Luckily I had a couple of days to recover from the journey.

dylan team The opening ceremony was awesome and I was given the privilege and honour of being the South African flag bearer.

 My event took place on the 30th August,  Edmonton was very prepared for this EPIC event. My nerves started to kick in the day before the event. This was the big one for me.dylan transition

 My event went well considering this was my third ever Triathlon, qualifying for World Champs at South African Triathlon Championships and All Africa Games and no professional coaching.

My swim went well coming out the water in 6th place. Cycling being my strongest discipline I pulled through to third fastest on the bike but my running is where I really need to do some work. With the run I fell back to 10th place.

 I am very pleased with my result and at least I now know what is out there on the International platform. I will be seeking professional coaching and training hard to better my times.

 The 2014 ITU World Triathlon Championships was to date the most awesome and eye opening experience so far in my sporting career.

 With my ranking now being 10th in the World I was awarded Senior Protea Colours: Triathlon.

I am truly grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to get one step closer to fulfilling my dream of competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

 You can rest assured that I will certainly be training hard and giving everything I have leading up to 2016.

 

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Porsche Bikes

Porsche

A brand synonymous with sportiness, performance and driving pleasure, have expanded Driver’s Selection by introducing a top quality carbon hardtail mountain bike to their already prestigious collection.

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The Porsche Bike RX and Porsche Bike RS deliver a sporty ride both on and off road. The typically “Porsche” design of the new bikes is reminiscent of the silhouette cut by the sports cars produced in Zuffenhausen.

Features:

Light weight carbon frame combines stability, speed and rider comfort

Shimano XTR groupset

Brank Brothers Cobolt 27.5 inch wheels

Magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes

DT Swiss Carbon Air Suspension fork

Crank Brothers Seatpost, Stem and Handlebar

Fizik Tundra Saddle

Now available in South Africa

CycleLink would like to thank Porsche for the opportunity to test ride these beautiful bikes.

CycleLink members Gavin Kilpatrick and Lida Alberts had the opportunity to test ride the bikes for a few days. As previously mentioned, the Porsche brand is associated with style, class and true workmanship.

Initial impressions of the bike were as expected “WOW”. Lida, a first timer to mountain biking commented on how easy it was to adapt to the bike, comfort and body position as well as the handling capabilities through technical terrain.

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The bikes were then set to work at the 2014 Freedom Ride which took place on Sunday the 20 July. Nelson Mandel Bridge was the starting point, through the streets of Newtown to Bramfontein, Auckland Park and along the RiaVia bus route to Soweto where cyclists were treated to a warm welcome by local musicians and also had the opportunity to visit the home of Madiba in Vilakazi street.

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The Porsche Bike RX created quite a vibe among all cyclists, comments ranged from “WOW it is Porsche, where did you get it?” to “Those bikes are amazing”. All in all a very positive response by everyone and it created many opportunities for the riders to chat among themselves about the amazing features.

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Lida and Gavin would like to thank Porsche for the wonderful opportunity they provided and are VERY sad that they have to give the bikes back.

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A young SUPERSTAR in the making!!!

IMG_1595Georgina O Connell, Born on the 12 January 1999 is living life to the full. Georgi started her formal schooling at Belavista and graduated to St Peters school in Grade 3. She started senior school at St Stithians where she was introduced to rowing. It was suggested she introduce herself to Marco Galeone (South African paralympic rowing team coach) and has never looked back. Georgi was diagnosed with bilateral congenital Aniridia (no iris) at birth. This young lady displays courage and tenacity second to none and thrives on spending 7 days a week training with the squad.

Georgie has also been brought up with a very enthusiastic cycling dad. From the age of 10 Georgie has participated in the 94.7 cycle challenges, the Cape Argus and the Amoahova races on a tandem with her dad. Last year 2013 Georgie completed her first 94.7 on her own bike! “For someone who is partially sighted we are very proud of her!” says Mom

2014 Cape Argus

2014 Cape Argus

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Georgi is our first and youngest honorary member of the Cyclelink Cycling Club and we wish her all the very best for her future sporting adventures.

Watch this space!!!

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Team South Africa Paracycling Italy

SA parateamThe extended team with medal winners Ernst van Dyk and Pieter du Preez. Photo: supplied

 

As the sun set over the town’s ancient rock fortress, two more medals were added to the South African team’s impressive tally for the day. Pieter du Preez claimed silver in his event, with the bronze medal awarded to Van Dyk for the day’s H5 road race grand finale. Deserving his gold medal win, Zanardi certainly did not disappoint his hometown community; however, it was a close three-way sprint to the line, which could have produced a different result on any other day.

Summary of results – UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Time Trial (9 May)

Men H5 (15km)

1 Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) 21:51.88

2 Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) +1:03.55

3 Tim de Vries (Independant) +1:17.12

Men H1 (15km)

1 Pieter du Preez (RSA) 33:06.07

2 Patrik Jahoda (CZE) +3:58.47

3 Marco Milanesi (Independent) +15:20.96

Men T1 (15km)

1 Quentin Aubague (FRA) 30:49.16

2 Jiri Hindr (CZE) +1:39.98

3 Gerald Rex (RSA) +2:05.92

of results – UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup – Road Race (10 May)

Men H5 (9 laps – 73.2 km)

1 Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) 02:07:28

2 Jetze Plat (Independent) +0:00

3 Ernst van Dyk (RSA) +0:00

Men H1 (7 laps – 57.0 km)

1 Patrik Jahoda (CZE) 01:45:46

2 Pieter du Preez (RSA) +00:03:46

Men T1 (3 laps – 24.6 km)

1 Quentin Aubague (FRA) 00:51:46

2 Gerald Rex (RSA) +00:04:19

3 Aitor Oroza Flores (ESP) +00:06:35

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2014 Kremetart Tour

Lida Alberts taking on the mountains of Limpopo

Lida Alberts taking on the mountains of Limpopo

Cyclelink superstar Lida Alberts, took on the challenging 169km Kremetart tour on 7 June 2014. Although the route had been changed due to road works, it was a great event and amazing experience.  Lida further commented that  “this race is one of the toughest road races on the SA calendar”

The race started and finished in the town of Louis Trichardt (formerly Trichardtsdorp), a picturesque town at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountain range in the Limpopo province. The route took cyclists through the Verwoerd Tunnels, “a weird but exciting experience” with a gruelling  last stage climb of 9km to the finish.

Lida completed the 169km route in 6:26

Stage 1. – 53km. 1:46.

Stage 2. – 63km. 2:09.

Stage 3. – 53km. 2:31.

Goodie bags were loaded with fruit and nuts. All together a very well organized race…

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