Race Report: 20th February 2017
Dischem Ride4Sight 2017
With the racing season well under way Team Inspire lined up for the annual Ride for Sight Cycle challenge. Mike Hewan, Franco Ferreira and Stephen Cooke attended the race with Greeff Moolman participating in the Route 66 Mountain Bike Challenge. The Team was confident after winning the South African Championships a week ago.
A small break of 5 riders went clear after only 5 kilometers of racing. Team Inspire was not represented as we found it difficult to cover all the moves due to only having three riders in the race. Immediately Franco and Steve moved to the front to try and manage the time gap to the break away with Mike under strict instructions to stay off the front and hide. Only 2 or 3 other riders were willing to lend a hand, even though only 3 teams had riders up the road. It was an incredible first hour of racing with an average speed of over 50 kilometers per hour.
Super-human efforts from Franco and Steve brought the breakaway back with just 15 kilometers left in the race. Despite a few attacks a sprint finish was on the cards with Mike Hewan managing a 2nd place with FullGaz racing getting a well-deserved victory. An awesome team effort with a proper workout leading into the Tour of Good Hope.
Congratulations to team Full Gaz Racing on your victory.
Bridgestone Route 66 Mountain Bike Stage Race
The Route 66 Mountain Bike Stage Race is a three-day event which consists of two technical 80 kilometers’ stages and a final 60-kilometer stage back into the Cradle of Human Kind. Greeff Moolman represented Team Inspire, it being his first mountain bike race after The Munga in December. Day one saw Greeff finishing 5th overall in the Solo category despite getting lost half way through the race. The windy conditions due to Cyclone Dineo made it difficult for the organizers to keep the route markers in place. The second day saw Greeff finishing second overall in the solo category, with seasoned mountain biker Gordon Gilbert taking the win. The final day was a fast stage with a winning time of 2 hours 18 minutes for a 60-kilometer stage. Greeff took the overall and solo win on the day with a brilliantly gauged effort. He also won the solo category overall as well as the sub-vet category for the three days.
All in all, a good weekend of riding and racing for Team Inpsire.
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