Diamond Rush takes Cullinan by storm PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 20:06
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The finale of the Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker Series, dubbed the Diamond Rush, was held at Cullinan on 31 October.


Cyclists could wait in the shade
Photo: Elsabé Maré

Waylon Woolcock, Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) and Nico Bell (Team RECM) were the three main protagonists in the men’s 70 km marathon. In the women’s marathon, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), also from a road racing background and the current South African marathon champion, took top honours on the day and in the process also secured the overall win in the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series.


Young and old enjoyed the day
Photo: Elsabé Maré

The event also attracted the attention of top South African road and track cycling sprinter, Nolan Hoffman (Abantu) who did his first ever off-road event. The furious tempo from the outset of the race saw Hoffman at the fore, but his challenge nearly ended abruptly when he took a tumble over his handlebars in a technical section at Little Eden. He eventually ended in 14th place.


The various races, from the 10 km to the 70 km, started at the Cullinan Sport Centre
Photo: Zoon Cronje

Shortly after Little Eden, Woolcock, Combrinck and Bell broke clear of the main pack. Bell eventuallycrossed the line just ahead of Woolcock, leaving third place to Combrinck, the national marathon champion. The win cemented Bell as the Nissan TrailSeeker Series overall victor with three wins in the series from five events. 


A narrow escape
Photo: Zoon Cronje

Combrinck took second place in the series and Thinus Redelinghuys (Jeep Team) third, followed by Guylin van den Berg (IXS Sport) and William Mokgopo (Kargo Pro) in fourth and fifth.


A narrow escape
Photo: Zoon Cronje

The women’s race was dominated by Robyn de Groot. Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) secured second place on the day ahead of Maricel Bekker. Robyn de Groot also won the series with Theresa Ralph second and Vanessa Bell third. Adrienne Moolman and Michelle Benson finished in fourth and fifth places overall.


Just about to start
Photo: Elsabé Maré

For full Diamond Rush results and final 2015 Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za



Crossing bridges
Photo: Zoon Cronje


Cycling in the game reserves
Photo: Marike Cronje
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Fifty property owners gave permission for the Diamond Rush cyclists to cross their properties
Photo: Zoon Cronje


A rural zebra crossing
Photo: Zoon Cronje

 

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