Seyffert, De Groot clinch FNB Magalies Monster victories

Pieter Seyffert and Robyn De Groot’s FNB Magalies Monster victories at the ATKV in Buffelspoort on Saturday, 21 May 2016 did not come without its fair share of challenges.

Seyffert completed the 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic in an impressive time of 03 hours 26 minutes 31 seconds. “The route was very challenging,” says a delighted Seyffert. “I took it easy on the technical and flat sections, and pushed on the uphills. There were sections without single track that were really bumpy and rocky. I felt for the guys that were on hardtail mountain bikes today. The competition is getting stronger every year. It feels really good to still be able to walk away with a win.” Nico Sterk came in second, while Julius Cobbett finished third.

 

Pieter Seyffert photo by Tobias Ginsberg.jpg[caption]Pieter Seyffert was the rider to beat in the men’s 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic at the ATKV in Buffelspoort on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Seyffert claimed gold in an impressive time of 03 hours 26 minutes 31 seconds. Seen here: Pieter Seyffert in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg[/cpation]

 

“The route was easier than what I remembered,” says De Groot. “There wasn’t as much climbing, but it was good. Amy had a great race and added some pressure in the beginning. I knew the route though, so I wasn’t stressed.”

 

“It was nice and technical,” continues De Groot. “I came off of my bike on a downhill that was about 20km from the finish. The fall definitely disturbed my rhythm. I could feel my collarbone, but I felt comfortable holding onto my handlebars. Crossing the finish line first is a nice feeling, especially after my crash. The FNB Magalies Monster is a good race to win. I really think more professional mountain bikers should race this event.” De Groot’s 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic victory was secured in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 38 minutes 37 seconds. Amy Beth McDougall came in second, while Theresa Ralph finished third.

 

One of the North West Province’s most revered mountain bike races, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic caters for mountain bikers of all fitness levels by offering a 15km, 35km and 70km route.

 

Brandon Van der Berg secured the top spot on the podium in the men’s 35km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic in a time of 01 hour 45 minutes 28 seconds. Pieter du Toit came in second, while Brendan van Eeden finished third.

 

Danielle Strydom was the lady to beat in the women’s 35km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic crossing the finish line first in 02 hours 01 minutes 52 seconds. Kristen Louw came in second, while Herne Visser finished third.

 

The 15km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic was the source of much excitement with Ian Els crossing the line first in the men’s race in 43 minutes 34 seconds. Liam Mccoy came in second, while Bertie Anderson finished third.

 

In the women’s 15km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Monique van Wyk was the first rider home in 49 minutes 47 seconds. Jone van Eeden came in second, while Natalie Strydom finished third.

 

“The camaraderie, spectacular route and intense competition makes this race one of the toughest mountain biking events in the region. This competition is rapidly becoming a flagship event for cyclists in and outside of South Africa, and FNB Business is delighted to be in a position to enable this experience for the cycle enthusiast, including our clients. We congratulate all the participants and the winners and look forward to seeing them next year,” says Mike Vacy- Lyle, CEO FNB Business.

 

TOP 5 RESULTS: 2016 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic


Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016
Venue: ATKV in Buffelspoort

 

Men 70km

 

1 Pieter Seyffert 03:26:31,
2 Nico Sterk 03:27:07,
3 Julius Cobbett 03:31:14,
4 Franco Ferreira 03:32:12,
5 Fanie Venter 03:33:24

 

Women 70km

 

1 Robyn De Groot 03:38:37,
2 Amy Beth 03:42:53,
3 Theresa Ralph 03:53:34,
4 Tamaryn Kietzmann 04:13:51,
5 Bonny Swanepoel 04:17:02

 

Men 35km

 

1 Brandon Van der Berg 01:45:28,
2 Pieter du Toit 01:45:29,
3 Brendan van Eeden 01:49:21,
4 Juan-Pierre Van der Merwe 01:53:49,
5 Riaan Greyling 01:56:00

 

Women 35km

 

1 Danielle Strydom 02:01:52,
2 Kristen Louw 02:04:28,
3 Herme Visser 02:23:08,
4 Chantelle Van Staden 02:32:14,
5 Amelia Du Toit 02:34:28

 

Men 15km

 

1 Monique Van Wyk 00:49:47,
2 Jone van Eeden 00:50:46,
3 Natalie Strydom 00:52:53,
4 Jennette Visser 00:56:06,
5 Nicole Botha 00:56:40

 

Women 15km

 

1 Ian Els 00:43:34,
2 Liam Mccoy 00:43:44,
3 Bertie Anderson 00:48:32,
4 Vincent Buter 00:53:23,
5 Andrico Espach 00:53:43






22 Comments

andydude, May 22 2016 01:54

Oohh can't wait for Friday :)

Newboy, May 22 2016 02:42

Yeah then all the losers can start whining again.

notmyname, May 22 2016 03:01

Oohh can't wait for Friday :)


Why?

Oakley360, May 22 2016 03:30

Mmm think the men and women 15km results is mixed up. Congrats to all

Odinson, May 22 2016 04:57

Who the hell are these guys?

 

Men 70km

 

1 Pieter Seyffert 03:26:31,
2 Nico Sterk 03:27:07,
3 Julius Cobbett 03:31:14,
4 Franco Ferreira 03:32:12,
5 Fanie Venter 03:33:24

Sharkie 2, May 22 2016 04:59

Who the hell are these guys?

 

Men 70km

 

1 Pieter Seyffert 03:26:31,
2 Nico Sterk 03:27:07,
3 Julius Cobbett 03:31:14,
4 Franco Ferreira 03:32:12,
5 Fanie Venter 03:33:24

3rd and 4th are extremely strong and competitive vets road riders

Odinson, May 22 2016 05:01

3rd and 4th are extremely strong and competitive vets road riders

 

Hmmmm....

 

The cleanest riders of them all, huh?

Mailman7412, May 22 2016 05:03

2nd was Africa off-road triathlon champ not to long ago

notmyname, May 22 2016 05:06

Hmmmm....

The cleanest riders of them all, huh?


Bait much...?

jcza, May 22 2016 06:41

Hmmmm....

The cleanest riders of them all, huh?


Jules is on the hub, I'm sure he will answer your question.

Odinson, May 22 2016 07:10

Jules is on the hub, I'm sure he will answer your question.

 

Okay. Let's just hope I don't die of anticipation in the meantime.

DBAD, May 22 2016 08:47

Who the hell are these guys?
 
Men 70km
 
1 Pieter Seyffert 03:26:31,
2 Nico Sterk 03:27:07,
3 Julius Cobbett 03:31:14,
4 Franco Ferreira 03:32:12,
5 Fanie Venter 03:33:24


Ooooh. Ooooh. I know: The top 5...

Did you come 6th?

intern, May 22 2016 11:56

Julius Cobbett is most certainly not a cheat of any sort. The same cannot be said for the winner and if someone like that beat me, I would not be happy about it. 

Wayne Potgieter, May 23 2016 03:51

Julius Cobbett is most certainly not a cheat of any sort. The same cannot be said for the winner and if someone like that beat me, I would not be happy about it.

I dealt with Julian a few years ago.

The man has incredible ethics and a strong moral compass.

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Patchelicious, May 23 2016 06:48

Okay. Let's just hope I don't die of anticipation in the meantime.

Oh wow, what a winner!!

Patchelicious, May 23 2016 06:49

Hmmmm....

The cleanest riders of them all, huh?

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Odinson, May 23 2016 07:02

Oh wow, what a winner!!


Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Skirminkel, May 23 2016 08:49

Hmmmm....

 

The cleanest riders of them all, huh?

Man, you are one sad individual.  Or your ignorance just getting the better of you.    

nonky, May 23 2016 10:18

Google / the hub says this:

 

"Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:03

Cycling South Africa reports that Pieter Seyffert who returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport(SAIDS) on 17 February 2013 has been found guilty and has received a two year ban from all sport. The analytical report confirmed the presence of the stimulant, Phentermine in his urine sample. The finding and sanction were handed down by the independent SAIDS tribunal which was held on 9 July 2013. Seyffert is suspended for a period of two years from 10 April 2013 to 9 April 2015."

Odinson, May 23 2016 04:34

Man, you are one sad individual.  Or your ignorance just getting the better of you.    

 

Ai, Skirminkel. You might just be right. :(

Odinson, May 23 2016 04:40

The company one keeps...

 

Kevin Evans sealed what could be one of the last wins of his professional career when he and teammate Pieter Seyffert claimed the overall victory in the second edition of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

 

https://www.bikehub....berg-trek-r2663

AdamA, May 24 2016 09:25

Nico Sterk come 3rd at the 24Km trailrun on Sunday, the oak is proper!!