The in-form Brendon Davids achieved a career first when he raced to victory in the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour, which culminated at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga today. The RoadCover pro finished the 138km final stage, which included 3 100m of ascent, in third to cement his overall lead in what is, on paper, South Africa's toughest road cycling event. Stage three was won by ProTouch's James Fourie with Dimension Data's Kent Main, who wore the yellow jersey yesterday after winning the opening day individual time-trial, in second. ProTouch's Jayde Julius finished runner-up in the general classification after a gutsy long-distance attack that saw him take the honours in yesterday's 154km stage over Spitskop and Long Tom Pass. Completing the overall podium was his teammate Myles van Musschenbroek, who has been on top of his game after returning from injury earlier this month. "I'm happy with how this weekend turned out, it's a really cool feeling," said Davids, a former African continental mountain bike champion who switched to the road after missing out on selection for the Rio Olympics. "It's my first tour win, the first time I've worn a yellow jersey on the road, so I'm pretty happy with how things have turned out," said the 23-year-old from Fourways in Johannesburg. He explained that he had started the stage with the sole intention of holding on to the yellow jersey, which he secured the previous day after just failing to haul in a tiring Julius. The final day included the feared Boulders climb early on, but it was status quo for the GC contenders until they hit the base of the Hilltop ascent after 131km of racing. Team ProTouch showed their hand first on the climb when Pieter Seyffert and Gustav Basson tried to set Julius up for a final assault on yellow, but Davids was content to follow the wheels of Main and teammate Mornay van Heerden. RoadCover's Clint Hendricks then paced Davids up to the three attackers, with Main on Davids' . . .
Pro cyclist Jayde Julius risked all when he joined an early breakaway on the second stage of the Bestmed Jock Tour, but his gamble paid off when he soloed to victory in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, today. The ProTouch rider was part of a four-man group - alongside teammate Gustav Basson, RoadCover's Bradley Potgieter and Rand Water's Thulasizwe Mxenge - who split from the peloton 20km after the start at the Mbombela Stadium. "It was a big gamble because it was so early, considering I was so high in the general classification, said Julius, who placed fourth after yesterday's 27km uphill time-trial to Kaapsehoop. Mxenge fell behind before the group reached the base of the first of the day's two major climbs, Spitskop, which topped out 78km into the 154km stage. Basson slowly lost touch with Julius and Potgieter on the ascent, but the leaders waited for him as they crested the climb and together they continued on to Long Tom Pass. "Gustav rode himself inside out and was able to take me to Long Tom," said Julius. "From there I rode with Brad, but I dropped him on the climb with maybe 45km to go." After the sacrifices from his team, the 24-year-old from Honeydew in Johannesburg said not winning was simply not an option and he rated his charge to the finish as one of his greatest efforts. "Coming to the line was the biggest pursuit of my life because I had a headwind that I had to fight and I knew Brendon Davids was coming, so it was a massive time-trial again after yesterday." Julius, who grew up in the Western Cape, took stage honours in 4:14:23 and also donned the Optimum Financial Services king of the mountains and points jerseys. Davids finished 13 seconds down and now provisionally leads the general classification after collecting his second runner-up spot in as many days. ProTouch's Myles van Musschenbroek completed the podium a further 50 seconds adrift to move into provisional third. With the overall victory within his grasp, Julius said . . .
Kent Main executed his strategy to perfection to win the opening stage of the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga, today. The Dimension Data rider, who is racing without the support of a full team, set out determined to take advantage of the 27km individual time-trial that climbed all the way from Mbombela. Main, who was aiming to finish in around 55 minutes, crossed the line in a provisional time of 54:57 to record a relatively comfortable victory over RoadCover's Brendon Davids, who won the one-day Jock Classic over the same roads earlier this season. Davids' teammate, Mornay van Heerden, completed the podium in 55:45. "I think you can say that's a pretty well-judged effort," said Main, who showed that he is developing into one of the country's top tour riders after winning the five-day Tour of Good Hope by one second in March. "I'm ecstatic to take the win," he said, while admitting that he battled through the final 5km after having good rhythm early on. Main said he overtook several riders who left the starting chute ahead of him, but had to dig deep as he entered the final stretch. "Going into the last five kilometres it really started to hurt and it got even harder in the last three kilometres. "When it flattened out a bit in the last one-and-a-half kilometres I just put my head down and grinded through." The 21-year-old pro from Linden in Johannesburg will pull on the yellow jersey for tomorrow's 140km stage, which features 2 900m of climbing. "The main objective now is to win the tour, but I think it's going to be really hard. I'm going to have to race really smart over the next two stages and not give too much away. "Hopefully I won't lose any time tomorrow, but I don't think it will be a day where I will gain any time either." Team Garmin's Yolandi du Toit, who has been focusing on mountain biking in recent years, made a victorious return to the road to finish ahead of Cycle4Cansa winner Carla . . .
Kent Main plans to use his international experience to his advantage when he lines up for the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, on Friday. The 21-year-old cyclist signed for Dimension Data shortly after winning the five-day Tour of Good Hope in March and almost immediately packed his bags for Italy. "I'm really keen to get back into racing and the Jock will be my first race in South Africa since the Tour of Good Hope," said Main, who described his European season as a great learning curve. "We did some really big races and it gave me a lot of experience so I think in general my level has really improved." After lining up at events like the Baby Giro and Giro Valle d'Aosta, Main said he was well prepared and confident of shaking up the local racing scene. "I'm really looking forward to being competitive and delivering a good result for my team," said the lanky climber, who placed seventh last year. "I know some of the local teams have been very dominant recently, so it will be good to hopefully see someone else on the top step." Although the Jock, presented by Rudy Project, covered 304km with a mammoth 7 200m of vertical ascent, the Linden resident believed the day one individual time-trial would be the most crucial of the three stages. Without the backing of a full team, he singled out the hilly 27km test against the clock between the Lowveld towns of Mbombela and Kaapsehoop as an opportunity to make his mark. "I'll have a good time-trial, I'm confident in my abilities for that," said Main, who had spectators on their feet as he turned a 51-second deficit into a one-second victory over ProTouch's Myles van Musschenbroek on the final climb of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. "I'm going to take it day by day, but, if I have a strong time-trial, then there's no doubt I'll have a good race going into the rest of the stages." Despite his confidence, he admitted his task would be far from easy as the DiData colours would . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .
Brendon Davids' outstanding form on the road continued when he rode to overall victory in the 148km three-stage Bestmed Jock Classic in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, today. The 23-year-old RoadCover professional, who won the Knysna Cycle Tour last weekend, was able to turn a small lead going into the decisive final leg into a comfortable winning margin. He showed his strength on Long Tom Pass shortly after the start in Sabie when repeated accelerations saw him draw clear of his closest challengers, allowing him to solo to the stage and overall win. Davids completed what is said to be South Africa's toughest one-day road race in a total time of 3:54:00 to finish just over four minutes ahead of BCX's Steven van Heerden (3:58:07) with the latter's teammate David Maree (3:59:31) third. With only one second splitting the front-runners following the first two stages, Davids said they reviewed their tactics before the 61km final stage and decided to light it up from the first kilometre. "So when we turned onto Long Tom Pass after the neutral zone, Bradley (Potgieter) attacked and I countered, but the race came together again," said the former African continental mountain bike champion who hails from Fourways in Johannesburg. "He attacked immediately again and then, about 2km into the climb, I went and got a gap." With his lead fluctuating between 30 seconds and a minute over BCX's Reynard Butler and Van Heerden on the pass, Davids said he decided to make another big push at the top. "From there the gap exploded to just under three minutes and I used my time-trial skills to open it up. My lead grew to about four minutes at the finish." Davids said he was extremely relieved to claim the victory in his debut appearance. "This is a tough race because of the way the stages are in close proximity to each other. It gives everyone enough time to recover and everyone is fresh to contest again. "It makes for really intense racing, and when I came across the . . .
Fresh from his triumph in the Knysna Cycle Tour, RoadCover's Brendon Davids is ready to test himself again when he makes his debut appearance in the Bestmed Jock Classic on Saturday. Presented by Rudy Project, the one-day, three-stage race in Mbombela in Mpumalanga will be contested over 150km with 2 900m of vertical ascent. Although he has not experienced the concept of a three-stage race in a single day, Davids is excited about the event and is looking forward to another examination of his road credentials. The 23-year-old from Fourways in Johannesburg has made a successful switch from mountain bike trails to the tar, winning the 947 Challenge last year and finishing second in the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour in January. "I'm doing most of the road events for the first time and, although I have not ridden the Jock Classic, I know quite a bit about the region from the Mpumalanga Tour," said the former junior, U23 and elite African continental mountain bike champion. "I have really just been focused on the past weekend and only now am I looking ahead to the next event." From discussions with his team-mates, Davids said he realised the second stage could be influential in the final outcome. The 45km stretch between White River and Sabie has a fairly flat start before the climb up Spitskop, which is followed by a 10km run-in to Sabie. "Most of my colleagues have done the Jock Classic and they all say the Spitskop section into Sabie can make or break the race," he said. "I know there is also the Long Tom Pass (over 12km) on the final leg, but that is quite far from the finish, so the push up Spitskop should play a big role. "It will probably be important to try to establish a gap there as it is the most challenging part of the route, and then try to consolidate on the final stage back into Nelspruit." Although he said RoadCover would be represented by a fairly small team in the Bestmed Jock Classic, Davids was happy with their . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
The second stage could hold the key to victory in the Bestmed Jock Classic, South Africa's toughest one-day road cycling race, at Mbombela in Mpumalanga on July 15. Nico Bell, runner-up in the three-day Jock Tour over much of the same terrain last year, said the penultimate stage over Spitskop was the hardest of the three stages and likely to have the greatest impact. The 33-year-old, who lives in Mbombela and regularly trains on the course, said the 45km stretch between White River and Sabie started out relatively flat and he expected the favourites to keep their powder dry until Spitskop. "It is a climb of between 10 and 15 minutes and the attacks often start right at the bottom," he said, pointing out that last year's decisive split came towards the top. "From there, they have a fast 10km downhill into Sabie, with a small kick after a left turn into town." The current national marathon mountain bike champion said the opening stage, a 42km segment between Mbombela and White River, usually set the tone for the race. "It has a long drag out of town and the speed is often high with lots of attacks as everyone tries to get into the first break of the day before the Heidel Eggs climb." Leading into that steep ascent, he said, the pace in the main peloton usually picked up as they tried to neutralise the break and general classification contenders attempted to distance their rivals. Although the final leg over 63km from White River back to Mbombela featured Long Tom Pass, the NAD Pro rider felt it came too early on to have a real impact on the overall standings. "The pass is steep and gets hard in the last kilometre, where most will attack and try to get a gap over the top," he said. "But to ride away alone is not easy, so most opt to be in a small group and share the workload and then sprint it out between themselves for the stage win or overall lead." He said although the Bestmed Jock Classic, presented by Rudy Project, suited pure . . .
Organisers of the one-day Bestmed Jock Classic and three-day Bestmed Jock Tour road races have split the events to accommodate riders who wish to take part in both. ASG Events' operations manager Darren Herbst confirmed that the Jock Classic would take place on July 15 while the tour was pencilled in for September 15 to 17. Both events, which are presented by Rudy Project, will once again be centred around the Lowveld town of Mbombela in Mpumalanga. The Jock Classic, South Africa's second oldest race after the Cape Town Cycle Tour and an official seeding event for the latter, will be contested over three tough stages totalling 150km with 2 900m of vertical ascent. The first stage will take the peloton from Nelspruit to White River over a distance of 42km, with the second covering 45km to Sabie via Spitskop. The final stage will be contested over 63km to Nelspruit via Long Tom Pass. "We haven't changed the route, as it has become an institution," said Herbst, "but there have been improvements with roads being resurfaced and additional support measures being added." He said the Jock Classic was "not your normal one-day race". "It's a lot further and it offers cyclists looking for something different a unique experience." Although the response to this year's race had been overwhelming, Herbst said entries would be taken until midnight today. The Bestmed Jock Tour would be limited to a field of 500, which included team and solo entries, he said. It was not a challenge for the average rider, he warned, as it was the first race in the country to mirror its stages on those found in the European Grand Tours. "There is no tougher three-day challenge on a road bike anywhere else on the African continent," he said of the 313km event that took in a daunting 7 200m of vertical ascent. It opens with an innocuous-sounding 27km time-trial between Nelspruit and Kaapsehoop, but the course rises an intimidating 1 200m. The second stage is . . .