PCG Athletes Nico Bell (Coach: Brig Brandt) and Gawie Combrinck (Coach: Hunter Allen) competed in the second race of the Nissan Trailseeker series, Hakka Hanna, taking 1st and 2nd. Here is Gawie's race report:
"This weekend I was on the road again and headed to Hartebeespoort dam for the second race of the Nissan Trailseeker series, Hakka Hanna.
It was another freezing highveld morning with some hot racing. As we set of the racing was on from the gun an again and everyone was eager to get going with the 65km race.
We had the first major climb 13km into the race that also had the king of the mountain at the top. Ian Pinaar put in a hard attack at the bottom of the climb and we followed, as soon as he was caught Nico Bell countered and managed to take the king of the mountain at the top.
This was followed by a rocky technical descend before we started the second climb. I made the pace hard up here and lead the way on the technical descend. The rest of the field was feeling the pressure and started making mistakes. When we got to the bottom it was only Nico Bell, Hanco Kachelhoffer and I left. We had opened up a good lead on the chasing group and worked well together in the flat middle section of the race. Hanco suffered a mechanical in one of the single tracks and it was only Nico and I left. We kept the pace up till we hit the last climb with 15km to. Nico put in an attack and I just couldn’t respond. I kept on chasing, but Nico steadily opened up the gap the finish to take the win. I came in in second place just over 2 min back and was followed by Brandt du Plessis in 3rd.
Marathon Overall Male
1st Nico Bell 02:53:29
2nd Gawie Combrinck 02:56:12
3rd Brand Du Plessis 02:59:05
4th Stephan Reyneke 03:07:37
5th Gordon Alan 03:07:38
That concludes the first half of the racing season. Time to build again for the second half of the year!"
Great work guys!!!