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Qhubeka - winning in a place near you
« on: May 15, 2012, 17:44 »
It's time to take the mind away from mediocrity, it's time to push for excellence. It's time to watch as the team grows from a handful of tiny beans to a behemoth beanstalk. The time has arrived to train your eyes and thoughts on this team that's ready to crush all competition that stands forth it, it's the time to look at MTN Qhubeka.

They went, they saw, and they conquered Bretagne. Now, the Fleche du Sud stands in front of this intrepid, yet mighty, lot as they get ready to cast the their flaming embers in European minds. Are they birds, are they planes? Nup, they're Reinardt and Russom flying up a hill as all others trail in their wake. Throw in the names, Niyonshuti, Jacques, Tewelde, Petrus and a plethora of Saffie talent coming through, they're definitely a bona fide super team.

You know you saw it, you know you recognised it, you know that time's coming for the cycling world to be called Qhubekaland (bar the Genesys lot, they're still ace).

The greatness of Reinardt-
1sr Ronde van Zeeland
1st Circuit de Wallonie
1st Ronde van Overijssel
1st Prologue, Ronde van Overijssel
1st Tour of Morocco
1st Stage 1,5,6,8 Tour of Morocco
1st Tour de Bretagne
1st Stage 4 Tour de Bretagne

The climing of Jacques
1st Stage 2 Tour of Eritrea
1st Tour of Eritrea

The brilliance of Russom-
2nd Tropicale Amissa Bongo

The stellar quality of Arran Brown's sprint-
1st Stage 3,4,9,10

Lotto Petrus-
Undisputed Namibian National champion, ITT and RR. How much better can a cyclist get?

Adrien Niyonshuti-
Rwandan Champion and 6th in the Tour of Rwanda.


The stats and results are there for all to see, it cannot be ignored any more, and it's time to get on the biggest bandwagon known to the world of cycling known as MTN Qhubeka.

Reinardt at the Circuite de Wallonie

Some more to hammer in the greatness


Say hello to Reinardt at the Mur de Bretagne-


And in the sacrilegious case that you missed it, worry not, it's available for future worship-


Russom striking a pose in Gabon-


Arran Brown in Morocco-
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  • « Last Edit: February 17, 2016, 17:03 by L'arri »

    DinZ

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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 00:36 »
    Great team, started following them on twitter at the start of the year when John-Lee Augustyn (a rider i always had a soft spot for) was rumoured to be moving across to the team.

    unfortunately a nasty injury and hip surgery put John-Lee out for the season so far and on his return he realised that he had not recovered well enough and decided to put his career on hold for now.
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  • « Last Edit: May 16, 2012, 03:14 by DinZ »

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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 03:09 »
    Now doing not much at utensilnord. Shame because Qhubeka could've been a perfect place for a resurrection of sorts.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 03:15 »
    Now doing not much at utensilnord. Shame because Qhubeka could've been a perfect place for a resurrection of sorts.

    i thought he had gone to Qhubeka but you are right that was rumoured all year but he ended up at utensilnord. then retired.
    have changed my post to make me look less of an arse
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 03:38 »
    Shieet, about the editing to look less of an arse.

    That shall not stop this Qhubeka love in we're having now. Fleche du Sud, Andy Schleck won this in the before time. If he can win it, Qhubeka will crush it.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012, 12:54 »
    I lived in the same building as Arran and a bunch of other South African cyclists in holland back in 2010.

    Seemed like the south african set up at that stage was a complete dogs breakfast. Riders arriving out of nowhere, no one picking them up or taking them to races.

    Must have gotten their sh*t sorted.

    Funny story of the day goes to one of the south african lads rocking up to a young ladies room ( a local dutch girl, the building was a sort of hostel for people working or going to uni in Maastrichte), knocking on the door and hanging his business out in front of her.

    Next night the girls boyfriend walks in and puts the south african bloke on his arse fair and square.

    Once the south african coach got wind of what went on the young fella was on the next flight home.

    Next
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #6 on: May 16, 2012, 12:56 »
    Brilliant ;D
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #7 on: May 16, 2012, 13:05 »
    i thought he had gone to Qhubeka but you are right that was rumoured all year but he ended up at utensilnord. then retired.
    have changed my post to make me look less of an arse

    ah didnt realise he retired. Thought he went to utensilnord and just faded into the background.. poor old John Lee, had loads of promise but that hip really screwed him over.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 13:11 »
    ah didnt realise he retired. Thought he went to utensilnord and just faded into the background.. poor old John Lee, had loads of promise but that hip really screwed him over.

    To be fair he did not say retired he said it was on hold indefinitely.

    Seems like the hip surgery just did not work out

    As for jonos story, makes you proud to be a saffa.  ;D

    Always been good at subtly especially when it comes to women
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 22:11 »
    The winningest rider of the year gave others a chance to shine today, third in the first stage of the Fleche du Sud. Is there anything that can't be done? He's coming for the Ardennes, get the bricks ready to be shat Philippe, it's Reinardt all the way.

    Martin Wesemann finished 11th with the same time as Reinardt, top effort.

    Russom and van Niekerk finishing safely in the main pack, and no abandons for the team. That's grouseness all bundled into one, special.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #11 on: May 17, 2012, 07:34 »
    Mentions 'Many training him already sweet eyes' think they mean you Ram
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #12 on: May 17, 2012, 07:37 »
    Sweet, brilliant. Carn Reinardt.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #13 on: May 17, 2012, 07:37 »
    although not surprising you like him as if you do an image search for him you get



    obviously looks different out of his bike gear
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #14 on: May 17, 2012, 07:44 »
    Noice, could even qualify as one of Kallis' squeezes.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #15 on: May 18, 2012, 05:04 »
    Even the women are winning

    Karien van Jaarsveld and Theresa Ralph are winning the sani2c MTB endurance race



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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #16 on: May 18, 2012, 05:13 »
    Legends, the lot of them. Niyonshuti podiumming in the African continental MTBs too.

    I enjoyed reading the report on the Mabalingwe leg of the National MTB Series.

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    MTN-Qhubeka rider Karien Alberts (van Jaarsveld) described the race as ‘adventurous’. “Apparently the night before the race, elephants pulled out the branding that had been set up,” she says. “Then on race day, a hippo chased some early starters from the parking area. But the highlight of the race was when two female lions charged me. Your brain processes things in slow motion, and I remember realising ‘this is a lion’, sort of stopping and being willing to trade my bike, then realizing I need to get out of here and finally the fence. There was a fence! What a privilege racing in Africa.”

    Sourcage

    Reinardt at the Ronde van Overijssel

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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #17 on: May 18, 2012, 05:19 »
    The moment with the lions

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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #18 on: May 18, 2012, 05:24 »
    Nice one, thank flip for the cage. I'd still sh*t bigger bricks if a hippo were around than a lion.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #19 on: May 18, 2012, 06:40 »
    Couple of rider sites

    Bradley Potgieter
    http://bradleypotgieter.com/
    the only one of the three that actually has a proper, updating, site

    Arran Brown
    http://www.cyclefit.co.za/
    The site is more for promoting his bike fit company. Has some results and photos

    J.C. Nel
    http://www.jcnel.blogspot.com.au/

    JC has been particularly prolific in his blog. started in September he called it a daily dose of JC, then admitted he would probably only update once or twice a week. then did one full post and nothing since
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #20 on: May 18, 2012, 06:47 »
    Unbelievable, that's how to update a blog.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #21 on: May 18, 2012, 07:02 »
    Currently Racing in Fleche Du Sud

    Reinardt is currently 5th

    Updates on the race can be found below

    http://velorooms.com/mens-road-cycling/fleche-du-sud/
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #22 on: May 18, 2012, 07:06 »
    Aye, it's on a countback of the results isn't it. Doesn't matter so much as yet, same time as third. I say that knowing full well how the Tour de Bretagne was won :D

    Hopefully, he can gain those eleven seconds later on in the race.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #23 on: May 18, 2012, 07:14 »
    Aye, it's on a countback of the results isn't it. Doesn't matter so much as yet, same time as third. I say that knowing full well how the Tour de Bretagne was won :D

    Hopefully, he can gain those eleven seconds later on in the race.

    Stage 3 looks to have some hills and stage 4 is a TT. should be able to find time there
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #24 on: May 18, 2012, 07:22 »
    Stage 5 doesn't really seem too sharp, that said, he's good enough to win sprints and should get time there if on form. The TT's a good bet to gain time, and with that, I'm off to the Fleche du Sud thread again.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #25 on: May 18, 2012, 07:38 »
    Qhubeka saying that Karien van Jaarsveld has crashed and is receiving help from Theresa Ralph to get back.

    Bad luck.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #26 on: May 18, 2012, 08:50 »
    ok seems like you were right Ram

    According to Reinardt

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    Crunchday at Fleche du Sud. Finish is up a wall we do 3 times today.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #27 on: May 18, 2012, 08:55 »
    Could be the day for him, hopefully. Carn Reinardt.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #28 on: May 20, 2012, 23:50 »
    OK Rienardt could not quite manage to finish Fleche Du Sud with a win but he did take second place on the final stage (after crashing with 30km to go) and with it took the Points Jersey for the race.

    MTN took third in the teams race overall.
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    Re: Qhubeka- winning in a place near you
    « Reply #29 on: May 21, 2012, 09:49 »
    van Niekerk didn't have a half bad race, did he?
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