Bike Insurance

Last week, Fred and I were blitzing around an epic trail when BAM! He hit a giant boulder and his bike was completely bent beyond recognition. This is a transcript of our conversation…

Me: Man, your bike looks completely totalled.

Fred: Oh yes, boet. This is easily a couple of grands worth of repair…

Me: Dude, I love mountain biking, but there is no way that I can afford to spend a couple of Gs every month fixing it – the bike and equipment itself is already two month’s salary for me. I gotta eat too, you know.

Fred:  Ag don’t worry man, you should get bike insurance like I have with *censored*

Me: Really? Is it worth it? Do they pay out?

Fred: For sure…this bike will be replaced in absolutely no time…

Unfortunately for Fred, he didn’t read the fine print on his forms. The insurance was only valid if the bike was stolen or smashed into – not a riding accident. Cost of repairs for Fred: R13 000.

However, another mate of ours, Basil, recommended that we check out MiWay bike insurance as these guys really seem to be on the ball. Fred gave them a call and they gave him an even better rate than *censored* and he said they were “lekker oaks too” (trust Fred to notice that when conducting business). Maybe, I’ll give them a call today on 0860 64 64 64 as well and insure my trusty two-wheeler…

Bandaged Jack

MTN Induna

This weekend, Hazyview was thrilled with MTB action as Round 3 of the 2009 MTN National Mountain Bike Series, The Induna Ultra-Marathon, took place!

 

In the men’s race, South African marathon champion, MTN Energade’s Kevin Evans, got his National Series title defence back on track when he claimed first place with a time of 4:35:35, ahead of Team Garmin Adidas’ Marc Bassingthwaighte (4:36:33) and Mannie Heymans (4:36:39). The result allows Evans to extend his lead in the series, which he hopes to defend successfully.

 

In the women’s event, Marsilio Projects’ Ischen Stopforth won her first ever National Series event victory in 3:44:39. Garmin Adidas’ Samantha Oosthuizen (3:56:07) took second place and Amoryn Saayman (4:06:56) rounded up the final podium place.

 

In the 45km MiWay Half-marathon, James Reid and Caitlin de Wet took the men and women’s title respectively.

Well done to everyone!

Round 4 of the MTN National Marathon Series, The Dirty Harry, will take place on Saturday, 8 August, in Harrismith. The event will also double up as the 2009 National Marathon Championships.

P.S. I just started watching Family Guy, brilliant series LOL

Ricky in Spandex

MTN National MTB Cup Series

Fountains Reserve in Pretoria was exceptionally jubilant on Saturday when Namibian Marc Bassingthwaighte, of team Garmin Adidas, secured victory in round 5 of the MTN National Mountain Bike Cross-Country Series, sponsored by MiWay Insurance.

The win also ensured that Bassingthwaighte claimed the Series title after a hard-fought season. Clap, clap! Well done Marc!

The Under-23 series title had already been wrapped up by the great Burry Stander (Mr Price Specialized) following his four wins in the previous stages, despite Garmin Adidas’ Philip Buys claiming the victory in round 5.

In the women’s race, IMC Momentum’s Yolande Speedy picked up the win, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Jeep’s Sara Muhl, who secured her Series title with a second place finish at round 5. Well done Sara! Clap, clap!

A big clap, clap is in order for all those who competed in the Series. The competition was intense this year and many categories went right down to the last race. Awesome season and cycling, fellow MTBers!

Ricky in Spandex

German efficiency at the MTN SA Cup

Zee Germans are coming! Zee Germans are coming! Aaah, you gotta love Jason Statham in Snatch, just for that saying.

mtn-logoThe invasion started this weekend with Topeak Ergon’s 34-year-old German racer, Wolfram Kurschat, beating all in his path to win the fourth round of the MTN National Mountain Bike Cup in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Kurschat’s performance was even more impressive considering that he started in 11th place and managed to overtake world-class competitors, such as Burry Stander, Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel.

Spain’s Jose Hermida finished in second place, just one podium place ahead of South Africa’s Burry Stander. Current World Champion Christoph Sauser could only manage a tenth place finish after suffering two punctures – ouch!

Consider this event as a warm-up for the MTB World Cup this weekend. I’m not even going to ask if you have tickets already…because if you’re a true cycling fan, you’ll be there – no questions asked.

Bandaged Jack