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14 April 2017

Rustenburg – The Rustenburg Cycling Club (RCC) took place in this year’s 24 hour blast, the CEMSA Southern Skies race held in Koedoeslaagte. The purpose-built mountain bike track approximately 8km outside of Parys, took place over 8-9 April 2017. 

The starter’s pistol fired at 12-noon on Saturday and finishes at 12-noon Sunday. It was a Le-Mans style start (100m run). 

Members of the Rustenburg Cycling Club (RCC) partook in the CEMSA Southern Skies 24 hour MTB Race in relay style. The relay team of RCC took first place. They are; from left; Mike Appelgryn, Hanro Vermeulen, John-William Lang, Karen Lang, Wille van Eck, Antoni Lit and Johnny Lang.
Members of the Rustenburg Cycling Club (RCC) partook in the CEMSA Southern Skies 24 hour MTB Race in relay style. The relay team of RCC took first place. They are; from left; Mike Appelgryn, Hanro Vermeulen, John-William Lang, Karen Lang, Wille van Eck, Antoni Lit and Johnny Lang.

 A team from RCC entered the schools category. It had to be 4 boys/ girls from the same school and three adults, comprising over a team of seven members. The team, dubbed, Chain Breakers, consisted of Willie van Eck (team captain), John-William Lang, Antonie Lit and Hanro Vermeulen – all from Rustenburg High School. The adults were Johnny Lang, Mike Appelgryn and Karen Lang.

Cross-country lap racing was at the order of the day. In the daylight, the lap was 7.5km and the night lap was 5.5km.  

Winners were determind by the most laps/ shortest time in the allotted 24 hours. Even the drenching rain and mud on Saturday night did not put a damper on Rustenburg’s team. It was a true nail-biting race between them and the Wagpos Warriors from Brits – who in the last hour were on a equal number of laps.

The Chain Breakers finished an amazing 76 laps in the 24 hours, beating the Wagpos Warriors by 5 minutes in the overall time.

Not only did they win the school’s category, but managed to take first place overall. It is the first time that a school’s team has taken the overall first place in this race. Five of the Chain Breakers racers are members of the RCC.

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