RCC excels in 24 hour blast
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).
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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