Durban – The Kargo Pro MTB team stole the show at Saturday 11 January’s first leg of the KZN MTB Provincial Cross Country Series as they went one, two, three overall as well as claiming the top step of the podium in both the elite and under-23 men’s categories.
Having ridden the majority of the way together, team star Rourke Croeser and under-23 rising talent Travis Walker crossed the line hand in hand to claim their first wins of the season respectively with team mate Stuart Marais following them home shortly afterwards to finish second in the elite category and round out a Kargo Pro MTB top three.
The whole team, who have a firm focus ensuring team star Rourke Croeser qualifies for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, will take good confidence from their positive local season opener and will now look to build on this platform heading into the upcoming African Continental Championships in Cape Town on 25 and 26 January.
“It’s always nice to start the season with a win,” explained Croeser afterwards. “Saturday was a good confidence booster and really helped just clear some of those early season cobwebs that most of the guys would have at this stage.
“It’s a tough old sport that we compete in and after some time off one tends to forget just how hard it can be so I was very happy with how it all went for us in our first outing.
“I’ve never really been one to set big goals for myself in the past and qualifying, and then doing well, at Commonwealth Games is probably the first big goal of my riding career so African Champs is pretty important and therefore it was nice to have a good run at smaller KZN Cup race before then,” he added.
Kargo Pro MTB team’s Rourke Croeser (left) and Travis Walker (right) celebrate their respective victories in the elite and under-23 men categories at the KZN MTB Provincial XCO Series opener on Saturday 11 January. Kargo Pro MTB team’s Travis Walker in action during his victorious effort at the KZN MTB Provincial XCO Series opener on Saturday 11 January.
For Walker, one of a handful of new faces to have joined the Kargo Pro MTB setup in the off-season, the team’s success had added importance as he looks to clear a few early season cobwebs and find his top form as quickly as possible.
“It was great to be able to keep up with Rourke (Croeser) and it was really good that we were able to get a race in ahead of African Champs, especially with a lot of the other races around the country having been cancelled,” said Walker.
“Having had a really good pre-season, coming into the race I thought I’d manage quite easily but racing is just a completely different animal to training so it was really good get that one under the belt and now I know exactly how hard I’m going to have to push at African Champs in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Despite having been boxed in at the start, resulting in a slow first half a lap, Walker soon made his way up to Croeser at the head of the race and the two the knuckled down and worked together for the rest of the clash with their choice of the Momsen Vipa soft tail 29er adding to the talk in the car park afterwards.
“Once I caught Rourke we really went quite hard until lap five, when we took it a little easier, but then on the final lap we really pushed hard and ended up setting the quickest lap time of the day which I was pretty stoked about!” said a pleasantly surprised Walker.
“It was also great to give the bike a bit of race testing. I had been a little sceptical when I first heard we’d be on soft tails but I was really happy with the bike on Saturday. It was really efficient and, with the course being quite bumpy on some of the climbs, it really was a big help,” he added.
More info can be found at www.peschlracing.com
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
KZN MTB PROVINCIAL XCO SERIES FIRST LEG
1.Rourke Croeser (Kargo Pro MTB)
2.Travis Walker (Kargo Pro MTB)
3.Stuart Marias (Kargo Pro MTB)
1.Rourke Croeser (Kargo Pro MTB)
2.Stuart Marais (Kargo Pro MTB)
2.Kim Westbrook (Velo Life)
1.Travis Walker (Kargo Pro MTB)
Under 23 Women
1.Ashleigh Moffatt (Velo Life)
2.Hayley Smith (Bell/Specialized-SA)
1.Alan Hatherly (ASG PYcycling)
2.Julian Jessop (Team Jeep)
3.Devon Smit (Team Jeep)
1.Bianca Haw (Velo Life)
2.Frankie du Toit (Velo Life)
3.Alexandra Mapstone (Velo Life)
Photographer: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media
I heart Market moves to Ballito’s Sugar Rush Park
In time for the Festive Season KZN’s much-loved I heart Market makes a new permanent home up the North Coast at popular family entertainment venue – Sugar Rush Park in Ballito – with the season dates confirmed for 3, 10, 17 December 2022 and 7 January 2023 from 08:30 to 14:00.
Situated next to Collisheen Estate, Sugar Rush Park is a hive of family-friendly activities. It serves as an activity hub and the base for Holla Trails – a network of biking, running or walking trails that go through the sugar cane fields.
Sugar Rush Park, also has a restaurant -Food Fundi, a kids’ play area, mini-train, the Ndlondlo reptile park, The Jump Park, the Tree Trails obstacle course and Park Run every Saturday morning.
Anna Savage, the market’s owner /manager explains the move, “The I heart Market is a local business hub, and our business is based on the success of small business enterprises. We have an obligation to provide the best sales opportunity for our traders and at the same time create a relaxed, fun day out for everyone.”
“As a result, we have made a bold decision to move to Ballito, as we needed to find a venue that could provide us with the security of a long-term lease, and a vibrant well-kept venue that has additional family-friendly activities that our customers can enjoy. We have found the perfect venue at Sugar Rush Park. We realize that this move is a big jump in terms of location and that it may be far for some of our regular customers. But we can guarantee a great day out to those who can travel north, and make a day of it by taking advantage of the other activities available.”
The I heart Market has a reputation for supporting artisanal crafters, artists, and traders, offering fine, handmade goods that include jewellery, accessories, leather goods, ceramics, visual arts, décor, clothing, deli foods bakery goods including breads, pastries, cookies and cakes, and a delicious range of eat in foods. Echoing the market’s name, the goods on offer are made with love, dedication to the craft, and personal integrity.
“Sugar Rush Park is excited to welcome the I heart Market to our activity hub. Celebrating and supporting small creative local businesses is vital to the local economy and has a special role to play post covid. We invite our customers and Ballito locals to support this initiative and enjoy the fine products.” Nick Jordan, partner at Sugar Rush.
According to Anna Savage, the market will continue to trade throughout the year on the first Saturday of every month. There is secure parking and entrance is free.
For more information, or to enquire about possible trading contact email@example.com
Best University in South Africa
Best University in South Africa According to Center for World University Rankings
The best university in South Africa for 2012-2022 was declared by The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). CWUR publishes the only academic ranking of global universities that assesses the quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, and research performance without relying on surveys and university data submissions.
Top 12 South African Universities
|Quality of Education Rank
|Alumni Employment Rank
|Research Performance Rank
Center for World University Rankings Methodology
CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities:
- Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university’s size (25%)
- Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies relative to the university’s size (25%)
- Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
- Research Performance:
- Research Output, measured by the total number of research papers (10%)
- High-Quality Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
- Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
- Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (10%)
Article shared from CWUR Website
Best University in South Africa’s Websites:
UCT – University of Cape Town
Wits – University of Witwatersrand
Stellies – Stellenbosch University
UKZN – University of KwaZulu-Natal
UP Tuks – University of Pretoria
UJ – University of Johannesburg
NWU – North-West University
UFS – University of Free State
UWC – University of Western Cape
Rhodes – Rhodes University
UNISA – University of South Africa
NMU – Nelson Mandela University
Introducing Salta Sibaya
The Devmco Group have worked on their latest innovation that aims to transform the Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s landscape from normal to extraordinary with a never-before-seen seaside neighbourhood, Salta Sibaya, which proudly sits above Umdloti and forms part of the precinct holistic development plan.
Salta Sibaya will set the precedent for how South Africans will live in the future within a vibrant mixed-use development. The developers pushed the boundaries in providing a bespoke retail and commercial element that is within walking distance of homes. As the future home to Spar, Tops, Woolworths and Pump Track, Salta Sibaya will have a myriad of shopping experiences on its doorstep.
The new central business district, with a culmination of some of South Africa’s much-loved brands finding their home in the dynamic commercial sector.
“When we embarked on this project, our vision was to take the Sibaya lifestyle to the next level by creating a dynamic mixed-use development, where residents live moments away from their workplace allowing them to spend more time on life’s pleasures; braais with family, trail walks throughout the conservancy and estate while enjoying breath-taking views. Salta Sibaya gives you a variety of residential opportunities, with a choice of spacious, pet-friendly, freestanding coastal homes starting from R2.95 million, perfect for those who wish to semigrate to KZN,” shares Devmco Group Director, Charles Thompson.
Choose a double storey or single-story piece of land and build your coastal family home or invest in one of the turn-key home designs.
The homes range between 2-bedroom homes from R2 950 000, 3-bedroom homes from R3 300 000, and 4-bedroom homes from R3 900 000.
For more information, visit www.saltasibaya.co.za
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