TEAM DORMA SA completes the 947 MTB Challenge

Silver for Pfitzenmaier, Bikes for Qhubeka

TEAM DORMA SA completes the 947 MTB Challenge

DORMA South Africa is proud of all 40 Team DORMA SA riders who completed the Momentum 947 Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday 8th November. A special congratulations to DORMA ambassador, Nico Pfitzenmaier, for placing second overall in a time of 2:02:24 - 12 minutes faster than 2014's winning finishing time. 

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Each Team DORMA SA rider was seeded and depending on their previous RaceTec record, started between 07h00 and 09h00. Nico had the ominous race number of 1 (out of 6000) so pressure was on him to ride his best. It was an exposed, dusty ride and by 09h00 it was already 28 degrees celcius. DORMA is a family business and it was so wonderful to see so many families completing the challenge together. Well done to the Niemand's, the Harris', the Groome's, the Oberholzer's, the Rowe's and the Welgemoed's.

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Team DORMA SA's youngest rider at the 947 MTB challenge was just 13 and the oldest member was 63. Once the riders completed the MTB challenge,, they headed to the DORMA hospitality tent where they could relax, indulge in the abundant food and drink and even have a sports massage from our on-site physiotherapist.

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We so enjoyed working with Qhubeka as our Ride For A Purpose - thank you to Gaylene and team for all their assistance, may the pledges keep rolling in as we continue mobilizing people with bicycles.

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Primedia had this to say: William Mokgopo and Anriette Schoeman gave the Momentum 947 Mountain Bike Challenge a taste of something old and something new when they won their categories at the Riversands Commercial Park on Sunday morning.

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For Mokgopo it was a first-ever victory as a professional rider as the Team Kargo rider powered away from veteran Nico Pfitzenmaier (Team DORMA SA) over the 55km distance in the elite field. Schoeman (Team Africa Silks), a multiple champion of the Cycle Challenge on the road, was a clear winner of the women’s off-road race, beating Vanessa Bell (Team Bell Cycling) by over six minutes.

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Mokgopo held nothing back in his celebrations as he crossed the line, punching the air and shouting for joy as he won in 2:02;12. A product of the Diepsloot Mountainbike Academy (DMA), Mokgopo, a Tuks student, has worked hard on his life and cycling career to become a professional cyclist and has represented South Africa at the UCI MTB World Championships. It was poignant that part of the route he won on went through Northern Farms, where the DMA is based. The DMA combines cycling with lifestyle programmes, providing the youth of Diepsloot with education and bursaries.

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“I went hard after the neutral zone,” said Mokgopo. “I knew Nico was a threat and decided to see what the other riders had. I pushed it hard a few times to see if I could break away. We got a gap and broke up the bunch. I think we had about seven guys left in the final break with one guy pacing.

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“I put in a big effort as we went through Steyn City, but I didn’t want Nico too close to me because he is good on the descents. When I went hard again, I got the space and kept it going,” said Mokgopo, who had crashed hard on the race last year and had had to have stitches in his knee. He still has the scars.

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“I’ve wanted to win this race for four years. Two years ago I got third. To win in what is my ‘hood’ makes it even more special.’

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The 44-year old Pfitzenmaier, who has won the masters category at the Cape Epic, travelled up from Cape Town for the MTB Challenge. “I saw William putting in some hard efforts to break up the group and marked him,” said Pfitzenmaier. “I didn’t want to put in too many big efforts and burn too much energy, so I paced myself back on to his wheel. But near the end, he was too strong.”

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aThank you to all those who could attend this special occasion with us. Here's to many more trails together

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aThe DORMA SA team

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