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Super trio win Magalies

The Toyota Supercycling team of Shan Wilson and Andrew McLean bagged another mountain bike stage-race win when they won all three stages and took the overall victory at the Nando’s Magalies Adventure at the weekend.

The second edition of the three-stage event was based at Van Gaalen’s Cheese Farm in the Magaliesberg mountain range and attracted a large number mountain bikers mostly from Gauteng. It started with a 25km stage on Friday night, followed by a 75km leg on Saturday and culminated with a 45km stage on Sunday.

McLean (45) and Wilson (40), riding 29-inch-wheeled Gary Fisher hardtail bikes also comfortably won the veteran men’s category.

ÔÇ£There was some really tough terrain in this event,ÔÇØ remarked McLean. ÔÇ£Lots of technical, rocky stuff which really takes it out of you. But it was a proper mountain bike challenge and not just a ride along endless dirt roads, of which there are many in the area.ÔÇØ

This adds to the mountain bike stage race success for McLean and Wilson, who first teamed up for the York Timbers Sabie Experience last December where they won the Veteran title and finished fifth overall. In March this year they won the Veteran title and finished seventh overall at the Subaru Sani-2-c and were the second Masters team at the 2009 Absa Cape Epic.

Second overall and second in the Veteran category was another Toyota Supercycling team, Mark Thijs and Colin Germs. What makes this result even more impressive is that Thijs is currently fighting bladder cancer.

The top two teams in the Open men’s category were also Toyota Supercycling teams with David Labuschagne and Tinus Buys taking the win ahead of Martin Hogan and Karl Kielblock. In the 45km Nando’s Mini Magalies Adventure on Sunday, Toyota Supercycling’s Beatrice Hogan claimed victory in the women’s category to round off a successful weekend for the club.