Cobus Kok, Elaine Beytell and URcycling team displayed 24 hour pedigree

Enter the gates of Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue just outside of Parys and you get swept away to a mountain biking bushveld paradise, where nothing else but riding your bike and having a great time matters. This is what riders experienced this past weekend at the CEMSA 24 Hour Southern Skies event. The event was previously held at the Anatomic Sportswear Factory in the heart of Parys but for the last three years it has found its new home at Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue. The entire Koekemoer family, especially Hannes and Attie, have worked extremely hard to share their passion for MTB with others by creating a MTB Venue to host events such as the 24 hour and skills / training camps for schools, teams or individuals.

Anatomic Sportswear crew enjoying a sundowner on the “Groot klip” during the race


Aerial shot of the CEMSA 24 Hour race venue

This years CEMSA 24 Hour Southern Skies event drew 57 solo entries and 23 teams, ranging from serious racing snakes to schools teams and families. The 24 Hour day route (7km) and night route (5km) was a real XCO feature filled route, from steep little drops, sharp kicks, climbs, bridge crossings, flat bushveld stretches to recover on and fast flowing single track next to the Vaal river…..not forgetting flying through and dropping out of the “Spookhuis”.

Koedoeslaagte – a spectacular finish line

Top category results:

Mixed Teams:
1. URcycling – 90 laps
2. Team Maxxis – 77 laps
3. Tutus & Chicks – 68 laps

Schools Teams:
1. The 7 pack – 77 laps
2. Weekend warriors – 76 laps
3. Team SHS – 43 Laps

Biltong Team:
1. Dirt Buddies 1 – 74 laps

Womens Teams:
1. AROS Dames – 24 laps

Open Team:
1. Super 7 – 89 laps
2. The Young & Rest of us – 87 laps
3. Eduplex lightning – 79 laps

Overall Teams:
1. URcycling – 90 laps
2. Super 7 – 89 Laps
3. The Young & rest of Us – 87 laps

Solo Males:
1 Cobus Kok – 53 laps
2. Dewald Lotter – 42 laps
3. Edward Fry – 42 laps

Solo Female:
1. Elaine Beytell – 45 laps
2. Petro van der Westhuizen – 39 laps
3. Yolanda Rachmann – 34 laps

Full results here

Sponsors and partners involved in the weekend’s racing festivities made for one successful CEMSA 24 Hour southern Skies 2019:
Organisers and title sponsors: CEMSA, Anatomic Sportswear, Ride Media
Timing: MET
Venue: Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue
Bike Service station & shop: URcycling
Food & drinks: Najaarsrus Retirement Centre Parys