time of the year again where we carefully select our Coronation Double Century
team based on how much pain each team member can dish out or withstand. Being
dropped is a harsh reality when riding for Pure Savage – be it on a flat,
climb or descent, it can happen in the blink of an eye especially when Kevin
Dolley aka the Trundler or Bernard Griesel the Centaur is pulling on the front
and unloading megawatts of power. The good news or bad news (depending on which
way you look at it) is that both Kevin and Bernard are unable to race with us this year
due to other commitments – running or sailing or something like that – we
actually think it’s ballet. Anyway, moving on… While we’ve lost one or
two incumbents you will recognise several faces and a couple of new ones too.
So sit back, grab a coffee, harden up and check out our new team! Pics courtesy of Cycle Teknix, Double ST and @cycle_puppet
Stevens aka Brenda
writing off his Specialized Venge just a few weeks ago Brenda impressed at the TOGH, Argus and
Jock where he registered some stellar results for the team. He enjoys shouting
from the pace line, posing for QOM pictures and coming up with most of our
nicknames. He’s also the team captain and veteran of Pure Savage.
Bike: Cannondale Supersix Hi-Mod
Brendon Stevens (Pure Savage)
Moore aka CoolShades
Shades is built like a truck and possesses an uncanny ability to power up climbs
while still being able to hold a fully audible conversation. When not on the
bicycle he can be found fantasizing about bicycles in the fetal position – a
habit that’s cost him missing several race starts this year.
Bike: Silverback Scalera 3
Borrill aka Bottle
the lightest member of the team, joined Savage last year just after our DC campaign and impressed with his long
hours in the saddle, dedication to the sport and climbing ability (or so he
says). Splitting his time 50:50 between road and MTB he’s our chief writer,
media maven and go-to-guy for spelling errors.
Bike: Cannondale Supersix Evo
Toua aka the tow-er
acquisition Carl Toua is more of a mountain man than anything else and is famous for
turning up the pace on every climb and single track descent in the Durbanville
area. Known for his veritable KOM hunting, we snatched him up quickly and plan to
put him on the front of our pace line for the first 150km.
Argus/CTCT: 3h38m back in 1999 on a 26er MTB!
Leighton aka Junior
hails from the British Isles and naturally speaks with a funny accent. The
stocky and powerfully built Brit has a serious turn of pace and enjoys dishing
out pain on the climbs. We’ll see just how effective he is come race day.
Bike: Colnago CLX
Salzwedel aka the Coach
coach is another new recruit who hails from the Windy City. Rumour has it the tall lanky lad
can unload enough watts to power Koeberg Nuclear plant and, can put in a sprint
and climb attack at regular intervals. Speaking of intervals he gives out a lot
of these to Aaron and Brenton – two of his athletes that will look at getting
him back on the Tradouw climb.
Bike: Giant TCR Advanced
Zevenster aka the Colossus
colossus is one of the biggest men we’ve ever seen ride a bike. Coming from a
MTB background Waldo knows how to suffer which is good because that’s exactly
how the full 204km is going to feel for him... His roll will be to keep the pace up on
the flats until he pops which is unlikely (popping that is) according to our sources.
Bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
Noakes aka B-Dawg
is our oldest rider but also one of the lightest in the team. Coached by Jarred,
Brenton has had a phenomenal year recording a 2:49 Argus and sitting slip in
Brendon’s wheel for most of the Knysna Road Race this year. We hope he refrains
from sticking to his half-wheel reputation for this year’s sufferfest.
Bike: Fuji Team Pro
Matthysen aka Noddy
of Pure Savage, we only see Nardus come Argus, 99er or DC time – the powerhouse
spends most of his time running, working or thinking about the two. This
year we’ll be blessed to see him on some training rides and hopefully get to know him
during the race.
Bike: Swift R838
Marinus aka watt bazooka
made a mark (get it?) at Jock where he punished the peleton hour after hour by
launching watt bazooka after watt bazooka. He spends most of his time
training up at altitude so our little 204km outing should be a breeze for the
man from Krugerdorp.
Bike: Specialized S-Works Tarmac
Stevens aka Cannonball
Cannonball is known for two things: bringing down entire peletons owing to his
crash tactics and popping after a lengthy spell on the front of our pace line.
If one of these attributes is to come to fruition we hope it’s the latter…
Bike: Trek Madone 3.1
Robinson aka T-Rex
has been putting in loads of secret miles having recently top–tenned Price
Drive near Constantia Neck on the Strava segment. A beast of a man we hope he doesn’t
hurt us too badly up the climbs and undulating hills that comprise the last
several kilometres of the race.
Bike: Specialized Tarmac Pro
Strava: William Robinson