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Howzit Aussie,

I just wanted to give you some news on the IMC camp and Cyclelab Centurion.

Longer, warmer days are here and it feels as though a little more motivation has returned.

It was a long season for Yolande and I but a very rewarding one. All the pressure was on Yolande near the end of the Marathon season with only two events left and she needed to finish and finish well in both of them to win the series. We spent a lot of time preparing the equipment and strategising so not to overlook any details so that all she needed to do was pedal - and pedal she did!!!

Our trusty Mongoose bikes finished the year in style with not one failure the entire season. Yolande won the Karoo to Coast and the Crater Cruise to clinch the series and ultimately won the coveted Woman’s Mountain biker of the Year award. Between all the multi-day race wins including the Cape Epic and Sani2C, two National Champion (sub-vet mens xc and elite woman marathon) titles and many other podiums throughout the season the IMC Reaction/Mongoose camp has had its best season to date!

 

The past few months have been somewhat difficult for me on the racing circuit. I have been spending most of my time designing and opening the new Cyclelab branch in Centurion with my partners the Labuschgne brothers. Like any new business working through all the new procedures and the inevitable teething problems I am now proud to say that we can now see the end of the tunnel. The shop looks stunning and now offers the client a great retail and workshop experience.

 

Yolande and I have now enjoyed some “off time” with regards to cycling. My theory is that there must be down time to have an on season. Our goals are set for 2008 and for the first time will have different strategies.

Yolande will be focusing on short course racing and will spend time again in Europe to help prepare for the Olympics (fingers crossed).

I will be focusing on the multi stages again including defending the Cape Epic as well as the longer marathons. We will be defending our titles at the shorter stage races but won’t be competing together for the Cape Epic in 2008 because of the nature of the event we don’t want to endanger her Olympic preparations. Our training is going well and is on schedule. We are looking forward to the Sabie Experience in December, I believe it is a new course and I’m sure Denis and his Team will provide us with a decent challenge.

Just to end I would like to say a big thank you from Yolande and me to all of our sponsors for a great season and hopefully we will be able to continue the results and the coverage for 2008.

IMC Reaction, Mongoose bikes, Epic Sports cycle shop, Giro, Easton, Kenda tires and ActiveWorx

Till next time, rubber side down.

Paul Cordes