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Buys and Saunders crowned winners at Nissan TrailSeeker

PRETORIA, South Africa – Philip Buys and Samantha Saunders were crowned men and women’s winners in the marathon race at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike event last week in South Africa. The third round of the 2017 Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker Series attracted close to 2,500 participants who enjoyed the warm conditions and challenging bush trails of the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in Waterberg, north of Pretoria.

Buys (Pyga Eurosteel) was challenged for most of the race by South African marathon champion Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro) and Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling). But superior technical ability from Buys gave him the edge on the Vodacom mast climb and descent, which saw him claim victory in a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 26 seconds. Bell was second and Sidey third.

“There were quite a few technical sections that suited me and I knew exactly where to push the advantage,” said Buys. “That was on the big climb and the technical downhill. That’s where I got my lead. Then I just had to put my head down for the last flat section to stay away. On that Mast Climb, which is steep and loose, it’s very important to get the right gearing in order to maintain consistent traction. You don’t want to put a foot down or start walking because it’s difficult to get going again.”

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