(Mabalingwe, Limpopo) Team NAD’s Nico Bell finished second at this weekend’s Nissan Trailseeker on Sunday 16 July.
Bell had a great battle with Team PYGA Eurosteel’s Phillip Buys and narrowly missed out on the top step of the podium.
Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, is located 38 km west of Bela Bela, in the Limpopo province of South Africa, and is about 12,000 hectare in area.
The Nissan Trailseeker leg at Lionman has become a “must-do -event” for all seasoned MTB thrill seekers, while still catering for newcomers, along with their families. Lionman boasts some of Mabalingwe’s most exciting routes for mountain bikers, with no overlaps or bottle necks, and is the perfect opportunity for families to join in the fun and make it an exciting weekend for some bush tranquillity.
“The Nissan Trailseeker at Lionman is a very hard race. Very sandy, rocky and loose under the wheels. For this specific reason I put on wider tires and a little more sealant in the tires” – Nico Bell
Unfortunately Gawie could not start the race due to a late bout of flu and Nico was left to tackle the world class field of riders on his own.
After spending some time off the bike recovering from minor surgery, Nico pushed hard early on during the race and was confident that he could battle for the win with the current form.
On one of the steep climbs Phillip managed to open a small gap and was able to maintain the time difference to take the victory. Nico raced to second place on the day.
“I took it a bit easier on the descents to make sure that I finish the race. It was a massive gamble to either go all out and suffer a possible mechanical or to finish the race and secure the points.
The race was a little short for me, but the form is improving again after some time off the bike and I am very happy to finish on the podium with my good friend Declan Sidey rounding out the podium in third place” – Nico Bell
The team now focusses their attention to the National MTB series in Van Gaalens on the 29th of July.