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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 2 – Ceres to Ceres.

MTB legend Bart Brentjens (Netherlands) & Jelmer Pietersma (Netherlands) from team Trek-Brentjens take first spot on the podium for Stage 2. Hot on their heels , Karl Platt (Germany) & Stefan Sahm (Germany) from team Bulls and Kevin Evans (South Africa) & Alban Lakata (Austria) from team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon followed in two second intervals to take second and third place respectively. Kevin Evans and Stefan Sahm retain the winners jerseys at end of Stage 2, but its still early days with very little time between the top teams.

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Team RSAWEB presents a series of daily highlights videos from the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic. This is Stage 1 – Diemersfontein to Ceres.

Kevin Evans (South Africa) & Alban Lakata (Austria) from team MTN Qhubeka Topeak Ergon cross the finish line first in a time of 4:35.52,3. Frustrated by wheel issues, Burry Stander (South Africa) and Christoph Sauser (Netherlands) from team Songo-Specialized by DCM follow in second place almost five minutes behind. Emil Lindgren (Sweden) and Fabian Giger (Switzerland) beat 2009 wining team, Bulls (Karl Platt & Stefan Sahm), to take the 3rd spot on the podium. An exciting start to the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic!

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Team RSAWEB’s Team Gamma (myself, Richard Tasker and Jeremy Shaw) was officially entered the Sani2C Race when my wife, Kirsten, pulled out.  This meant that we could use the race as preparation for the upcoming ABSA Cape Epic.

Day 0:

The trip to Underberg started with a 6am departure from Jo’burg (fortunately missing the morning traffic).  We stopped in Nottingham Road to drop off the kids with their Grandparents and then headed to Registration. News was already starting to flow in from Rob Gilmour and Mark Slingsby, who were also doing the Sani2C, that the conditions were muddy.  After some deliberation I decided to stick to my current tyres (Hutchinson Pythons) and not change at the last minute.

Registration was quick and easy, and we hung around to meet with friends and waited for the race briefing. Thereafter, we hopped on the shuttle to our accommodation in Himeville, claimed our mattresses in the makeshift dormitory, and headed to Himeville Arms for dinner with many other riders, before we turned in for the evening.

Day 1

81.6km 4h06  1240m+

Deciding to ride down to the start, we left Himeville accommodation around 5am, in complete darkness, and arrived at Underberg to a welcomed breakfast and our 6h40 start time.  The race began along district roads for a few kilometres before heading into the first single track.  A few changes to the ‘View Climb’ took us towards one of the day’s highlights – the Floating Bridge (watch our YouTube clip – specifically from 1:13).  Hats off to the riders who managed to wheelie on the bridge – that takes some courage.

Mist quickly moved into MacKenzie Club, increasing in thickness and eventually converting into rain, leaving us eagerly awaiting Farmer Glen’s decision about riding down Nic’s Pass into the Umkomaas Valley.  Eventually the disappointing call was made that we would not confront the Pass, and that was the end of Day 1.

Day 2

92.8km 5h17  1750m+

The beginning of the race was particularly muddy, which persisted until we dropped out of the mist-belt and into Umkomaas Valley with a fast and furious descent. We made our way along the Valley, climbed out for a short stretch on the tar road, and rejoined the original route to the first Water Point.

Conditions became ideal for good cycling, which lead us to make good time into the Valley, and we carefully made our way across the 4 river crossings before starting the big climb up and out of the Valley. A much needed and appreciated lunch was provided by Nando’s, which increased our energy levels before reaching the toughest climb of the day, and ending our day with more fantastic single track.

Finishing the day’s race, we were greeted by sunshine at Jolivet Farm, where we made full use of the generous facilities and spent the afternoon welcoming in the late-comers.

Day 3

77.2km 3h32 975m+

A late start on the final day left us enjoying a few extra hours of sleep (albeit that we still had to wake up at 5am).  The new start route took us on some great single/Subaru track, before hitting the cane plantations and the final sprint to the beach.  We were feeling strong and pulled hard on the last 15km making up some time and catching up to a few teams.

Overall all, the Sani2C 2010 was a great race, and excellent preparation for the upcoming Cape Epic.

Watch this space for our extensive coverage of the ABSA Cape Epic.

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Kevin Vermaak, founder of the ABSA Cape Epic chats to us about his thoughts on the 2010 race, and how it has grown from humble beginnings locally to a world class event.

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We bumped into Olympic gold medalist, UCI world champ and overall MTB legend Bart Brentjens at the ABSA Cape Epic media launch held in Cape Town recently. Bart was kind enough to share with us his aspirations and preparation planning for the 2010 ABSA Cape Epic.

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Essential Tools for Bloggers

February 10, 2010

No longer considered a passing fad, blogging has proven itself to be a valuable marketing tool for those who have valuable, interesting or even entertaining content to share with the world. Here are seven indispensable tools that may be useful for amateur and pro bloggers alike:


WordPress is a blog publishing application which may be used for basic content management and focuses on web standards and usability. Features include, but are far from limited to: a user-friendly workflow, rich plugin architecture and an advanced templating system. WordPress is free and has become one of the most popular blog software applications used. RSAWEB provides web-hosting packages suitable for hosting WordPress sites.


Bit.ly and Goo.gl are used to shorten the length of your URL, enabling you to share the link easily, Tweet and email to it to friends, with the objectives being: stability (ensuring the services have good uptime), security (protecting users from malware and phishing pages), speed (fast resolution of short URLs) and tracking (see how many people followed your link).


Google Analytics is a valuable tool which allows you to track the traffic information associated with your blog. You can view the number of unique visitors, page views, as well as how the visitors arrived at your site. This information provides you with useful insights into your target audience, hence preparing you to write better-targeted content and strengthen your marketing initiatives.


Google Feedburner allows bloggers the ability to create and manage their own custom RSS feeds and track the usage of their subscribers and readers. It is the leading tool for media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds assisting bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers to promote, deliver and ultimately profit from their blog.


Disqus expands on your blog’s discussion community through using Discus Comment as a comment system and moderation tool for your site, also allowing users to comment via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.


TubeMogul, if you decide to include video into your blog, then TubeMogul is the tool for you. TubeMogul presents the blogger with a single point for deploying uploads to multiple video sharing and media sites. Additionally, the analytic technology aggregates your video-viewing data to give users the information as to who, when, where and how often their videos are being watched.


HubSpot gets you found online with advanced inbound marketing tools and shows you how to convert more visitors into leads. The full package will burn a hole in your pocket, with the cost of packages ranging from US$250 to US$12,000 p/month. However, the 7-day free trial should give you a fair understanding into the products capabilities. There are also HubSpot free tools available at Website Grader, and Twitter Grader which will analyze your Twitter account, followers and Twitter habits.

These suggested tools are merely the entrance gate to a whole world of apps that will assist any blogger with getting the most out of their blog. There’s an app that will suit a bloggers every need, it’s just a question of: Which one is your favourite?

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Geeks need love too. Its true.

Showing that special geek in your life that you care this Valentines Day might be the smartest move you’ve made since moving from Windows to Linux. We can help. We’re giving away 5 limited edition Valentines Day Geek Gear coffee mugs to help 5 lucky Geeks give a gift that says more than Twitter could ever express.

To stand a chance to win one of these testaments of love, simply ‘like’ this post (Facebook fans only) or leave a comment / geeky love poem with this post to enter the lucky draw. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 10 Feb.

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Cape Epic Nutrition

January 28, 2010

When it comes to preparing for the Cape Epic, hard work and gutsy determination will only get you so far. Serious riders know that the science behind using the correct nutrition will give them an edge to prepare themselves for what is truly one of the greatest mountain biking challenges on the planet.

Team RSAWEB nutrition sponsor Biogen provided the team with a carefully selected range of products from their Enduro range, which is designed for athletes that need to perform over longer periods of time under demanding conditions.

In preparation for the Team RSAWEB 2010 Cape Epic Mission, our pro riders Nic & Simon Lamond put these products to the test in a “light” training ride from Cape Town to Sedgefield. After conquering some rather interesting terrain (see pic below), and pushing their fitness levels to breaking point, the lads had this to say about their new trail companions:

“The recovery drink (Recovergen) works well. It’s thick and milky and feels like it rebuilds us after a hard training session. Ready for the 9-5, or the next session!”

“We are both impressed with the taste of the Energy drink (Cytogen) and the Gels (Energy Gels). Seriously. The naartjie flavour drink is awesome. You can drink it all day which is critical on a 5-hour training ride and will be a god-send during the race.”

“As for the gels, they give a boost much like most gels out there do, but these ones don’t clog up, or make you wince at the taste and texture. Easy to swallow, and pleasant on the palate.”

Special thanks to Biogen for powering our team. Literally.

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With the new-year in full swing, lets take a look at what strategic technologies we think are already beginning to take root, and will play a big role in shaping IT in South Africa during 2010:

1. Cloud based Technologies
With the success and rapid adoption of cloud based technologies in international markets, it’s only a matter of time before this game-changer reaches our shores, offering services that are faster to market than ever before. Expect some big developments in this space from RSAWEB in the near future.

2. Modular Data Center design
A more modular approach to data centre design will be employed, only providing resources for space being utilized. Previously, newly-built data centers often had huge areas of vacant floor space, fully powered and backed by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), water-and air-cooled while they were predominantly empty.

3. Flash Memory
Flash memory is not a new technology, but it is only now beginning to gain momentum as the price drops with increasing demand.

According to international research company Gartner, at the current rate of price drops, this technology will enjoy more than a 100 percent compound annual growth rate during the new few years and become strategic in many IT areas including consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems.

4. Virtualization for Availability
Recent developments in virtualization technology such as live migration, has brought a new focus on this technology, which now provides higher availability than before. Such developments will allow for the cost and complexity systems to be reduced.

5. Mobile Applications
An often overlooked factor in a country that has 3 times more mobile internet users than broadband users. By the end of 2010, Gartner predicts that world wide 1.2 billion people will carry handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce providing a prosperous environment for the convergence of mobility and the Web.

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How to park a domain name

December 18, 2009

Domain name choice is a critical factor for any online venture. Securing the right domain name will maximize the amount of search engine traffic that comes to your site, maintain brand consistency and make sure you’re easy to find on the web.

Those with foresight can book or ‘park’ their desired domains, so that they can own the domain without having to pay the monthly hosting costs while they are not using it. This can prove useful if you have an idea for a blog/business/ecommerce site, and want to secure a domain name ahead of time or even if you see a particular domain that will become valuable to you in the future.

Parking a domain with RSAWEB is easy and cost effective. All you pay for is the annual domain registration cost, and parking fee of R25 per annum. So for example, if you wanted to park www.thisismysupernewdomain.co.za, it would cost you R50 per annum for the registration and R25 for the parking – a total cost of R75 per annum (R6.25 per month). When you want to start using your domain, simply order a web hosting package, and you’re ready to go live.

Ready to get parking?
Check if the domain you want to purchase is available using our domain search tool.

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