Wilkinson, Du Toit take muddy wins at Ballito Expedition

Days of much-needed rain on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast left the trails around Sugar Rush Adventure Centre awash with mud for the Bestmed Ballito Expedition, presented by ASG, on Saturday. But the swampy conditions were not enough to deter those hardy mountain bikers who took on the 50km feature race, which was won by 19-year-old Matt Wilkinson in a time of 2:13:58. argo Pro’s Alan Hatherly claimed the runner-up spot,…

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Team Bestmed-ASG take on Cape Pioneer Trek

Team Bestmed-ASG members will make their presence known at one of South Africa’s toughest mountain bike stage races, the Cape Pioneer Trek, which starts near Mossel Bay this coming weekend. Riders Michelle Benson, Mariette Hattingh and Sanet Coetzee will team up with male partners to do battle in the mixed category at the seven-day race. Former junior national time-trial champion Benson is looking forward to competing in the off-road discipline…

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Even better route for second Paarl MTB Classic

Following a successful inaugural Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, the race organisers have improved the route to showcase even more breathtaking landscapes and awesome single-track in the winelands surrounding the Western Cape town. The beautiful Rhebokskloof Wine Estate will now be the official host venue for Paarl’s signature mountain bike event on November 22, and route director Darren Herbst is very excited about the move. “The move to Rhebokskloof is purely…

Athletes compete in the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa Triathlon, held at Buffalo City, East London, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa on January 25 2015

High5 fuels endurance sports in South Africa

High5 Sports Nutrition has confirmed its commitment to promoting endurance sports in South Africa with the announcement of two new sponsorship agreements. The brand has signed a three-year deal as official on-course nutrition partner for all IRONMAN events in South Africa and will also supply the nutritional needs of the Kargo Pro mountain biking team. High5 brand manager Gareth Taylor said the new sponsorships followed on the back of a…

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Tour of Good Hope sees multi-million rand eyewear sponsorship

Leading global sports brand Rudy Project celebrated its 30th birthday this month with the announcement of a R3.5-million investment in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The product sponsorship, which is the largest endorsement of its kind in the history of African road racing, will see every finisher in the five-day tour rewarded with a pair of the latest Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear. The Tralyx debuted at this year’s Tour…

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Grindrod to present 10th Berg and Bush

Grindrod Bank has come on board as the presenting sponsor of the Berg and Bush mountain bike race, which celebrates 10 trailblazing years in the Central Drakensberg in October. Grindrod public relations and marketing coordinator Sarah Freestone said the national financial institution had a long history of sponsoring outdoor events such as the Umngazi Pondo Pedal and Zululand Rhino Adventure Ride. “But nothing on the same size and scale as…

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Uys aces Silverstar mountain bike race

South African sub-veteran marathon champion Henry Uys mastered the wet and slippery riding conditions atop the Krugersdorp Ridge to claim the victory in the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge, presented by ASG, on Saturday. Uys, who rides in the colours of Complete Cyclist, kept his nerve on the three-kilometre finishing descent to take the 40km win in a time of 1:46:41. Josef Bester followed him into the undercover finish at the…

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Berg and Bush riders to battle for R100K on Spioenkop

Riders in the Berg and Bush mountain bike stage race will have added incentive to outgun their rivals, as they battle for their share of a new R100 000 prize purse for the race up Spioenkop in November. The 1.5km charge up to the iconic Anglo-Boer War site in the Central Drakensberg is an optional extra “race within a race” and was first introduced during the two-day event last year….


Lost City classic looks for new champion

The Powerade Lost City classic, presented by Bestmed, will be looking for a new champion when the 115km road race rolls out near Rustenburg on Saturday. Reigning winner Jayde Julius will not return to defend his title in the North-West Province race as he is currently training in Europe ahead of his debut as stagiaire for ProContinental outfit MTN-Qhubeka. Last year, the young climber surprised South Africa’s top sprinters when…


Team Bestmed-ASG welcomes new signings for spring

Women’s professional cycling team Bestmed-ASG have kicked off the second half of their season by welcoming two new signings ahead of the Powerade Lost City Cycle Classic, presented by Bestmed, on Saturday. South African sub-veteran road champion Sanet Coetzee and triathlete Jade Roberts will add their experience to the powerhouse line-up for the Rustenburg race that includes SA omnium track titleholder Maroesjka Matthee and national veteran road champ Desray Sebregts….