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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….

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Paarl to host Tour of Good Hope

Paarl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands region of South Africa, has been announced as the official host city for the 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope presented by Rudy Project. Situated 60km northeast of Cape Town, the seat of the City of Drakenstein will provide logistical and financial support for the five-day tour, which takes place from February 29 to March 4. According to race organiser Wynand de…

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Top riders cycle for cancer at Lost City

Concerned cyclists will be doing their bit for cancer awareness when they sign up for the Lost City Cycle 4 Cansa weekend, presented by Bestmed, on August 15 and 16. More than 3 000 roadies and around a thousand mountain bikers are expected to turn out for the 17th edition of the North West province event. According to Bestmed corporate communications manager Sasja la Grange, the event has raised R3.75…

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Former Bok soloes to Jock Classique win

Former Springbok cyclist Mark Spencer soloed to victory in South Africa’s oldest one-day stage race, the 150km Bestmed Jock Classique, in Nelspruit on Saturday. Spencer, who is the current national road champion in the 40 to 44 age group, won two of the three stages en route to the overall title in 4:28:19. The 43-year-old said he was delighted to be the first amateur to take the win in the…

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Smit takes hometown win in Jock Tour

South African road cycling star Willie Smit took two out of three stage wins en route to a convincing hometown victory in the inaugural Bestmed Jock Tour, presented by ASG Events, in Nelspruit on Sunday. The Lowveld local, riding in the colours of EuropcarSA, delivered a measured performance throughout the Mpumalanga tour to take the overall honours in a combined time of 8:52:45. Another Nelspruit resident, Nico Bell of RECM,…


Madibaz cyclists take silver at student champs

A determined Bestmed-Shukuma Madibaz cycling team held many of the larger squads at bay to take the silver medal in the team classification at the University Sport South Africa competition in Stellenbosch last week. The Western Cape institutions dominated the national student championship, with hosts Maties claiming the overall victory and the University of Cape Town rounding out the podium. Madibaz team captain Marinus Prinsloo and teammate Christian van Aardt…

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SA’s best cyclists assemble for Jock Tour

South Africa’s top professional road cycling teams will face one of their toughest tests yet in the newly launched Bestmed Jock Tour, which starts at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on July 17. Participants in the three-day tour of Mpumalanga, which is presented by ASG, will cover 299km and ascend over 7 200m as they vie for their share of the R100 000 prize purse. The tour culminates with the…

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Van Straaten striving for Sondela hat-trick

Defending champion David van Straaten will be striving for his hat-trick when he lines up for the 60km Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, presented by ASG, near Bela-Bela on Sunday. This year, the feature race has been added to the line-up of seven events that make up the mountain biking arm of the new Bestmed National Cycling Series. Van Straaten has dominated the event, which traverses the 4 700-hectare Sondela Game…