Langvad smashes Attakwas record on debut

Denmark’s multiple mountain bike world champion, Annika Langvad (Specialized) beat off a strong field to win the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in a new women’s record time in South Africa on Saturday.   It was Langvad’s debut appearance at the demanding 121km event, which is considered South Africa’s toughest one-day mountain bike race. She clocked a time of 05:25:55 to slice almost five minutes off the previous record of…

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Sauser delivers incredible comeback to win Attakwas

Swiss mountain bike racing legend, Christoph Sauser didn’t only mark his return from retirement at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in South Africa on Saturday, he won the gruelling 121km race after the most incredible comeback following a mechanical delay early on.   The 40-year-old Investec-Songo-Specialized rider clocked a winning time of 04 hours 50 minutes 09 seconds to capture his third title in what is widely considered to…

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International injection for Tour of Good Hope

The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s international reputation was further enhanced this week after confirmation that five-time Cape Epic champion Karl Platt will be on the start line in early March. The German will lead a strong team in South Africa’s premier road stage race that stretches over five days and 490km in the Cape Winelands. The 38-year-old from Osthofen will be supported by Swiss marathon mountain bike champion Urs…

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Lüthi hungry to reclaim Attakwas Crown against powerful field

Five-time winner Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) is eager to reclaim the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge title that she won consecutively from 2011–2015. But the Swiss marathon champion will be up against the strongest field ever assembled at Saturday’s 121km point-to-point race, which is considered among the toughest one-day races in South Africa.   A crash in December resulted in Lüthi having to take some time off training, but she’s…

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Berge en Dale adds mountain bike component

For the first time, two mountain bike routes have been added to the Berge en Dale cycling race on February 4 and 5 as organisers ASG Events seek to broaden the appeal of the event. Routes covering distances of 40km and 15km have been set up for the Sunday, following the feature 102km road classic on the Saturday. ASG Events route director Darren Herbst said the event had been extended…

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Cape Pioneer Trek enters new era with top sponsors

The 2017 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, to which entries opened on 14 December 2016, will offer a refined rider experience, a Queen Stage and a fresh look, thanks to the investment of new sponsors, Momentum Health and Biogen.   The ninth edition of the annual seven-day mountain bike stage race, which is dubbed #racewithsoul, will be the first of a three-year partnership with Momentum Health, South…

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Fedgroup invests in refreshed PE Plett mountain bike race

The fifth edition of the PE Plett, South Africa’s premier four-day mountain bike stage race, will herald the start of a new era for the event with the announcement that FedGroup will be the title sponsor.   Also new for 2017 is a date change. After four editions held in September, each of which has endured challenging weather conditions such as wind, rain and mud, organisers, Red Cherry, have shifted…

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Tankwa Trek goes fully international with new sponsors, UCI status

The Tankwa Trek isn’t South Africa’s oldest three-day mountain bike stage race. Neither is it the biggest. But it is firmly on track to become the most internationally recognised, following the addition of two new sponsors and the upgrade to International Cycling Union (UCI) status.   The three-day race, which was only established in 2013, has rapidly become one of the most prestigious mountain bike races in South Africa. This…

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New format boost for Ashburton Investments National MTB Series

Three fresh venues and a new format will give the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series a boost for the 2017 South African mountain bike-racing season.   Five of the seven rounds of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series will be held as two-day stage races; and there will be no more ultra-marathon distance at any of the events.   The new format has been developed by the…

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Knox to race Rocky Mountain Bikes in 2017

South Africa’s leading marathon mountain bike racer, Max Knox, will race on Rocky Mountain bikes in 2017. The 29-year-old Knox won both the South African marathon championship and the Ashburton Investment National Marathon Series in 2016 and has set his sights on an expanded racing programme in 2017.   Rocky Mountain is a Canadian-based international bicycle brand, which has been producing premium performance mountain bikes since 1981. It has achieved…

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