Beers, Kitching Claim Maiden TrailSeeker Series Crowns

Matt Beers and Tandi Kitching claimed their maiden overall-title crowns when they won the men and women’s marathon races respectively at Round 2 of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape in Grabouw at the weekend Beers, who races for Red-E Cannondale, was involved in a three-way scrap with Ascendis Health’s Gert Heyns and Matthys Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) for most of the 67km race. Towards the end though, Beukes and…

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Coetzees keep Sondela titles in the family

The husband and wife pair of Dana and Sanet Coetzee won the men’s and women’s titles at the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic, which took place at the Sondela Nature Reserve outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. Dana Coetzee completed the 60km feature race in 2:05:06 to push Brendan Havenga (2:08:53) and Izak Strauss (2:11:22) into the minor placings. The 32-year-old from Pretoria said the pace had been fast from the…

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Dryland Event Management Announces First Ascent Partnership

Leading South African outdoor and sportswear company, First Ascent, has committed to a partnership with Dryland Event Management, the company that organises many of South Africa’s most prestigious mountain biking and trail running events. First Ascent is owned by Performance Brands, along with other sporting and outdoor brands such as Capestorm, Second Skins and African Nature. The partnership will see Dryland make use of First Ascent product for staff, event…

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‘Best ever’ trails for Sondela race

A bumper field can look forward to a fast and furious ride on pristine single-track when they take part in the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. “The trails are in the best condition ever,” said chief course designer Mel Meyer, whose team are in the final stages of preparing the 20km, 40km and 60km routes. He said a lot of time…

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“Ride for the Youth” marks official launch of Baywest MTB Trails

(Port Elizabeth) – Parents looking for ways to get their kids off the couch this National Youth Day (June 16) need look no further than the inaugural “Ride for the Youth” at Baywest Mall. This family-oriented mountain bike ride marks the official launch of the new Baywest Mall MTB Trails and is presented in conjunction with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, Old Mutual and Nutritech. Baywest Mall marketing manager Christopher…

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Mix it with the pros at Sondela MTB Classic

Recreational cyclists looking to mix it up with the pros have a small window of opportunity to enter the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic that takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. Entries for the annual festival – which offers 20km, 40km and kiddies’ races on the Saturday to complement the 60km feature event on the Sunday – close at midnight on Friday. Organisers, who are…

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Mcdougall makes big breakthrough in the Berg

Amy Beth McDougall made a big career breakthrough when she won her first National Marathon Series event at Round 4 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg at the weekend.   The 27-year-old Valencia rider scored a convincing victory in the two-stage race. The result was a significant breakthrough for McDougall, who has finished on the podium a number of times previously,…

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Davids Delivers Emphatic Reminder In The Drakensberg

Brendon Davids delivered an emphatic reminder of his ability as a mountain bike racer when he won his first Ashburton Investments National MTB Series title at Round 4 of the 2017 series at Champagne Sports Resort, in the Drakensberg at the weekend.   Although racing mainly in road events for Team Road Cover this year, Davids is a former African Under-23 mountain bike champion in the XCO discipline and he…

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Mapstone, Benson master Waterberg Encounter

Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men’s section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27. Gauteng Dairy’s Charles Steyn and Ian McLeod, who won stage…

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Seyffert seeks best form at Waterberg Encounter

After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday. The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February. Then, in late April, he rode to a strong podium…

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