(Rider at Zuurberg)
The Zuurberg Mountain Village will be the official race village for the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, which takes place near Addo in the Eastern Cape from May 29 to 31. Photo: Morné Marais

Zuurberg mountain bike race adds luxury package

Participants in next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are set to enjoy all the creature comforts with the introduction of a luxury safari tent stay for the three-stage mountain bike race near Addo in the Eastern Cape. Organisers have brought in the “glamping” or glamorous camping option as the Zuurberg Mountain Village, which plays host to the event from May 29 to 31, has been fully booked by riders. According…

(Combrinck and Rabie)
Gawie Combrinck (left) and Johann Rabie will set out to defend their title at the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race, which starts in Heidelberg south of Johannesburg on April 24. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Rabie and Combrinck gun for joBerg2c title defence

Defending champions Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck will be gunning for a second Old Mutual joBerg2c title when the nine-day mountain bike race fires its opening shot near Heidelberg on the outskirts of Johannesburg on April 24. Rabie and Combrinck will headline a field of 800 riders for the 950km stage race, which crosses four of South Africa’s nine provinces en route to the Indian Ocean. The EAI Cycling pair…

The infamous slick rock climb at MTB Clarens

Big names gather for Clarens National MTB series showdown

After a short break, the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series resumes on Saturday with Round 3 in Clarens, in the Free State province. The event also doubles as a round of the UCI Marathon World Series and has attracted a strong field. After two rounds, South African Waylon Woolcock (Red-E Blend) leads the prestigious national MTB series in the ultra-marathon category where the Elite and Under-23 men do battle. He…

The winners at the Emperors Palace Mountain Bike Classic in Johannesburg on Saturday were, from left, Lisa Venter (women’s 20km), Susan Sloan (women’s 40km), Christoff van Heerden (men’s 40km) and Heinrich Kanis (men’s 20km). Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep

Van Heerden romps to Emperors Palace mountain bike title

Former national road champion Christoff van Heerden, 30, showed his all-round racing ability when he claimed a surprise win in the Emperors Palace Mountain Bike Classic in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Saturday. Van Heerden, who won the Circuit Spectacular criterium at the same venue three years ago, blazed across the finish line to take the 40km mountain bike event in a time of 1:37:19. The Kitchen Bar rider was followed…

After 10 hours of night-riding a competitor heads towards the sunrise during the 2014 edition of The 36ONE MTB Challenge. A record field will tackle the 2015 edition of the 361km mountain bike race in Oudtshoorn from 17-19 April.
Photo credit: www.oakpics.co.za

Huge growth for 36ONE MTB challenge ultra endurance race

The fourth annual 36ONE MTB Challenge will take place in Oudtshoorn from 17-19 April and boasts more than a 50% increase in entries over last year as more mountain bikers seek new challenges and are drawn to the country’s premier ultra-endurance race. The single-stage 361-kilometre race through the Karoo is longer than the cumulative distance of most of South Africa’s popular three-day mountain bike stage races, with a total ascent…


Final chance to enter inaugural Cape Winelands race

Mountain bikers with a taste for the finer things in life have a final chance to secure one of just 20 remaining team spots before entries for the inaugural Liberty Cape Winelands MTB Encounter close on Tuesday (April 7). The debut edition of the five-star stage race will take an exclusive peloton of only 75 two-person teams through 175km of the Western Cape’s best mountain biking terrain in the vicinity…

joBerg2c: Over 100 foreign mountain bikers from 20 countries will be among the field of 800 for a nine-day tour across South Africa, the Old Mutual joBerg2c, which starts just outside Johannesburg on April 24. Photo: Kelvin Trautman

World’s mountain bikers heading to South Africa

Over 100 foreign mountain bikers from 20 countries will be among the field of 800 for a nine-day tour across South Africa, the Old Mutual joBerg2c, which starts just outside Johannesburg on April 24. The 900km fully serviced stage race will cross four provinces, more than 100 remote farms and the well-known Drakensberg mountain range en route to the Indian Ocean at Scottburgh, south of Durban. The countries most represented…

Cape Winelands MTB

Liberty rolls with Cape Winelands mountain bike race

Long-time cycling supporter Liberty has thrown its weight behind the Cape Winelands MTB Encounter, a three-stage, five-star mountain bike race that starts in Stellenbosch on April 17. The inaugural 175km race, which is presented by ASG and MTB Adventures, will see an exclusive field of just 100 two-person teams enjoying some of the country’s best mountain biking terrain around Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. According to organiser Wynand de Villiers of…

Max Knox

ABSA Cape Epic: Evans Seeks the Perfect 10 with Knox

The 2015 ABSA Cape Epic will be the 11th one that Kevin Evans starts. He’s hoping it’s going to be the 10th one he finishes. He’s also hoping he finishes it with a few podium visits and a smile because it could be his final edition as a professional racer. In terms of South Africans, only the late Burry Stander has achieved more success than Evans at the world’s most…

Rourke Courser (left) and Travis Walker, pictured here after their victory at the four-day Isuzu Trucks PE Plett stage race in September 2014, will be chasing more stage-race success at the ABSA Cape Epic as Team USN Full Dynamix.
Photo credit: Isuzu Trucks PE Plett

USN Backs Young South African Stars for Cape Epic

USN BACKS YOUNG SOUTH AFRICAN STARS FOR CAPE EPIC South African Elite Cross-country mountain bike champion, Rourke Croeser, and his teammate, Travis Walker, have been given a boost ahead of the 2015 ABSA Cape Epic with the announcement that leading sports supplement brand, USN, will be backing their quest to be the top African team. The Cape Epic starts in Cape Town on Sunday 15 March and finishes on Sunday…