Knox, De Groot eager for new two-day format at Sabie

South African marathon champions, Max Knox and Robyn de Groot, are looking forward to the new two-day race format that will debut at Round 2 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series in Sabie this weekend.   Knox, a Sabie resident, has always been a podium contender when the national marathon series has visited Sabie, with an impressive record of five podium finishes, including two wins since 2009. De Groot…

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Tankwa Trek: Strauss, De Villiers win stage, Süss, Stenerhag claim overall

South Africans Mariske Strauss and Yolande de Villiers won the final stage of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, on Sunday. But the Swiss/Swedish duo of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag claimed the overall victory after three days of fierce racing in the rugged Kouebokkeveld region of South Africa’s Western Cape province.   After winning Stages 1 and 2 quite convincingly, fate struck Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal/CBC) after…

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Huber, Platt Win Three In A Row To Retain Tankwa Trek Title

Switzerland’s Urs Huber and Germany’s Karl Platt completed a clean sweep of stage wins on Sunday to retain the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen mountain bike stage race title.   The Team Bulls duo were in control for the entire three-day event and won the final 89km stage in a time of 03 hours 05 minutes 34 seconds to confirm their impressive form as they prepare to defend…

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Dominant Huber, Platt Extend Tankwa Trek Lead

Urs Huber and Karl Platt turned the screws a little tighter on Saturday’s Queen Stage when they increased their grip on the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, winning the stage and extending their overall lead. Not to be outdone, Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag did the same in the women’s category.   Platt and Huber, sporting bright yellow jerseys in place of their new all-black Team Bulls racing…

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New pro outfit seal victory at TransCape

The Ellsworth-ASG outfit of Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker finished off the TransCape mountain bike race in style by claiming victory on the final stage to cement their overall triumph today. It was the perfect start for the new pro outfit, who rode together for the first time when they lined up in Knysna last Sunday for the seven-day, 690km race to Franschhoek in the Western Cape. They were followed…

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Platt, Huber Charge To Early Tankwa Trek Lead

Team Bulls riders, Karl Platt and Urs Huber, charged to a dominant victory on Stage 1 of the 2017 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Friday, getting their title defence of the world’s most prestigious three-day mountain bike race off to the perfect start.  The first women home were Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag and Switzerland’s Esther Süss.   Hot, dusty conditions greeted more than 700 riders, including some of…

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TransCape pays tribute to Laws on penultimate stage

The new professional team of Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker claimed their fifth stage victory as the TransCape mountain bike race paid tribute to former British road champion Sharon Laws, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer late last year. Organisers ASG Events dubbed the top of the day’s major climb, Rusty Gate, as the Sharon Laws Summit to honour the 42-year-old double Cape Epic champion. Seyffert said going up Rusty…

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Belgian celebrates birthday with stage win

Belgian Eddy Feliers celebrated his 49th birthday in style as he and teammate Kristof de Neys took the stage win on the fifth day of the TransCape mountain bike race between Swellendam and Greyton today. Riding for Cicero Baik, the European pair led the bunch home for their first stage win in this year’s 690km event, which started in Knysna on Sunday. Today’s route of 112.5km with about 1 500m…

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Bestmed-ASG’s new signings ready to roll

Having signed up a new-look outfit of elite riders, Team Bestmed-ASG will be focused on making a major impact on the South African cycling scene this year. Grabbing their immediate attention will be the SA National Road Championships in Wellington this week where team leader and Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will be defending her road race title on Saturday. Team manager Owen Botha said they would also be looking further ahead…

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Team Biogen 2017: An Unlikely Partnership

This Friday, at the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, an unlikely pairing will begin a 2017 mountain bike racing campaign as Team Biogen. Unlikely because Johann Rabie is a former professional South African cyclist and Gordon Gilbert is a former professional Scottish soccer player.                     Don’t expect Team Biogen to win any major races, but don’t be surprised to see them trying to.   While Rabie is no…

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