Gauteng gears up to get flat and fast

Gauteng is gearing up for a high-speed challenge this weekend! The penultimate round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series kicks off on Saturday, 23 September in Hazeldean. Almost 3000 adventure-seekers are expected to arrive for the spring festivity, which will be hosted by Pretoria’s popular Cowhouse Market. “This is the biggest annual mountain bike event that Pretoria,” said race organiser Francois Theron. Riders will be given the opportunity to explore the best…

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Varsity MTB Challenge route a ‘balancing act’

Although the route builders are striving hard to create a balanced course, competitors in the Varsity MTB Challenge at the end of the month will have their work cut out. The two-day mountain bike race in Paarl, sponsored by First National Bank, starts on September 30 and is an opportunity for alumni, students and the public to experience a memorable outing in the Drakenstein mountains. Both stages are cloverleaf in…

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Aggressive buys extends Ashburton Investments MTB Series lead

Philip Buys extended his lead in the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series when he played the perfect hand on Sunday’s second stage and toppled overnight leader, Gert Heyns in a decisive battle at Dullstroom, Mpumalanga on Sunday.   After finishing third on Stage 1 on Saturday, Buys (Pyga Eurosteel) started Sunday’s leg 22 seconds back and in aggressive mood, setting the pace from the start with his Pyga Eurosteel…

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Lill, Sanders deliver exciting Dullstroom duel

Team dormakaba’s Candice Lill continued her good race form when she won a stage and the overall title at Round 6 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Dullstroom, Mpumalanga at the weekend.   Despite the absence of the top two ranked riders in the prestigious series, Robyn de Groot and Amy Beth McDougall, who were both ill, it wasn’t plain sailing for Lill, who had to overcome a…

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Race village elevates Varsity mountain bike race

A race village with plenty to offer is expected to take the Varsity MTB Challenge to another level when the annual mountain bike race takes place next month. The two-day event in Paarl, which will be held on September 30 and October 1, will have the Nederburg wine farm as its centrepiece, with cloverleaf routes starting and finishing at the race village. Although billed as the ultimate alumni challenge, it…

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Success for Beukes brothers at mountain bike series

It was a family affair as brothers Matthys and Gerrie Beukes won their respective age categories at the third round of the Madibaz XCO Series at Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday. Matthys, who finished third at the SA National MTB Championships last month, said he woke without plans of racing but the enticing Bergadder course made it impossible to stay away. “That morning I went to see how…

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Top MTB Stars Set For Altitude Battle At Dullstroom

Many of South Africa’s top mountain bike stars are set for a two-day battle in the eastern highlands when they contest Round 6 of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Dullstroom, Mpumalanga this weekend.   The event will offer two days of high-quality, high-altitude racing in some of the most scenic surrounds and a large field is expected due to the close proximity (3-hour drive) of Dullstroom to…

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Challenging course for third round of Madibaz XCO series

The third round of the Madibaz MTB XCO Series will present riders with an opportunity to try their hand at a challenging new course at the Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday. Race director Jan Venter said the track, used in the opposite direction last year, was one that would allow participants to test their skills to the limit. “The race is going to take place in and around…

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Varsity MTB Challenge for everyone, says Francois Pienaar

Providing an opportunity for old varsity friends to renew their rivalry, while also creating a platform for current students to compete, are the driving forces behind next month’s Varsity MTB Challenge. In addition, the second edition of the two-day mountain bike race – which starts at Nederburg in Paarl on September 30 – is open to the public as the organisers strive to offer a “race for everyone”. Stemming from…

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New signing Kristen Louw dazzles with Cycle4Cansa win

Bestmed-ASG’s new signing Kristen Louw started her tenure with the team on a high note when she won the 50km mountain bike title at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship on Saturday. The race started from Sun City in the Pilanesberg and took riders through sections of the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses as well as the Letsatsing Game Reserve. The petit 19-year-old from Potchefstroom said she had been determined…

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