The feature race at the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic will boast a brand new route. Photo: Supplied

New Sondela route excites top riders

Experienced mountain biker Bennie Pearson is approaching Sunday’s feature race at the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic with a sense of excitement following the creation of a new route. Although the weekend cycling festival near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, which is also known as the Bushveld’s Big MTB Bash, includes races on both days, all eyes will be on the top competitors in the 60km event. To put them to the test,…

Participants in the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic will tackle a new route in the event’s 60km feature race on Sunday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo.

Mountain bikers face fresh Sondela challenge

Participants in the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic near Bela-Bela in Limpopo will be breaking new ground when the feature race offers a fresh challenge on Sunday. Race director and chief course designer Mel Meyer said the 60km event had received a facelift that would give mountain bikers a completely different experience. He said they felt the need to change the course to ensure it did not mirror the previous day’s…

Devan Kruger, of SST-Clotan, is framed by partner Gertjie Harmse’s wheel during a stage on the Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo at the weekend.

Waterberg champ backs race’s future

The stage has been set for the Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter to become a permanent date on the South African mountain biking calendar after receiving high praise from inaugural winner Gertjie Harmse. The three-day race, which took place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo at the weekend, is the second leg of the Encounter Series and follows the staging of the highly successful Winelands MTB Encounter in the Western Cape over the…

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National MTB series battle reaches crucial stage at Van Gaalen

The Ashburton Investments National MTB Series visits the North West province for Round 4 this weekend. The venue is Van Gaalen, widely considered the best allround mountain biking test when it comes to marathon distance racing. Nestled at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range, and close to Hartebeespoort Dam, Van Gaalen was the venue of the 2015 South African marathon national championships. It has the right blend of distance,…

Mountain bikers are ready to take on the second event in the Liberty Encounter Series when the Waterberg MTB Encounter takes place near Bela-Bela from Friday to Sunday. Photo: Ewald Sadie

Cyclists face pioneering ride in the Waterberg

“They are going to experience the Waterberg biosphere and the wonderful ecological element of the region.” Meyer said they had organised a talk by an expert on Thursday evening to explain how the Waterberg was created millions of years ago. With rolling grasslands surrounding the 14 500 square kilometre mountain range, which rises to 1 400m in some places, Meyer said the riders would enjoy the routes, but warned there would be…

Adriaan Louw leads TIB Insurance-Contego team-mate Andrew Hill on the third and final stage of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Hill, Louw secure second Zuurberg title

Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw were able to play it safe on the final day en route to securing the overall title at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race at Addo, near Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. Even though they yielded the final stage to Kargo Pro’s Marco Joubert and Jurgens Uys, the Contego-TIB Insurance outfit ran out comfortable winners after completing the three tough stages in a combined…

Logistics partner Fast & Furious are providing a bicycle transport service to this year’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Supplied

Fast & Furious make light work of Zuurberg logistics

The growth of mountain biking events has resulted in specialist transport company Fast & Furious coming on board as logistics partner of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Given the popularity of these events in South Africa, they have a long-term view of becoming the preferred transport solution for cyclists, said chief operating officer Grant Fletcher. Based in Johannesburg, Fast & Furious have 14 branches around the country that specialise in…

Max Knox ready and waiting on the start line. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting

TrailSeeker Lionman lives up to its wild reputation

South African marathon champion, Max Knox and African marathon champion, Amy Beth McDougall, won the men and women’s titles respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike race near Bela Bela at the weekend. Knox (Valencia) clocked a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds for the marathon event, which was just short of 70km. He was followed across the line by Hein Engelbrecht (Valencia) five minutes later, with…

This year’s joBerg2c champions, Anriette Schoeman (pictured here) and Samantha Sanders, will join forces in the women’s category of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, which starts on Friday. Photo: Supplied

joBerg2c champs team up at Zuurberg

Overall winners of this year’s joBerg2c women’s race, Anriette Schoeman and Samantha Sanders, will aim to add the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike title to their conquests when the race gets underway outside Addo on Friday. Schoeman, who lives in nearby Port Elizabeth, had originally been preparing to defend her mixed title alongside John Wakefield, but his withdrawal from the three-day race opened up the opportunity to ride with…

Durbanite Andrew Hill (pictured here) will join forces with Paarl’s Adriaan Louw in a bid to regain the title in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race. Photo: Zoon Cronje

Hill and Louw aim to regain Zuurberg crown

Mountain bike pros Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw will be out to re-assert their authority on the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek when it takes place just outside Port Elizabeth from June 3 to 5. The TIB Insurance-Contego team made light work of the inaugural event two years ago, claiming a hat-trick of stage wins en route to the overall title. Last year Hill, who races out of Durban in…