The Italian-based ASG International group will be moving into new head offices in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, at the beginning of October. Photo: Supplied

Significant boost for SA cycling fraternity

The South African cycling fraternity has received a boost with leading global sport and cycling industry player ASG announcing they have attracted a significant strategic investment from South African Enterprise Development (SAED). “This investment will see us fast-track our growth and international expansion,” ASG founder and CEO Heinrich Dannhauser said after the news broke today. “We welcome SAED on board as our strategic partner as we broaden our product offering…

Nadine Visagie of Cyclezone (second from left) won the 40km women’s event at the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp. Photo: Jetline

Withaar wins Silverstar MTB Challenge on debut

Jan Withaar used his cross country background to power to victory in his first attempt at the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp today. The 34-year-old from Bryanston in Johannesburg took advantage of the technical sections on the twisty 40km course to establish an early lead and cruise to a comfortable victory in 1:36:44. He was followed home by Wessel Redelinghuys, who crossed the line in 1:38:05,…

TransCape participants traverse some of the most scenic and rugged mountain biking terrain in South Africa. Photo: Jacques Marais

ASG acquires TransCape mountain bike race

ASG Events have acquired a controlling stake in the TransCape multistage mountain bike race, it was announced this week. The seven-day event across the width of the Western Cape will be added to the company’s repertoire of partnership events, which include flagship races such as the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, Liberty Encounter Series and Sanlam MTB Invitational. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they were looking forward…

Henry Uys will be out to defend his title in the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp on September 10. Photo: Supplied

Uys chasing another Silverstar MTB Challenge title

Former South African sub-veteran marathon mountain biking champion Henry Uys will be looking to ramp up his game when he defends his title in the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp on September 10. The 33-year-old, who lives in Radiokop in Johannesburg’s West Rand, has shown good form after returning to competition following a month off in mid-year. Besides a third place in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa MTB…

Riders in the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp will be exposed to a variety of fun trails on September 10. Photo: Jetline Action Photo

Variety on offer at Silverstar MTB Challenge

Floating bridges, single-track and a few technical challenges lie in wait for riders when the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place on September 10. With races covering distances of 20km and 40km, there will be something for everyone and route director Darren Herbst, of ASG Events, believed competitors could look forward to “some really cool features”. Herbst has been working hard in recent months to ensure a…

Nolan Hoffman (right) competes in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic, hosted by Sun City, 21 August 2016, in the North West Province. Picture: Michel Bega

Cycle4Cansa mission accomplished for Hoffman

It was mission accomplished for Team Telkom’s Nolan Hoffman as he took the honours in an exciting sprint finish in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic at Sun City today. The 31-year-old professional from the West Rand in Johannesburg timed his finishing burst perfectly with about 80m to go to edge out Team Luso’s Calvin Beneke and RoadCover’s Bradley Potgieter in 2:18:13. In what the former Franschhoek resident described as a…

The Paarl region has become the mecca of mountain biking for many riders. Photo: Supplied

Events showcase Paarl as mountain biking destination

The Sanlam MTB Invitational in November is another high-profile event that showcases the Paarl region as a preferred mountain biking destination in South Africa. According to contributor Louis Ferreira, mountain bike events in and around the beautiful and mountainous Western Cape town have increased in popularity over the past decade. He said races such as the Invitational and Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic had done much to increase the popularity…

RoadCover pro Bradley Potgieter is hoping to add to his season’s victories in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic at Sun City on Sunday. Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep

Potgieter banks on team effort at Sun City Classic

Already a multiple winner this season, Team RoadCover’s Bradley Potgieter is looking forward to another strong showing at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic at Sun City on August 21. Although the 27-year-old from Wilgeheuwel in Johannesburg has enjoyed personal success, he said professional racing evolved around the team’s objectives. “The big highlight was Clint (Hendricks) winning the Cape Town Cycle Tour this year,” said Potgieter, who learnt his trade while growing…

Land Rover West Rand have come on board as title sponsors of next month’s Silverstar MTB Challenge. Photo: Jetline

Land Rover West Rand back rugged mountain bike race

Mountain bikers, who are often exposed to rugged conditions, will find a certain synergy with the new title sponsors when the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place on September 10. As long-time supporters of mountain biking, Land Rover South Africa, through their West Rand dealership, will add their off-road expertise to next month’s race in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. Speaking about their sponsorship of the event, Land Rover West…

Participants in the Sanlam MTB Invitational at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl will have exciting new trails to explore. Photo: BrandBoom

New trails for Sanlam MTB early birders

An exciting mix of adventure trails awaits riders when the Sanlam MTB Invitational takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 19 and 20. Having completed a survey of the possible route options this week, race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said they were looking forward to creating an interesting challenge for riders. He said the route scouting for the race, which is co-presented by the City…