Tough but balanced route for Great Zuurberg Trek

While day two stands out as the queen stage, PwC Great Zuurberg Trek route director Rob Hayter feels riders will face a strong variety of challenges in one of the Eastern Cape’s premier mountain bike events next month. Hayter and his team have been hard at work in the last three months preparing the trails for the race from May 26 to 28 and he said they had created a…

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Woolcock, Kruger cruise to maiden Winelands triumph

Seasoned pros Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger captured the overall title in the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race at their first attempt today after setting the pace from day one. Using the same strategy as before, the BCX duo were again able to build up a lead during the first half of the 48km final stage in the Wellington area en route to winning in 1:49:34. On the…

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Hoffman celebrates birthday with first Emperors title

Nolan Hoffman celebrated his birthday in the best possible way by winning the Emperors Palace Classic road cycle title for the first time in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, today. The BCX sprinter, who turned 32 today, said he had received the perfect present after several years of trying to nail down the title in the 98km feature race. He came home in a time of 2:09:02 to see off Genasys Technologies’…

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Woolcock, Kruger set pace in Winelands race

Quickest out of the blocks on the early Botmaskop climb out of Stellenbosch, Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger stamped their mark on the opening stage of the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter today. Although the BCX pair were pushed at times, they eventually got away about midway through the stage to take the top spot on the podium after finishing the 54km course to Franschhoek in 2:11:39. Andrew Hill and Marco…

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Wolhuter aims for Winelands hat-trick

Defending champion Chris Wolhuter is eyeing a hat-trick of titles at the Liberty Winelands Encounter despite the ever-increasing level of competition. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think the level of competition is increasing with each event,” said…

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Rio Olympian goes off-road for Winelands Encounter

Former national road champion and Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will change disciplines when she rides the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race in the Boland from Friday. The Bestmed-ASG star will team up with Pieter Seyffert, who won the recent TransCape alongside Travis Walker, to form a formidable pairing in the mixed section. “I thought it would be good to tick something different off the list this year and…

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Zuurberg race boosts socio-economic development

Having developed a close rapport over the years, next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will further strengthen the mountain bike event’s partnership with the Unity in Africa Foundation. Reflecting on the relationship, UinA director Bernice Rose said their position as a race beneficiary had gone a long way in helping develop the foundation’s brand. “This has been a win-win partnership from inception and the support we receive from the event…

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Hill up for Winelands challenge

Durban mountain biking pro Andrew Hill is looking forward to a fresh challenge when he competes for the first time in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next weekend. Riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, the experienced rider from Hillcrest will team up for the first time with Marco Joubert in the three-stage event in the Cape Winelands, which starts in Stellenbosch on April 21. Hill, who won…

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George cross country race focuses on development

Providing a cross country racing opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts in the Eden region is at the core of the second Madibaz XCO Series, which kicks off next Sunday. Based at the NMMU campus in George, the series will comprise four events, with further races taking place on June 10, August 27 and October 29. The August leg will, for the first time, include an intervarsity division for top student…

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Beukes Back to His Best With Clarens Victory

Matthys Beukes emerged victorious at Round 3 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Clarens in the Eastern Free State at the weekend, winning the men’s marathon stage race title in emphatic fashion.   Second overall was HB Kruger of Team BCX with Beukes’s Pyga Eurosteel teammate, Philip Buys taking third place after another exciting weekend of racing the new two-day format.   For Beukes, the overall victory was…

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