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Van Straaten striving for Sondela hat-trick

Defending champion David van Straaten will be striving for his hat-trick when he lines up for the 60km Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, presented by ASG, near Bela-Bela on Sunday. This year, the feature race has been added to the line-up of seven events that make up the mountain biking arm of the new Bestmed National Cycling Series. Van Straaten has dominated the event, which traverses the 4 700-hectare Sondela Game…

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Day 2 of BergnBush Descent 2013

Berg and Bush adopts Qhubeka initiative

The Berg and Bush mountain bike race has adopted the Qhubeka bike initiative as the official charitable beneficiary for its 10th edition that takes place in the Central Drakensberg this year. The initiative, which provides bicycle transportation for deserving underprivileged candidates, is currently enjoying the international spotlight ahead of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s debut at next week’s Tour de France. Berg and Bush organiser Gary Green said it was important to support…

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Westaway fights back to win Sondela MTB Classic

A solo breakaway in the closing kilometres saw Andrew Westaway snatch victory in the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, and with it the lead in the Bestmed National Cycling Series, near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Sunday. Johannesburg-based Westaway, who finished third in last month’s series opening ultra marathon at Walkerville, covered the challenging 60km course through Sondela Nature Reserve in 2:15:49. He finished more than two-and-a-half minutes clear of nearest rival…

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Pfitzenmaier sets early pace in Knysna

An on-song Nico Pfitzenmaier powered his way through the muddy trails of the Fisantehoek forest to win the solo category on the opening stage of the RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Saturday. The former world masters champion (Dorma) drove hard from the beginning of the undulating 79km course, which started in unseasonably warm weather at the Knysna Elephant Park, to cruise into the finish at Thesen Harbour Town…

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Knysna’s Rebello bests Pfitzenmaier on home soil

Former junior African cross-country champion Dylan Rebello showed his continental class on his home trails as he raced to victory in the second stage of the RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Sunday.The 20-year-old local’s stage win was a triumph of youth over experience as he outsprinted solo category overall leader Nico Pfitzenmaier, 44, into the finish at Thesen Harbour Town.The Jeep rider crossed the line in 2:50:52, just…

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Robyn de Groot

SA champ back to best for Knysna race

South African marathon champion Robyn de Groot will line up for the RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike stage race on Saturday in her first outing since securing her third consecutive national title last weekend. Despite earning this impressive hat-trick, De Groot will not be starting in her national champion’s jersey, as UCI rules deem multi-stage events to be cross-country races. The former Olympian said she always felt proud and honoured…

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Ian Jantjies

Mountain bikers enrich Knysna kids’ lives

Mountain bikers in this year’s RECM Knysna 200 stage race will have a chance to enrich themselves and the lives of underprivileged local children when they roll through the Garden Route town from June 13.Organisers of the three-day race are raffling off a R50 000 unit trust prize courtesy of the title sponsor RECM, R20 000 of which will be donated directly to the Knysna Sport School. One of the…

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Berg and Bush celebrates decade of dirt

The Berg and Bush mountain bike event marks a “decade of dirt” with major celebrations and extensive route changes planned for the 10th edition of the Central Drakensberg stage race later this year. Race founder Gary Green said one of the new additions would be the “Race up Spioenkop” – a 1.5km hill climb on the Descent feature route – with prize money for the fastest rider to the summit….

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Top SA mountain bikers do battle at Zuurberg

Some of South Africa’s best-known mountain bikers are preparing to do battle deep in the mountains of the Eastern Cape during the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, which starts near Addo on Friday. Leading the charge for overall honours in the 200km stage race, and a share of the R100 000 worth of prizes, will be KwaZulu-Natal’s defending champion Andrew Hill alongside new partner Chris Wolhuter, who hails from Wynberg….

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Cycle and Be Happy, says Bestmed

By investing in initiatives like the Bestmed-ASG women’s professional cycling team and the new National Cycling Series, Bestmed is aiming to give the health and wellbeing of all South Africans a boost. According to executive head of marketing, sales and distribution Chris Luyt, cycling is an accessible sport for those who strive to live longer and lead healthier lives. “We are a nation that enjoys sport and exercise and we…

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