South African champion, Max Knox, gets familiar with the 2016 Rocky Mountain Element 990RSL in Johannesburg last week.
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Knox to race Rocky Mountain Bikes in 2017

South Africa’s leading marathon mountain bike racer, Max Knox, will race on Rocky Mountain bikes in 2017. The 29-year-old Knox won both the South African marathon championship and the Ashburton Investment National Marathon Series in 2016 and has set his sights on an expanded racing programme in 2017.   Rocky Mountain is a Canadian-based international bicycle brand, which has been producing premium performance mountain bikes since 1981. It has achieved…

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The elite men setting off on the marathon at the weekend in Cullinan.
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Bell, Glover close out TrailSeeker Series with victories

Nico Bell and Monica Glover closed out the final round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series with victories in the 68km men and women’s marathon distances at Cullinan, near Pretoria at the weekend.   Much-needed rain in the drought-stricken province in the lead-up to the race left the riders to contend with muddy conditions, which added the difficulty factor somewhat on an already challenging route.   In…

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ASG’s Hanco Kachelhoffer (left) and Pieter Seyffert took overall honours in the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage race near Paarl this weekend. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha

Kachelhoffer, Seyffert triumph in Sanlam MTB Invitational

Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert ended a three-year partnership on a high note when they won the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof near Paarl today. The ASG duo won the 60km opening stage on Saturday to take a comfortable lead of just under six minutes into the second day. The buffer allowed them to control the racing and they eventually finished the punchy 40km final stage…

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Several changes have been made to the opening stages of the 2017 TransCape mountain bike race to give the race better balance. Photo: Jacques Marais

Fresh tweaks give TransCape better balance

Riders in next year’s TransCape mountain bike event will find a better balance across the board as the organisers continue pushing the boundaries in one of South Africa’s premium multistage races. The third edition, which takes riders from the coastal hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, will take place from February 5 to 11. Route director Wayne Collett, who said they had been hard at work in…

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It’s only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, but at times, when riding the network of purpose-built Wellington trails in the shadow of the Bainskloof, you feel a million miles away from the city grind. 
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Wellington Trail feast for TrailSeeker series finale

This Saturday sees the culmination of the second annual Western Cape Nissan TrailSeeker Series and many will feel that it’s a best-for-last scenario with the event taking place in Wellington, a town that’s becoming as well known for its quality mountain biking trails as is it for its wine, brandy and fruit industries.   It’s only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, but at times, when riding the network of…

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Port Elizabeth’s former champion Anriette Schoeman will turn out for Team Bestmed-ASG at the 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha Photography

Schoeman on the hunt for second 947 title

Port Elizabeth’s Anriette Schoeman will be able to count on team support in her quest for a second 947 Cycle Challenge title after being named in Team Bestmed-ASG’s squad for Sunday’s race in Johannesburg. The 39-year-old, who usually competes as a solo rider under the Bestmed banner, said she was delighted to be linking up with the team for one of the country’s premier national road classics. “The support from…

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The race takes competitors through the Attakwas Reserve, an unforgiving wilderness area with steep gradients and rough terrain. There are over 3000 metres of accumulated vertical ascent
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South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race granted UCI status

South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race, the Fairview Attakwas Extreme, has been given a boost for 2017 after being granted International Cycling Union (UCI) status.   The 121km point-to-point race from the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn to the coastal settlement at Groot Brak Rivier, celebrates its 11th edition on 21 January 2017 by offering more prize money, increased media coverage and a strong international field.   Top international and…

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Altech Autopage Pro Cycling rider Hanco Kachelhoffer (front) believes the two-day concept of next week’s Sanlam MTB Invitational could be a winner. Photo: Ewald Sadie

Kachelhoffer backs two-day stage race concept

Top South African professional cyclist Hanco Kachelhoffer is looking forward to the concept of a two-day stage race when he competes in the Sanlam MTB Invitational at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 19 and 20. Previously a single-day event, race organisers ASG Events have extended it to two stages (60km and 40km), believing there is a gap in the market for a race of this nature. Kachelhoffer, who…

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Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers relished the forest singletrack and secured their second stage win of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday.
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Kleinhans, Beers bounce back to shake up Cape Pioneer Trek

After winning on Sunday and then almost pulling out on Monday, Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers bounced back in spectacular fashion on Wednesday to win Stage 3 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa, shaking up the overall title race in the process. Beers and Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) were the primary aggressors from the start of the relatively short 57km stagea, which…

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The Glacier Cradle Traverse, based at Avianto, will offer Gauteng mountain bikers a stimulating three-day stage race close to home. Photo credit: Dino Lloyd

Glacier Cradle Traverse – Gauteng’s new MTB Stage Race

Gauteng mountain bikers can look forward to a brand new mountain bike stage race. The inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse will take place from 4-7 May 2017 and will be aimed at giving Gauteng mountain bikers a high-quality multi-day experience. “We are very proud to initiate and sponsor the Glacier Cradle Traverse in partnership with Dryland, as we did at the very successful Glacier Storms River Traverse.  Our intermediaries and clients…

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