The family connection will again be an important part of the Sanlam MTB Invitational at Paarl in November. Photo: Supplied

Early surprise for Sanlam MTB Invitational entrants

An exciting initiative will benefit early entries in the Sanlam MTB Invitational with a state-of-the-art backpack from presenting sponsors Scicon up for grabs. The early bird incentive for the race, which will take place at Rhebokskloof near Paarl on November 19 and 20, will apply to those who enter before July 29. Race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said riders who beat the deadline would receive a Scicon Solargenome…

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Thaba Trails relaunches with ‘trails for all’

Johannesburg mountain bikers will be able to add another trails venue to their riding options with the relaunch of Thaba Trails on Saturday 16 July. Located just south of the City of Johannesburg, Thaba Trails is being relaunched with a wider range of trails that will appeal to all levels of rider, from beginner to experienced, male and female. First opened four years ago, Thaba Trails became known for it’s…

The elite women silhouetted by the winter sun as they jump off from the start line
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Bell, Sanders convincing winners at TrailSeeker Hazeldean

Mpumalanga-based mountain bikers, Nico Bell and Samantha Sanders, raced to convincing wins in the men and women’s categories respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Hazeldean Marathon outside Pretoria at the weekend. 3200 riders participated over four distance options at the event, which was Round 2 of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the most popular marathon series in South Africa. The undulating route was always going to see a fast pace,…

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…