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 www.paarlmtb.com 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…

The feature road race at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic, which is hosted by Sun City, will return to its traditional route. Photo: Supplied

Cycle4Cansa Classic returns to traditional route

A strategic decision to switch the dates of the road and mountain bike races at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic, which is hosted by Sun City in late August, has cleared the way for the feature road race to return to its original route. The 103km event, which made its debut in 1998, was forced to make use of an alternative course over the past three years to combat the increase…

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,…