joBerg2c reaches new frontiers

While some companies have decreased their investment in sports sponsorship, Old Mutual is finding it an effective tool to reach new frontiers. The financial services provider has invited cyclists from emerging markets such as Kenya, Swaziland and Namibia to be part of the annual Old Mutual joBerg2c, the country’s longest paired mountain bike stage race, which takes place from April 27 to May 5 this year. “Inviting riders from those…

March 29, 2012
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Stander, Sauser win Queen Cape Epic stage

South African Burry Stander and his Swiss teammate Christoph Sauser of the 36One-Songo-Specialized team appear set to successfully defend their ABSA Cape Epic title after winning Stage 3 on Wednesday, the 2012 edition’s queen stage over 143km from Robertson to Caledon. Stander and Sauser were hardly troubled in the race’s longest stage and rode away from breakaway companions Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank 360Life) at the end of the…

March 29, 2012
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George, Evans, claw their way back into Epic contention

A dream start turned into the worst nightmare for Nedbank 360Life’s David George and Kevin Evans as the 2012 ABSA Cape Epic got underway this week. But on Wednesday’s monster Stage 3 the pair clawed their way back into podium contention after losing 24 minutes due to a damaged tyre on Stage 1. Shortened slightly from 147km to 143km, the stage from Robertson to Caledon took the riders competing in…

March 29, 2012
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Germans claim stage win, Stander, Sauser retain Epic lead

Stage 2 of the ABSA Cape Epic delivered a thrilling sprint finish among the top teams with victory going to Germany’s three-time champions, Stefan Sahm and Karl Platt (Team Bulls 1) in Robertson on Tuesday. The Multivan Merida team of Hannes Genze (GER) and Andreas Kugler (SUI) were second with overnight leaders and defending champions, Burry Stander (RSA) and Christoph Sauser (SUI) of 36One-Songo-Specialized taking third place. The all-South African…

March 28, 2012
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Stander, Sauser take control of Cape Epic as Kevins, George falter

After winning the ABSA Cape Epic’s short opening prologue stage by the narrowest of margins on Sunday, South African Burry Stander and Swiss Christoph Sauser (36One-Songo-Specialized) put in a dominant display on Monday’s tough first stage proper to win the day and secure a commanding nine-minute lead overall with six days remaining. Stander and Sauser’s closest rivals after Day 1, the all-South African pair of Kevin Evans and David George…

March 27, 2012
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Knysna race gets kids on bikes

Hundreds of underprivileged children will have the opportunity to discover the elite sport of mountain biking, thanks to a unique partnership between the Garden Route Rocky Mountain 300 and the Knysna Sports School. As the official beneficiary of the three-day race, the school received over R40 000 worth of bicycles, cycling kit and cash from organisers on behalf of participants last week. Generous overall winners Delaney Impey and Ady Enthoven…

March 27, 2012
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Evans and George to challenge at joBerg2c

An on-form Kevin Evans confirmed that he and team-mate David George would challenge for the title at this year’s Old Mutual joBerg2c, which starts on April 27. Fresh from his win at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Mountain Bike Challenge this weekend, the Nedbank 360Life rider said he was looking forward to his first outing in South Africa’s longest stage race. With Evans still recovering from a collarbone injury,…

March 27, 2012
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Avis delivers joBerg2c to viewers

Armchair cyclists can look forward to following the third edition of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c across rural South Africa from the comfort of their living rooms, organisers announced. Spokesman Craig Wapnick said mountain biking was currently enjoying increased television time due to its status as the fastest growing sport in the world. “The country’s longest paired stage race will now add to these ratings with daily broadcasts.” He said…

March 20, 2012
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Team Bonitas claim team trial gold

Team Bonitas have claimed the gold medal in the team time trial at the 2012 South African road cycling championships in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. The six-rider unit clocked a time of 01 hour 02 minutes 56.9 seconds for the undulating point-to-point 47.8km course, starting in Kaapmuiden and ending at the Mbombela Stadium. Team NuWater finished second with Team ASG completing the podium positions. The six-man Bonitas team comprised Tyler Day, Darren…

March 2, 2012
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Podium Dominance for Cycle Lab Toyota at SA Time Trial Champs

The racing division of Cycle Lab Toyota, South Africa’s largest cycling club, secured three gold and one silver medal on the first day of the 2012 South African Road Race Championships in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Thursday. The individual time trial events got the four-day annual showpiece off to an exciting start with some top class performances. Conditions were hot and the racing course followed an undulating out-and-back route from the…

March 2, 2012
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