Stewart, MacDonald clean up at Berg & Bush

Undeterred by a last-minute course change, defending champion Brandon Stewart and ad hoc partner Neil MacDonald cleaned up on a muddy first day of the FedGroup Berg & Bush on Friday. The RE:CM-FedGroup Itec Connect pair finished in 2:41:20 on an abbreviated 74km course after torrential rains the night before had forced an impromptu route change. They beat nearest rivals Waylon Woolcock and Andrew Hill, of RE:CM-TIB, by 20 seconds…

October 30, 2012
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Stewart teams up with old foe for Berg & Bush

Defending champion Brandon Stewart will team up with old foe Neil MacDonald in a surprise last-minute pairing for the three-day FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race that gets underway on Friday. The FedGroup-Itec Connect man, who won with Jacques Rossouw last year, will mount his title defence in the 220km event alongside the 35-year-old former roadie as he waits to announce his new team-mate for the 2013 season. MacDonald…

October 30, 2012
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Podium battle intensifies at Cape Pioneer Trek

The battle for the final podium places at the 2012 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape Province intensified further on Friday when Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (Westvaal Columbia) and Yolande Speedy and Yolande de Villiers (Klein Karoo International Ostrich Chicks) raced to victories on Stage 5. Although shortened and rerouted due to rain damage on the original 75km route, the penultimate…

October 30, 2012
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Evans, George retain Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek title in style

Defending champions, Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank 360Life), battled cold, wet and muddy conditions to claim their fourth stage win and the overall title at the 2012 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike race, which ended on Saturday in Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (Westvaal Columbia) and Melt Swanepoel and Matthys Beukes (Cango MTB.com) finished the final stage, an 84-kilometre haul from…

October 30, 2012
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Bell, Combrinck strike at Cape Pioneer Trek

Overall leaders Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank 360Life) safely saw off another stage of the seven-day Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike stage race on Thursday, with another second place finish. Only this time, they were second to Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (Westvaal Columbia) who claimed their first stage win in an international stage race and moved to within striking distance of second place on the General Classification….

October 30, 2012
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Bee attack Mountain Bike racers make full recovery

All of the victims of Monday’s freak bee attack at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike stage race currently taking place in South Africa’s Western Cape Province, have been discharged from hospital. Swiss national Claudia Gmuer, one of 30 competitors that rode into a swarm of bees during Stage 1 of the seven-day international race was the last of the victims to be released from hospital on Tuesday and…

October 18, 2012
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Dramatic day of turnarounds at Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

They’ve been working hard from the very first pedal stroke on Sunday to make their mark on the 2012 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike stage race and on Wednesday their relentless efforts paid off when Melt Swanepoel and Matthys Beukes (Cango MTB.com) captured the overall win on Stage 3. They weren’t the only new winners though, as a number of new faces graced the top of the podium in…

October 18, 2012
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Big payday as George, Evans win Cape Pioneer Trek Queen stage

Overnight race leaders and defending champions, Kevin Evans  and David George (Nedbank 360Life) claimed the biggest stage prize purse of any mountain bike stage race in the world when they won Stage 2 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer on top of the Swartberg Pass in South Africa’s Western Cape province on Tuesday. The top South African duo earned R100 000 (US$ 12 000) for reaching the finish line of the…

October 17, 2012
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Amashova win marks end of de Groot’s long road to recovery

Robyn de Groot’s smile as she climbed to the top step of the Durban Amashova Classic podium on Sunday, was one of joy and relief. Joy at having won one of South Africa’s biggest road cycling races for the first time, and relief that she’d recovered fully from a crash seven months ago. De Groot was the worst injured rider on 11 March at the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n…

October 16, 2012
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Mountain Bike racers Hospitalised after encounter with bees

Stage 1 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage in the Oudtshoorn region of South Africa was hit by an unexpected surprise when a group of mid-pack riders was met by a swarm of bees approximately 60km in the 103km stage from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp. A total of 30 riders were badly stung and treated at the scene and nine were rushed to hospital for treatment at…

October 16, 2012
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