International combo triumphs in Knysna

Renay Groustra of South Africa and Daniel Gathof of Germany won the third and final stage of the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race in Knysna on Sunday to secure a comfortable overall victory. The Rocky Mountain-RSA Web team’s time of 3:10:11 over the final 80km was two seconds faster than that of stage-one winners Timo Cooper and Adriaan Louw (Bridge), who had relinquished their overall lead the…

February 27, 2013
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Cooper aims for Garden Route double

Inaugural winner Timo Cooper will be aiming for a second victory when he takes on the third edition of the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 in Knysna from Friday. Cooper, who won the three-day mountain bike race in 2011 alongside Jacques Rossouw, will be riding with ad hoc partner Adriaan Louw in the colours of new sponsor Bridge. With one half of last year’s winning team, Adi Enthoven, sidelined due…

February 21, 2013
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SCOTT Swisspower team prepare for Cape Epic success

Their short-term quest is to crush the 5-minute barrier on the ‘Slangetjie’ Strava segment in Stellenbosch South Africa; but the primary early 2013 goal of Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel of the SCOTT Swisspower professional mountain bike racing team, is to shine at the 2013 ABSA Cape Epic. With less than a month to go to the start of the Cape Epic, the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race,…

February 21, 2013
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Seyffert continues Bonitas streak at Ride for Sight

Team Bonitas rider, Pieter Seyffert, claimed the biggest win of his professional career when he outsprinted a small breakaway group to win the 25th Dischem Ride for Sight 116km road cycling race in Boksburg on Sunday.  The 26-year-old Seyffert finished in a time of 02 hours 36 minutes and 23 secondsedging out Ian McLeod and Dylan Girdlestone (Westvaal BMC) respectively in the dash for the line. The win gave Team Bonitas…

February 21, 2013
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Woolcock, Luus win inaugural Tankwa Trek stage race

Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus of Team RE:CM produced a perfectly balanced display of racing to win the inaugural Tankwa Trek, a three-day international mountain bike stage race that ended on Sunday in the Ceres region of South Africa’s Western Cape province. It was a hard-fought win for the pair as they had to battle against some of the country’s strongest two-man teams and challenging terrain in what turned into…

February 21, 2013
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Mzansi tour puts SA road cycling back on international calendar

South Africa will return to the international road cycling calendar when the inaugural Mzansi Tour takes place from 17 to 21 April, 2013. The five-day, five-stage event will carry a 2.2 International Cycling Union (UCI) grading and will host both South African and international teams. The Mzansi Tour, South Africa’s only international road stage race in 2013, heralds a welcome return of a premium multi-day road event following the demise…

February 21, 2013
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Brits aims to survive Knysna race

Former Olympic pole-vaulter and reality show survivor Okkert Brits will face his toughest challenge yet when he takes on the three-day Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 in Knysna from February 22 to 24. Brits will be participating in his first ever mountain bike stage race as a guest of First National Bank, which is sponsoring the R70 000 prize purse. However, he said he would not have his eyes on…

February 15, 2013
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Fouche gives Bonitas four wins in four weeks

Team Bonitas racked up four wins in four weeks when the team’s sprinter, Herman Fouche, powered to his first win of 2013 at the Optimum Berge en Dale Classic in Krugersdorp at the weekend.  The 25-year-old Fouche made the win the look relatively easy as he out-sped Johann Rabie (Tasol GT) in the uphill finish to the hilly 103km race. Third place went to Fouche’s teammate, Hanco Kachelhoffer. The victory…

February 12, 2013
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Van Heerden completes hat trick at Herald Classic

Former national road champion Christoff van Heerden completed a hat trick of early season wins when he claimed victory in the 106km Classic at The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The Bonitas rider capitalised on a lead-out by team-mate HB Kruger to come out on top in a six-man sprint. Van Heerden tussled with Tasol-GT strongman Johann Rabie all the way to the line to place…

February 11, 2013
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Beukes wins back to front at Addo

Matthys Beukes came back from a tough first half to chase down the leaders and snatch a surprise victory in the 80km Extreme mountain bike race at Addo just outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Beukes (Contego-Giant), who last won The Herald VW Cycle Tour in 2008 when it was a 65km event, proved he could go the distance in scorching conditions, crossing the line in 3:01:18. After riding off the…

February 11, 2013
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