Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek promises fierce men’s showdown

With virtually every top South African male marathon racer entered, the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike stage race promises to deliver a fierce showdown when it rolls through its weeklong route in the Western Cape next month. The start list in the men’s event includes the two South African teams that duked it out for the African Leader’s Jersey at this year’s ABSA Cape Epic – the SCOTT…

September 26, 2013
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Further prize money boost for Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

Participants in the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race will only have to carry their bikes during certain portage sections in the race after the announcement that Aramex, the event’s logistics partner, will transport their bikes to and from the event at no additional charge. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker The prize purse for the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek has been given a further boost. The total…

September 13, 2013
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Parlotones preview new album on sports channel

Fans of South African rockers The Parlotones will get an exclusive preview of their new album when they tune in to DStv’s SuperSport 8 channel on Monday evening. Selected tracks from the band’s fifth studio album, Stand Like Giants, will form the soundtrack to the half-hour  joBerg2c highlights package. This is the second time that The Parlotones have collaborated with the nine-day mountain bike race, after their single “Brave and…

September 13, 2013
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Mountain bikers spring into action at Val de Vie

With R150 000 in prizes up for grabs, there are a few good reasons for mountain bikers to come out of hibernation and spring into action at the Rudy Project Val de Vie MTB Challenge on September 15. After attracting almost 1 000 riders to the inaugural event last year, the race is well on its way to becoming a must-do item on the Cape Winelands racing calendar. The route,…

September 12, 2013
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joBerg2c weighs in for heavier riders

The joBerg2c has become the first mountain bike event in South Africa to launch a competitive category specifically created for heavyweight riders. According to organiser Craig Wapnick, small, lightweight riders have always dominated the sport of cycling. “It’s almost impossible for someone weighing more than 90kg to compete for overall victory in multiday cycling races – at any level. In marathon and cross country mountain biking the same general rule…

September 12, 2013
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Race report – Monzi Hippo Challenge 2013 (MiWay Big 5 MTB Series #4 of 5)

The Monzi Hippo Challenge saw almost 900 riders having to contend with hot and windy conditions at the Monzi Country Club on Sunday, 8 September. What an introduction to Spring! With temperatures soaring into the forties, the track that usually provides the easiest and fastest route of the Series, instead tested the riders and organisers to the max! Luckily, thanks to great organisation skills and fully prepared emergency resources, dehydrated…

September 12, 2013
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Schurter quietly confident ahead of world title defense

  SCOTT Swisspower rider Nino Schurter is quietly confident ahead of his Elite men’s Olympic Cross-country (XCO) title defense at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Speaking at a SCOTT Sports World Championships welcome dinner at Jowett’s Cycles, Pietermaritzburg, Schurter confirmed that he is in peak form and that he is looking forward to Saturday afternoon’s race on one of his favourite tracks. “I have…

September 11, 2013
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Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek granted UCI status for 2014

  The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been granted International Cycling Union (UCI) race status for 2014, making it only the second South African stage race to be awarded this prestigious classification. The seven-day stage race, which takes place each year in late October in the Western Cape province, has shown appropriate compliance to the UCI’s grading criteria. It will begin as a UCI S2…

September 6, 2013
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Strong women’s field to conquer Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

  The fifth edition of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has attracted some of the biggest names in the world of women’s marathon mountain bike racing; and looks set to become the most competitive edition of the South African stage race yet. In addition to the event’s attractive route, which has evolved from a brutal survival test into a well-rounded, stimulating race route, a R30…

September 6, 2013
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