Mountain biking boosts Addo economy

  The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s return to Addo on February 1 is set to confirm this area’s status as the mountain biking capital of the Eastern Cape. According to race director for mountain biking Brad Jackson, events like the tour had been responsible for a mini economic boom in the Zuurberg region over the past few years. Jackson said the area offered some of the best and most diverse…

October 30, 2013
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Bridge back women in a big way for 2014 Cape Pioneer Trek

  The 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been given a fresh boost following the announcement that Bridge, the title sponsor, has significantly increased the prize money for the race’s Swartberg Pass stage with its iconic mountain-top finish. The 2013 edition of the seven-day race finished in Oudtshoorn in South Africa’s Western Cape province on Saturday and Neels Grobler, Chief Growth Officer at Bridge, announced…

October 30, 2013
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New champion crowned at Bridge Cape Pioneer

New champions were crowned when the fifth Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek ended in a rain-drenched Oudtshoorn on Saturday. Team RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock (RSA) and Erik Kleinhans (RSA) secured the men’s title, while Team RE:CM Davinci’s Annika Langvad (DEN) and Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) claimed the women’s crown at the seven-day international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Asrin Cycling’s James Reid (RSA) and Jens Schuermans (BEL) won…

October 28, 2013
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Torrential rain gives Cape Pioneer Trek another shake up

    Torrential rain shook up the battle for overall honours on Friday’s Stage 5 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek as SCOTT Factory Racing’s Philip Buys (RSA) and Matthys Beukes (RSA) claimed the stage win and moved into second place overall. The 70km leg from Herold to George included 1 698 metres of ascent, the most significant climb taking riders over the Outeniqua Mountains and down to the coastal…

October 28, 2013
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Woolcock, Kleinhans new leaders at Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

  The brutal terrain of the Kammanassie Mountains in South Africa’s Western Cape province left their mark on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Tuesday when SCOTT Factory Racing’s Philip Buys (RSA) and Matthys Beukes (RSA) charged to the stage win; and RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock (RSA) and Erik Kleinhans (RSA) moved into the overall lead. At just 70km, the stage from De Rust to Herold was short, but influential, with…

October 25, 2013
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Loose and Stwart retain a narrow lead

Team FedGroup Itec’s Brandon Stewart (RSA) and Konny Looser (SUI) lost all but eight seconds of their more-than-five-minute overnight lead, while Asrin Cycling’s James Reid (RSA) and Jens Schuermans (BEL) won a second successive stage on a dramatic Day 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek in South Africa on Wednesday. Looser crashed heavily at 27km into the 107km stage from Price Albert to De Rust, damaging his rear wheel…

October 24, 2013
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Reid and Schuermans claim the richest stage prize

  South African James Reid and his Belgian teammate, Jen Schuermans of the Asrin Cycling team, claimed the richest stage prize in mountain bike racing on Tuesday when they out-climbed their rivals to win Stage 2 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek in South Africa. The 85km stage (shortened from the original 92km due to a flooded river), started in Calitzdorp and finished on the summit of the Swartberg Pass,…

October 23, 2013
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Tough conditions at Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

  Rain, mud and wind grabbed the full attention of the riders on Stage 1 of the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Monday, but it was Brandon Stewart and Konny Looser of the FedGroup Itec team that grabbed the spotlight when they won the stage and took the overall lead. Stewart (RSA) and Looser (SUI) outsprinted the all-South African Team RE:CM…

October 23, 2013
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Buys and Beukes strike first blow at Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

  Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing) lived up to their billing as stage favourites when they stormed to victory on the Prologue of the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, which started in South Africa’s Western Cape province on Sunday. The pair of 25-year-old South Africans clocked a time of 35 minutes and 29 seconds for the 14.8km course at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge,…

October 21, 2013
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All is set for the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek showdown

The 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race that starts on Sunday near Oudtshoorn in South Africa’s Western Cape Province will celebrate its fifth edition with it’s strongest racing field yet. Both the men and women’s categories have attracted riders that have excelled at international level in marathons and stage races, including multiple current and former national, continental and world champions, setting the scene for seven days…

October 18, 2013
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