Beukes back to defend MTB title at Addo

Two-time winner Matthys Beukes will return to defend his 80km Extreme mountain bike crown at The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Addo on Saturday. Beukes – who will also vie for the overall Ultimate Quest title by riding the 106km Classic on Sunday – said he was looking forward to one of his favourite events on the racing calendar. “It’s a great weekend away. The mountain bike route is interesting…

January 31, 2014
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Vukani on the rise at PE cycle race

South Africa’s most-capped netball player Zanele Mdodana will swap courts for cleats when she lines up at The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The former SPAR Proteas captain will participate in her first ever cycle race – the 55km Pursuit – as part of the Vukani Multi Sport Club development team. “I’m definitely excited about it and a bit nervous,” said 29-year-old Mdodana. “But I’m not…

January 30, 2014
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Young pro cyclists set to shine in PE tour

  Two of Port Elizabeth’s most promising young professional cyclists will be in action on home soil at The Herald VW Cycle Tour this weekend. Mountain biker Marco Joubert and road rider Kellan Gouveris will both be gunning for glory when their respective races roll out at Addo and Hobie Beach. Gouveris, 19, will be part of Team Abantu’s seven-man line-up – that includes former winners James Perry and Nolan…

January 27, 2014
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Huber, Kleinhans claim record-breaking Attakwas Extreme wins

  Swiss marathon specialists, Urs Huber (Team Bulls) and Ariane Kleinhans (Team RE:CM) shattered the men and women’s course records respectively when they claimed dominant victories at the 2014 Fairview Attakwas Extreme mountain bike marathon near Oudtshoorn, South Africa on Saturday. Huber, a 28-year-old former Swiss national champion, clocked a time of 04 hours 47 minutes 46 seconds, almost nine minutes faster than the previous record of 04:56:29 set in…

January 20, 2014
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Huber crushes record and strong field to win Attakwas

  Swiss marathon specialist, Urs Huber (Team Bulls), shattered the course record on his way to winning the Fairview Attakwas Extreme mountain bike marathon near Oudtshoorn, South Africa on Saturday. The 28-year-old former Swiss national champion clocked a time of 04 hours 47 minutes 46 seconds, almost nine minutes faster than the previous record of 04:56:29 set in 2013 by compatriot, Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing). It was Huber’s first attempt…

January 20, 2014
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Prizes not just for pros at PE race

With a competitive prize purse and giveaways worth R400 000, The Herald VW Cycle Tour remains one of the Eastern Cape’s richest cycling events. The 29th edition of the tour, which takes place in Addo and Port Elizabeth on February 1 and 2, will once again offer enticing incentives for pro teams and social riders alike. While the top South African teams would battle it out for the winners’ cheques,…

January 17, 2014
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Entries stream in for PE cycle race

  With just less than a week to go, last-minute entries are streaming in for The Herald VW Cycle Tour, which rolls out across Nelson Mandela Bay on the first weekend in February. The Herald’s chief marketing officer Justin Peel said there had been a definite upswing in interest as people returned to work, bolstered by their new year’s resolutions to get fit. “The entries have definitely increased rapidly after…

January 16, 2014
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Safe cycling campaign launches in PE

  The Herald VW Cycle Tour has joined forces with the Pedal Power Association to promote “Safe Cycling” on the streets of Nelson Mandela Bay. The Eastern Cape leg of the national awareness and lobbying campaign, which encourages motorists to keep a 1.5-metre distance from cyclists, was launched in Port Elizabeth this week. According to The Herald’s chief marketing officer Justin Peel, creating a safe cycling environment was critical for…

January 9, 2014
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The Boardwalk in top gear for cycle classic

  The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World will be pulling out all the stops as it prepares to become the official home of cycling in Port Elizabeth for the weekend of The Herald VW Cycle Tour. With just under a month to go, general manager Brett Hoppé said everything was in place to ensure that the facilities would be ready for the influx of riders and supporters from January 31…

January 7, 2014
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