Mountain top grand finale for Boland tour

  Emulating the finest European cycling traditions, this year’s Bestmed Tour de Boland is set for a mountain top grand finale four days after it rolls out of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands on Tuesday. Starting with an individual time-trial up Helshoogte on day one and ending on Franschhoek Pass on the final stage, the race promises a rare test of the country’s best rouleurs. According to race director Carinus…

February 28, 2014
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Sauser to lead all-star team at Tour de Boland

Multiple mountain bike world champion and four-time Absa Cape Epic winner Christoph Sauser will lead a powerhouse invitational team at the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, early next month. The four-day road tour, which starts in Franschhoek on March 4, will pit Sauser’s stellar line-up of mountain bikers against the cream of South African roadies. The Meerendal-Songo.info team will include the Swiss champion’s new Cape Epic partner Frantisek…

February 18, 2014
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One year on sees big improvement for de Groot

  Exactly one year after her first foray into mountain biking, Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota) returned to her maiden three-day stage race, the Bridgestone Route 66 in Gauteng this past weekend – and won it convincingly. But victory in the Route 66 women’s Solo category wasn’t De Groot’s primary focus. With a full sponsorship behind her now, following a self-funded 2013 season, she’s out to make 2014 an even…

February 18, 2014
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Dramatic final stage sees Reid, Davids secure overall Tankwa Trek win

  South African Erik Kleinhans and his Czech teammate, Frantisek Rabon (RE:CM Specialized) won the final stage of the three-day DUTOIT Tankwa Trek mountain bike stage race on Sunday, but it was the young South African pair of James Reid and Brendon Davids (Trek Racing) that claimed an impressive overall victory on a dramatic final day. Overnight leaders, Tim Bohme and Simon Stiebjahn (Team Bulls) failed to make the start…

February 17, 2014
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Bulls tighten their grip on Tankwa Trek podium

Swiss racer Urs Huber led another Team Bulls podium charge when he stormed to a dominant men’s Solo and overall race win on Stage 2 of the DUTOIT Tankwa Trek mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province on Saturday. Huber led the strong international field home in a time of 03 hours 50 minutes 33 seconds for the 91km stage through the fruit-growing Cedarberg region, taking the…

February 17, 2014
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Team Bulls riders charge to dominant victories at Tankwa Trek

  Germany’s four-time ABSA Cape Epic champion, Karl Platt and his Team Bulls squad put on a dominant display to secure both Solo and Team victories on Stage 1 of the 2014 DUTOIT Tankwa Trek mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape Province on Friday. Platt was the first rider to finish the demanding 88km stage, which included 1890 metres of vertical ascent and a crossing the of…

February 17, 2014
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Barrow bolts to victory in EL cycle tour

Former South African U23 road champion Clinton Barrow bolted to his third win in the Daily Dispatch SPAR Cycle Tour in East London on Sunday. Barrow (Giant-Ride Life) held his nerve in a tight three-man sprint to take the title in 2:34:36, just milliseconds ahead of former Border 1000 champion Donovan O’Reilly and in-form Port Elizabeth rider Marinus Prinsloo (Bestmed-NMMU). In a replay of last year’s women’s race, multiple winner…

February 17, 2014
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Bestmed boosts SA cycling

  Bestmed continues to expand its footprint in South African cycling through its sponsorship of eight races on the national calendar and the Bestmed-ASG women’s team. This year the medical scheme has added the new Bestmed Powerade Sun City road cycle challenge to its existing line-up, which includes both road and mountain bike races in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Eastern and Western Cape. Race organiser Wynand de Villiers said Bestmed…

February 14, 2014
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DUTOIT Tankwa Trek loaded with a strong international line-up

The first 2014 ABSA Cape Epic podium battle warning shots will be fired this week as a strong international field lines up to tackle the second edition of the DUTOIT Tankwa Trek mountain bike stage race in the Cedarberg region of South Africa’s Western Cape province. Riders from 10 countries will use the three-day event to sharpen their stage-race conditioning ahead of the 11th Cape Epic, which starts on 23…

February 14, 2014
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PwC partners with EC mountain bike race

  Professional services provider PwC has expanded its investment in the sport of mountain biking by taking up the title sponsorship of the Great Zuurberg Trek in the Eastern Cape. The firm – which provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services – is the first of the so-called Big Four firms to sponsor a high-profile stage race. According to partner in charge of the Port Elizabeth office Andrea Puggia, the…

February 11, 2014
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