Berg & Bush entries open on April Fools’ Day

  Mountain bikers who miss their chance to enter one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier stage races will be left feeling rather foolish when online entries open on April 1. Organisers of the FedGroup Berg & Bush are once again expecting a steady stream of entries for the eighth edition of the event, which is fully subscribed year after year. According to race director Gary Green, all systems were in place and…

March 31, 2014

Entry date set for new-look Berg & Bush

  Mountain bikers who sign up on April 1 for this year’s Berg & Bush can look forward to some radical route changes, organisers have announced. The eighth edition of the popular stage race takes place near Winterton in the Central Drakensberg in October. Race director Gary Green said the three-day Descent and Great Trek routes would feature brand-new trails coming down off the escarpment into the Tugela Valley bushveld…

March 24, 2014

FedGroup Itec sign Knox, aim for Cape Epic podium

The FedGroup Itec professional mountain bike racing team announced on Monday the signing of Max Knox, one of South Africa’s most accomplished marathon mountain bike racers. The announcement comes just six days before the start of 2014 ABSA Cape Epic, where Knox will be paired with compatriot Kevin Evans, giving FedGroup Itec – and South Africa – a very real chance of an overall podium finish in the world’s most…

March 17, 2014

Zuurberg race balances effort and reward

Organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek have unveiled a route that promises equal parts effort and reward for participants in the three-day mountain bike race, which starts in Addo on May 30. Speaking at the recent launch event in Port Elizabeth, route designer Rob Hayter said each of the three stages had been specifically created to offer a completely different riding experience. “The diversity of these three days is…

March 13, 2014

Emperors Palace Classic offers a taste of Europe

  High-speed criterium circuit racing returns to Johannesburg this autumn with the seventh edition of the Emperors Palace Classic. The annual cycling spectacular, which is presented by ASG, starts with the popular mountain bike component on Saturday, April 12, and continues with the road and criterium races the following day. Traditionally held in jam-packed February, the bumper weekend was successfully moved to a less congested time slot last year, attracting…

March 12, 2014

TREAD turns Five, announces growth initiatives

Mountain biking brand, TREAD – Mountain Biking With Soul, turns five this month and has announced its growth plans aimed at continuing to provide the burgeoning South African mountain biking market with added depth and value. The first growth initiative is related to the company’s magazine frequency, with the brand taking it’s market-leading print publication from six issues a year up to eight. TREAD magazine, South Africa’s premier mountain bike-specific…

March 11, 2014

Dougall climbs to second Tour de Boland win

  Defending champion Nic Dougall stayed the course up the winding Franschhoek Pass to finish among the leaders and seal his second straight victory in the four-day Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, on Friday. Dougall took the yellow jersey for the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team in the individual time-trial to the top of Helshoogte on day one and did not relinquish it again throughout the three remaining road stages….

March 10, 2014

Eritrean wins penultimate Tour de Boland stage

Nic Dougall of MTN-Qhubeka’s feeder team kept the yellow jersey for a third straight day as teammate Meron Teshome secured the stage victory at the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, on Thursday. The Eritrean national road champion claimed the 138km third stage from Tulbagh to Riebeek-Kasteel in a time of 3:22:45 in searingly hot and windy conditions. He finished just two seconds clear of South African runner-up Stefan…

March 10, 2014

Woolcock soloes to Boland stage win

  Cannondale-Blend’s Waylon Woolcock timed his break to perfection to snatch a surprise solo victory on day two of the Bestmed Tour de Boland in the Cape Winelands on Wednesday. The former Tour of Egypt winner broke away in the closing kilometres of the 129km road stage from Solms-Delta Wine Estate near Franschhoek to cross the finish line at the Tulbagh Hotel in 3:14:39. The Stellenbosch-based rider was followed home…

March 6, 2014

Registration opens for new Mountain Bike Racing Weight Category

Registration has opened for South African mountain biking’s new weight division, the TREAD Buffalo Category. Mountain bikers that weigh 90kg or more can register to be a member of the TREAD Buffalo Herd, where they will be rewarded for their achievements at most of South Africa’s most popular mountain bike stage races. Set to launch officially at the 2014 joBerg2c stage race on 24 April, the TREAD Buffalo Category will…

March 5, 2014