Rabie, Combrinck take charge at joBerg2c

Race leaders Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck stamped their authority on the nine-day joBerg2c mountain bike race as they rode away from Sterkfontein Dam in the Harrismith district, and their nearest rivals, on Monday. The EAI Cycling duo conquered the 116km fourth stage, which featured a spectacular 2 000m plunge off the Drakensberg escarpment into KwaZulu-Natal, in a time of 4:24:09. They charged into the finish at Winterton Country Club…

April 29, 2014
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Woolcock, Lill draw even at joBerg2c

Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill came charging back to draw level with overall leaders Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck on the gruelling 123km third stage of the joBerg2c on Sunday. In a reversal of the previous day’s racing, the Cannondale-Blend duo outsprinted the EAI Cycling pair by a single second, crossing the finish line at Sterkfontein Dam near Harrismith in the Free State in 4:29:27 The two teams now share…

April 29, 2014
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Rabie, Combrinck draw first blood at joBerg2c

Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck held their nerve in a four-team sprint to win the stage and secure the overall lead on day two of the joBerg2c mountain bike race on Saturday. The EAI Cycling team claimed the 93km stage from Frankfort to Reitz in a time of 3:20:03 as the serious racing got underway in the nine-day race. They were chased all the way to the line by the…

April 29, 2014
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Pros stay afloat on day one of joBerg2c

The pro field made a cautious start to the nine-day joBerg2c mountain bike race as they negotiated a new floating bridge over the Vaal Dam and assessed the competition on the neutral opening stage on Friday. More than 800 riders rolled out on the 116km satellite-navigated stage from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Frankfort in the Free State, crossing the provincial boundary on the 400m floating pallet bridge. The elites conserved…

April 29, 2014
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Evans, Knox to ‘stay the course’ at joBerg2c

Former champion Kevin Evans and new partner Max Knox will be aiming to stay the course to victory in the nine-day joBerg2c mountain bike race that starts on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Friday. Evans, who rides in the colours of Itec, is aiming to make amends for last month’s Cape Epic disaster where an illegal shortcut cost them an hour time penalty and their lead in the African jersey…

April 24, 2014
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Riders go solo in Knysna stage race

Solo riders will again be able to race alongside the usual two-man teams in this year’s RECM Knysna 200, which takes place from June 6 to 8 on some of the Garden Route’s most spectacular mountain bike trails. Race director Patric Mosterd said entries for the exclusive event would be capped at 350 riders, with solo entries potentially making up nearly a quarter of the field. Last year’s high-profile champions…

April 24, 2014
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Vets and masters accommodated at joBerg2c

  The joBerg2c has announced age category prizes to complement its overall cash offering ahead of the start of the nine-day mountain bike race on Friday. Race organiser Craig Wapnick revealed today that the City Lodge Hotel Group had come on board to sponsor over R180 000 worth of prizes in the veterans and masters age categories. “These categories are always fiercely competitive and, although they are not pros, we…

April 23, 2014
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Berg & Bush opens event to teens

The Berg & Bush is set to give talented youngsters their first real taste of stage racing by allowing teenagers to participate in the two-day mountain bike event in the Central Drakensberg on October 18. According to Cycling South Africa regulations, riders aged 15 to 18 may only participate in a maximum of three stages, which cover no more than 60km per day. Race director Gary Green said organisers had…

April 16, 2014
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joBerg2c unveils new Vaal Dam crossing

  Organisers of the joBerg2c mountain bike race have unveiled a brand new Vaal Dam crossing on the opening stage of the nine-day mountain bike race, which starts near Johannesburg on April 25. Race co-ordinator Craig Wapnick said this year’s event would feature a 400m floating bridge across the dam in place of the traditional Chinese dragon boat crossing. “It’s probably one of the longest mountain bike pallet bridges in…

April 16, 2014
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Dutch rider wins South Africa’s longest Mountain Bike Race

Dutch endurance mountain bike racing specialist, Jean Biermans (Sunweb Napoleon Games), has won the third annual 36ONE Mountain Bike Challenge in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, shattering the previous record in the process. Biermans clocked a time of 14 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds for the gruelling 361km race to claim the title and the course record at the weekend. The 36ONE Challenge is South Africa’s longest full-support mountain bike race,…

April 16, 2014
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