joBerg2c coverage goes global

April 28, 2015

Mountain biking enthusiasts worldwide will be able to follow all the action from the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c when the South African stage race sets out from Heidelberg south of Johannesburg on Friday. According to race organiser Craig Wapnick, a newly launched platform on the official event website will allow viewers to watch the daily television highlights and photographic slideshow on their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Wapnick said followers would…

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Zulus dominate opening stage of joBerg2c

Development riders Mboneni Ngcobo and Sthembiso Masango showed the pro field a thing or two as they drove the pace on the 116km neutral opening stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday. The muddied but unbeaten RMB Change a Life Academy duo set a solid tempo as the field of 800 left Heidelberg on the outskirts of Johannesburg and headed towards the Free State border….

April 28, 2015
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Hill, White kick into gear on day two of joBerg2c

April 28, 2015

Avis Van Rental mountain bikers Andrew Hill and Tyronne White kicked into high gear as they outsprinted a small lead bunch to claim the second stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c through the eastern Free State on Saturday. Hill and White took the 93km stage from Frankfort to Reitz in a time of 3:26:48, with defending champions Gawie Combrinck and Johann Rabie of EAI Cycling hot on their heels…

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Rabie, Combrinck charge into joBerg2c lead

April 28, 2015

Former roadie Johann Rabie and teammate Gawie Combrinck tore through the open flats and singletrack trails of the eastern Free State to wrest the overall lead on day three of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Sunday. Leaving Reitz, the EAI Cycling duo put the hammer down on the 122km stage – the longest of the nine-day event – to take the win at Sterkfontein Dam near Harrismith…

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Combrinck, Rabie take second stage win at joBerg2c

April 28, 2015

Overnight leaders Gawie Combrinck and Johann Rabie celebrated Freedom Day by claiming their second stage win on day four of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Monday. Combrinck and Rabie set the tempo on the 121km course from Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State to lead the plunge off the escarpment into KwaZulu-Natal. The EAI Cycling duo powered into the finish at Winterton Country Club in a…

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Zuurberg mountain bike race adds luxury package

April 21, 2015

Participants in next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are set to enjoy all the creature comforts with the introduction of a luxury safari tent stay for the three-stage mountain bike race near Addo in the Eastern Cape. Organisers have brought in the “glamping” or glamorous camping option as the Zuurberg Mountain Village, which plays host to the event from May 29 to 31, has been fully booked by riders. According…

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Rabie and Combrinck gun for joBerg2c title defence

April 20, 2015

Defending champions Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck will be gunning for a second Old Mutual joBerg2c title when the nine-day mountain bike race fires its opening shot near Heidelberg on the outskirts of Johannesburg on April 24. Rabie and Combrinck will headline a field of 800 riders for the 950km stage race, which crosses four of South Africa’s nine provinces en route to the Indian Ocean. The EAI Cycling pair…

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Big names gather for Clarens National MTB series showdown

April 20, 2015

After a short break, the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series resumes on Saturday with Round 3 in Clarens, in the Free State province. The event also doubles as a round of the UCI Marathon World Series and has attracted a strong field. After two rounds, South African Waylon Woolcock (Red-E Blend) leads the prestigious national MTB series in the ultra-marathon category where the Elite and Under-23 men do battle. He…

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Van Heerden romps to Emperors Palace mountain bike title

April 13, 2015

Former national road champion Christoff van Heerden, 30, showed his all-round racing ability when he claimed a surprise win in the Emperors Palace Mountain Bike Classic in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Saturday. Van Heerden, who won the Circuit Spectacular criterium at the same venue three years ago, blazed across the finish line to take the 40km mountain bike event in a time of 1:37:19. The Kitchen Bar rider was followed…

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Huge growth for 36ONE MTB challenge ultra endurance race

April 9, 2015

The fourth annual 36ONE MTB Challenge will take place in Oudtshoorn from 17-19 April and boasts more than a 50% increase in entries over last year as more mountain bikers seek new challenges and are drawn to the country’s premier ultra-endurance race. The single-stage 361-kilometre race through the Karoo is longer than the cumulative distance of most of South Africa’s popular three-day mountain bike stage races, with a total ascent…

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