New Sondela route excites top riders

June 24, 2016

Experienced mountain biker Bennie Pearson is approaching Sunday’s feature race at the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic with a sense of excitement following the creation of a new route. Although the weekend cycling festival near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, which is also known as the Bushveld’s Big MTB Bash, includes races on both days, all eyes will be on the top competitors in the 60km event. To put them to the test,…

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Mountain bikers face fresh Sondela challenge

June 23, 2016

Participants in the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic near Bela-Bela in Limpopo will be breaking new ground when the feature race offers a fresh challenge on Sunday. Race director and chief course designer Mel Meyer said the 60km event had received a facelift that would give mountain bikers a completely different experience. He said they felt the need to change the course to ensure it did not mirror the previous day’s…

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Waterberg champ backs race’s future

June 15, 2016

The stage has been set for the Liberty Waterberg MTB Encounter to become a permanent date on the South African mountain biking calendar after receiving high praise from inaugural winner Gertjie Harmse. The three-day race, which took place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo at the weekend, is the second leg of the Encounter Series and follows the staging of the highly successful Winelands MTB Encounter in the Western Cape over the…

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National MTB series battle reaches crucial stage at Van Gaalen

June 10, 2016

The Ashburton Investments National MTB Series visits the North West province for Round 4 this weekend. The venue is Van Gaalen, widely considered the best allround mountain biking test when it comes to marathon distance racing. Nestled at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range, and close to Hartebeespoort Dam, Van Gaalen was the venue of the 2015 South African marathon national championships. It has the right blend of distance,…

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Cyclists face pioneering ride in the Waterberg

June 9, 2016

“They are going to experience the Waterberg biosphere and the wonderful ecological element of the region.” Meyer said they had organised a talk by an expert on Thursday evening to explain how the Waterberg was created millions of years ago. With rolling grasslands surrounding the 14 500 square kilometre mountain range, which rises to 1 400m in some places, Meyer said the riders would enjoy the routes, but warned there would be…

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Hill, Louw secure second Zuurberg title

June 6, 2016

Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw were able to play it safe on the final day en route to securing the overall title at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race at Addo, near Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. Even though they yielded the final stage to Kargo Pro’s Marco Joubert and Jurgens Uys, the Contego-TIB Insurance outfit ran out comfortable winners after completing the three tough stages in a combined…

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Fast & Furious make light work of Zuurberg logistics

June 3, 2016

The growth of mountain biking events has resulted in specialist transport company Fast & Furious coming on board as logistics partner of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Given the popularity of these events in South Africa, they have a long-term view of becoming the preferred transport solution for cyclists, said chief operating officer Grant Fletcher. Based in Johannesburg, Fast & Furious have 14 branches around the country that specialise in…

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TrailSeeker Lionman lives up to its wild reputation

June 3, 2016

South African marathon champion, Max Knox and African marathon champion, Amy Beth McDougall, won the men and women’s titles respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike race near Bela Bela at the weekend. Knox (Valencia) clocked a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds for the marathon event, which was just short of 70km. He was followed across the line by Hein Engelbrecht (Valencia) five minutes later, with…

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joBerg2c champs team up at Zuurberg

June 1, 2016

Overall winners of this year’s joBerg2c women’s race, Anriette Schoeman and Samantha Sanders, will aim to add the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike title to their conquests when the race gets underway outside Addo on Friday. Schoeman, who lives in nearby Port Elizabeth, had originally been preparing to defend her mixed title alongside John Wakefield, but his withdrawal from the three-day race opened up the opportunity to ride with…

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