Pioneering single-track at TransCape

January 31, 2017

The TransCape MTB race organisers will pioneer a fresh single-track challenge by introducing the riders to the Greyton Black section in the multi-stage race beginning on Sunday. Positioned on the penultimate stage on the stretch between Greyton and Genadendal, route director Wayne Collett said the TransCape would be the first to use “this spectacular new section”, which extended the famous route network in the region. “It is destined to become…

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Tavcor backing eases life for Zuurberg route director

January 30, 2017

Life has become much easier for PwC Great Zuurberg Trek route director Rob Hayter this year after Tavcor Commercial Vehicles threw their support behind the Eastern Cape mountain biking classic. Taking place in the mountainous Zuurberg region in Addo, about 70km from Port Elizabeth, Hayter is already devoting his time to ensuring the route is in top-class condition for the event from May 26 to 28. Covering nearly 200km over…

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Rockyfest 2017: Reclaim your MTB mojo

January 30, 2017

It happens very gradually, at a pace that you don’t really notice. One day you wake up not actually looking forward to riding your mountain bike. It could be that too many things have become the same – same bike, same riding partners, same terrain, same gradients, same trail obstacles, same surfaces. It could be that other areas of your life have just crushed your desire to go ride. You’ve…

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RoadCover fired up for Berge en Dale

January 30, 2017

Team RoadCover have made a strong start to the year by winning the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour and will be looking to continue their success in the Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship next weekend. Last year the outfit filled the top three places in the 102km road classic at the Cradlestone Mall in Muldersdrift on the West Rand and manager Nic White said they were looking for another good performance on…

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TransCape on a charity drive

January 24, 2017

In partnership with the Africa Foundation, the TransCape MTB race will use its reach in the cycling fraternity to contribute towards a number of charity projects this year. The third edition of the seven-day mountain biking journey from the hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands takes place from February 5 to 11 over a distance of about 650km. And while riders will be able to experience the…

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Langvad smashes Attakwas record on debut

January 23, 2017

Denmark’s multiple mountain bike world champion, Annika Langvad (Specialized) beat off a strong field to win the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in a new women’s record time in South Africa on Saturday.   It was Langvad’s debut appearance at the demanding 121km event, which is considered South Africa’s toughest one-day mountain bike race. She clocked a time of 05:25:55 to slice almost five minutes off the previous record of…

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Sauser delivers incredible comeback to win Attakwas

January 23, 2017

Swiss mountain bike racing legend, Christoph Sauser didn’t only mark his return from retirement at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in South Africa on Saturday, he won the gruelling 121km race after the most incredible comeback following a mechanical delay early on.   The 40-year-old Investec-Songo-Specialized rider clocked a winning time of 04 hours 50 minutes 09 seconds to capture his third title in what is widely considered to…

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International injection for Tour of Good Hope

January 23, 2017

The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s international reputation was further enhanced this week after confirmation that five-time Cape Epic champion Karl Platt will be on the start line in early March. The German will lead a strong team in South Africa’s premier road stage race that stretches over five days and 490km in the Cape Winelands. The 38-year-old from Osthofen will be supported by Swiss marathon mountain bike champion Urs…

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Lüthi hungry to reclaim Attakwas Crown against powerful field

January 18, 2017

Five-time winner Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) is eager to reclaim the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge title that she won consecutively from 2011–2015. But the Swiss marathon champion will be up against the strongest field ever assembled at Saturday’s 121km point-to-point race, which is considered among the toughest one-day races in South Africa.   A crash in December resulted in Lüthi having to take some time off training, but she’s…

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Berge en Dale adds mountain bike component

January 10, 2017

For the first time, two mountain bike routes have been added to the Berge en Dale cycling race on February 4 and 5 as organisers ASG Events seek to broaden the appeal of the event. Routes covering distances of 40km and 15km have been set up for the Sunday, following the feature 102km road classic on the Saturday. ASG Events route director Darren Herbst said the event had been extended…

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