National MTB series contenders in crucial clash at van Gaalen

July 31, 2017

After a total of four rounds comprising seven stages, the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series reaches a crucial point on Saturday with the eighth stage at Round 5 of the prestigious series, which takes place at Van Gaalen in the North West Province.   Less than an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Van Gaalen offers a traditionally tough allround challenge, with the steep gradients, rugged terrain and stimulating…

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Neethling, Beukes win van Gaalen battle

July 31, 2017

Matthys Beukes and Candice Neethling won the men and women’s titles respectively after closely fought battles at the Van Gaalen round of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, at Skeerpoort in the North West Province on Saturday.   Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) eventually triumphed in a race-long duel with Round 4 winner, Brendon Davids (Road Cover) to claim the win in a time of 02:55:34. Davids was just 0.1…

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Cycle4Cansa prepares for 20th anniversary

July 25, 2017

Traditionally signalling the resumption of the cycling season after winter, the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship is again set to attract a bumper entry when it celebrates its 20th anniversary at Sun City next month. The two-day festival of cycling, which incorporates road and mountain bike races, also serves as a major fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), having bolstered their coffers with more than R3.5-million over the years….

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John Smit hooked on TransCape

July 21, 2017

Former Springbok hooker John Smit, accustomed to tough sporting challenges, faces an examination of another kind when he competes in the TransCape mountain bike race for the first time next year. One of South Africa’s most celebrated sportsmen, Smit captained the Springboks to a number of memorable rugby triumphs, not least of which was winning the World Cup in France in 2007. Having retired from rugby in 2013, the 39-year-old…

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Varsity mountain bike race venue fit for connoisseurs

July 19, 2017

Participants in the second Varsity MTB Challenge can expect a connoisseur experience when Nederburg Wines host the two-day race at their estate in Paarl later this year. ASG Events’ operations manager Darren Herbst said Nederburg’s continued involvement added much value to what they were promoting as the ultimate alumni challenge from September 30. “Not only are they one of the premier wine farms in the world, they also have a…

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Excitement builds ahead of Trailseeker at Mabalingwe

July 11, 2017

A winter highlight for Gauteng mountain bikers, the Nissan TrailSeeker Series Lionman, takes place this Saturday, 15 July, at Mabalingwe, north of Pretoria. The established event offers four different events to cater for all levels of mountain biker and is expected to once again see tight contests for the podium places and prize money.   The long-term weather forecast is for a warm, sunny day on Saturday, a continuation of…

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CSA’s new coaching commission chairman outlines his priorities

July 11, 2017

Johannesburg-based coach, Alasdair Garnett, has been appointed Chairman of the Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission. The voluntary position has no historical mandate but forms part of Cycling South Africa’s high-performance plans. Garnett, using his experience in running businesses and coaching, intends to help structure the governing body’s coaching division to be more efficient and effective. Garnett (44) is a former multiple South African age-group road cycling champion and currently holds…

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Mountain bikers set for ultimate alumni challenge

July 11, 2017

Alumni from the respective universities could play a major role in the outcome of the annual Varsity MTB Challenge when the second edition takes place near Paarl in the Cape Winelands from September 30. The two-day event, which is sponsored by First National Bank, will see current and past students form an alliance as they compete for their tertiary institutions in what is billed as South Africa’s “ultimate alumni challenge”….

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