Stiff climb key to victory in wild coast race

November 30, 2017

A 14km stretch of district road leading to the top of a plateau could be the tipping point when cyclists tackle the Bestmed Wild Coast Sun MTB Classic near Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal next weekend. This is the opinion of the route director, Ian Wilson, who said their overall objective was to ensure that riders of all levels enjoy a memorable mountain-biking outing on December 9. Starting at the Wild…


National MTB Series bids Ashburton Investments a fond farewell

November 28, 2017

The National MTB Series bids farewell to its title sponsor of three years, Ashburton Investments. The three-year sponsorship with Ashburton Investments has seen a period of change and refinement to one of the world’s largest and most prestigious mountain bike racing series. “Ashburton Investments has been a fantastic sponsor. It’s been more of a partnership because the people that we have worked closely with have been as passionate about the…


ASG Group open luxury cycling store in Pretoria

November 24, 2017

With numerous local and international cycling personalities such as cycling commentator Phil Liggett and Olympic Gold medallist Elia Viviani in attendance, the latest ASG store opened in Pretoria last night. With over 1 000 square metres of retail space and an interior created from natural and recycled wood, ASG The Store in Olympus Village is a premier luxury cycling destination. Aside from world-class products, the store houses another ASG BikeScience…


UCI race opened up to commuters and tourists

November 22, 2017

Riding 614km over seven days with 10 200m of vertical ascent does not sit in everyone’s legs, which is why the organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race in South Africa have come up with a plan. ASG Events, known for pushing the boundaries in races under their umbrella, have recently announced that they would allow e-bikes in the UCI-rated event “as long as they do not interfere with the…


Teens dominate Paarl mountain bike race at first attempt

November 20, 2017

Stellenbosch teenagers Robert Hobson and Rossouw Bekker claimed the Sanlam MTB Invitational title on their debut after leading the two-day race from start to finish. The Flandria Cycles pair overcame any inexperience as a first-time partnership to win both stages of the race, which started and finished at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl. The youngsters dominated the 60km opening day to take a comfortable three-minute lead over Bikeshop’s Aidan Connelly…


Seyffert, Kachelhoffer rekindle partnership for Paarl race

November 15, 2017

Despite not having ridden together this year, Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer will still make a formidable team when they defend their title in the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl this weekend. The two-day race, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, will have the Paarl Mountain as a key feature on both the 60km and 40km stages. Seyffert, who won the TransCape alongside Travis Walker this year, said they were…


Invitational Paarl race heads in a new direction

November 8, 2017

Eager to showcase the variety on offer in the Sanlam MTB Invitational, organisers ASG Events are preparing to unveil a number of changes to the route for next week’s event. The annual race in the Western Cape takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 18 and 19, with stages of 60km on the Saturday and 40km on the Sunday. With the race having grown from strength to…


A race of first-time victories at Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush

November 7, 2017

The Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush took place in Cullinan on 4 November. The event is an old favourite in the Gauteng Series, and drew close to 3000 adventure-seekers. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, it was a race of first-time victories and podium finishes. Declan Sidey stepped into the spotlight when he snatched up the men’s elite title and walked away with his first Nissan TrailSeeker win this year.  It…


Elite results of Nissan TrailSeeker season finale

November 6, 2017

The curtains of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series closed in Cullinan today, a quaint miners’ village about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, the gauntlet was thrown open for new talent to step up and podium at the esteemed event. It was Declan Sidey who raised his hand as the man to beat and snatched up the men’s elite…


An invitation to mountain biking excellence

November 2, 2017

ASG Events and Sanlam Investments have a winning recipe in the form of the Sanlam MTB Invitational, but they continue to strive for an even better formula. The fourth edition of the two-day event, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on the outskirts of Paarl on November 18, is the ideal opportunity for participants to delve into the combined hospitality of the two organisations. Sanlam Investments’ head of marketing, Robert…