Young European stars out to prove a point at World Cup

March 7, 2018

Boasting an impressive array of young talent, the two HEAD Bikes teams from Europe will be keen to make an impact at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Western Cape on Saturday. The UCI HEAD Bikes Pro team and the Ciclo outfit will both have riders taking part in the cross-country leg of the World Cup race, which will be held on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. All in…


Cycle4Cansa offers attractive early-bird incentive

February 21, 2018

The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship at Sun City will celebrate its 21st anniversary this year with an attractive incentive for participants who enter before March 2. As the organisers strive to deliver a memorable experience when the weekend festival takes place on August 25 and 26, those who beat the early-bird deadline next month will receive a 15% discount. Announcing that entries were open, event organiser Mauritz Meyer said they were…


Belgian star relishes Tour of Good Hope test

February 20, 2018

International mountain bike star Frans Claes is relishing the prospect of testing himself in South Africa’s premier road race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, next month. The five-stage race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, takes place in around the city of Paarl in the Western Cape from March 5 to 9. The 34-year-old Belgian, who is currently listed third in the international marathon mountain bike standings,…


SA ideal training ground for European MTB team

February 13, 2018

HEAD Bikes, who entered the South African market late last year, are further strengthening their ties with the country by using Stellenbosch as a training base for their professional outfits. Members of the HEAD Pro and Ciclo teams from Europe are currently in the Western Cape town taking advantage of the South African summer to prepare for a number of upcoming events. Among these will be the cross-country leg of…


SA pair seal TransCape title with sixth stage win

February 10, 2018

After a dominant week, South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais were crowned overall winners of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in Franschhoek in the Western Cape today. The ASG-Ellsworth pair set the pace in the UCI Men’s category from the start of the 73km final stage between Houwhoek and La Couronne Wine Estate to add a sixth stage victory to their tally. In today’s stage, the French-German team of…


Attacking plan pays off for TransCape leaders

February 9, 2018

Employing a strategy to attack early in the stage, HB Kruger and Stuart Marais rolled on to another win on the sixth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. After studying the profile of the 74km route from Greyton to Houwhoek, the ASG-Ellsworth outfit struck about 8km into the stage, attacking on the first single-track climb up Bakenskop. With their plan reaping dividends, they were able to consolidate their…


Fifth stage of TransCape neutralised after route confusion

February 9, 2018

The status quo remained unchanged in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter after the fifth stage between Swellendam and Greyton was neutralised in unfortunate circumstances today. Uncertainty over the route in the leading bunch after about 20km of the 99km eventually resulted in the UCI Elite riders, after discussion with race commissaire Deon Steyn, agreeing that the fairest decision would be to neutralise the stage and resume afresh tomorrow. Apparently a…


South Africans win thrilling duel in TransCape

February 8, 2018

A thrilling sprint finish to the fourth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter saw South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais narrowly edge out Norwegian rivals Eirik Fiskvik and Thomas Engelsgjerd for stage honours. At the end of the 106km leg from Riversdale to Swellendam just two seconds separated the leading teams in a desperate dash for the line, which saw the ASG-Ellsworth outfit take their fourth stage victory….


Late surge gives Kruger and Marais another stage win

February 7, 2018

With the favourites staying together on the queen stage, race leaders HB Kruger and Stuart Marais took advantage of a late surge to collect their third successive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 102km leg from Hartenbos to Riversdale was only decided in the final kilometre through the Western Cape town’s twisting streets as the South Africans edged ahead in sight of the finish. They crossed…


Kruger, Marais consolidate top spot in TransCape

February 6, 2018

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais consolidated their overall lead after breaking away on Outeniqua Pass and racing to their second consecutive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 86km second stage took riders from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and also included two other mountain passes at Silver River and Kaaimansgat. Riding together for the first time, Kruger and Marais came home in a time of 3:15:01, three…