Lucrative prize-money for Winelands Encounter

March 23, 2017

A high-quality field will again be racing for a lucrative prize purse when the Liberty Winelands Encounter takes place in the Western Cape next month. Presented in partnership with STANLIB, race organisers have put together an attractive purse of R100 000 for the three-stage mountain bike race, which starts in Stellenbosch on April 21 before moving to boutique race villages at Franschhoek and Wellington. Paying tribute to the input from…

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Choice selection of venues for Knysna race

March 23, 2017

Perched over the lagoon, the Knysna Yacht Club will provide a spectacular new start and finish venue for the opening stage of the Garden Route 300 mountain bike race next month. Race director Patric Mosterd said the event, which takes place in and around the indigenous forests of the coastal hamlet from April 28 to 30, had settled on a choice selection of locations for each of the stages. “The…

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Bruised Stransky and Mclean set for Zuurberg race

March 23, 2017

Despite suffering broken bones in two separate incidents, Springbok legend Joel Stransky and former professional cyclist Andrew Mclean are still set to take part in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth in May. Mclean is currently nursing a broken collarbone after a nasty fall that forced him to withdraw from this year’s Cape Epic, while Stransky was hospitalised with a broken rib and punctured lung…

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J9 Foundation’s mission at Winelands Encounter

March 17, 2017

The memory of Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen will hover over the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month when the J9 Foundation cycling team take part in the event for the first time. Presented by ASG Events in partnership with STANLIB, the three-stage mountain bike race starting on April 21 will take riders through spectacular trails in the Cape Winelands just over two months after Van der Westhuizen passed…

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Dr Evil Classic – The New Style Of MTB Stage Race

March 17, 2017

There’s a reason Plettenberg Bay is called the Riviera of South Africa. It’s where the well-heeled choose to head to when there’s break in their busy schedules; or where they go to relax during the annual summer holiday. ‘Plett’ has some of the country’s finest beaches, indigenous forests and a picturesque coastline. It has also developed a growing food and wine culture for the discerning. Oh and more recently, it’s…

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Alternative red route a GR300 winner

March 16, 2017

Most mountain bikers probably follow the normal course of the popular red route in the Harkerville forest outside Knysna, but Garden Route 300 race director Patric Mosterd feels they have hit on a winner by doing it in reverse. After changing the direction of the 24km loop over the past two years when it formed part of the race’s first stage, Mosterd said they would persist with that option when…

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Seyffert chases second Zuurberg title

March 16, 2017

  Professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be returning to the scene of one of his favourite races when he and teammate Travis Walker tackle the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek at the end of May. The 30-year-old Seyffert, from Helderkruin in the West Rand, was the champion in 2015 when he partnered Kevin Evans to a narrow win over Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill. Now he – supported by a…

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Garden Route mountain bike race now more compact

March 13, 2017

Next month’s Garden Route 300 will be “more compact” to offer an even purer mountain biking experience in the Knysna forest from April 28 to 30. The three-stage race, which also occupies a new slot on the calendar, will comprise a feature event over a total of 200km as well as a Lite version of 170km. Race director Patric Mosterd, of Garden Route Events, said by shortening the two races…

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Bell, Ralph Get Nissan Trailseeker Series Off To Victorious Start

March 9, 2017

Nico Bell and Theresa Ralph got the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series off to a victorious start when they won the men and women’s titles respectively at Legends MX, east of Pretoria at the weekend.   Bell claimed the men’s title in a thrilling four-man sprint, while Ralph was able to secure a fairly comfortable win in the women’s race.   In the men’s race, the pace was fierce…

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Italian Experience To Back Kansai Plascon’s Cape Epic Victory Quest

March 2, 2017

Max Knox, the South African marathon champion that’s gunning for glory at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic, is fully aware of the importance of having a back-up team if you are serious about trying to win the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race.   Knox (29) raced two Cape Epics (2012, 2013) as back-up team rider to the event’s most successful racer, Christoph Sauser (five wins and 36 stage…

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