Knox, De Groot eager for new two-day format at Sabie

February 16, 2017

South African marathon champions, Max Knox and Robyn de Groot, are looking forward to the new two-day race format that will debut at Round 2 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series in Sabie this weekend.   Knox, a Sabie resident, has always been a podium contender when the national marathon series has visited Sabie, with an impressive record of five podium finishes, including two wins since 2009. De Groot…

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Tankwa Trek: Strauss, De Villiers win stage, Süss, Stenerhag claim overall

February 12, 2017

South Africans Mariske Strauss and Yolande de Villiers won the final stage of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, on Sunday. But the Swiss/Swedish duo of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag claimed the overall victory after three days of fierce racing in the rugged Kouebokkeveld region of South Africa’s Western Cape province.   After winning Stages 1 and 2 quite convincingly, fate struck Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal/CBC) after…

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Huber, Platt Win Three In A Row To Retain Tankwa Trek Title

February 12, 2017

Switzerland’s Urs Huber and Germany’s Karl Platt completed a clean sweep of stage wins on Sunday to retain the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen mountain bike stage race title.   The Team Bulls duo were in control for the entire three-day event and won the final 89km stage in a time of 03 hours 05 minutes 34 seconds to confirm their impressive form as they prepare to defend…

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Dominant Huber, Platt Extend Tankwa Trek Lead

February 11, 2017

Urs Huber and Karl Platt turned the screws a little tighter on Saturday’s Queen Stage when they increased their grip on the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, winning the stage and extending their overall lead. Not to be outdone, Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag did the same in the women’s category.   Platt and Huber, sporting bright yellow jerseys in place of their new all-black Team Bulls racing…

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New pro outfit seal victory at TransCape

February 11, 2017

The Ellsworth-ASG outfit of Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker finished off the TransCape mountain bike race in style by claiming victory on the final stage to cement their overall triumph today. It was the perfect start for the new pro outfit, who rode together for the first time when they lined up in Knysna last Sunday for the seven-day, 690km race to Franschhoek in the Western Cape. They were followed…

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Platt, Huber Charge To Early Tankwa Trek Lead

February 10, 2017

Team Bulls riders, Karl Platt and Urs Huber, charged to a dominant victory on Stage 1 of the 2017 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Friday, getting their title defence of the world’s most prestigious three-day mountain bike race off to the perfect start.  The first women home were Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag and Switzerland’s Esther Süss.   Hot, dusty conditions greeted more than 700 riders, including some of…

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Belgian celebrates birthday with stage win

February 9, 2017

Belgian Eddy Feliers celebrated his 49th birthday in style as he and teammate Kristof de Neys took the stage win on the fifth day of the TransCape mountain bike race between Swellendam and Greyton today. Riding for Cicero Baik, the European pair led the bunch home for their first stage win in this year’s 690km event, which started in Knysna on Sunday. Today’s route of 112.5km with about 1 500m…

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Stelling trudges into lead at muddy TransCape

February 8, 2017

Capetonian Billy Stelling forged ahead on a muddy day in the TransCape mountain bike race to win his third stage on the trot and don the leader’s jersey in the men’s solo category today. Overnight rain turned the 103km fourth stage between Riversdal and Swellendam in the Western Cape into a ride that Stelling described as “very difficult” afterwards. The peloton, who will arrive at La Couronne Wine Estate in…

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Stelling recovers to win again at TransCape

February 7, 2017

Despite riding with a broken rib, defending men’s solo champion Billy Stelling won his second stage in a row on the third day of the TransCape mountain bike race between Van Wyksdorp and Riversdal in the Western Cape today. After the lengthy 135km queen stage yesterday, it was a slightly shorter challenge as the field continued their seven-day, 690km journey from Knysna to Franschhoek. The 47-year-old Stelling, who is from…

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Heat tests riders on TransCape queen stage

February 7, 2017

After a rainy opening stage, riders were presented with different conditions today as pace-setters Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker consolidated their overall lead in the TransCape mountain bike race. The Ellsworth-ASG duo led the field home for the second consecutive day after a typically hot and dusty Karoo leg between George and Van Wyksdorp. They completed the 135km queen stage – the longest of the seven-day event – in 5:30:24…

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