Waterberg Encounter still has teeth

May 23, 2017

Organisers of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter have slightly shortened the overall distance of the three-stage race, but route director Mel Meyer has promised it will still be a rigorous test for the entrants. Taking place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, the mountain bike race from June 9 to 11 is the second in the Encounter Series, following the successful Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape last month. Meyer said the…

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Hill chases another Zuurberg title

May 23, 2017

Experienced mountain bike professional Andrew Hill will be banking on a strong partnership with colleague Marco Joubert to try to land another title in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek this weekend. The Durban-based rider is preparing for a tough weekend of racing in the three-stage event that takes place at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, just outside Port Elizabeth, from Friday. Hill won the title with Adriaan Louw a year ago…

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Kruger and Buchacher dominate in Paarl

May 22, 2017

Using home-ground knowledge to his advantage, HB Kruger led from start to finish to take the honours in the 60km feature race at the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate today. The 25-year-old BCX pro from Paarl crossed the finish line in a time of 2:43:58, just under three minutes ahead of Robert Hobson, who stopped the clock in 2:46:34, with Jurgens Uys completing the…

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Changes designed to improve encounter in the Waterberg

May 19, 2017

A number of changes are tipped to improve the experience across the board when the second Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo next month. The three-stage race, starting on June 9, is the second leg of the Encounter Series organised by ASG Events. The first leg, the Liberty Winelands Encounter, took place in the Boland last month. Route director Mel Meyer said their focus…

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Buffelsdrift Celebrates Variety At Round 2 Of Nissan TrailSeeker Series

May 18, 2017

There’s a reason the Buffelsdrift round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series has been one of the most popular since its inception: variety. Saturday’s second round of the popular Gauteng mountain bike series will once again offer variety which is both challenging and rewarding.   After a cold, wet past weekend, the weather forecast of Pretoria North on Saturday is 25 degrees Celsius and sunny – ideal race conditions. The recent…

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Competitive De Villiers ready to shine at Zuurberg

May 18, 2017

Experienced stage racer Yolande de Villiers is ready to show her competitive side when she joins forces with Neill Ungerer to tackle the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race next week. Despite holding down a fulltime job, the Oudtshoorn rider said she was always focused on getting a podium spot and ready to give it her all when the three-day event started at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, near Port…

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Paarl MTB Classic breaks new ground

May 18, 2017

Participants in the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic will go where no one has gone before as organisers continue to up the ante ahead of what they aim to make the area’s premier mountain bike race. Race director Darren Herbst said both the feature event over 60km and the more family friendly offering over 30km included elements that would satisfy any mountain biker. “There are so many stand-out features on the…

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Stransky aims to be competitive at tough Zuurberg race

May 11, 2017

Despite having to overcome serious injuries in recent weeks, ex-Springbok rugby star Joel Stransky and teammate Andrew Mclean are determined to be competitive at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race later this month. The pair, who finished third last year, will pit themselves against arguably the toughest field in the history of the three-day event when it starts at the Zuurberg Mountain Village outside Port Elizabeth on May…

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Volvo continue to drive TransCape

May 10, 2017

After their maiden voyage with the TransCape mountain bike race proved a resounding success, Volvo Car South Africa announced that they would extend their involvement to 2018. The Grand Départ of the seven-day event between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape has been set for February 4. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said partners such as Volvo played a critical role in the operational requirements of the…

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New-look Paarl MTB Classic ticks all the boxes

May 10, 2017

Organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the new-look Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, which was omitted from the cycling calendar last year, ticks all the boxes. Race director Darren Herbst said they had gone to great lengths to make every aspect of the event at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate spectacular come race day on May 20. He said competitors would be able to sample “totally revamped” 60km and…

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