Lill Ousts Sanders at Van Gaalen Nail-Biter

August 15, 2017

Candice Lill confirmed her superiority when racing at Van Gaalen, when she won a nail-biter of a marathon to claim the Elite women’s title at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series at the weekend.   Lill (dormakaba) clocked a time of 3 hours 29 minutes 14 seconds when she outsprinted Samantha Sanders (Valencia) in the 70km race, which offered a test of complete mountain biking ability,…

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WeCAN campaign aims to boost Cansa funds

August 8, 2017

Organisers of the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship have launched a new initiative to boost funds for the Cancer Association of South Africa when the event celebrates its 20th anniversary at Sun City this month. The cycling festival in the North-West Province has raised more than R3.6-million for Cansa since its inception and organisers are hoping to build on that through the #WeCAN – Riding for Survivors campaign. Outlining the concept, ASG…

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Beukes, Lill dominant winners at TrailSeeker Bosman

August 8, 2017

Matthys Beukes and Candice Lill won the men and women’s marathons respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series at Bosman Family Vineyard, Wellington on Saturday.   Both riders were dominant in their respective categories, with Beukes (Pyga/Eurosteel_ winning the men’s 62km race by more than five minutes and Lill (dormakaba) waiting for 15 minutes before the women’s runner-up was known. Both riders come from XC-racing backgrounds,…

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TransCape ‘It’s Time’ campaign launched

August 3, 2017

Billed as a special journey, the TransCape mountain bike race has positioned itself as one of the most iconic adventures on the South African cycling calendar in a new promotional video. Taking place from Knysna to Franschhoek in the Western Cape, the seven-day, 614km route delivers a hard-core mountain bike event, softened by a healthy degree of luxury services at the conclusion of each day. With more than 250 riders…

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Nissan Trailseeker Wellington attracts top field

August 2, 2017

Western Cape mountain bikers are licking their lips ahead of Saturday’s third round of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, which takes place on the highly-acclaimed trails around Wellington. With four events on offer and good weather predicted, a large field is expected.   Top riders that have confirmed they’ll be competing in the men’s marathon include Round 2 winner, Matt Beers (Red E/Cannondale) and Round 1 winner, Waylon Woolcock (Team…

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Beukes moves ahead after winning bruising van Gaalen battle

August 1, 2017

Almost a year after a serious crash forced him out of the sport for three months, Matthys Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) confirmed he’s back to his best when he won Round 5 of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series at Van Gaalen, North West Province at the weekend.   Beukes dug deep to overcome an impressive race-long challenge from Brendon Davids (Road Cover), eventually clocking a winning time of…

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National MTB series contenders in crucial clash at van Gaalen

July 31, 2017

After a total of four rounds comprising seven stages, the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series reaches a crucial point on Saturday with the eighth stage at Round 5 of the prestigious series, which takes place at Van Gaalen in the North West Province.   Less than an hour’s drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Van Gaalen offers a traditionally tough allround challenge, with the steep gradients, rugged terrain and stimulating…

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Neethling, Beukes win van Gaalen battle

July 31, 2017

Matthys Beukes and Candice Neethling won the men and women’s titles respectively after closely fought battles at the Van Gaalen round of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, at Skeerpoort in the North West Province on Saturday.   Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) eventually triumphed in a race-long duel with Round 4 winner, Brendon Davids (Road Cover) to claim the win in a time of 02:55:34. Davids was just 0.1…

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Cycle4Cansa prepares for 20th anniversary

July 25, 2017

Traditionally signalling the resumption of the cycling season after winter, the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship is again set to attract a bumper entry when it celebrates its 20th anniversary at Sun City next month. The two-day festival of cycling, which incorporates road and mountain bike races, also serves as a major fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), having bolstered their coffers with more than R3.5-million over the years….

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John Smit hooked on TransCape

July 21, 2017

Former Springbok hooker John Smit, accustomed to tough sporting challenges, faces an examination of another kind when he competes in the TransCape mountain bike race for the first time next year. One of South Africa’s most celebrated sportsmen, Smit captained the Springboks to a number of memorable rugby triumphs, not least of which was winning the World Cup in France in 2007. Having retired from rugby in 2013, the 39-year-old…

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