Lüthi hungry to reclaim Attakwas Crown against powerful field

January 18, 2017

Five-time winner Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) is eager to reclaim the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge title that she won consecutively from 2011–2015. But the Swiss marathon champion will be up against the strongest field ever assembled at Saturday’s 121km point-to-point race, which is considered among the toughest one-day races in South Africa.   A crash in December resulted in Lüthi having to take some time off training, but she’s…

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Berge en Dale adds mountain bike component

January 10, 2017

For the first time, two mountain bike routes have been added to the Berge en Dale cycling race on February 4 and 5 as organisers ASG Events seek to broaden the appeal of the event. Routes covering distances of 40km and 15km have been set up for the Sunday, following the feature 102km road classic on the Saturday. ASG Events route director Darren Herbst said the event had been extended…

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Cape Pioneer Trek enters new era with top sponsors

December 14, 2016

The 2017 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, to which entries opened on 14 December 2016, will offer a refined rider experience, a Queen Stage and a fresh look, thanks to the investment of new sponsors, Momentum Health and Biogen.   The ninth edition of the annual seven-day mountain bike stage race, which is dubbed #racewithsoul, will be the first of a three-year partnership with Momentum Health, South…

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Fedgroup invests in refreshed PE Plett mountain bike race

December 13, 2016

The fifth edition of the PE Plett, South Africa’s premier four-day mountain bike stage race, will herald the start of a new era for the event with the announcement that FedGroup will be the title sponsor.   Also new for 2017 is a date change. After four editions held in September, each of which has endured challenging weather conditions such as wind, rain and mud, organisers, Red Cherry, have shifted…

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Tankwa Trek goes fully international with new sponsors, UCI status

December 13, 2016

The Tankwa Trek isn’t South Africa’s oldest three-day mountain bike stage race. Neither is it the biggest. But it is firmly on track to become the most internationally recognised, following the addition of two new sponsors and the upgrade to International Cycling Union (UCI) status.   The three-day race, which was only established in 2013, has rapidly become one of the most prestigious mountain bike races in South Africa. This…

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New format boost for Ashburton Investments National MTB Series

December 12, 2016

Three fresh venues and a new format will give the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series a boost for the 2017 South African mountain bike-racing season.   Five of the seven rounds of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series will be held as two-day stage races; and there will be no more ultra-marathon distance at any of the events.   The new format has been developed by the…

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Bell, Glover close out TrailSeeker Series with victories

November 28, 2016

Nico Bell and Monica Glover closed out the final round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series with victories in the 68km men and women’s marathon distances at Cullinan, near Pretoria at the weekend.   Much-needed rain in the drought-stricken province in the lead-up to the race left the riders to contend with muddy conditions, which added the difficulty factor somewhat on an already challenging route.   In…

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Kachelhoffer, Seyffert triumph in Sanlam MTB Invitational

November 21, 2016

Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert ended a three-year partnership on a high note when they won the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof near Paarl today. The ASG duo won the 60km opening stage on Saturday to take a comfortable lead of just under six minutes into the second day. The buffer allowed them to control the racing and they eventually finished the punchy 40km final stage…

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Fresh tweaks give TransCape better balance

November 17, 2016

Riders in next year’s TransCape mountain bike event will find a better balance across the board as the organisers continue pushing the boundaries in one of South Africa’s premium multistage races. The third edition, which takes riders from the coastal hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, will take place from February 5 to 11. Route director Wayne Collett, who said they had been hard at work in…

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Wellington Trail feast for TrailSeeker series finale

November 17, 2016

This Saturday sees the culmination of the second annual Western Cape Nissan TrailSeeker Series and many will feel that it’s a best-for-last scenario with the event taking place in Wellington, a town that’s becoming as well known for its quality mountain biking trails as is it for its wine, brandy and fruit industries.   It’s only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, but at times, when riding the network of…

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