Beers, Kitching Claim Maiden TrailSeeker Series Crowns

June 26, 2017

Matt Beers and Tandi Kitching claimed their maiden overall-title crowns when they won the men and women’s marathon races respectively at Round 2 of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape in Grabouw at the weekend Beers, who races for Red-E Cannondale, was involved in a three-way scrap with Ascendis Health’s Gert Heyns and Matthys Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) for most of the 67km race. Towards the end though, Beukes and…

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Coetzees keep Sondela titles in the family

June 26, 2017

The husband and wife pair of Dana and Sanet Coetzee won the men’s and women’s titles at the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic, which took place at the Sondela Nature Reserve outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. Dana Coetzee completed the 60km feature race in 2:05:06 to push Brendan Havenga (2:08:53) and Izak Strauss (2:11:22) into the minor placings. The 32-year-old from Pretoria said the pace had been fast from the…

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Dryland Event Management Announces First Ascent Partnership

June 26, 2017

Leading South African outdoor and sportswear company, First Ascent, has committed to a partnership with Dryland Event Management, the company that organises many of South Africa’s most prestigious mountain biking and trail running events. First Ascent is owned by Performance Brands, along with other sporting and outdoor brands such as Capestorm, Second Skins and African Nature. The partnership will see Dryland make use of First Ascent product for staff, event…

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‘Best ever’ trails for Sondela race

June 19, 2017

A bumper field can look forward to a fast and furious ride on pristine single-track when they take part in the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. “The trails are in the best condition ever,” said chief course designer Mel Meyer, whose team are in the final stages of preparing the 20km, 40km and 60km routes. He said a lot of time…

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“Ride for the Youth” marks official launch of Baywest MTB Trails

June 14, 2017

(Port Elizabeth) – Parents looking for ways to get their kids off the couch this National Youth Day (June 16) need look no further than the inaugural “Ride for the Youth” at Baywest Mall. This family-oriented mountain bike ride marks the official launch of the new Baywest Mall MTB Trails and is presented in conjunction with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, Old Mutual and Nutritech. Baywest Mall marketing manager Christopher…

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Mix it with the pros at Sondela MTB Classic

June 14, 2017

Recreational cyclists looking to mix it up with the pros have a small window of opportunity to enter the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic that takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. Entries for the annual festival – which offers 20km, 40km and kiddies’ races on the Saturday to complement the 60km feature event on the Sunday – close at midnight on Friday. Organisers, who are…

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Mapstone, Benson master Waterberg Encounter

June 12, 2017

Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men’s section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27. Gauteng Dairy’s Charles Steyn and Ian McLeod, who won stage…

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Seyffert seeks best form at Waterberg Encounter

June 8, 2017

After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday. The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February. Then, in late April, he rode to a strong podium…

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New Venue Offers Fresh Challenge For Ashburton Investments MTB Series

June 7, 2017

After a short break, the battle for supremacy in the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series resumes this weekend at a new venue, Champagne Valley, in KwaZulu-Natal. Located in the Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley will offer a fresh challenge to all participants at the two-day event.   The event will once again follow the new two-day racing format. For the marathon, that means that Day 1 will be a 70km…

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Maserati Partners With Ashburton Investments National MTB Series

June 7, 2017

Advendurance the company behind the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, has announced its partnership with luxury Italian vehicle brand, Maserati.   “Over the last 15 years we’ve refined our event into one of the most premier mountain bike series on the international stage and our core brand values align perfectly with that of a brand like Maserati,” said Francois Theron of Advendurance.   Launched in 2003, the series has…

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