Cycle4Cansa offers attractive early-bird incentive

February 21, 2018

The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship at Sun City will celebrate its 21st anniversary this year with an attractive incentive for participants who enter before March 2. As the organisers strive to deliver a memorable experience when the weekend festival takes place on August 25 and 26, those who beat the early-bird deadline next month will receive a 15% discount. Announcing that entries were open, event organiser Mauritz Meyer said they were…

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Belgian star relishes Tour of Good Hope test

February 20, 2018

International mountain bike star Frans Claes is relishing the prospect of testing himself in South Africa’s premier road race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, next month. The five-stage race, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, takes place in around the city of Paarl in the Western Cape from March 5 to 9. The 34-year-old Belgian, who is currently listed third in the international marathon mountain bike standings,…

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SA pair seal TransCape title with sixth stage win

February 10, 2018

After a dominant week, South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais were crowned overall winners of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in Franschhoek in the Western Cape today. The ASG-Ellsworth pair set the pace in the UCI Men’s category from the start of the 73km final stage between Houwhoek and La Couronne Wine Estate to add a sixth stage victory to their tally. In today’s stage, the French-German team of…

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Attacking plan pays off for TransCape leaders

February 9, 2018

Employing a strategy to attack early in the stage, HB Kruger and Stuart Marais rolled on to another win on the sixth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. After studying the profile of the 74km route from Greyton to Houwhoek, the ASG-Ellsworth outfit struck about 8km into the stage, attacking on the first single-track climb up Bakenskop. With their plan reaping dividends, they were able to consolidate their…

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Fifth stage of TransCape neutralised after route confusion

February 9, 2018

The status quo remained unchanged in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter after the fifth stage between Swellendam and Greyton was neutralised in unfortunate circumstances today. Uncertainty over the route in the leading bunch after about 20km of the 99km eventually resulted in the UCI Elite riders, after discussion with race commissaire Deon Steyn, agreeing that the fairest decision would be to neutralise the stage and resume afresh tomorrow. Apparently a…

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South Africans win thrilling duel in TransCape

February 8, 2018

A thrilling sprint finish to the fourth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter saw South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais narrowly edge out Norwegian rivals Eirik Fiskvik and Thomas Engelsgjerd for stage honours. At the end of the 106km leg from Riversdale to Swellendam just two seconds separated the leading teams in a desperate dash for the line, which saw the ASG-Ellsworth outfit take their fourth stage victory….

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Late surge gives Kruger and Marais another stage win

February 7, 2018

With the favourites staying together on the queen stage, race leaders HB Kruger and Stuart Marais took advantage of a late surge to collect their third successive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 102km leg from Hartenbos to Riversdale was only decided in the final kilometre through the Western Cape town’s twisting streets as the South Africans edged ahead in sight of the finish. They crossed…

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Kruger, Marais consolidate top spot in TransCape

February 6, 2018

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais consolidated their overall lead after breaking away on Outeniqua Pass and racing to their second consecutive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 86km second stage took riders from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and also included two other mountain passes at Silver River and Kaaimansgat. Riding together for the first time, Kruger and Marais came home in a time of 3:15:01, three…

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Boutique Cape races go ahead despite water crisis

February 6, 2018

Race organisers ASG Events have assured riders that, despite the crippling drought in the Western Cape, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Liberty Winelands Encounter will go ahead as planned. The Tour of Good Hope takes place near Paarl from March 5 to 9, while the mountain-bike event, also in the Cape Winelands, will be held from April 13 to 15. Due to the ongoing drought in the…

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Kruger, Marais set early pace in TransCape

February 4, 2018

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais delivered a strong statement as they led the field home in the opening stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The ASG-Ellsworth outfit drew first blood in the 614km seven-day race between Knysna and La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek, but Kruger was quick to acknowledge they still had a long way to go. They covered the 71km stage from the Western Cape town…

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