Teens dominate Paarl mountain bike race at first attempt

November 20, 2017

Stellenbosch teenagers Robert Hobson and Rossouw Bekker claimed the Sanlam MTB Invitational title on their debut after leading the two-day race from start to finish. The Flandria Cycles pair overcame any inexperience as a first-time partnership to win both stages of the race, which started and finished at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl. The youngsters dominated the 60km opening day to take a comfortable three-minute lead over Bikeshop’s Aidan Connelly…


Seyffert, Kachelhoffer rekindle partnership for Paarl race

November 15, 2017

Despite not having ridden together this year, Pieter Seyffert and Hanco Kachelhoffer will still make a formidable team when they defend their title in the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl this weekend. The two-day race, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, will have the Paarl Mountain as a key feature on both the 60km and 40km stages. Seyffert, who won the TransCape alongside Travis Walker this year, said they were…


Invitational Paarl race heads in a new direction

November 8, 2017

Eager to showcase the variety on offer in the Sanlam MTB Invitational, organisers ASG Events are preparing to unveil a number of changes to the route for next week’s event. The annual race in the Western Cape takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 18 and 19, with stages of 60km on the Saturday and 40km on the Sunday. With the race having grown from strength to…


A race of first-time victories at Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush

November 7, 2017

The Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush took place in Cullinan on 4 November. The event is an old favourite in the Gauteng Series, and drew close to 3000 adventure-seekers. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, it was a race of first-time victories and podium finishes. Declan Sidey stepped into the spotlight when he snatched up the men’s elite title and walked away with his first Nissan TrailSeeker win this year.  It…


Elite results of Nissan TrailSeeker season finale

November 6, 2017

The curtains of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series closed in Cullinan today, a quaint miners’ village about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, the gauntlet was thrown open for new talent to step up and podium at the esteemed event. It was Declan Sidey who raised his hand as the man to beat and snatched up the men’s elite…


An invitation to mountain biking excellence

November 2, 2017

ASG Events and Sanlam Investments have a winning recipe in the form of the Sanlam MTB Invitational, but they continue to strive for an even better formula. The fourth edition of the two-day event, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on the outskirts of Paarl on November 18, is the ideal opportunity for participants to delve into the combined hospitality of the two organisations. Sanlam Investments’ head of marketing, Robert…


Gauteng gets ready to dig deep in Cullinan

October 31, 2017

Gauteng is getting ready to dig deep at the Nissan TrailSeeker season finale. The event is set to take over Cullinan this weekend, a quaint miners’ village about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria. Since the discovery of the world’s biggest diamond in 1905, the pioneering settlement prides itself in a long-lived tradition of hard work and perseverance. It is fitting, then, that the curtains of the popular mountain bike series…


Words of wisdom from Moolman-Pasio ahead of Madibaz race

October 26, 2017

A motivational talk by cycling great Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is set to rev up participants ahead of the fourth and final round of the Madibaz XCO Series at the Nelson Mandela University’s George campus on Sunday. Moolman-Pasio, who recently returned from racing in Europe, will be one of the guest speakers at a mountain biking symposium at the venue on Saturday evening. The 31-year-old continued to impress on the world circuit…


Everyone can be a WARRIOR

October 25, 2017

A call to be courageous drew athletes to the Meerendal Wine Estate this weekend.  The seventh edition of South Africa’s largest obstacle racing series, the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok took place on 21 & 22 October.  With the Cape’s severe water restrictions, the Warrior Race decided to exclude water obstacles from the Meerendal event. This did not faze adventure-seekers, however, as they set off to tackle some of…


UCI status gives TransCape an international boost

October 24, 2017

The elevation of South Africa’s TransCape mountain bike race to UCI status makes it an attractive proposition for local and international professionals. This is the view of local pro and former Olympian Philip Buys, who finished runner-up in the National MTB Series behind PYGA EuroSteel teammate Matthys Beukes recently. The seven-day, 614km race across the Western Cape from February 4 next year takes competitors through some of the most iconic…