New elements add value to Winelands Encounter

April 9, 2018

A route to provide special memories and an extended stay at the luxury Le Franschhoek Hotel are two of the key elements race organisers ASG Events believe will add value to the Liberty Winelands Encounter next weekend. Taking place in the Cape Winelands from April 13 to 15, the mountain-bike stage race forms part of the Liberty Encounter Series, which kicked off with the TransCape event in February. The third…

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In-form Butler sprints to first Emperors Palace Classic title

March 26, 2018

Reynard Butler’s purple patch continued when he sprinted to his third victory in a month in a major one-day classic at the Bestmed Emperors Classic road race in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, today. The 29-year-old ProTouch rider from Roodepoort, who took his maiden title in the 98km race after previously finishing second, praised his team for delivering him to victory. Butler, who won the Ride for Sight and Berge en Dale…

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Winelands Encounter offers package for all

March 20, 2018

A memorable experience at a good price is what ASG Events has set out to achieve as they look forward to the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month. Part of the Encounter series, which includes the TransCape and Waterberg, this three-day event takes place in the Cape Winelands from April 13 to 15. Trails will cover areas adjacent to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Having already received a positive response, with the…

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Bestmed boost for Emperors Classic

March 20, 2018

The Emperors Palace Classic road race in Johannesburg this weekend has received a notable boost after being included under the Bestmed umbrella of sponsored events in South African cycling. The two-day cycling festival, based at the Kempton Park casino, will provide cyclists with a choice selection of events, including two mountain-bike offerings on Saturday and two road races on Sunday. For the first time, loyal SA cycling sponsors Bestmed have…

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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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