UCT hit back to take Varsity MTB Challenge crown

October 2, 2017

University of Cape Town produced an impressive showing on the final stage to turn a small deficit into overall victory over arch-rivals Stellenbosch in the men’s race of the Varsity MTB Challenge at Nederburg near Paarl today. Maties however remained firmly in control of the women’s race, with Frances du Toit, Nicky Giliomee and Marie Kempf retaining the title they had won in the inaugural event last year. The two-day…

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Maties lead after blustery start to Varsity MTB Challenge

October 2, 2017

Defending champions Stellenbosch underlined their status as the team to beat when they led the field home on a blustery opening day of the Varsity MTB Challenge near Paarl today. Five of the top student teams in the country took to the starting line in squads of three, with the format of the competition dictating that the clock be stopped on the second rider of each team to finish. Despite…

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Success for Beukes brothers at mountain bike series

August 30, 2017

It was a family affair as brothers Matthys and Gerrie Beukes won their respective age categories at the third round of the Madibaz XCO Series at Nelson Mandela University in George on Sunday. Matthys, who finished third at the SA National MTB Championships last month, said he woke without plans of racing but the enticing Bergadder course made it impossible to stay away. “That morning I went to see how…

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Hoffman retains Cycle4Cansa title in close finish

August 21, 2017

Timing his sprint to perfection, Nolan Hoffman edged ahead of RoadCover rival Clint Hendricks to retain his Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship title at Sun City in the Pilanesberg today. The BCX professional, who finished in a fast 2:23:21, took advantage of a cross-tailwind and excellent teamwork in the 103km feature race to hold off last year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour champion and RoadCover’s Ryan Harris in the gallop to the line….

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 Lill Ousts Sanders at Van Gaalen Nail-Biter

August 15, 2017

Candice Lill confirmed her superiority when racing at Van Gaalen, when she won a nail-biter of a marathon to claim the Elite women’s title at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series at the weekend.   Lill (dormakaba) clocked a time of 3 hours 29 minutes 14 seconds when she outsprinted Samantha Sanders (Valencia) in the 70km race, which offered a test of complete mountain biking ability,…

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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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“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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