Press Release: Heyns, Du Toit crowned Winelands Encounter champs

April 16, 2018

Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit claimed their second stage win to secure overall honours on the final day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race, which finished near Paarl today. The three-stage race in the Cape Winelands, presented by STANLIB, concluded with a 50km ride from Le Franschhoek Hotel to Nederburg Wine Estate. The DSV Pro Cycling team, who raced into the overall lead on day one, were…

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Kruger and Beers sprint to Winelands stage win

April 14, 2018

HB Kruger and Matt Beers timed their attack to perfection to snatch the stage win on the second day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain-bike race in Franschhoek today. The ASG-NAD pair outsprinted stage one winners and overnight leaders Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit at the end of a 48km loop from the Le Franschhoek Hotel and back. Kruger, from Paarl, and Beers, from Kenilworth in Cape Town, crossed…

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Heyns, Du Toit fight back to win at Winelands Encounter

April 13, 2018

Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit overcame an early mechanical to take the honours on the opening stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Cape Winelands today. Presented by STANLIB, the first day of the three-stage race saw the field tackle a 49km stretch from Zorgvliet Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch to Le Franschhoek Hotel in Franschhoek. After an exciting day’s racing in which the lead changed hands at…

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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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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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