Bell, Glover close out TrailSeeker Series with victories

November 28, 2016

Nico Bell and Monica Glover closed out the final round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series with victories in the 68km men and women’s marathon distances at Cullinan, near Pretoria at the weekend.   Much-needed rain in the drought-stricken province in the lead-up to the race left the riders to contend with muddy conditions, which added the difficulty factor somewhat on an already challenging route.   In…


Kachelhoffer, Seyffert triumph in Sanlam MTB Invitational

November 21, 2016

Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert ended a three-year partnership on a high note when they won the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof near Paarl today. The ASG duo won the 60km opening stage on Saturday to take a comfortable lead of just under six minutes into the second day. The buffer allowed them to control the racing and they eventually finished the punchy 40km final stage…


De Lange, Lennard claim dominant wins at TrailSeeker Hemel & Aarde

October 12, 2016

Tristan de Lange and Katie Lennard claimed dominant wins in the men and women’s marathons respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Hemel & Aarde event held near Hermanus at the weekend. De Lange (Mannie’s Bike Mecca) clocked a time of 02 hours 48 minutes 51 seconds for the 62km distance, which included 1 365 metres of vertical ascent. Stephan Senekal (Specialized) finished second, just over…


Withaar wins Silverstar MTB Challenge on debut

September 12, 2016

Jan Withaar used his cross country background to power to victory in his first attempt at the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp today. The 34-year-old from Bryanston in Johannesburg took advantage of the technical sections on the twisty 40km course to establish an early lead and cruise to a comfortable victory in 1:36:44. He was followed home by Wessel Redelinghuys, who crossed the line in 1:38:05,…


Cycle4Cansa mission accomplished for Hoffman

August 22, 2016

It was mission accomplished for Team Telkom’s Nolan Hoffman as he took the honours in an exciting sprint finish in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic at Sun City today. The 31-year-old professional from the West Rand in Johannesburg timed his finishing burst perfectly with about 80m to go to edge out Team Luso’s Calvin Beneke and RoadCover’s Bradley Potgieter in 2:18:13. In what the former Franschhoek resident described as a…


Bell, Sanders convincing winners at TrailSeeker Hazeldean

July 12, 2016

Mpumalanga-based mountain bikers, Nico Bell and Samantha Sanders, raced to convincing wins in the men and women’s categories respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Hazeldean Marathon outside Pretoria at the weekend. 3200 riders participated over four distance options at the event, which was Round 2 of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the most popular marathon series in South Africa. The undulating route was always going to see a fast pace,…


Hill, Louw secure second Zuurberg title

June 6, 2016

Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw were able to play it safe on the final day en route to securing the overall title at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race at Addo, near Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. Even though they yielded the final stage to Kargo Pro’s Marco Joubert and Jurgens Uys, the Contego-TIB Insurance outfit ran out comfortable winners after completing the three tough stages in a combined…


TrailSeeker Lionman lives up to its wild reputation

June 3, 2016

South African marathon champion, Max Knox and African marathon champion, Amy Beth McDougall, won the men and women’s titles respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike race near Bela Bela at the weekend. Knox (Valencia) clocked a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds for the marathon event, which was just short of 70km. He was followed across the line by Hein Engelbrecht (Valencia) five minutes later, with…


Wetton, Steyn win drama-filled 360one MTB challenge

April 25, 2016

There were no course records, but there was plenty of drama as Tom Wetton and Hannele Steyn won the men and women’s individual titles respectively at the 2016 36ONE MTB Challenge, an ultra-endurance mountain bike race based at the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Western Cape province. The fifth edition of the 361km non-stop race attracted its largest field yet, largely comprising endurance-crazy South Africans in 11 sub-categories….


Huber, De Groot reign supreme at Sabi

February 23, 2016

Switzerland’s Urs Huber and South Africa’s Robyn de Groot were the mountain biking king and queen of Sabie after winning the men and women’s titles respectively at Round 2 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at the weekend. For Huber (Team Bulls), it was his second Sabie victory after having claimed the title there in 2014, while for De Groot (Ascendis Health), it was her first Sabie crown, and…