Mountain bikers to encounter epic Winelands experience

March 14, 2016

A three-day encounter over some of the best mountain biking terrain beckons for cyclists when the Liberty Winelands Encounter takes place from April 15 to 17. The inaugural event was limited to 100 two-man teams to ensure a boutique feel, according to ASG race organiser Wynand de Villiers.“This year we have allocated 250 slots to cater for the race’s growth while retaining the experience that modern lifestyle athletes demand.” Dubbed…

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Torrential rain does little to deter Warriors heading to the Vaal

The heavy downpours has left the Vaal river bursting at its banks but did little to deter the 7000 Warriors that will be taking part in the second event in the series of 8 Jeep Warrior Races this weekend. This will be the first time the largest obstacle course race on the continent takes place in the South of Gauteng. The spectacular Emerald Casino and Resort on the banks of…

March 14, 2016
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New Mountain Bike Stage Race Boost For Northern Drakensberg

March 2, 2016

RidetheBerg, a new two-day mountain bike stage race, scheduled for 25 and 26 June 2016, is set to establish the Northern Drakensberg as one of the premier mountain biking destinations in South Africa. Stimulated by the success of the Absa Cape Epic, established in 2004 and the Sani2c, established in 2005, there are now more than 60 multi-day mountain bike events in South Africa each year. The high volume has…

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French brand partner with SA cycling team

March 2, 2016

French bicycle manufacturer Lapierre will become the official equipment supplier to the new Bestmed women’s mountain bike team in South Africa. “The growth in women’s mountain biking was acknowledged by our title sponsor and a decision was taken to create a standalone squad,” said Owen Botha, principal of the Bestmed-Lapierre Factory Team, after today’s announcement. “We looked at a number of brands, but Lapierre suited our goals and long-term ambitions.”…

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BestMed boost women’s cycling

February 23, 2016

Women’s cycling in South Africa received a much-needed boost today when Bestmed re-affirmed their investment at team level ahead of the five-day Tour of Good Hope. The medical scheme confirmed that they would partner Team Bestmed-ASG for the next three years. Team principal Owen Botha said he was extremely excited about the continuation of the sponsorship, which started in the 2013 season. “Our aim has always been to develop the…

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Berg and Bush tackle KZN drought

February 18, 2016

One of South Africa’s premier mountain bike events hope to bring rapid relief to desperate KwaZulu-Natal farmers this year with a welcome donation of water tanks.Riders in last year’s Grindrod Bank Berg and Bush were shocked by the serious drought conditions affecting private farms through which they passed, said event founder Gary Green. “Our official race initiative this year is to partner with JoJo tanks to assist farmers and their…

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Team Bestmed-ASG take on Cape Pioneer Trek

October 15, 2015

Team Bestmed-ASG members will make their presence known at one of South Africa’s toughest mountain bike stage races, the Cape Pioneer Trek, which starts near Mossel Bay this coming weekend. Riders Michelle Benson, Mariette Hattingh and Sanet Coetzee will team up with male partners to do battle in the mixed category at the seven-day race. Former junior national time-trial champion Benson is looking forward to competing in the off-road discipline…

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Even better route for second Paarl MTB Classic

October 13, 2015

Following a successful inaugural Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, the race organisers have improved the route to showcase even more breathtaking landscapes and awesome single-track in the winelands surrounding the Western Cape town. The beautiful Rhebokskloof Wine Estate will now be the official host venue for Paarl’s signature mountain bike event on November 22, and route director Darren Herbst is very excited about the move. “The move to Rhebokskloof is purely…

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Paarl to host Tour of Good Hope

July 30, 2015

Paarl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands region of South Africa, has been announced as the official host city for the 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope presented by Rudy Project. Situated 60km northeast of Cape Town, the seat of the City of Drakenstein will provide logistical and financial support for the five-day tour, which takes place from February 29 to March 4. According to race organiser Wynand de…

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Top riders cycle for cancer at Lost City

July 30, 2015

Concerned cyclists will be doing their bit for cancer awareness when they sign up for the Lost City Cycle 4 Cansa weekend, presented by Bestmed, on August 15 and 16. More than 3 000 roadies and around a thousand mountain bikers are expected to turn out for the 17th edition of the North West province event. According to Bestmed corporate communications manager Sasja la Grange, the event has raised R3.75…

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