New Venue Offers Fresh Challenge For Ashburton Investments MTB Series

After a short break, the battle for supremacy in the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series resumes this weekend at a new venue, Champagne Valley, in KwaZulu-Natal. Located in the Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley will offer a fresh challenge to all participants at the two-day event.   The event will once again follow the new two-day racing format. For the marathon, that means that Day 1 will be a 70km…

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Maserati Partners With Ashburton Investments National MTB Series

Advendurance the company behind the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, has announced its partnership with luxury Italian vehicle brand, Maserati.   “Over the last 15 years we’ve refined our event into one of the most premier mountain bike series on the international stage and our core brand values align perfectly with that of a brand like Maserati,” said Francois Theron of Advendurance.   Launched in 2003, the series has…

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Former national star lines up for Waterberg race

Three years after his official retirement, the competitive juices will once again flow for Neil MacDonald when he takes to the start line of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race from Friday. MacDonald, whose professional cycling career spanned a lengthy 15 years, said he was looking forward to the challenge presented by the three-day event near Bela-Bela. “I believe it is an awesome race and am really looking forward…

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Letshego Zulu aims to survive Waterberg challenge

Self-confessed adventure addict, Letshego Zulu, has earmarked the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race as her next personal challenge. The former Survivor South Africa contestant from Johannesburg said she was amped for her debut in the Waterberg event, which takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 9 to 11. “I’ve looked at the distances; they are doable compared to the other hectic things I have done,” said the…

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New MTB trail opens for Bay enthusiasts

Mountain bikers make tracks to the Baywest MTB Trails for family-friendly riding   (Port Elizabeth) – Mountain bikers in Nelson Mandela Bay can look forward to the rare pleasure of hitting new trails when the Baywest MTB Trails open for riding on June 16. Criss-crossing the undeveloped land behind Baywest Mall, the new trails are designed and managed by Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, and promise the same kind of…

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Woolcock, Kruger secure Zuurberg title at first attempt

Overnight leaders Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger completed a clean sweep of stage wins to claim overall honours in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. The BCX duo had a keen tussle with their rivals on the third and final day to emerge victorious by 20 seconds at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, which is perched above the Addo Elephant National Park. Riding in the…

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BCX continue to call the shots at Zuurberg

Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger continued to call the shots as they won their second successive stage at the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. Starting and finishing at the Zuurberg Mountain Village near the Addo Elephant National Park, the riders were faced with the 78km queen stage and the BCX pair remained in control after another hard day’s racing. Woolcock and Kruger, who…

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Woolcock and Kruger climb to victory on Zuurberg

Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger of BCX left their breakaway companions in the dust as they climbed to victory on stage one of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. The duo’s finishing power on the final ascent was too much for their rivals and, after dislodging them, they were able to cruise home in 2:40:07 after 67km of undulating racing. Gert Heyns and…

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Sanders, Du Toit Triumph At Battle Of Buffelsdrift

Arno du Toit and Samantha Sanders claimed their first wins of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series at Bufflelsdrift, north of Pretoria at the weekend. Almost 2500 mountain bikers participated in the event, which offered four events of varying distance on stimulating bushveld trails.   In the 67km marathon event, competition for the men’s podium was fierce. With Round 1 winner and series leader, Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro)…

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Waterberg Encounter still has teeth

Organisers of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter have slightly shortened the overall distance of the three-stage race, but route director Mel Meyer has promised it will still be a rigorous test for the entrants. Taking place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, the mountain bike race from June 9 to 11 is the second in the Encounter Series, following the successful Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape last month. Meyer said the…

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