Chance encounter leads to incredible MTB partnership

When a meeting between two of South African cycling’s foremost race organisers saw them tuned in to the same wavelength, neither of them doubted that they stood on the verge of creating something special. Fast forward three years and the Liberty Encounter Series has evolved into one of the premier multi-stage mountain bike offerings in South Africa. The brainchild of ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers and MTB Adventures…

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Riders will stay connected at Zuurberg race

Riders in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race will again enjoy superior connectivity, thanks to a significant partnership with Port Elizabeth-based company Igen. While the remoteness of the Zuurberg region – adjacent to the Addo Elephant National Park – contributes to the uniqueness of the event, it also affects internet connectivity. “The downside is that coverage can be limited,” said race director Brad Jackson of Mountain Events. “As…

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First Formal Qualification For Bicycle Mechanics Registered

The registration of the first national training standard for bicycle mechanics was announced by Torq Zone Academy today. The qualification is in answer to the rapid advances in bicycle technology and the need for structured training and standards in the profession.   The Occupational Certificate: Bicycle Mechanic, NQF Level 4 makes South Africa one of only a few countries to offer a formal training standard in this field.  Torq Zone,…

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New sponsors give Attakwas a boost and a facelift

The Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge, South Africa’s most prestigious one-day mountain bike race, has received a significant boost with the announcement that Momentum Health and Biogen are the new title and presenting sponsors respectively.   The 121km race, which will hold its 12th edition in January 2018, will be known as the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen. The event will once again carry an International Cycling Union (UCI)…

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Knox Seeks More Success at Trailseeker Series Opener

South African marathon champion, Max Knox (New Holland/This Way Out) is eager to defend his title and continue his successful start to 2017 when he competes at Round 1 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Legends MX, east of Pretoria on Saturday.   The 29-year-old Knox comes off a close second place and a victory at the first two rounds of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series and says he’s…

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Zuurberg aim to please – on and off the bike

Organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are doggedly focused on providing a premium experience to live up to the mountain bike event’s tagline of “Great Outdoors. Great Indoors. Great Impact”. The three-stage race, which takes place from the Zuurberg Mountain Village near Port Elizabeth from May 26 to 28, not only provides the riders with spectacular scenery, but they will be able to revel in a luxury lifestyle once…

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Knox, De Groot eager for new two-day format at Sabie

South African marathon champions, Max Knox and Robyn de Groot, are looking forward to the new two-day race format that will debut at Round 2 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series in Sabie this weekend.   Knox, a Sabie resident, has always been a podium contender when the national marathon series has visited Sabie, with an impressive record of five podium finishes, including two wins since 2009. De Groot…

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Tankwa Trek: Strauss, De Villiers win stage, Süss, Stenerhag claim overall

South Africans Mariske Strauss and Yolande de Villiers won the final stage of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, on Sunday. But the Swiss/Swedish duo of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag claimed the overall victory after three days of fierce racing in the rugged Kouebokkeveld region of South Africa’s Western Cape province.   After winning Stages 1 and 2 quite convincingly, fate struck Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal/CBC) after…

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Huber, Platt Win Three In A Row To Retain Tankwa Trek Title

Switzerland’s Urs Huber and Germany’s Karl Platt completed a clean sweep of stage wins on Sunday to retain the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen mountain bike stage race title.   The Team Bulls duo were in control for the entire three-day event and won the final 89km stage in a time of 03 hours 05 minutes 34 seconds to confirm their impressive form as they prepare to defend…

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Dominant Huber, Platt Extend Tankwa Trek Lead

Urs Huber and Karl Platt turned the screws a little tighter on Saturday’s Queen Stage when they increased their grip on the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, winning the stage and extending their overall lead. Not to be outdone, Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag did the same in the women’s category.   Platt and Huber, sporting bright yellow jerseys in place of their new all-black Team Bulls racing…

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