Stelling trudges into lead at muddy TransCape

Capetonian Billy Stelling forged ahead on a muddy day in the TransCape mountain bike race to win his third stage on the trot and don the leader’s jersey in the men’s solo category today. Overnight rain turned the 103km fourth stage between Riversdal and Swellendam in the Western Cape into a ride that Stelling described as “very difficult” afterwards. The peloton, who will arrive at La Couronne Wine Estate in…

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Stelling recovers to win again at TransCape

Despite riding with a broken rib, defending men’s solo champion Billy Stelling won his second stage in a row on the third day of the TransCape mountain bike race between Van Wyksdorp and Riversdal in the Western Cape today. After the lengthy 135km queen stage yesterday, it was a slightly shorter challenge as the field continued their seven-day, 690km journey from Knysna to Franschhoek. The 47-year-old Stelling, who is from…

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Heat tests riders on TransCape queen stage

After a rainy opening stage, riders were presented with different conditions today as pace-setters Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker consolidated their overall lead in the TransCape mountain bike race. The Ellsworth-ASG duo led the field home for the second consecutive day after a typically hot and dusty Karoo leg between George and Van Wyksdorp. They completed the 135km queen stage – the longest of the seven-day event – in 5:30:24…

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New pro team set the pace at TransCape

Despite wet conditions, Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker kicked off their new partnership on a perfect note by winning the opening stage of the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race today. The Ellsworth-ASG duo took control early on to cover the tough 80km ride between Knysna and Wilderness in the Western Cape in 3:19:46. They were followed home by Belgians Eddy Feliers and Kristof de Neys (Cicero Baik) in 3:42:42, with…

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Platt, Huber motivated to defend Tankwa Trek title

Germany’s Karl Platt and his Swiss teammate, Urs Huber, are motivated to defend their title at next week’s Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, but will be up against stronger opposition than last year at the world’s most prestigious three-day mountain bike stage race.   Now an International Cycling Union (UCI)-graded event, the fifth edition of the Tankwa Trek has drawn some of the world’s biggest mountain bike racing…

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Ashburton Investments boosts Elite women’s prize purse to equal men’s

Ashburton Investments, the title sponsor of the South African National MTB Series, has announced it will equal the Elite women’s prize money.   This follows the Facebook message posted by three-time Cape Epic winner and Swiss champion, Ariane Lüthi of Team Spur. Lüthi, a Swiss national who lives in Stellenbosch for most of the year, is a former winner of the series.   While grateful for an increase in the…

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Sauser, Langvad beat strong fields to win Ashburton Investments National MTB Series opener

Swiss mountain bike racing legend, Christoph Sauser, continued his strong comeback from retirement with another victory when he outsprinted South African champion, Max Knox, to claim the title at the opening round of the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series in Grabouw, South Africa on Saturday.   While men’s race was a close contest, the women’s race wasn’t and current XCO World Champion, Annika Langvad of Denmark, secured a dominant…

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Seyffert reveals new partnership at TransCape

After a lengthy association with Hanco Kachelhoffer, mountain biking professional Pieter Seyffert will reveal a new partnership when he and Travis Walker tackle the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race from Sunday. In his first appearance at the TransCape, the 30-year-old said he was looking forward to teaming up with Walker under the Ellsworth-ASG banner for the 690km journey between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Seyffert said he and…

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Pioneering single-track at TransCape

The TransCape MTB race organisers will pioneer a fresh single-track challenge by introducing the riders to the Greyton Black section in the multi-stage race beginning on Sunday. Positioned on the penultimate stage on the stretch between Greyton and Genadendal, route director Wayne Collett said the TransCape would be the first to use “this spectacular new section”, which extended the famous route network in the region. “It is destined to become…

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Tavcor backing eases life for Zuurberg route director

Life has become much easier for PwC Great Zuurberg Trek route director Rob Hayter this year after Tavcor Commercial Vehicles threw their support behind the Eastern Cape mountain biking classic. Taking place in the mountainous Zuurberg region in Addo, about 70km from Port Elizabeth, Hayter is already devoting his time to ensuring the route is in top-class condition for the event from May 26 to 28. Covering nearly 200km over…

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