Varsity mountain bike race venue fit for connoisseurs

Participants in the second Varsity MTB Challenge can expect a connoisseur experience when Nederburg Wines host the two-day race at their estate in Paarl later this year. ASG Events’ operations manager Darren Herbst said Nederburg’s continued involvement added much value to what they were promoting as the ultimate alumni challenge from September 30. “Not only are they one of the premier wine farms in the world, they also have a…

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Excitement builds ahead of Trailseeker at Mabalingwe

A winter highlight for Gauteng mountain bikers, the Nissan TrailSeeker Series Lionman, takes place this Saturday, 15 July, at Mabalingwe, north of Pretoria. The established event offers four different events to cater for all levels of mountain biker and is expected to once again see tight contests for the podium places and prize money.   The long-term weather forecast is for a warm, sunny day on Saturday, a continuation of…

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CSA’s new coaching commission chairman outlines his priorities

Johannesburg-based coach, Alasdair Garnett, has been appointed Chairman of the Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission. The voluntary position has no historical mandate but forms part of Cycling South Africa’s high-performance plans. Garnett, using his experience in running businesses and coaching, intends to help structure the governing body’s coaching division to be more efficient and effective. Garnett (44) is a former multiple South African age-group road cycling champion and currently holds…

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Mountain bikers set for ultimate alumni challenge

Alumni from the respective universities could play a major role in the outcome of the annual Varsity MTB Challenge when the second edition takes place near Paarl in the Cape Winelands from September 30. The two-day event, which is sponsored by First National Bank, will see current and past students form an alliance as they compete for their tertiary institutions in what is billed as South Africa’s “ultimate alumni challenge”….

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Madibaz looking to bounce back at cycling champs

The Bestmed NMMU-Madibaz cycling team will look to rekindle the form that took them to overall victory three seasons ago when the varsity host the annual University Sport South Africa champs next month. The former champions will compete against the North-West University, University of Pretoria, Stellenbosch University and Varsity College in a three-day road tour as well as a mountain bike race at various venues in Port Elizabeth from July…

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Beers, Kitching Claim Maiden TrailSeeker Series Crowns

Matt Beers and Tandi Kitching claimed their maiden overall-title crowns when they won the men and women’s marathon races respectively at Round 2 of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape in Grabouw at the weekend Beers, who races for Red-E Cannondale, was involved in a three-way scrap with Ascendis Health’s Gert Heyns and Matthys Beukes (Pyga Eurosteel) for most of the 67km race. Towards the end though, Beukes and…

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Coetzees keep Sondela titles in the family

The husband and wife pair of Dana and Sanet Coetzee won the men’s and women’s titles at the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic, which took place at the Sondela Nature Reserve outside Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. Dana Coetzee completed the 60km feature race in 2:05:06 to push Brendan Havenga (2:08:53) and Izak Strauss (2:11:22) into the minor placings. The 32-year-old from Pretoria said the pace had been fast from the…

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Dryland Event Management Announces First Ascent Partnership

Leading South African outdoor and sportswear company, First Ascent, has committed to a partnership with Dryland Event Management, the company that organises many of South Africa’s most prestigious mountain biking and trail running events. First Ascent is owned by Performance Brands, along with other sporting and outdoor brands such as Capestorm, Second Skins and African Nature. The partnership will see Dryland make use of First Ascent product for staff, event…

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‘Best ever’ trails for Sondela race

A bumper field can look forward to a fast and furious ride on pristine single-track when they take part in the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. “The trails are in the best condition ever,” said chief course designer Mel Meyer, whose team are in the final stages of preparing the 20km, 40km and 60km routes. He said a lot of time…

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“Ride for the Youth” marks official launch of Baywest MTB Trails

(Port Elizabeth) – Parents looking for ways to get their kids off the couch this National Youth Day (June 16) need look no further than the inaugural “Ride for the Youth” at Baywest Mall. This family-oriented mountain bike ride marks the official launch of the new Baywest Mall MTB Trails and is presented in conjunction with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, Old Mutual and Nutritech. Baywest Mall marketing manager Christopher…

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