Kruger, Marais set early pace in TransCape

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais delivered a strong statement as they led the field home in the opening stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The ASG-Ellsworth outfit drew first blood in the 614km seven-day race between Knysna and La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek, but Kruger was quick to acknowledge they still had a long way to go. They covered the 71km stage from the Western Cape town…

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Kruger’s focus switches to TransCape

After a remarkable performance in the Paarl Boxing Day track event, ace mountain biker HB Kruger will return to more familiar pursuits when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this weekend. Starting in Knysna on Sunday, the 614km race, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, will see riders tackle the seven-stage mountain bike race through the Western Cape, finishing in Franschhoek on February 10. The 26-year-old Kruger stunned many…

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Norwegian joins overseas contingent in TransCape

Norwegian professional Eirik Fiskvik will leave the extreme cold of a European winter this week to test himself in sunny South Africa when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter gets under way on Sunday. The 26-year-old rider is one of several overseas cyclists who have shown an interest in the Western Cape mountain bike race, which received a boost last year by being awarded UCI status. The 614km challenge, supported by…

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Bestmed bolster team with mix of youth and experience

Team Bestmed started their new year on a high note when they welcomed the experienced Yzette Oelofse and youngster Danielle Strydom to their fold. Oelofse, who won the inaugural Tshwane Classic in November, said this week she was excited about joining the all-women’s team. “I believe a change is as good as a holiday. And whichever team I race for, I always try to use the opportunity to the max…

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Japanese ace Yuki Ikeda relishes TransCape challenge

With a strong record in marathon racing, Japanese cyclist Yuki Ikeda will test his skills in unchartered territory when he makes his debut in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in the Western Cape from next weekend. Currently based in Tokyo, the mountain bike marathon star will join up with well-known South African rider Grant Usher for the 614km race, which starts in Knysna and ends in Franschhoek. Supported by STANLIB…

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Entries for Bestmed Berge en Dale set to soar

For several reasons, a bumper entry is expected for the Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship to be held near Krugersdorp in Gauteng on February 24 and 25. The feature race remains the 107km road classic on the Saturday, but the organisers, ASG Events, have added an attractive complementary programme for cycling enthusiasts. Besides the main event, there will be a 59km road race as well as mountain-bike races over 40km…

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HEAD Bikes to supply top women’s pro team

In a major boost for women’s cycling in South Africa, Demacon announced that they would be racing on HEAD bicycles in the 2018 season. This follows after the professional team struck a deal with HEAD Bikes SA (PTY) Ltd, who entered the local market late last year, to come on board as equipment sponsors. Earlier this week, Demacon captain Lynette Burger said HEAD would supply premium brand bicycles for their…

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TransCape MTB Encounter set to make a difference

The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, a seven-day, 614km race to be held next month, will be part of a concerted drive to support Africa Foundation. The event, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, begins in Knysna on February 4 and ends in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on the tenth. Now in its fourth year, the race is an ideal opportunity to generate funds for people in need. Race founder Lenore…

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Heat is on as Jan Braai tackles TransCape

Jan Braai, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month. The 614km Western Cape race from Knysna to Franschhoek, hosted by ASG events in partnership with STANLIB and Volvo, starts on February 4. After riding in 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours, Jan will tick off another item on his cycling wish…

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TransCape riders to sample La Couronne wines

Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10. Besides providing a tranquil finish venue to one of South Africa’s premier multiday races, marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said they would do everything possible to ensure the riders had a memorable…

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