Invitational Paarl race heads in a new direction

Eager to showcase the variety on offer in the Sanlam MTB Invitational, organisers ASG Events are preparing to unveil a number of changes to the route for next week’s event. The annual race in the Western Cape takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 18 and 19, with stages of 60km on the Saturday and 40km on the Sunday. With the race having grown from strength to…

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A race of first-time victories at Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush

The Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush took place in Cullinan on 4 November. The event is an old favourite in the Gauteng Series, and drew close to 3000 adventure-seekers. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, it was a race of first-time victories and podium finishes. Declan Sidey stepped into the spotlight when he snatched up the men’s elite title and walked away with his first Nissan TrailSeeker win this year.  It…

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Elite results of Nissan TrailSeeker season finale

The curtains of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series closed in Cullinan today, a quaint miners’ village about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria. With many of the seasoned campaigners racing elsewhere and taking their season’s break, the gauntlet was thrown open for new talent to step up and podium at the esteemed event. It was Declan Sidey who raised his hand as the man to beat and snatched up the men’s elite…

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An invitation to mountain biking excellence

ASG Events and Sanlam Investments have a winning recipe in the form of the Sanlam MTB Invitational, but they continue to strive for an even better formula. The fourth edition of the two-day event, which starts at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on the outskirts of Paarl on November 18, is the ideal opportunity for participants to delve into the combined hospitality of the two organisations. Sanlam Investments’ head of marketing, Robert…

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Gauteng gets ready to dig deep in Cullinan

Gauteng is getting ready to dig deep at the Nissan TrailSeeker season finale. The event is set to take over Cullinan this weekend, a quaint miners’ village about a 30-minute drive east of Pretoria. Since the discovery of the world’s biggest diamond in 1905, the pioneering settlement prides itself in a long-lived tradition of hard work and perseverance. It is fitting, then, that the curtains of the popular mountain bike series…

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Words of wisdom from Moolman-Pasio ahead of Madibaz race

A motivational talk by cycling great Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is set to rev up participants ahead of the fourth and final round of the Madibaz XCO Series at the Nelson Mandela University’s George campus on Sunday. Moolman-Pasio, who recently returned from racing in Europe, will be one of the guest speakers at a mountain biking symposium at the venue on Saturday evening. The 31-year-old continued to impress on the world circuit…

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Everyone can be a WARRIOR

A call to be courageous drew athletes to the Meerendal Wine Estate this weekend.  The seventh edition of South Africa’s largest obstacle racing series, the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok took place on 21 & 22 October.  With the Cape’s severe water restrictions, the Warrior Race decided to exclude water obstacles from the Meerendal event. This did not faze adventure-seekers, however, as they set off to tackle some of…

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UCI status gives TransCape an international boost

The elevation of South Africa’s TransCape mountain bike race to UCI status makes it an attractive proposition for local and international professionals. This is the view of local pro and former Olympian Philip Buys, who finished runner-up in the National MTB Series behind PYGA EuroSteel teammate Matthys Beukes recently. The seven-day, 614km race across the Western Cape from February 4 next year takes competitors through some of the most iconic…

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The Warrior Race with a twist

The Warrior Race is about to take over the Western Cape, and with an unexpected twist… Adventure-seekers are in for a treat as the penultimate round of South Africa’s largest obstacle course racing (OCR) series comes to Meerendal this weekend. The Meerendal Wine Estate will host the event, one of South Africa’s leading wine farms that boasts over 300 years of history. Situated on the slopes of Tygerberg Hills, the…

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La Couronne add special touch to TransCape

After seven days of challenging mountain bike trails, participants in the TransCape mountain bike race can again look forward to a sea of tranquillity when the beautiful La Couronne Wine Farm welcome them home next year. The annual 614km journey, which starts in Knysna on February 4, will finish in Franschhoek a week later and La Couronne are again planning a memorable occasion as the official finish venue. The wine…

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