Wellington Trail feast for TrailSeeker series finale

This Saturday sees the culmination of the second annual Western Cape Nissan TrailSeeker Series and many will feel that it’s a best-for-last scenario with the event taking place in Wellington, a town that’s becoming as well known for its quality mountain biking trails as is it for its wine, brandy and fruit industries.   It’s only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town, but at times, when riding the network of…

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Schoeman on the hunt for second 947 title

Port Elizabeth’s Anriette Schoeman will be able to count on team support in her quest for a second 947 Cycle Challenge title after being named in Team Bestmed-ASG’s squad for Sunday’s race in Johannesburg. The 39-year-old, who usually competes as a solo rider under the Bestmed banner, said she was delighted to be linking up with the team for one of the country’s premier national road classics. “The support from…

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South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race granted UCI status

South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race, the Fairview Attakwas Extreme, has been given a boost for 2017 after being granted International Cycling Union (UCI) status.   The 121km point-to-point race from the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn to the coastal settlement at Groot Brak Rivier, celebrates its 11th edition on 21 January 2017 by offering more prize money, increased media coverage and a strong international field.   Top international and…

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Kachelhoffer backs two-day stage race concept

Top South African professional cyclist Hanco Kachelhoffer is looking forward to the concept of a two-day stage race when he competes in the Sanlam MTB Invitational at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 19 and 20. Previously a single-day event, race organisers ASG Events have extended it to two stages (60km and 40km), believing there is a gap in the market for a race of this nature. Kachelhoffer, who…

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Kleinhans, Beers bounce back to shake up Cape Pioneer Trek

After winning on Sunday and then almost pulling out on Monday, Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers bounced back in spectacular fashion on Wednesday to win Stage 3 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa, shaking up the overall title race in the process. Beers and Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) were the primary aggressors from the start of the relatively short 57km stagea, which…

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Glacier Cradle Traverse – Gauteng’s new MTB Stage Race

Gauteng mountain bikers can look forward to a brand new mountain bike stage race. The inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse will take place from 4-7 May 2017 and will be aimed at giving Gauteng mountain bikers a high-quality multi-day experience. “We are very proud to initiate and sponsor the Glacier Cradle Traverse in partnership with Dryland, as we did at the very successful Glacier Storms River Traverse.  Our intermediaries and clients…

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SCOTT Sports Africa bids farewell to African MTB Team

SCOTT Sports Africa announced on Thursday that it would not be extending its title sponsorship of the African MTB Team, officially known as SCOTT LCB Factory Racing, beyond 2016. What started as a support structure by SCOTT back in 2012 for Philip Buys, who got a late call up to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London, grew into one of South Africa’s most successful mountain bike racing teams during…

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Kleinhans, Beers power into early Cape Pioneer Trek lead

Late entrants Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers were rewarded for their spontaneity when they won the opening stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Competing as Team Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E, the South African pair sped around the scenic oceanside 13km prologue stage in 28 minutes 31 seconds to secure themselves the first leader’s jersey of the event, which…

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De Lange, Lennard claim dominant wins at TrailSeeker Hemel & Aarde

Tristan de Lange and Katie Lennard claimed dominant wins in the men and women’s marathons respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Hemel & Aarde event held near Hermanus at the weekend. De Lange (Mannie’s Bike Mecca) clocked a time of 02 hours 48 minutes 51 seconds for the 62km distance, which included 1 365 metres of vertical ascent. Stephan Senekal (Specialized) finished second, just over…

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Volvo provides safe transport for TransCape

Volvo Cars, with their unique cyclist detection system on certain models, have announced that they will be the official vehicle partners of the 2017 TransCape mountain bike race. “Volvo are the most human-centric car brand and our target market consists of progressive people who care about others and appreciate a life of adventure and simplicity,” said Michelle Naudé, marketing and communications director at Volvo Cars South Africa. “Cyclists are thus…

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