De Groot Crowned the Queen of Clarens

South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot, was crowned the queen of Clarens when she won both stages and the overall title at Round 3 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Clarens in the Eastern Free State at the weekend.   The Ascendis Health rider outsprinted her main rivals to win the 69km Stage 1 narrowly and then pedaled to a more convincing win on the 54km Stage…

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Emperors Classic route to produce fast-paced action

With the cyclists facing a route unchanged from last year, ASG Events race director Darren Herbst is anticipating a thrilling finish to the Emperors Palace Classic road race next weekend. The two-day cycling festival based at the Kempton Park casino will provide cyclists with a choice selection of events, including two mountain bike offerings on April 22 and two road races on April 23. The feature event will be the…

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Cape Pioneer Trek 2017 Route Returns to Swartberg Pass Summit

The route for the ninth Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen international mountain bike stage race has been revealed and it’s longer than the 2016 edition, with more climbing. It also spends more time in the coastal region around Mossel Bay, has a time trial stage in the middle and returns to a mountain-top finish on the majestic Swartberg Pass.   The seven-day race, from 15-21 October, once…

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New route focus for TransCape

Organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race have enlisted Cape Epic route designer Pieter van Wyk to ensure the 2018 route is a fun yet technical challenge. The seven-day event, driven by Volvo Cars South Africa, will take riders on a picturesque 614km journey between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape from February 4 to 10. “The aim is to encourage more professionals to take part and my objective…

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Zuurberg race support will help develop education

The PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race have once again nominated the Sundays River Citrus Company Foundation Trust as one of their beneficiaries for this year’s event. The partnership would go a long way in helping develop education in the Sundays River Valley as well as raise awareness about the area, said Det Bakker, liaison officer for the SRCC Foundation Trust. He explained that the foundation, founded to help…

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Scenic theme underpins Winelands Encounter

Offering riders the best experience possible has underpinned the philosophy of veteran route designer Johan Kriegler as he prepares the course for this month’s Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race. The three-stage, 160km journey through the Cape Winelands starts on April 21 and Kriegler said they wanted to ensure it retained its status as “the most beautiful race in South Africa”. “It has that distinction because it goes through four…

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The two-day national mountain bike series show heads to Clarens

South African towns don’t come more quaint that Clarens in the Eastern Free State. But with that quaint factor comes dollops of stimulating mountain biking in the Rooiberg mountain range that offers plenty of challenge and even more reward. For 2017, the Clarens round of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series sees the continuation of the new two-day racing format, which is sure to be a success.   The two-day…

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Emperors fills Cape Town Cycle Tour void

With less than a week to go before entries close, ASG Events race director Darren Herbst is anticipating another bumper entry for the Emperors Palace Classic cycle races in Johannesburg later this month. The closing date for the two-day festival, which will feature two mountain bike events on April 22 and two road races on April 23, is on April 10. Following the cancellation of the Cape Town Cycle Tour…

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Cape Epic champ sets sights on Winelands Encounter

Newly crowned Cape Epic champion Jennie Stenerhag is gearing up for what she believes will be another world-class experience at the Liberty Winelands Encounter. The 41-year-old Swedish ace partnered Swiss rider Esther Süss to victory in the Epic at the weekend and will now switch her focus to the three-day Winelands race, presented by STANLIB, from April 21. “I wanted to enter last year, but was not able to, so…

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Purpose-built trails for Garden Route 300

Riders can look forward to some interesting, fast-paced descents and several short, sharp climbs when they tackle stage two of the Garden Route 300 mountain bike race next month. Race director Patric Mosterd said participants would be “in for a treat” on the shortest stage of the 200km, three-day event that gets under way at the Knysna Yacht Club on April 28. With the start on the Dormehl dairy farm…

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