Woolcock, Kruger set pace in Winelands race

Quickest out of the blocks on the early Botmaskop climb out of Stellenbosch, Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger stamped their mark on the opening stage of the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter today. Although the BCX pair were pushed at times, they eventually got away about midway through the stage to take the top spot on the podium after finishing the 54km course to Franschhoek in 2:11:39. Andrew Hill and Marco…

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Wolhuter aims for Winelands hat-trick

Defending champion Chris Wolhuter is eyeing a hat-trick of titles at the Liberty Winelands Encounter despite the ever-increasing level of competition. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think the level of competition is increasing with each event,” said…

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Rio Olympian goes off-road for Winelands Encounter

Former national road champion and Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will change disciplines when she rides the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race in the Boland from Friday. The Bestmed-ASG star will team up with Pieter Seyffert, who won the recent TransCape alongside Travis Walker, to form a formidable pairing in the mixed section. “I thought it would be good to tick something different off the list this year and…

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Zuurberg race boosts socio-economic development

Having developed a close rapport over the years, next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will further strengthen the mountain bike event’s partnership with the Unity in Africa Foundation. Reflecting on the relationship, UinA director Bernice Rose said their position as a race beneficiary had gone a long way in helping develop the foundation’s brand. “This has been a win-win partnership from inception and the support we receive from the event…

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Hill up for Winelands challenge

Durban mountain biking pro Andrew Hill is looking forward to a fresh challenge when he competes for the first time in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next weekend. Riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, the experienced rider from Hillcrest will team up for the first time with Marco Joubert in the three-stage event in the Cape Winelands, which starts in Stellenbosch on April 21. Hill, who won…

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George cross country race focuses on development

Providing a cross country racing opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts in the Eden region is at the core of the second Madibaz XCO Series, which kicks off next Sunday. Based at the NMMU campus in George, the series will comprise four events, with further races taking place on June 10, August 27 and October 29. The August leg will, for the first time, include an intervarsity division for top student…

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Beukes Back to His Best With Clarens Victory

Matthys Beukes emerged victorious at Round 3 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Clarens in the Eastern Free State at the weekend, winning the men’s marathon stage race title in emphatic fashion.   Second overall was HB Kruger of Team BCX with Beukes’s Pyga Eurosteel teammate, Philip Buys taking third place after another exciting weekend of racing the new two-day format.   For Beukes, the overall victory was…

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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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