Mix it with the pros at Sondela MTB Classic

Recreational cyclists looking to mix it up with the pros have a small window of opportunity to enter the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic that takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. Entries for the annual festival – which offers 20km, 40km and kiddies’ races on the Saturday to complement the 60km feature event on the Sunday – close at midnight on Friday. Organisers, who are…

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Mcdougall makes big breakthrough in the Berg

Amy Beth McDougall made a big career breakthrough when she won her first National Marathon Series event at Round 4 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Drakensberg at the weekend.   The 27-year-old Valencia rider scored a convincing victory in the two-stage race. The result was a significant breakthrough for McDougall, who has finished on the podium a number of times previously,…

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Davids Delivers Emphatic Reminder In The Drakensberg

Brendon Davids delivered an emphatic reminder of his ability as a mountain bike racer when he won his first Ashburton Investments National MTB Series title at Round 4 of the 2017 series at Champagne Sports Resort, in the Drakensberg at the weekend.   Although racing mainly in road events for Team Road Cover this year, Davids is a former African Under-23 mountain bike champion in the XCO discipline and he…

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Mapstone, Benson master Waterberg Encounter

Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men’s section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27. Gauteng Dairy’s Charles Steyn and Ian McLeod, who won stage…

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Seyffert seeks best form at Waterberg Encounter

After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday. The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February. Then, in late April, he rode to a strong podium…

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New Venue Offers Fresh Challenge For Ashburton Investments MTB Series

After a short break, the battle for supremacy in the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series resumes this weekend at a new venue, Champagne Valley, in KwaZulu-Natal. Located in the Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley will offer a fresh challenge to all participants at the two-day event.   The event will once again follow the new two-day racing format. For the marathon, that means that Day 1 will be a 70km…

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Maserati Partners With Ashburton Investments National MTB Series

Advendurance the company behind the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series, has announced its partnership with luxury Italian vehicle brand, Maserati.   “Over the last 15 years we’ve refined our event into one of the most premier mountain bike series on the international stage and our core brand values align perfectly with that of a brand like Maserati,” said Francois Theron of Advendurance.   Launched in 2003, the series has…

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Former national star lines up for Waterberg race

Three years after his official retirement, the competitive juices will once again flow for Neil MacDonald when he takes to the start line of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race from Friday. MacDonald, whose professional cycling career spanned a lengthy 15 years, said he was looking forward to the challenge presented by the three-day event near Bela-Bela. “I believe it is an awesome race and am really looking forward…

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Letshego Zulu aims to survive Waterberg challenge

Self-confessed adventure addict, Letshego Zulu, has earmarked the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race as her next personal challenge. The former Survivor South Africa contestant from Johannesburg said she was amped for her debut in the Waterberg event, which takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 9 to 11. “I’ve looked at the distances; they are doable compared to the other hectic things I have done,” said the…

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New MTB trail opens for Bay enthusiasts

Mountain bikers make tracks to the Baywest MTB Trails for family-friendly riding   (Port Elizabeth) – Mountain bikers in Nelson Mandela Bay can look forward to the rare pleasure of hitting new trails when the Baywest MTB Trails open for riding on June 16. Criss-crossing the undeveloped land behind Baywest Mall, the new trails are designed and managed by Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, and promise the same kind of…

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