South Africans win thrilling duel in TransCape

A thrilling sprint finish to the fourth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter saw South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais narrowly edge out Norwegian rivals Eirik Fiskvik and Thomas Engelsgjerd for stage honours. At the end of the 106km leg from Riversdale to Swellendam just two seconds separated the leading teams in a desperate dash for the line, which saw the ASG-Ellsworth outfit take their fourth stage victory….

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Late surge gives Kruger and Marais another stage win

With the favourites staying together on the queen stage, race leaders HB Kruger and Stuart Marais took advantage of a late surge to collect their third successive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 102km leg from Hartenbos to Riversdale was only decided in the final kilometre through the Western Cape town’s twisting streets as the South Africans edged ahead in sight of the finish. They crossed…

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Kruger, Marais consolidate top spot in TransCape

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais consolidated their overall lead after breaking away on Outeniqua Pass and racing to their second consecutive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 86km second stage took riders from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and also included two other mountain passes at Silver River and Kaaimansgat. Riding together for the first time, Kruger and Marais came home in a time of 3:15:01, three…

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Boutique Cape races go ahead despite water crisis

Race organisers ASG Events have assured riders that, despite the crippling drought in the Western Cape, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Liberty Winelands Encounter will go ahead as planned. The Tour of Good Hope takes place near Paarl from March 5 to 9, while the mountain-bike event, also in the Cape Winelands, will be held from April 13 to 15. Due to the ongoing drought in the…

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Kruger, Marais set early pace in TransCape

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais delivered a strong statement as they led the field home in the opening stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The ASG-Ellsworth outfit drew first blood in the 614km seven-day race between Knysna and La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek, but Kruger was quick to acknowledge they still had a long way to go. They covered the 71km stage from the Western Cape town…

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Kruger’s focus switches to TransCape

After a remarkable performance in the Paarl Boxing Day track event, ace mountain biker HB Kruger will return to more familiar pursuits when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this weekend. Starting in Knysna on Sunday, the 614km race, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, will see riders tackle the seven-stage mountain bike race through the Western Cape, finishing in Franschhoek on February 10. The 26-year-old Kruger stunned many…

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Norwegian joins overseas contingent in TransCape

Norwegian professional Eirik Fiskvik will leave the extreme cold of a European winter this week to test himself in sunny South Africa when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter gets under way on Sunday. The 26-year-old rider is one of several overseas cyclists who have shown an interest in the Western Cape mountain bike race, which received a boost last year by being awarded UCI status. The 614km challenge, supported by…

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Bestmed bolster team with mix of youth and experience

Team Bestmed started their new year on a high note when they welcomed the experienced Yzette Oelofse and youngster Danielle Strydom to their fold. Oelofse, who won the inaugural Tshwane Classic in November, said this week she was excited about joining the all-women’s team. “I believe a change is as good as a holiday. And whichever team I race for, I always try to use the opportunity to the max…

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Japanese ace Yuki Ikeda relishes TransCape challenge

With a strong record in marathon racing, Japanese cyclist Yuki Ikeda will test his skills in unchartered territory when he makes his debut in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in the Western Cape from next weekend. Currently based in Tokyo, the mountain bike marathon star will join up with well-known South African rider Grant Usher for the 614km race, which starts in Knysna and ends in Franschhoek. Supported by STANLIB…

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Entries for Bestmed Berge en Dale set to soar

For several reasons, a bumper entry is expected for the Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship to be held near Krugersdorp in Gauteng on February 24 and 25. The feature race remains the 107km road classic on the Saturday, but the organisers, ASG Events, have added an attractive complementary programme for cycling enthusiasts. Besides the main event, there will be a 59km road race as well as mountain-bike races over 40km…

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