Rockyfest 2017: Reclaim your MTB mojo

It happens very gradually, at a pace that you don’t really notice. One day you wake up not actually looking forward to riding your mountain bike. It could be that too many things have become the same – same bike, same riding partners, same terrain, same gradients, same trail obstacles, same surfaces. It could be that other areas of your life have just crushed your desire to go ride. You’ve…

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RoadCover fired up for Berge en Dale

Team RoadCover have made a strong start to the year by winning the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour and will be looking to continue their success in the Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship next weekend. Last year the outfit filled the top three places in the 102km road classic at the Cradlestone Mall in Muldersdrift on the West Rand and manager Nic White said they were looking for another good performance on…

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TransCape on a charity drive

In partnership with the Africa Foundation, the TransCape MTB race will use its reach in the cycling fraternity to contribute towards a number of charity projects this year. The third edition of the seven-day mountain biking journey from the hamlet of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands takes place from February 5 to 11 over a distance of about 650km. And while riders will be able to experience the…

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Langvad smashes Attakwas record on debut

Denmark’s multiple mountain bike world champion, Annika Langvad (Specialized) beat off a strong field to win the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in a new women’s record time in South Africa on Saturday.   It was Langvad’s debut appearance at the demanding 121km event, which is considered South Africa’s toughest one-day mountain bike race. She clocked a time of 05:25:55 to slice almost five minutes off the previous record of…

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Sauser delivers incredible comeback to win Attakwas

Swiss mountain bike racing legend, Christoph Sauser didn’t only mark his return from retirement at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in South Africa on Saturday, he won the gruelling 121km race after the most incredible comeback following a mechanical delay early on.   The 40-year-old Investec-Songo-Specialized rider clocked a winning time of 04 hours 50 minutes 09 seconds to capture his third title in what is widely considered to…

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International injection for Tour of Good Hope

The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope’s international reputation was further enhanced this week after confirmation that five-time Cape Epic champion Karl Platt will be on the start line in early March. The German will lead a strong team in South Africa’s premier road stage race that stretches over five days and 490km in the Cape Winelands. The 38-year-old from Osthofen will be supported by Swiss marathon mountain bike champion Urs…

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Lüthi hungry to reclaim Attakwas Crown against powerful field

Five-time winner Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) is eager to reclaim the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge title that she won consecutively from 2011–2015. But the Swiss marathon champion will be up against the strongest field ever assembled at Saturday’s 121km point-to-point race, which is considered among the toughest one-day races in South Africa.   A crash in December resulted in Lüthi having to take some time off training, but she’s…

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Berge en Dale adds mountain bike component

For the first time, two mountain bike routes have been added to the Berge en Dale cycling race on February 4 and 5 as organisers ASG Events seek to broaden the appeal of the event. Routes covering distances of 40km and 15km have been set up for the Sunday, following the feature 102km road classic on the Saturday. ASG Events route director Darren Herbst said the event had been extended…

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Cape Pioneer Trek enters new era with top sponsors

The 2017 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, to which entries opened on 14 December 2016, will offer a refined rider experience, a Queen Stage and a fresh look, thanks to the investment of new sponsors, Momentum Health and Biogen.   The ninth edition of the annual seven-day mountain bike stage race, which is dubbed #racewithsoul, will be the first of a three-year partnership with Momentum Health, South…

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Fedgroup invests in refreshed PE Plett mountain bike race

The fifth edition of the PE Plett, South Africa’s premier four-day mountain bike stage race, will herald the start of a new era for the event with the announcement that FedGroup will be the title sponsor.   Also new for 2017 is a date change. After four editions held in September, each of which has endured challenging weather conditions such as wind, rain and mud, organisers, Red Cherry, have shifted…

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