In form Janse van Rensburg takes the win at Lost City

The riders from MTN-Energade managed to achieve a first, a second and a third place during the past weekend (21-22 August 2010). They did not do this in one single race, but in three different races, namely the Lost City races for men and women and the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge race. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Energade), who won the Lost City race, proved that he is the in-form rider…

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Bellingan beats big guns to win lost city challenge

Some of South Africa’s top mountain bike racers lined up at the start of the 2010 Audi Lost City Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday, but it was rising star, Renier Bellingan (USN), that grabbed the limelight when he won the popular event. At 50km, it’s one of the shorter events on the national calendar, but its close proximity Johannesburg and Pretoria and glamorous location at the Lost City leisure resort,…

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Buys is better and upbeat about World MTB XC Champs

It took some weeks but, at long last, Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas) can forget the spelling of words such as ‘cough’, ‘sneeze’ and ‘fever’. His only objective at the moment is to ensure that he will be fighting fit for the UCI World Cross-country Championship in Canada in three weeks’ time. There is much interest in Buys’ performance at the World Championship, especially because he has established himself as South Africa’s…

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Can Pretorius improve on her recent performances?

Ten days ago An-Li Pretorius (MTN-Energade) finished third in the women’s race of the Carousel Classic and five days ago she was second in the EPR Cycle Challenge. The question now is whether Pretorius will again be able to go one better and achieve victory during Saturday’s Lost City Classic (21 August 2010). This petite rider is quietly confident that she might just be able to pull off her first…

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The battle for supremacy on local soil intensifies

The battle for supremacy on tar intensified over the past weekend (14-15 August 2010) when the riders of MTN-Energade and Medscheme took their ‘battle’ to the roads of the West Rand during the EPR Cycle Challenge, which finished on the Tarlton International Raceway. This time round it was Medscheme who took the victory. Arran Brown outsprinted Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Energade) to win the race over 120km in 2 hours…

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Evans reflects after UCI MTB World Marathon Championships

A ‘virus’ was the reason why Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) did not perform as well as he would have liked at the pro-elite race (over 107km) of the UCI Marathon World Championship in St Wendel, Germany. Evans, who finished 8th overall in last year’s World Championship, was restricted to the 25th position this year. But he at least has the satisfaction that he was able to play a small part in…

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USN SHOWS PRETORIA CHARITIES IT’S SOFT SIDE

When you think of USN, you relate it to lean, toned bodies and successful professional sportsmen and women, all benefiting from the brand’s cutting-edge, scientifically researched sports nutrition. But South Africa’s leading sports and healthy lifestyle nutrition brand showed its soft side with a recent Pretoria region charity donation drive, targeting children’s homes, homes for the aged and the Salvation Army with its nourishing energy bars and sports drinks. USN…

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DCM Cape Pioneer Trek benefits the community in more ways than one

‘We really do care.’ This could easily have been the official motto for the six-day DCM Cape Pioneer Trek mountain-bike tour that will take place in the Klein Karoo from 18 to 23 October. If one talks to the Dryland Events Management and to one of the main sponsors, Klein Karoo International, it becomes clear that the motivation for the six-day mountain-bike tour is certainly not to benefit just a…

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Potgieter triumphs over the sprinters in tough and windy conditions

Every rider who is prepared to put in long hours of training will eventually have his moment of glory on the winner’s podium. Bradley Potgieter (MTN-Energade), who won the Carousel Classic on Monday (9 August), can vouch for that. 2010 certainly did not start out well for the young rider. On 5 February, when he was on his way to join his team-mates for a training session, he was involved…

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USN THROWS A LIFELINE TO SA WOMEN’S CYCLING CHAMP

Cherise Taylor, a Beijing Olympian and the 2010 South African women’s road cycling champion, has been thrown a lifeline by leading nutrition supplement brand, USN, following the premature disbandment of her team. Taylor was the star rider on Team Nashua women’s professional team, but the team’s management ran into financial trouble in June and failed to secure additional sponsors to carry the team financially until the end of the year….

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