Excitement mounting ahead of MTN Ride Crater Cruise

Saturday’s MTN Ride Crater Cruise might just turn out to be the most exciting race of the MTN ultra-marathon series because there are three interesting scenarios that can play out. If Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) wins he will be the first rider to defend his Crater Cruise title successfully; if Max Knox (DCM) manages to be the first across the line he will complete an amazing hat trick of victories in…

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Swart nearly pulls off elusive first podium finish for a South African at Road World Champs

A South African female rider will be the first to win a medal in a pro-elite race at the UCI World Road Championship. That is what the professional teams that have invested in South African Women’s cycling have predicted for the last few years. Carla Swart (MTN-Energade) so nearly proved the prophecy correct over the weekend in Geelong, Australia when she finished 10th in the women’s race over 127.2km. With…

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Knox wins MTN 50 Miler and sets sights at hat trick at MTN Crater Cruise

Max Knox (DCM) is on the verge of quite an unique hat trick after he won the MTN 50 Miler mountain bike ultra-marathon over the weekend in Pietermaritzburg. Two weekends ago Knox also won the Sunday Tribune Hill2Hill Classic which means that he if wins next weekend’s MTN Crater Cruise in Parys he will have completed his hat trick of victories. The reason why it will be an unique achievement…

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Evans adds Clover Lowveld Tour title to his already imperssive list of wins this season

Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) notched up another first in his illustrious cycling career on Sunday when he won the four day Clover Tour in the Lowveld. It is the first time that a mountain biker has managed to win a local road tour. Earlier this year Evans also made South African cycling history when he won the pro-elite time trial at the national road championship in Klerksdorp. He also finished second…

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VAN DE WINKEL CLIMBS TO VICTORY AT CLOVER LOWVELD TOUR

Joanna van de Winkel led her Biogen Toyota team to podium dominance when she won the inaugural Clover Lowveld Cycle Tour in Graskop, Mpumalanga on Sunday. The four-day, five-stage tour took in some of the country’s most demanding road cycling terrain and attracted all the major men and women’s professional teams, hungry for a more testing event on a local calendar glaringly short of stage races. Van de Winkel, winner…

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On form Janse van Rensburg dominated proceedings at the MTN Zoo Lake Criterium

If there was a prize in South African cycling for the most improved local road cyclist Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Energade) would be a deserved winner. For the past two years Janse van Rensburg was considered to be just another young rider who was battling to full fill the potential he has shown as a junior, but things are certainly changing at high speed. On Sunday he bagged his fourth…

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Niyonshuti considered as one of the true heroes of African cycling

Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN-Energade) is considered by some to be one of the true heroes of African cycling. When Niyonshuti tells the story of his life, it becomes clear that this is a man who truly lives every minute of every day. The well-known saying: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going’ is certainly applicable to him. In his short life of 23 years, Niyonshuti has experienced unimaginable horrors…

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TAYLOR SHOWS GOOD FORM WITH DOME-2-DOME VICTORY

South African road cycling champion, Cherise Taylor (USN) got her spring racing season off to the perfect start when she won the Dome2Dome Cycling Spectacular in Krugersdorp at the weekend. Taylor was part of a race-deciding 10-rider breakaway group that formed after 30km into the undulating 90km race. The group also included Taylor’s USN teammate, Karien van Jaarsveld, Robyn de Groot, An-Li Pretorius, Cashandra Slingerland and Lylanie Lauwrens (all MTN),…

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Pothole lands three MTN Energade riders in hospital

A pothole was the reason why three riders from the MTN-Energade men’s road cycling team yesterday ended up in hospital with broken bones. It is debatable whether Jaco Venter, Dylan Girdlestone and Bradley Potgieter will recover in time to race in any of the last three big Classics of the season, namely Amashova, OFM and 94.7. Venter broke his arm in three places. Girdlestone broke his shoulder bone and, as…

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The DCM Cape Pioneer Trek Mountain Bike Tour just keeps getting better and better

The DCM Cape Pioneer Trek Mountain Bike Tour just keeps getting better and better. This is the promise made by Ian van der Walt from DCM, the sponsors of the six-day tour that will take place in the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo (18 to 23 October). “If I should have it my way, we as DCM would love to build out the Cape Pioneer Trek to become the ‘must-do’…

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