RABIE HANGS TOUGH TO RETAIN TOUR OF MOROCCO LEAD

South African Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas) endured one of the most stressful bicycle races of his career during Stage 5 of the Tour of Morocco on Tuesday, but still managed to hold on to the race leader’s Yellow Jersey. What was meant to be a 170km stage ended up being 147km, a fact that only became known during the race without any official notification, which could have cost the South…

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STANDER, SAUSER EXTEND LEAD ON DRAMATIC CAPE EPIC STAGE

On a dramatic day that saw one South African ABSA Cape Epic victory hope fade, another surged on the brutal 89km Stage 1 that started and finished at Saronsberg in Tulbach. While Kevin Evans (Nedbank 360Life) headed to a hospital ER to confirm his broken collarbone after a crash on a treacherous descent, his compatriot and rival, Burry Stander (36One-Songo-Specialized) was standing on the top step of the podium, celebrating…

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SOUTH AFRICAN STANDER TAKES EARLY LEAD AT CAPE EPIC

South African Burry Stander and his Swiss teammate, Christoph Sauser, on the 36ONE–Songo–Specialized team, blitzed their way to a dominant victory on the opening stage prologue time trial of the 2011 ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race in Cape Town on Sunday. The short, technical 27km opener to the world’s highest profile mountain bike stage race suited Stander (23) and Sauser (34), both former cross-country mountain bike racing world…

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EVANS, GEORGE BRING FOCUS AND FORM TO CAPE EPIC ASSAULT

Kevin Evans says he would give up every one of his four national marathon titles to win the ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race just once. Was it perhaps a good omen then that South Africa’s most prolific marathon race winner over the past half a decade narrowly missed winning the 2011 national marathon title this past Sunday? The 2011 ABSA Cape Epic is the eighth edition of the world’s…

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Hat trick for Knox at MTN Barberton Ultra Marathon

Max Knox (DCM) proved that hard work pays off when he won the MTN Barberton ultra-marathon (120km) on Saturday for the third year in a row. Actually the way Knox completed his hat trick of victories was uncanny. It was almost a carbon copy of what happened on the slopes of the Barberton mountains the year before. This time round though it what was no surprise when Knox made his…

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TEAM USN RIDERS CLAIM 1-2 FINISH AT SEASON OPENER

Beijing Olympians Marissa van der Merwe and Cherise Taylor, racing for the newly established Team USN, finished first and second respectively at the Pick n Pay Fast One 106km road cycling race south of Johannesburg on Sunday.  Anriette Schoeman (Nashua Toyota) was third. The much-anticipated first major race of the year saw the Elite women racing in Category 3 with the 40-49-year Veteran men. This is in line with Cycling…

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KACHELHOFFER GIVES BONITAS A PERFECT START

nco Kachelhoffer gave Bonitas, his team’s new title sponsor, the perfect entry into professional road cycling when he won the first major race of 2011, the Pick n Pay Fast One in Meyerton, south of Johannesburg on Sunday. Kachelhoffer, a 25-year-old eighth-year professional from Bloemfontein, outsprinted two breakaway companions to clock a time of two hours, 15 minutes and 49 seconds for the 106km race, which took place in sunny,…

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MOUNTAIN BIKE STAR STANDER WINS TWO ROAD CYCLING TITLES

Multiple mountain bike world championship medallist, Burry Stander (Specialized USN), gave another display of his diversity when he won both Elite men’s titles at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial road cycling championships at the weekend. On Saturday Stander, who lives near Port Shepstone, captured the gold medal in the individual time trial with an impressive time of 52min29sec for the undulating 40.5km course near Camperdown. He followed that up on Sunday with…

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David George wins the MTN Series opener despite German onslaught

To go one better will always be the greatest challenge in any sporting event. David George (360life), who was all smiles on Saturday afternoon (15 January), had every reason to be satisfied with himself, because he had just won the MTN Attakwas ultra-marathon (121 km from Oudtshoorn to George).  This event is generally considered to be one of South Africa’s toughest endurance events. Last year George finished second. As was…

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Anything can happen at the MTN Attakwas

“It is tough. Anything can happen out there.” That was the reaction of David George (360 Life) when asked for his opinion on the MTN Attakwas mountain bike ultra-marathon (Oudtshoorn to Mosselbay) that will take place on Saturday (15 January). George competed in the MTN Attakwas for the first time last year and surprised everybody by finishing second, after Kevin Evans.  Max Knox (DCM) was third. George’s biggest mistake last…

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