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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Ellis finally gets the win he’s been striving for

It took a while, but at long last Ryan Ellis achieved that one big victory that he was striving for when he won the MiWay Half marathon race over 40km on Saturday (28 August). The Zambian-born rider who attends school in Pietermaritzburg, impressed with the way in which he attacked on the rocky climb about eight kilometers into the race and then time trialed to the finish. Allan Britnell and…

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Stopforth is back with a bang and wins MTN National XCM5 in Cullinan

What happened to Ischen Stopforth (Bizhub)? Is she still cycling? During the past few months these questions continued to crop up at mountain-bike races. Well, the doctor from George let her legs do the talking on Saturday (28 August) when she won the MTN women’s marathon in Cullinan. Yolandi du Toit (Bizhub) finished second with Karien van Jaarsveld (USN) third, Sanet Smal (Ghost) fourth and Caitlin de Wet (Specialized/Mr Price)…

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MTN Cullinan a roaring success

What is the best way to frustrate the lions in Gauteng? If you were the organizer of the MTN series, you would simply show them a ‘Meals on wheels menu’ without allowing them to place any orders. That is what happened this past weekend (28 August), during the MTN marathon event that took place in and around Cullinan. One of the definite highlights for the riders, who participated in the…

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Evans claims National series title in style by winning the MTN National XCM5 in Cullinan

When Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) makes up his mind to finish off something, it is not just idle talk. He proved this on Saturday (28 August) when he won the Cullinan ultra-marathon (100km) in the MTN series in fine style by outsprinting David George (SAFindit) to take his fourth victory in the series and win the series overall. Max Knox (DCM) finished third, with Jacques Janse van Rensburg (DCM) fourth and…

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Can Evans make it four out of five at the MTN Cullinan Ultra Marathon this weekend?

‘Just finish it off and get it over and done,’ is the approach that Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) will have on Saturday (28 August 2010) with regard to the MTN ultra-marathon in Cullinan. Evans has, so far this year, already won three of the four races in the MTN series, namely Attakwas, Sabie and Clarence. This means that all he needs to do on Saturday to win the series overall again,…

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