Author Archives: Jenny Close

Cycling history set to be made in South Africa with the Breedenet Cape Duo Challenge


When the world’s first multi discipline multi-stage cycling event takes place in the Western Cape in October it will put to rest an age-old question of who is better on the bike: roadies or mountain bikers? With South Africa’s fast-growing cycling industry ripe for innovation, the Cape Duo Challenge has a refreshing approach: a four-day, multi-discipline cycling event competing both ...

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GetMeGoing Launch Special


GetMeGoing offers a wide range of active nutrition, wellness products and active accessories. They offer fast, reliable delivery to your door and their website ensures safe, secure and easy online shopping in Southern Africa. They have many top brands in their online store and with a few clicks of a button will be delivered to your door within a couple ...

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World’s First Insurance Policy for Athletes Launched by MiWayLife


The business of sports in South Africa continues to thrive, with growing numbers of ‘weekend warriors’ and professional athletes investing time and money into disciplines such as running, road cycling and mountain biking. Insurer MiWayLife estimated that South Africa has around 200,000 cyclists, 750 000 runners and 15 000 triathletes – and it has developed a bespoke solution catering to ...

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The 36ONE

WOW! Toughest and by far the longest race I’ve ever done. 361km is far! And endless climbing (5,250m) I hadnt specifically trained for this race and was hoping my Ironman training would suffice. And it did except I probably should have ridden my mountain bike a few times just to get used to the set up as after 15+hrs my ...

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Taking on The 36ONE

The 36ONE

I’ve contemplated doing The 36ONE for a couple of years and this year seemed the perfect year as it is almost 3 weeks after IMSA. Enough time to recover/prepare/taper and peak again! Last year I started to squeeze in mountain biking into my busy ironman and 70.3 training program. Sometimes ok-ed by my coach and sometimes not! But I loved ...

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Ironman South Africa 2017

Photo credit: Garry Raa

Ironman number 7 completed! – amazing as always and more lessons learned. Standing on the beach I was excited and nervous but also feeling pretty relaxed; I was in the best shape I could be and the weather conditions were perfect. The swim is always a bit daunting for me but being surrounded by friends in the start shoot gave ...

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Epic is no honeymoon for the back markers

The dusty conditions on the gravel roads made for ideal early morning photographic opportunities on Stage 4. Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS.

Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann blitzed through the eight days of the Absa Cape Epic in 26 hours and 35 minutes, arriving at the finish each day tired but ready to head to their luxury camper vans to rest and recover before the next stage. At the other end of the field, in last place was former Springbok rugby player ...

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It was Epic, says Evans and Hincapie


2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans picked up the Dimension Data Masters category with a storming final day that saw him and his fellow Tour de France stage winner George Hincapie grab victory on the last stage of the Absa Cape Epic from Grabouw to Val de Vie near Paarl. Evans and Hincapie (BMC Absa Racing) started the 85km ...

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Buys and Beukes claim Absa Cape Epic red jersey

Matthys Beukes of PYGA Euro Steel during the final stage (stage 7) of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin to Val de Vie in Paarl, South Africa on the 26th March 2017

Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The PYGA Euro Steel team of Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys rode with good pace on the Grand Finale of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic to finish nearly four minutes ahead of NAD Pro MTB (Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck) on the stage. By doing so they also claimed the Absa African special jersey – for the first team in ...

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