Author Archives: Tiaan Pretorius

UCI race opened up to commuters and tourists

TransCape organisers announced they would allow e-bikes in next year’s event. Photo: Jacques Marais

Riding 614km over seven days with 10 200m of vertical ascent does not sit in everyone’s legs, which is why the organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race in South Africa have come up with a plan. ASG Events, known for pushing the boundaries in races under their umbrella, have recently announced that they would allow e-bikes in the UCI-rated event ...

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Matt Trautman wins inaugural Pura Soda Race 2 Stanford

Pura Soda Race 2 Stanford Bike route

The quaint towns of Hermanus and Stanford came alive on Saturday as the inaugural Pura Soda Race 2 Stanford kicked off with a chilly but turquoise clear & calm 1.9km swim in and around the Hermanus New Harbour. Athletes then cycled a challenging 90km bike ride through the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley, up Shaws Pass and back (up and) down into Stanford where the iconic Village Green ...

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Second Torpedo swimrun a great success

Torpedo SwimRun 2017 - 274

(Cape Town. 20 November). The second Torpedo SwimRun yesterday saw a field of over 100 two-person teams negotiate multiple run and swim segments from Sandy Bay to Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town. The natural beauty of the course, located on the Cape Town Atlantic Seaboard, is resulting in the race fast becoming an iconic event for both serious athletes ...

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Bottomless Coffee set to perform at BUCO Origin Of Trails

Bottomless Coffee Band is set to entertain mountain bikers at the BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race in Stellenbosch the weekend of 25 – 26 November 2017.  “Our music can be best described as Modern Folk-Rock, with a dash of blues and a sprinkle of African,” says Esté Rabé.  “We have performed at a few mountain bike races and are really excited to perform at the BUCO Origin Of Trails.  Mountain bikers are amazing people.  We've also found that mountain bikers are often really interested in the "finer" things in life, which obviously includes music (and coffee).  This results in a beautiful synergy between a race and a performance.  The audience can expect loads of energy, interesting instruments, foot-tapping and heartfelt songs and a festive atmosphere.”

Stellenbosch (Western Cape) –Bottomless Coffee Band is set to entertain mountain bikers at the BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race in Stellenbosch the weekend of 25 – 26 November 2017. Started in 2010, Bottomless Coffee Band consists of husband and wife multi-instrumentalist Folk Rock Duo, Esté and Lourens Rabé. “To summarize how the band got its name, Lourens ...

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Entries Open for 2018 Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Challenge

Entries to the 2018 Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge open on Tuesday 21 November at 12:00. Entries are available online at www.7weekspoortmtb.co.za. Photo by Oakpics.com.

Entries to one of the iconic one day events on the Western Cape mountain biking calendar, the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge open today at 12:00. The 2018 event will take place on Saturday the 29th of September with title sponsors, Ladismith Cheese, and organisers, Dryland Event Management, adding a festive race village and a trail run to the ...

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Teens dominate Paarl mountain bike race at first attempt

Pic 4 Halcyone Muller & Heidi Nieuwoudt LR

Stellenbosch teenagers Robert Hobson and Rossouw Bekker claimed the Sanlam MTB Invitational title on their debut after leading the two-day race from start to finish. The Flandria Cycles pair overcame any inexperience as a first-time partnership to win both stages of the race, which started and finished at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl. The youngsters dominated the 60km opening day ...

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