Author Archives: Tiaan Pretorius

Meerendal CBC Ladies MTB Riders Sweeps FNB W2W Race Title

CBC MTB Rider at FNB W2W_(low-res)

Meerendal CBC Ladies riders reclaimed the Wines 2 Whales race title in the women’s category at Onrus Caravan Park in Hermanus this past weekend. Jennie Stenerhag and Adelheid Morath took the sort after title after achieving a day one victory and taking second place on day two and three of the three-day mountain biking race event. The day one triumph ...

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Cape Favourite Relaunched as the Stanford MTB Classic

Race director Anneke Viljoen in action during the Stanford MTB Classic trial ride. Photo by

The popular Stanford MTB Tour is rebranding and relaunching to become the Stanford MTB Classic; and while many of the aspects will remain unchanged new race director Anneke Viljoen has exciting plans to refine the event into a true South African classic. Taking place on the 17th and 18th of February 2018 the Stanford MTB Classic remains a two day, ...

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The Transkei is calling!

Bruce Viaene

Home to the most diverse and adventurous playground well known as the Transkei, the Merrell Transkei Tuff 150km Adventure Race awaits. This exciting and adventurous race debuted in February 2016 with only 12 teams entered and has since grown into an event that only offers 30 team or duo entries, keeping the event niche and sought after. Entries for 2018’s ...

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Staying fit this summer

Absa Cape Epic 2017 Stage 7

Gary Kirsten and John Smit share training and fitness tips as they prepare for the Absa Cape Epic Cape Town, 31 October 2017 – Enjoyment at the Absa Cape Epic comes through preparation and taking no shortcuts for Gary Kirsten, the former South African cricketer, who will take part in Africa’s Untamed African MTB Race for the third time in ...

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Single track heaven continues on Stage Two of BUCO Origin Of Trails

Riders in action during the 2016 BUCO Origin Of Trails.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Stellenbosch (Western Cape) – Stage Two of the BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race will take place in Stellenbosch on Sunday, 26 November 2017. An individual rider race, entrants can choose between three entry options: Long (+-55km on Saturday and +-58km on Sunday), Medium (+-55km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday) or Short (+-28km on Saturday and +-29km ...

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Sharks Trail Adventure MTB routes reversed

Riders taking part in the 40km and 20km MTB races at the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 3 December will find the route reversed eliminating the tough climb into the race finish. Four times winner Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) will plan his race strategy around the faster start and easier run into the finish. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – An about turn could signal an early Christmas present for mountain bikers as the organisers of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday 3 December at Summerveld Estate confirm that the popular 40km and 20km MTB routes will be run in the reverse direction, easing the climbing and creating some exciting descents  on both routes. “In last year’s ...

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Stanford initiative scoops a Jack Cheetham Award

The Rock the Boat Programme run by the Grootbos Foundation and Stanford Canoe Club recently won the runner-up award at the annual Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards run annually by Murray and Roberts. Pictured are some of their paddlers from the Stanford River Festival earlier this year. Supplied/
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Durban – The Grootbos Foundation and the Stanford Canoe Club in the Overberg area in the Western are celebrating after winning the runner-up award for their ‘Rock the Boat’ initiative at the annual Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards run annually by Murray and Roberts. The development programme provides canoeing skills and basic water safety to youngsters from the rural Overberg ...

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N3TC Drak set to celebrate it’s 25 birthday in style

Andy Birkett celebrates his fourth title at the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – The popular two-day 62 kilometre N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on 20 and 21 January, with the event now well established in the trio of South Africa’s best supported canoe races. Entries for the 2018 race opened this week and look certain to attract another field of close to 1000 paddlers keen ...

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Invitational Paarl race heads in a new direction

Sanlam MTB Invitational route 2 LR

Eager to showcase the variety on offer in the Sanlam MTB Invitational, organisers ASG Events are preparing to unveil a number of changes to the route for next week’s event. The annual race in the Western Cape takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 18 and 19, with stages of 60km on the Saturday and 40km on ...

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