Author Archives: Tiaan Pretorius

Hoffman looking for form at Lost City Classic

Team Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman will be aiming to retain his title at the Powerade Bestmed Lost City Cycle Festival in the North-West Province on Saturday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo

Defending champion Nolan Hoffman will be looking to regain his confidence and form at the Powerade Bestmed Lost City Cycle Festival – the first of the spring classics – in the North-West Province on Saturday. Hoffman, who completed the five-day Clover Tour through Mpumalanga on Sunday, said it was good to be getting back in road shape after a disappointing ...

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Misguided self-manipulation, how to train and deal with pain

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As a self confessed sissie, I always wonder if other endurance athletes experience as much pain and effort as I do when racing and training. More than often, just getting myself to train is as painful. As the pain, or realization of the impending effort sets in, my mind attacks me. The first and foremost accusation is always, why are ...

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First bicycle technical training academy launches in SA

Since opening in January 2013, Torq Zone Cycles has raised the standard of bicycle repair and maintenance in South Africa.  - Picture Torq Zone

Cycling has become the fastest-growing sport in South Africa and has created great growth opportunities for our economy over the past few years. However, there has been a complete lack of formalized and structured training of bicycle mechanics in South Africa. Torq Zone, South Africa’s first concept bicycle workshop, today announced its partnership with the Association of Cycling Traders (ACT) ...

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Winter Trail Run at Delheim Wine Estate

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Winter Trail Run #3 ~ 16 August 2014 Last Trail Run of the series takes place this weekend – experience some of the most magnificent singletrack in the Simonsberg Conservancy! Don’t miss out: pre-entries are limited & close tomorrow evening – Tuesday, 12 August! VENUE: Delheim Wine Estate, Simonsberg Conservancy, Stellenbosch REGISTRATION: From 07h30 DISTANCES & START TIMES: 8km: 09h15 & 13km: 09h00 ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS: Delheim used to host ...

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Runners overcome treacherous conditions at powertraveller 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Salomon

Runners during the 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Salomon - Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

Gale force overnight winds gave way to rain and single-figure temperatures as 280 brave runners lined-up at Moolmanshoek for the Powertraveller 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Salomon, on Saturday 9 August 2014. Fast racing despite tough conditions A staggered start (to prevent bottlenecks on the tight mountain trails) of four seeded batches, saw the A bunch depart before sunrise ...

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A weight off my mind

Kelly in action at the Warm Water Weekend

In the last few weeks, people who really shouldn’t feel any right to comment, have told me I ‘look heavy’. Then back-tracked, and said, ‘strong’. And then other people have said ‘you look lean -you’ve been training hard’. I find these comments hard to ignore sometimes. Triathletes, like cyclists, are on the whole, obsessed with weight. Whether you are at ...

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SA Long Distance Triathlon Championships

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The SA Long Distance Triathlon Championships (hosted by Damian Bradley – Midlands Ultra) will take place on the 1st March 2015. A qualification event for team selection will take place on the 29/30th November 2014 (hosted by Damian Bradley – Midlands Ultra) under  the conditions below: *        Athletes can apply for team selection using the 29/30th November ...

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Phalula victorious at Totalsports Ladies Race Johannesburg

The start of the Totalsports Ladies Race in Johannesburg on Saturday, 09 August 2014.  Lebohang Phalula claimed gold in the 10km Totalsports Ladies Race in a lightning fast time of 36 minutes 01 second. PHOTO CREDIT:  Volume Photography

Lebohang Phalula was the lady to beat in the 10km Totalsports Ladies Race in Johannesburg on Saturday, 09 August 2014.  Held in celebration of National Women’s Day, the Totalsports Ladies Race took place at the Roosevelt High School, Emmarentia.  Participants could choose between a 10km run/walk and a 5km run/walk. “I am very happy with today’s win,” said Phalula, who ...

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Ultra-Trail Cape Town storms South African offroad running scene

We designed all three routes to have as much variety as possible. This could only be achieved by tying together a complex network of jurisdictions, private property owners and city/national parks land. With Cape Town being one of these unique cities, where you cannot divorce the natural landscape from the urban environment, I felt it was important for each route to weave together the city’s cultural, social and natural heritage.

  In just less than three months, the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa will play host to a brand new ultra-trail running event on the South African racing calendar. Much anticipation is building amongst the local and international trail running communities as entries for the inaugural Ultra-Trail Cape Town (UTCT) continue to pour in since having been ...

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