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Junior mountain bikers shine at Fedhealth Kids MTB Events

Hannah Watts by Tobias Ginsberg

Junior mountain bikers blazed the trails of Boschendal Farm Estate on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at the 4thannual Fedhealth Kids MTB Events.   A highlight on the SA mountain bike calendar, the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events catered for ages 0 – 13 with junior MTB enthusiasts able to choose from: a 500m (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and a 5km ...

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A South African Perspective on the Perskindol Swiss Epic

Matt Eagar, the founder of the popular South African online forum Bike Hub, was one of the thirty eight South Africans to start the 2018 Perskindol Swiss Epic. Read the full story of a South African's perspective on the event below; along with the final racing update and full results, after Stage 5 concluded the 2018 edition of the Swiss stage race.

Matt Eagar was one of the thirty eight South Africans to start the 2018 Perskindol Swiss Epic. He and his riding partner, Dane Coppin, were fortunate to have received an invite through Absa Pride; after Coppin and his father rode the 2018 Absa Cape Epic as part of the ‘Pride’. Among the excitement of a trip to ride mountain bikes ...

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Cape Town Lifesavers dominate at the Torpedo SwimRun Wild

Rob Tweddle in Island Lake Swim. Picture credit: Caleb Bjergfelt

Torpedo SwimRun Wild took place over two days in the Wilderness area over the weekend, with a 6km prologue on Friday and a 26km main event on Saturday, made up of multiple segments of swimming, running and “swambling”, which is a rugged combination of swimming and scrambling over rocks. Teams from Llandudno Surf Lifesaving in Cape Town dominated both the ...

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Joubert defends title in Makro mountain-bike race

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Marco Joubert was pleased to be back on the winner’s podium after a long struggle with injury as he successfully defended his title in the Bestmed-Makro mountain-bike race near Port Elizabeth today.   The 21-year-old, who grew up in PE but now lives in Stellenbosch, defeated Jason Meaton in a sprint finish in the 70km race held at the Hopewell ...

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Stage Set for Spectacular Karoo to Coast

Sweeping through the forests is one of the highlights of the BUCO Karoo to Coast. Photo by Ewald Sadie.

The BUCO Karoo to Coast, 100 kilometre MTB Challenge, is the largest single day mountain bike event in South Africa; attracting 4 500 riders to the sleepy Karoo town of Uniondale annually. This year the event is set to take place on Sunday the 23rdof September and though the focus is on ensuring each rider enjoys his or her day in ...

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Kruger, McDougall crowned Fedhealth MTB Challenge Champions

Amy McDougall by Tobias Ginsberg

HB Kruger and Amy McDougall took no prisoners in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge +- 60km/Marathon at Boschendal Farm Estate (The Retreat) on Sunday, 16 September 2018.   With three events to choose from (a +-60km/Marathon; a +- 30km/Half Marathon and a 15km Fun Ride), the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB challenge catered for all levels of mountain bikers, delivering plenty of mountain ...

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Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #3 boasts 22 exciting obstacles

Fedhealth IMPI Warriors working together to overcome one of the IMPI Challenge’s most iconic obstacles, the Rawson Wall.  Photo Credit:  Anthony Grote

Taking place at the Van Gaalens Kaasmakerji (North West Province) on Saturday, 06 October 2018, the Fedhealth IMPI Challenge #3 boasts 22 exciting obstacles of which 12 are manmade.   According to Pieter du Plessis, Fedhealth IMPI Challenge Race Director, the first step to hosting an exciting Obstacle Course Race (OCR) is choosing the perfect venue.  “Situated at the foot ...

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Countdown to Fedhealth MTB Challenge begins

Jusua du Plessis & Herschelle Otto by Tobias Ginsberg

Boschendal Farm Estate is primed to host the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB Challenge this coming weekend (Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018).   The weekend’s action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on Saturday.  Catering for ages 0 – 13, Junior MTB enthusiasts have three events to choose from: a 500m (0-5 years), 1.5km (6-9 years) and a ...

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High spirits despite torrential conditions at Ride2Nowhere

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Cold and wet conditions could not dampen the spirits of nearly 300 mountain bikers in McGregor this past weekend. The seventh edition of the three-day Ride2Nowhere was a huge success, despite the unseasonal (but highly welcome) torrential rain.   As in the past, the 2018 edition featured various options across the three days, with a short (40km) and long (60km) ...

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Fedhealth MTB Challenge entries close on Friday

Pono Lenyora in action during the 2017 Fedhealth MTB Challenge.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Entries for the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB Challenge (taking place at Boschendal Farm Estate, The Retreat on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018) will close this coming Friday, 07 September 2018.   Highlighting the magnificent trails of Boschendal and the Banhoek Conservancy, the 2018 Fedhealth MTB Challenge boasts a:  Kids Race, 15km Fun Ride, +-30km Half Marathon and +-60km Marathon. ...

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