MTB

Woolcock and Kruger increase Winelands lead

Riders during stage 2 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Franschhoek to Wellington, 22 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

Overnight leaders Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger produced another controlled performance to create a telling gap after the second stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Boland today. The BCX pair used their knowledge of the region – Woolcock is from Stellenbosch and Kruger from Paarl – to build a six-minute lead going into the final stage tomorrow. They ...

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Woolcock, Kruger set pace in Winelands race

Riders during stage 1 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, 21 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

Quickest out of the blocks on the early Botmaskop climb out of Stellenbosch, Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger stamped their mark on the opening stage of the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter today. Although the BCX pair were pushed at times, they eventually got away about midway through the stage to take the top spot on the podium after finishing the ...

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Top teams line up for the Gravel & Grape

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The three-day Gravel & Grape mountain bike stage race is only weeks away and some top teams have it firmly in their sights.  Leading South African professional Erik Kleinhans has reunited with Matt Beers (Red E-Topeak Ergon) in a combination that will probably start as favourites when the gun goes off for Stage 1 on May 5. They will, however, ...

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Wolhuter aims for Winelands hat-trick

Riders during stage 3 of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter from Wellington to Wellington - 17 April 2016

Defending champion Chris Wolhuter is eyeing a hat-trick of titles at the Liberty Winelands Encounter despite the ever-increasing level of competition. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think ...

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Hill up for Winelands challenge

Durban professional Andrew Hill is looking forward to his first appearance in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next week. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Durban mountain biking pro Andrew Hill is looking forward to a fresh challenge when he competes for the first time in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next weekend. Riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, the experienced rider from Hillcrest will team up for the first time with Marco Joubert in the three-stage event in the Cape Winelands, ...

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George cross country race focuses on development

The opening leg of the Madibaz XCO Series will take place on the NMMU campus in George on April 23. Photo: Supplied

Providing a cross country racing opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts in the Eden region is at the core of the second Madibaz XCO Series, which kicks off next Sunday. Based at the NMMU campus in George, the series will comprise four events, with further races taking place on June 10, August 27 and October 29. The August leg will, for ...

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Rio Olympian goes off-road for Winelands Encounter

Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will try her hand at mountain biking when she takes part in the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, this weekend. Photo: Robert Ward

Former national road champion and Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will change disciplines when she rides the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race in the Boland from Friday. The Bestmed-ASG star will team up with Pieter Seyffert, who won the recent TransCape alongside Travis Walker, to form a formidable pairing in the mixed section. “I thought it would be good ...

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Zuurberg race boosts socio-economic development

Having developed a close rapport over the years, next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will further strengthen the mountain bike event’s partnership with the Unity in Africa Foundation.

Having developed a close rapport over the years, next month’s PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will further strengthen the mountain bike event’s partnership with the Unity in Africa Foundation. Reflecting on the relationship, UinA director Bernice Rose said their position as a race beneficiary had gone a long way in helping develop the foundation’s brand. “This has been a win-win partnership ...

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All Systems Go for Sixth 36ONE MTB Challenge

Dutch beach racing star Ramses Bekkenk will not be intimidated by the breezy conditions predicted for the 2017 36ONE MTB Challenge. Photo by www.directsportfoto.nl.

The sixth edition of The 36ONE MTB Challenge is set to get underway on Friday the 21st of April and along with near perfect weather conditions the event looks set to be the most competitive yet. Dutch ultra-marathon stars Jean Biermans and Ramses Bekkenk are set to go head-to-head in the men’s race while Hannele Steyn and Katja Steenkamp are ...

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