Ariane Luthi to defend Fairtree Contour stage race title

Ariane Lüthi

Defending Fairtree Simonsberg Contour MTB Lady’s Champion, the Stellenbosch based Swiss superstar Ariane Lüthi will give it her all to retain her title when she takes to the track this weekend (3 to 4 February) with a strong field of 84 female riders. The Team Spur rider is revered among her rivals for her fierce and fearless marathon racing ability, ...

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Kruger’s focus switches to TransCape

Riders during stage 3 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Wellington to Wellington, 23 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

After a remarkable performance in the Paarl Boxing Day track event, ace mountain biker HB Kruger will return to more familiar pursuits when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this weekend.   Starting in Knysna on Sunday, the 614km race, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, will see riders tackle the seven-stage mountain bike race through the Western Cape, ...

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Absa Cape Epic champions return to defend their title

Absa Cape Epic 2017 Prologue

Before he headed to the warmth of the Western Cape ahead of the beginning of his season, Nino Schurter, the 2017 Absa Cape Epic champion, decided to take part in a Nordic Ski race in his home town of Lenzerheide in Switzerland. He finished 18th, just five minutes behind the winner, after a crash had slowed him up … making ...

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Norwegian joins overseas contingent in TransCape

Norwegian mountain bike professional Eirik Fiskvik is one of several overseas riders who will be competing in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this year. The 614km race starts in Knysna on Sunday and ends in Franschhoek on February 10. Photo: Eirik Granly

Norwegian professional Eirik Fiskvik will leave the extreme cold of a European winter this week to test himself in sunny South Africa when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter gets under way on Sunday.   The 26-year-old rider is one of several overseas cyclists who have shown an interest in the Western Cape mountain bike race, which received a boost last ...

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Battle Lines Drawn for 2018 Tankwa Trek

Of the women on the 2017 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, podium 5 have returned for the 2018 race and are joined by a number of other leading contenders. Photo by Zoon Cronje.

The 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen – which takes place from Friday the 9th of February to Sunday the 11th – will pit some of the world’s best mountain bikers against one another on the mountain biking battlefields of the Koue Bokkeveld. Local and international elite riders, lured by significant prize money and UCI points, will race ...

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Japanese ace Yuki Ikeda relishes TransCape challenge

Yuki Ikeda posed LR

With a strong record in marathon racing, Japanese cyclist Yuki Ikeda will test his skills in unchartered territory when he makes his debut in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in the Western Cape from next weekend.   Currently based in Tokyo, the mountain bike marathon star will join up with well-known South African rider Grant Usher for the 614km race, ...

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TransCape MTB Encounter set to make a difference

The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will again raise funds during the seven-day race from Knysna to Franschhoek in the Western Cape starting on February 4 to support Africa Foundation. Photo: Irma-Marren Coetzee

The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, a seven-day, 614km race to be held next month, will be part of a concerted drive to support Africa Foundation.   The event, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, begins in Knysna on February 4 and ends in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on the tenth.   Now in its fourth year, the race is an ...

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Beukes & Lüthi kick-off 2018 Season with Attakwas Extreme Victories

2018 Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, race winner Matthys Beukes in action. Photo by Zoon Cronje.

PYGA Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes broke the South African drought while Ariane Lüthi added a historic sixth Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, to her palmarès on a wet Saturday, the 20th of January 2018. The elite men’s podium was filled by Tim Bohme and Philip Buys, and Lüthi was joined on the women’s podium by Jennie Stenerhag and ...

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Elite Riders Fired Up for the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen

Erik Kleinhans has no duties to ride for a teammate in 2018 and as such will not need to expend energy setting the early pace. Photo by Ewald Sadie.

The 2018 mountain biking season gets underway in a few short days, on the 20th of January, at the traditional season opener: the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen. The one hundred and twenty one kilometre ultra-marathon – from Chandelier, near Oudtshoorn, to Pine Creek, in Great Brak River – has once again attracted a field of world-class elite ...

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