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songo.info Riders Reflect on the 2017 Absa Cape Epic

Theo Ngubane wheelies across the final finish line of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic alongside his Songo-Investec 2 teammate Lwazi Ntsakaza. Photo by Sportograf.

The dust has well and truly settled on the Absa Cape Epic of 2017 and for the elite riders the mountain biking season has moved on with new challenges already firmly in sight. For the young riders from the songo.info programme the race was their main focus on their bikes for the year, but while it was a massive learning ...

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Great Zuurberg Trek sample USN partnership

Participants in the 2017 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will be able to sample products from international sports nutrition brand USN later this month. Photo: Warren Elsom

International sports nutrition brand USN are ready to play an active role in the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth after coming on board as sponsors for the first time. Besides a strong focus on the event’s recovery zone at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, they will offer a variety of products for riders to sample ...

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The 36ONE

WOW! Toughest and by far the longest race I’ve ever done. 361km is far! And endless climbing (5,250m) I hadnt specifically trained for this race and was hoping my Ironman training would suffice. And it did except I probably should have ridden my mountain bike a few times just to get used to the set up as after 15+hrs my ...

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Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes win 2017 joBerg2c

South African MTB stars Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes sailed over the line to win day 8 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c, and claimed the event outright for the recently formed PYGA Euro Steel team. In their first joBerg2c - the race across South Africa that shows you the best the country has to offer in terms of scenery and heart - Buys and Beukes were dominant from day 4 of the nine day ride, winning the final five days.

It was a day all about South Africa on the Old Mutual joBerg2c’s last official race day. South African MTB stars Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes sailed over the line to win day 8, and claimed the event outright for the recently formed PYGA Euro Steel team. In their first joBerg2c – the race across South Africa that shows you ...

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Revamped Paarl MTB Classic ‘something special’

The third Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic will take riders through the scenic Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and along custom-built single-track trails. Photo: Capcha Photography

Organisers have reinstated the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic with the objective of building it into the premier off-road one-day race in the Cape Winelands. After not featuring on the cycling calendar last year, race director Darren Herbst said they had decided to reintroduce the event next month after an overwhelming demand from the cycling fraternity. He said the third edition, ...

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Buys and Beukes consolidate joBerg2c lead

Em Gatland (14 of 27)Lo_res

Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (PYGA Euro Steel) continue to dominate the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c. On a short, punchy 82km day 7 ride from Glencairn Farm in Himeville to Mackenzie Club near Ixopo, PYGA Euro Steel were able to claim their fourth stage win of the event in a time of of 3:00:39.  The chasing pair of Gawie Combrinck and ...

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Up and up they go at joBerg2c

Em Gatland (2 of 33)

Day 6 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c was a 98km ride from Clifton Preparatory School in Nottingham Road to Glencairn Farm near Himeville. The day featured two big climbs, Gumtree (because it’s said that you’ll sell your bike after riding up it) and Slow Poison (because the forestry road ascending never seems to end).  For the racing elite, Philip Buys ...

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Woolcock heads strong pro field at Great Zuurberg Trek

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

One of South Africa’s most experienced cyclists, Waylon Woolcock, has set his sights on overall victory in the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race next month. The Stellenbosch professional, who won last weekend’s Liberty Winelands Encounter alongside BCX teammate HB Kruger, said he was excited about targeting the Eastern Cape race based at the Zuurberg Mountain Village for ...

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Erik Kleynhans hits like a heatwave at the Cederberg 100 Miler

Cederberg100Miler_IMG_2824_Photo Sam Clark

The Cederberg 100 Miler hit the Clanwilliam region like the current heatwave along the West Coast and Northern Cape. On the eve of 22 April, 190 mountain bikers trekked their way up to this sweltering rooibos-tea valley for South Africa’s most breath-taking 100 miler. Usually a one-day 100 mile race, the 2017 Cederberg 100 Miler also featured a stage race ...

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Flying start to Madibaz XCO Series

The first leg of the Madibaz Mountain Bike XCO Series got off to an excellent start at the weekend with 120 riders competing in various categories on the track at the NMMU George campus. Photo: Christopher Brooke

The Madibaz Mountain Bike XCO Series made a flying start at the NMMU campus in George this weekend, with the organisers receiving double the number of entries compared to last year’s corresponding event. The cross country mountain bike race was the first of four events in the series, with the remaining legs set to take place on June 10, August ...

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