MTB

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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Gravel & Grape commits to MTB growth

Gravel & Grape trail builders after a cycle. From left: Hannes Martiens; Gavin Vermeulen; Justin Brand; Isak Vermeulen; Doela Vermeulen; Danfred Lukas; Jerome Cupido ; Kotie Vermeulen and Johannes Brand

The Gravel & Grape MTB, which features a three-day Extreme and two-day Adventure, will be taking place on the weekend of 5th May. The event is now in its third year, and organisers are working hard to ensure that both the Extreme and the Adventure create a mountain bike legacy in an area that isn’t traditionally renowned for the sport. While ...

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Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes light up joBerg2c

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Although day 5 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c started cold and dreary, PYGA Euro Steel riders Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys had a day of sunshine thanks to an excellent ride and a stage win that also took them into the overall lead. Early into the 120km day from Em’seni in Winterton to Clifton Preparatory School in Nottingham Road, NAD ...

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Woolcock, Kruger cruise to maiden Winelands triumph

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

Seasoned pros Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger captured the overall title in the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race at their first attempt today after setting the pace from day one. Using the same strategy as before, the BCX duo were again able to build up a lead during the first half of the 48km final stage in the ...

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Tough but balanced route for Great Zuurberg Trek

Riders in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will face a variety of challenges when the three-stage mountain bike race takes place near Port Elizabeth in May. Photo: Warren Elsom

While day two stands out as the queen stage, PwC Great Zuurberg Trek route director Rob Hayter feels riders will face a strong variety of challenges in one of the Eastern Cape’s premier mountain bike events next month. Hayter and his team have been hard at work in the last three months preparing the trails for the race from May ...

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Mixed fortunes and emotions on day 4 of joBerg2c

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The fourth day of the 900km Old Mutual joBerg2c produced an exciting sprint finish as the leading men’s teams charged towards the Em’seni finish line near Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal. In the end, it was overall event leaders Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) who won the day ahead of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (PYGA Euro Steel). The ...

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Bekkenk Breaks Course Record to Win 2017 36ONE MTB Challenge

Jeannie Dreyer raced to victory in a time of 16 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds in the 2017 36ONE MTB Challenge. Photo by Oakpics.com.

The near perfect weather conditions and relatively smooth surfaces on the Rooiberg Pass contributed to a fast paced 2017 36ONE MTB Challenge which was won by Ramses Bekkenk in a new record time of 13 hours, 59 minutes and 55 seconds, on Saturday the 22nd of April. Jeannie Dreyer was the first woman to complete the 361 kilometre long route ...

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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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