Kleinhans and Beers win 2016 Berg & Bush

Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) claim victory at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush three-day stage race in KwaZulu-Natal. The pair saw off stiff competition from the cream of South African mountain biking to record a win on their debut at the event.

In a star-studded local field at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, it was Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Leading from start to finish, the recently-formed team took the overall honours after three days of furious racing in KwaZulu-Natal. Matt Beers was thrilled with his victory, a ...

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Cyclists soar up Spioenkop

Robyn de Groot soars to the top of Spioenkop at the Volvo Summit during the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush in KwaZulu-Natal. The 1.4km race within a race was worth R20 000 for the winning male and female rider. De Groot reached the top in a time of six minutes and 10 seconds.

Around 40 of the toughest and fastest mountain bikers at the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush entered the 2016 Volvo Summit, a 1.4km sprint shootout on Spioenkop in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Up for grabs for the fastest man and women was a cool R20 000. On the start line, after two days of riding at the Berg & Bush, ...

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Berg and Bush Stage 2 blitzed by leaders


The elite field at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush charged through the 60km Stage 2 course with such ferocity that some in the race village wondered if the final batch of riders might be able to watch the winners come in. In the end, race leaders Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) and the chasing ...

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Last man pedalling


The last man over the line on stage 1 of the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush was Namibian visitor Otto Alfleld. His ride partner, Andrea Stier, was beaming after her first dig at the event. Otto was not. That might have had something to do with his seven hour-plus finish time, or that his entry was a birthday present ...

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Elite riders scorch Berg & Bush Day 1


The conditions at the start of the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush were cool. The riding from the elite bunch, though, was scorching hot. Setting the scintillating pace was one of the strongest pro fields ever assembled at the Berg & Bush Descent. Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill (USN Purefit), Philip Buys and Gert Heyns (Scott LCB Factory Racing), ...

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World Champion to take on Untamed African MTB race in 2017


In August he won gold at the Olympic Games after earlier winning the 2016 mountain bike cross country World Championship. Now Switzerland’s Nino Schurter has set his sights on another major achievement: winning the Absa Cape Epic. Schurter is the biggest name in world mountain biking right now, with three world championships, three World Cup titles (for accumulated points over ...

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An old favourite and a brand new Grand Finale


In 2017 the Absa Cape Epic returns to an old favourite seaside venue for a spectacular Stage 1 … and finishes at a new Grand Finale venue. After the Prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate the riders, crew and supporters will transfer to Hermanus for the first staging of the race in the coastal town since 2008. In the intervening years ...

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SA explorer Sibusiso Vilane to take on the Untamed African MTB race


Sibusiso Vilane has summited Mount Everest twice – in 2003 and again with legendary adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes in 2005. He has also conquered all of the “Seven Summits” – the highest mountains on each of the earth’s continents. And then, for good measure, there was the time in 2007 when he and fellow adventurer Alex Harris trekked unsupported and ...

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All star elite field at Berg & Bush

Image credit: Em Gatland

The 2016 edition of the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush Descent promises to be one of the most fiercely contested stage races on this year’s South African MTB calendar. Thanks to a growing reputation as the local mountain bike stage race with the most gees, the event has been able to assemble a stellar elite field. This October the cream ...

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