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Wolhuter to defend Winelands title with new partner

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Defending champion Chris Wolhuter will line up for his title defence at the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter with a new teammate. The 27-year-old, who won the inaugural event alongside Jarryd Haley, will be joining forces with Craig Boyes in the three-day race that starts at Coetzenburg on Friday. Wolhuter, who launched the Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology professional team this year, first partnered ...

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KAP sani2c changing lives, one beaded bangle at a time

The famous beaded bangles at riders receive at the start of the second day of the KAP sani2c have become sought after and are the product of a programme at the Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation, which empowers people around the Bulwer area of KwaZulu-Natal through trade. Kelvin Trautman/
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Himeville – The beaded bangle that all KAP sani2c riders receive is one of the most prized possession taken away from the event and the Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation has played a critical part providing the race with these iconic beads throughout the 12 year history of the race. The Hlanganani Ngothando Organisation (HNO) is a non-profit welfare that serves a wide ...

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Rabie teaming up with Kruger for sani2c assault

Team Telkom star Johann Rabie will be hoping that he and team mate Hendrik Kruger can go one better than his previous two runners-up finishes at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Supplied/
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Himeville – As the elite athletes start shifting their focus to the upcoming KAP sani2c Johann Rabie and Hendrik Kruger will join forces to take on some of the best MTB single track in the country over the three-day event with eyes on claiming the illustrious title in their first sani2c together when the race finishes in Scottburgh on Saturday, ...

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Woolcock and Lill eying a successful KAP sani2c title defence

The USN Purefit duo of Waylon Woolcock (left) and Darren Lill (right) will be put under pressure as they look to retain their title at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Supplied/
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Himeville – After their tumultuous build-up to the 2015 race, the defending champion pair of Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill are in a far better space going into the 2016 KAP sani2c which should sound the warning sirens for the rest of the elite field contesting the iconic race from 12-14 May. Having been without a sponsor leading into the ...

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Hill and White defend their Freedom Race Title

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This past weekend over 480 mountain bike enthusiasts took part in the 2016 Marriott Freedom Race, an exciting mountain bike event that celebrates the 26th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Andrew Hill and Tyronne White had some tough competition from Brandon Stewart and Travis Walker as well as Matthew Wilkinson and David Low, who were eager to take on the ...

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Inaugural Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour a huge success

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Launching a new race is never easy, so having to contend with the devastating Simonsberg fire just 2 weeks before the race certainly tested the organisation to the limit.  90% of the trails constructed over the past 2 years were damaged and the bulk of the forest canopy lost when fires ravaged the Simonsberg Mountain and adjacent wine estates from 19to 22 January. For route ...

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Stenerhag’s sani2c challenge on track following scare

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Himeville – A health scare to Jennie Stenerhag forced her and partner Robyn de Groot to withdrawal from the 2016 ABSA Cape Epic however the duo have confirmed they will be out to replicate their 2014 victory when they take on this year’s KAP sani2c after the Stenerhag was given a clean bill of health following heart surgery recently. Despite ...

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Elite women’s rule change gets big thumbs up

The Absa Cape Epic is the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in Western Cape in South Africa.  The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Interacionale (UCI). This official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer's calendar. The Absa Cape Epic also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best. It is a full-service race, meaning that everything is taken care of from the start - all riders need to think about is riding.

The 2016 Absa Cape Epic was special for the elite women competitors thanks to the new start batch and the trail-laden route … and there was the introduction of a “podium guy”. The race introduced a separate batch for elite women racers after getting feedback from riders in the 2015 event. In essence the new batch was designed to make ...

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Kleinhans, Stenerhag set to take on the Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge

Professional mountain biker Erik Kleinhans will be seen in action at the 5th annual Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 April 2016.  Photo Credit:  Craig Kolesky

Taking place on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 April 2016, the 5th annual Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge has attracted the attention of professional mountain bikers Erik Kleinhans (South Africa) and Jennie Stenerhag (Sweden). “Each time that I’ve taken part in the Cell Arabella MTB Challenge, I’ve loved the experience,” says Kleinhans. “With most stage races featuring a team format, ...

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Perfecting the work/life/training balance with John Smit

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The former Springbok captain just completed his third Absa Cape Epic to join the coveted Amabubesi club, much like any other CEO – he’s the chief executive officer of the Sharks – Smit has scant little free time on a regular week. Training for something like the Epic – a gruelling eight-day mountain bike stage race – requires between 15 ...

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