Karl Platt claims fifth Absa Cape Epic crown

Emma Hill-Cape Epic-SPORTZPICS

  Twelve years after claiming his first Absa Cape Epic title Karl Platt today became only the second person to win the event five times when he and Urs Huber (Team Bulls) calmly sealed a dominant victory. German Manuel Fumic and Brazilian Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing) claimed Stage 7 – the prestigious Grand Finale win – but it was ...

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Nearly All Systems Go for Madolo and Sauser on Stage 4


  Stage 4 of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic was a good day for Sipho Madolo and Christoph Sauser. Madolo despite not being completely over his stomach bug put the hammer down making up for lost time on trails which suited his riding style. After two days of riding well within himself, as he nursed Madolo through his darkest hours ...

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Mentor and Protégé Off to a Solid Start

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The Investec songo Specialized duo of Sipho Madolo and Christoph Sauser got their 2016 Absa Cape Epic campaign off to a solid start with a 1 hour 14 minute and 12 second blitz around the 26km Prologue route. Their time was good enough for 29th position in the open men’s category and sets them up well for the week ahead. ...

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Anriette Schoeman withdraws from 2016 Absa Cape Epic

Anriette Schoeman Absa Cape Epic 2015

Cape Town – Eight times national road cycling champion Anriette Schoeman has withdrawn from this year’s Absa Cape Epic, due to illness. Schoeman was admitted to hospital on Friday, suffering from severe dehydration due to gastro-enteritis. Set to cycle alongside team mate, rugby legend Joel Stransky in the Mixed Category, this would have been their second Absa Cape Epic challenge ...

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Shorter, sharper 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek route revealed

Top competitors from abroad

The route for the eighth Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been revealed and it’s shorter than any of the previous editions. This is in line with an ongoing quest by the organisers to offer quality over quantity and a more rewarding racing experience. The seven-day race, from 16–22 October, once again carries International Cycling Union (UCI) ...

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Wealth of women’s talent ready for 2016 Sappi Howick MTB

Kargo Pro Cycling's Frankie du Toit (front) and Hayley Smith (background) are looking forward to taking on the trails of the Sappi Howick MTB Classic on Sunday, 6 March.
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Howick – The 2016 Sappi Howick MTB Classic takes place on Sunday, 6 March and the women’s field is looking increasingly competitive as the entry list fills up ahead of the race’s 30th anniversary celebrations The route for the 40km tussle suggests it will be a technical and challenging day in the saddle, giving those with strong rock riding skills ...

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New mountain bike stage race boost for Northern Drakensberg

The majestic Northern Drakensberg region will offer spectacular mountain trails for RidetheBerg, a new mountain bike stage race that will take place on 25 and 26 June 2016.
Photo credit: Gary Perkin

RidetheBerg, a new two-day mountain bike stage race, scheduled for 25 and 26 June 2016, is set to establish the Northern Drakensberg as one of the premier mountain biking destinations in South Africa. Stimulated by the success of the Absa Cape Epic, established in 2004 and the Sani2c, established in 2005, there are now more than 60 multi-day mountain bike ...

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Bestmed boost women’s cycling

The members of Team Bestmed-ASG at the recent national road championships were, from left, Mire Herbst, Ashleigh Parsons, Nicolene Marais, Owen Botha (team manager), Kelsy van Schoor, Lynette Benson, Riana Robertse and Azulde Britz. Photo: Supplied

Women’s cycling in South Africa received a much-needed boost today when Bestmed re-affirmed their investment at team level ahead of the five-day Tour of Good Hope. The medical scheme confirmed that they would partner Team Bestmed-ASG for the next three years. Team principal Owen Botha said he was extremely excited about the continuation of the sponsorship, which started in the ...

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Fifth MTO Champions Race

Start of the MTO Champions Race

This year will see the fifth edition of the very popular and special MTO Champions Race in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. This spectator friendly race will take place on Wednesday 9 March. It is seen as an unofficial warm-up race for the Absa Cape Epic giving supporters a chance to see some of the world’s best riders in action before they get down ...

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Enduro to debut at 2016 Sappi Howick MTB


Howick – Organisers of the 2016 Sappi Howick MTB Classic are relishing the inclusion of the first ever Sappi Howick Enduro as part of the now weekend-long programme of events as the popular ‘raw and unplugged’ KZN Midlands mountain biking event celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 March. The newly added Sappi Howick Enduro will take place ...

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