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Entries open for the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events

Seen here:  Christoph Sauser in action during the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events.  PHOTO CREDIT:  Volume Photography

For some February might be the month of love, but for the hardened mountain biking enthusiast February is when entries open for the much anticipated FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events. Riders that participated at the 2014 events or that were placed on the 2014 waiting list can enter the FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride or Race on Monday, 16 February ...

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International riders flock to Tour de Boland

Former Dutch Ironman champion Sef Queis is part of the growing international contingent for the Bestmed Tour de Boland, which takes place from March 2 to 6. Photo: Sportograf

One of South Africa’s premier road tours, the Bestmed Tour de Boland, is drawing a growing international field of professional and amateur riders eager to experience true African racing. While top amateurs are generally excluded from the European stage races, organisers have made the tour through the Cape Winelands accessible to riders who would not otherwise have the opportunity. The ...

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“The toughest competition ever …”

Leading ladies, Arianne Kleinhans and Annike Langvad during stage 5 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from The Oak Estate in Greyton to Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 28 March 2014 - Photo by Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Ariane Kleinhans is under no illusions about the challenge that will confront her and partner Annika Langvad when they defend their Absa Cape Epic title next month: “We will definitely face the toughest competition ever at this year’s Cape Epic,” she said.  The Swiss/Danish duo won in compelling fashion from Esther Süss of Switzerland and Briton Sally Bigham in 2014.  ...

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Kaess, Kaufmann Due Some Good Karma

Stage winners Jochen Kaess & Markus Kaufmann of Centurion-Vaudeduring stage 1 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson, South Africa on the 24 March 2014 - Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Before the 2014 Absa Cape Epic four times winner Karl Platt of Germany told journalists that they should keep an eye on his countrymen Markus Kaufmann and Jochen Kaess as potential race winners.  If they did not take him seriously at the time they were certainly doing so after Stage 1, when the Team Centurion Vaude pair won convincingly to ...

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‘Iron Sally’ Back With A New Partner

Sally Bigham of Team Meerendal leaves the boys behind doen a descent during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014 - Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

At first glance Sally Bigham might be taken for the university researcher that she was when the mountain biking bug bit in 2006.  But the 1.65m and 52kg Englishwoman has since earned herself the nickname of “Iron Sally” for her extraordinary feats on a mountain bike.  These include two wins in the Women’s category at the rugged Absa Cape Epic ...

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An Epic Adventure For A Cycling Legend

She might be the world’s most-decorated women’s mountain biker, but Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic. - Multivan Merida Website

She might be the world’s most-decorated women’s mountain biker, but Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic.  “‘Survive and enjoy’ is the motto for Kathrin (Stirnemann, her partner in Team World Bicycle Relief) and I,” said Dahle Flesjå.  “We are approaching it as a great adventure … and, of ...

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We’re in support, but …

during stage 3 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wines in Robertson to The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 26 March 2014
- Photo by Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

A video clip from the 2014 Absa Cape Epic shows Team RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell swooping down a hill, stopping alongside a stricken Frantisek Rabon and immediately setting about repairing a problem on the Specialized rider’s bike.  Rabon was, of course, Christoph Sauser’s partner in 2014 and the South African pairing of Kleinhans and Bell were riding as ...

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South Africa’s Podium Hope

ROBERTSON  during stage 4 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from The Oaks Estate in Greyton, South Africa on the 27 March 2014 - 
Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

The sharp improvement in the strength of the women’s field for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic will inevitably give rise to an intense battle for the podium positions.  Can a South African woman get on to one of those steps when the race finishes at Meerendal on 22 March? The best bet might be an Epic newbie, Robyn de Groot.  ...

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Surprises in store for the 2015 Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic

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The fourth edition of the Garden Route’s most spectacular stage race, the Dr Evil Classic, will take place from 17–19 September 2015. Entries are open and master route designer Leon Evans has guaranteed that his signature event will once again be one to remember. Each stage of the three-day event will be unique with day one being 70km, Day two around ...

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