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Ariane thrives in Sabie Mountains

Ariane Kleinhans thrives in Sabie mountains - Images: Marike Cronje/ ZCMC

Ariane Kleinhans continued her love affair with the mountains in Sabie as she won her fourth consecutive title at the Ashburton Sabie National Marathon this past weekend. The women’s marathon covered 72km with 1250m of ascent, which included the notorious Mamba Switchbacks and Rocky Horror sections of the men’s Ultra distance route. “The course in Sabie with its long ascents ...

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James Reid gears up for SA XCO Cup with local WP win

James Reid taking first spot at the WP XCO Series in Paarl  - Photo supplied

James Reid, fresh from stage race wins at Trans Hajar in Oman, and Tankwa Trek in Ceres, continued his 2015 winning streak at the second round of the Western Province XCO series held at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate this past Saturday. “This weekend I enjoyed my first XCO race of the year – it’s quite difficult to put enjoy and XCO ...

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Platt Bids For Win Number Five

“There is only one gas and that’s full gas,” laughs Karl Platt about the way he will be approaching the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. “I want to win it if possible.” His Team Bulls partner Urs Huber is also making no bones about their objective: “After a lot of bad luck last year we are coming to win it this ...

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Unstoppable Kleinhans and Reid win Tankwa Trek

The good nature of the sport. Photo Credit: Oakpics

Erik Kleinhans and James Reid (RECM) won the 2015 DUTOIT Tankwa Trek, while Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill (RED-E Blend) took the honours in the final stage. The third stage was over 87km (26km neutral) in the Koue Bokkeveld. Woolcock and Lill won in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 21 seconds. Kleinhans en Reid came in second just a few ...

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Sahm king of the Tankwa Trek queen stage

Stefan Sahm (Team Bulls) won the second stage of the DUTOIT Tankwa  - Photo www.oakpics.com

  Stefan Sahm (Team Bulls) won the second stage of the DUTOIT Tankwa Trek over 89km and 2240m of vertical ascending in the Ceres Valley in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds. Erik Kleinhans and James Reid (RECM) once again won the team competition in 3:53.34 increasing their overall lead over Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill (RED-E Blend, 3:55.05) ...

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Absa Cape Epic Wins Again

The Absa Cape Epic has walked away with top honours in the prestigious Sport Participation Event category at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards  - Photo Supplied

The Absa Cape Epic has walked away with top honours in the prestigious Sport Participation Event category at the Discovery Sport Industry Awards for the second year running. The awards, which celebrate the most “creative, innovative and commendable” work in South Africa’s sporting sector, were held at the Sandton Convention Centre last night (Thursday, 12 February 2015). The Sport Participation ...

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Mennen’s Epic Epic Journey

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Germany’s Robert Mennen seems destined to have an interesting relationship with the Absa Cape Epic.  In 2013 he was forced out of the race when he hit what he described as “a peeg” as he descended on singletrack during Stage 1 near Citrusdal.  The pig, it turned out, was a duiker (small antelope) and in the ensuing tumble Mennen broke his ...

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Arabella Challenge entries now open

February 2015: Bookings are now open for the fourth Arabella Challenge to be held at the end of April this year at Arabella Hotel & Spa. The success of previous challenges has shown that providing an event that caters for a range of fitness levels, in an environment which is challenging yet inspiring has created demand for participation from mountain bikers ...

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Joker José Looks For Consistency

Jose Hermida(Spain) and Rudi Van Houts(Netherlands) of Multivan Merida win stage 1 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Citrusdal, South Africa on the 18 March 2013

Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

If there was a prize for popularity at the Absa Cape Epic the Spanish/Dutch combination of José Hermida and Rudi van Houts would be the winners by some distance. The irrepressible Spaniard is always smiling, always ready with a joke and appears to have an endless supply of good humour. Van Houts is a bit quieter and something of a ...

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