First bicycle technical training academy launches in SA

Since opening in January 2013, Torq Zone Cycles has raised the standard of bicycle repair and maintenance in South Africa.  - Picture Torq Zone

Cycling has become the fastest-growing sport in South Africa and has created great growth opportunities for our economy over the past few years. However, there has been a complete lack of formalized and structured training of bicycle mechanics in South Africa. Torq Zone, South Africa’s first concept bicycle workshop, today announced its partnership with the Association of Cycling Traders (ACT) ...

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If it’s too hot then get out of the kitchen…

Celebrity chef, David Higgs will be taking on the challenge in 2014

The age-old expression, “If it’s too hot then get out of the kitchen” doesn’t ring true for celebrity chef David Higgs, but he will find almost any other excuse to get out on his mountain bike. “It’s my escape, my time to recharge and relax,” says South Africa’s 2013 chef-of-the-year. “I love it, I particularly enjoy the stage races, not ...

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Another first for Matt Daneel

Matt Daneel crossing the finishline for the victory. Photo credit: Eunice Visagie, Outsider Communications

On the weekend Matt Daneel managed another first in his sporting career when he won the 60km race at Die Burger MTB Challenge held in Stellenbosch. The multisport athlete from Stellenbosch won the race in 2 hours and 42 minutes. Edward Best and Jannes Buys joined him on the podium. “This was my first ever outright moutainbike  victory, and I am ...

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Last chance to cycle for cancer

Mountain bikers and roadies have one last chance to sign up to cycle for cancer before entries for the Powerade Bestmed Lost City Cycle Festival close at 11pm on Tuesday evening. Photo: Jetline Action Photo

Mountain bikers and roadies have one last chance to sign up to cycle for cancer before entries for the Powerade Bestmed Lost City Cycle Festival close at 11pm on Tuesday evening. The 17th edition of the event takes to the roads and offroad trails around Sun City on August 16 and 17. Dubbed “Cycle 4 Cansa”, the proceeds from the ...

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Victories for Woolcock and Vale at 9th Die Burger MTB Challenge

Mens podium, 75km Challenge won by Waylon Woolcock (Cannondale Blend) and Cherie Vale (Paarl Media) Photo Credit: Eunice Visagie

Waylon Woolcock (Cannondale Blend) and Cherie Vale (Paarl Media) won the ninth edition of Die Burger MTB Challenge over 75km in Stellenbosch. The MTB Challenge was held over six distances – the invitational only 75km, 60km, 50km, 42km, 30km and 15km. Action started and finished at Eikestad Primary School. Woolcock said he knew he had a good chance to win ...

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TeamPaarlMedia shines at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Mariske Strauss during a training session

Leading commercial printing group, Paarl Media has proudly supported Mariske Strauss and Heiko Redecker on their journey to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The two mountain bike riders represented their countries in the Women and Men’s Cross-Country Mountain Bike events respectively, on Tuesday 29 July. Mariske Strauss of the Paarl Media sponsored Orange Monkey Pro Team, placed 10th overall in ...

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Sad day for cycling as the OFM Classic retires.

HB Kruger celebrating his win at the OFM classic in 2013 – Photo www.

Bloemfontein will not host the OFM Classic cycle race in 2014. Title sponsors and event owner OFM announced that the event will be retired today. Increasingly cycling as a sport is under pressure due to rising costs and decreasing interest from sponsors. Additionally, the sport itself presents a number of constantly evolving challenges for organisers, not least of which is ...

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Friends ride the Absa Cape Epic for The VisionTrust

(From left) Steven Dimond and Edrich Fivaz to take on next year's Absa Cape Epic.

Friends Edrich Fivaz (33) and Steven Dimond (37) from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town have announced their plans to take on the legendary Absa Cape Epic in 2015 to raise funds for The VisionTrust. Founded by adventurer, businessman and motivational speaker Hein Wagner, the organisation has worked tirelessly since 2007 to assist people living with visual impairment to find ...

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