Cycling

Battle Lines Drawn for 2018 Tankwa Trek

Of the women on the 2017 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, podium 5 have returned for the 2018 race and are joined by a number of other leading contenders. Photo by Zoon Cronje.

The 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen – which takes place from Friday the 9th of February to Sunday the 11th – will pit some of the world’s best mountain bikers against one another on the mountain biking battlefields of the Koue Bokkeveld. Local and international elite riders, lured by significant prize money and UCI points, will race ...

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Bestmed bolster team with mix of youth and experience

Youngster Danielle Strydom is riding for the Team Bestmed women’s unit for the new season. Photo: Supplied

Team Bestmed started their new year on a high note when they welcomed the experienced Yzette Oelofse and youngster Danielle Strydom to their fold.   Oelofse, who won the inaugural Tshwane Classic in November, said this week she was excited about joining the all-women’s team.   “I believe a change is as good as a holiday. And whichever team I ...

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Japanese ace Yuki Ikeda relishes TransCape challenge

Yuki Ikeda posed LR

With a strong record in marathon racing, Japanese cyclist Yuki Ikeda will test his skills in unchartered territory when he makes his debut in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in the Western Cape from next weekend.   Currently based in Tokyo, the mountain bike marathon star will join up with well-known South African rider Grant Usher for the 614km race, ...

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TransCape MTB Encounter set to make a difference

The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will again raise funds during the seven-day race from Knysna to Franschhoek in the Western Cape starting on February 4 to support Africa Foundation. Photo: Irma-Marren Coetzee

The Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, a seven-day, 614km race to be held next month, will be part of a concerted drive to support Africa Foundation.   The event, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, begins in Knysna on February 4 and ends in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on the tenth.   Now in its fourth year, the race is an ...

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Entries for Bestmed Berge en Dale set to soar

Bestmed Berge en Dale MTB 2018

For several reasons, a bumper entry is expected for the Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship to be held near Krugersdorp in Gauteng on February 24 and 25.   The feature race remains the 107km road classic on the Saturday, but the organisers, ASG Events, have added an attractive complementary programme for cycling enthusiasts.   Besides the main event, there will ...

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Beukes & Lüthi kick-off 2018 Season with Attakwas Extreme Victories

2018 Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, race winner Matthys Beukes in action. Photo by Zoon Cronje.

PYGA Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes broke the South African drought while Ariane Lüthi added a historic sixth Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, to her palmarès on a wet Saturday, the 20th of January 2018. The elite men’s podium was filled by Tim Bohme and Philip Buys, and Lüthi was joined on the women’s podium by Jennie Stenerhag and ...

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Elite Riders Fired Up for the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen

Erik Kleinhans has no duties to ride for a teammate in 2018 and as such will not need to expend energy setting the early pace. Photo by Ewald Sadie.

The 2018 mountain biking season gets underway in a few short days, on the 20th of January, at the traditional season opener: the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen. The one hundred and twenty one kilometre ultra-marathon – from Chandelier, near Oudtshoorn, to Pine Creek, in Great Brak River – has once again attracted a field of world-class elite ...

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Rugby Legend Teams Up with Adventure Racer for 2018 Absa Cape Epic

Carlos Spencer

All Black rugby legend and ex-coach of the Lions, Sharks and Eastern Province Kings, Carlos Spencer has teamed up with seasoned adventure racer and five time Absa Cape Epic finisher, Clinton Mackintosh to race the 2018 Absa Cape Epic as team Land Rover Disco 2’s in the Dimension Data Masters category. All Black legend Carlos Spencer was quick to fire ...

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TransCape riders to sample La Couronne wines

TransCape at La Couronne - Photo by Irma Marren-Coetzee LR

Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10. Besides providing a tranquil finish venue to one of South Africa’s premier multiday races, marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said they would ...

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