J9 Foundation’s mission at Winelands Encounter

Winelands Encounter

The memory of Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen will hover over the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month when the J9 Foundation cycling team take part in the event for the first time. Presented by ASG Events in partnership with STANLIB, the three-stage mountain bike race starting on April 21 will take riders through spectacular trails in the Cape ...

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Extreme challenges test more than the physical

Epic 2017

Stage 1 taps into deep reserves While everyone knows that the first stage is always a challenge, what few realised is how challenging it would be with arguably the best field of mountain bikers competing in the same event, ever. The nett result was relentless and brutal pace changes, attacks, surges and accelerations which were played out by each team ...

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Stenerhag & Süss Second in the Heat at Meerendal

Jennie Stenerhag and Ester Suss, of Meerendal CBC, on their way to second on the Absa Cape Epic Prologue. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Meerendal CBCs Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Süss were second fastest in the Cape Epic’s 26km long Prologue course, which kicked off at Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday 19 March. Ahead of Stenerhag and Süss in the women’s category, were Stenerhag’s ex-teammate Robyn de Groot and Sapine Spitz. Hot and dusty conditions greeted the 1 200 riders as they prepared to ...

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Seyffert chases second Zuurberg title

TransCape MTB Stage Race, presented by #VolvoSA, from Knysna to Franschhoek,   Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

Professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be returning to the scene of one of his favourite races when he and teammate Travis Walker tackle the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek at the end of May. The 30-year-old Seyffert, from Helderkruin in the West Rand, was the champion in 2015 when he partnered Kevin Evans to a narrow win over Chris Wolhuter ...

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Alternative red route a GR300 winner

Stage one of the GR300 will take riders through many natural trails under the tree canopy of Knysna’s indigenous forests. Photo: Julie Ann Photography

Most mountain bikers probably follow the normal course of the popular red route in the Harkerville forest outside Knysna, but Garden Route 300 race director Patric Mosterd feels they have hit on a winner by doing it in reverse. After changing the direction of the 24km loop over the past two years when it formed part of the race’s first ...

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International Stars Victorious in’s MTO Champions Race

2017 MTO Champions Race winner Flora Duffy leads Ariane Lüthi through the streets of Kayamandi. Photo by Ewald Sadie.

The festival of mountain biking which is the MTO Champions Race took place in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, on Wednesday the 15th of March. The closely contested racing saw Xterra and ITC Cross-Tri World Champion Flora Duffy claim the win in the Elite Women’s race, while Swiss star Nicola Rohrbach won the Elite Men’s race. The action got underway with the Future ...

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Overcoming the Odds to Take on The 36ONE MTB Challenge


For many entrants to The 36ONE MTB Challenge the race is a personal trial, a battle to see if they can ride the 361 kilometres. But for Jonathan Odendaal, and his family, it carries far more significance. When he undertakes the final leg of the 2017 The 36ONE MTB Challenge for his family’s relay team he will be overcoming the ...

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Garden Route mountain bike race now more compact

The Garden Route 300 will offer a purer mountain biking experience when the three-day event takes place in Knysna from April 28 to 30. Photo: Julie Ann Photography

Next month’s Garden Route 300 will be “more compact” to offer an even purer mountain biking experience in the Knysna forest from April 28 to 30. The three-stage race, which also occupies a new slot on the calendar, will comprise a feature event over a total of 200km as well as a Lite version of 170km. Race director Patric Mosterd, ...

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