Tag Archives: Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter

Rustenburg pair claim first TransCape MTB title

Pic 4 Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter LR

Justin van der Linde and Albertus Jooste won the 70km final stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter from Grabouw to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands today to clinch the overall title for the first time.   The Rustenburg team began the last day of the 591km, seven-stage mountain-bike race with a handy cushion and completed a successful week by ...

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Internationals dominate TransCape podium

TransCape MTB 2019, presented by Liberty SA & Volvo SA, from George to Franschhoek,   Western Cape, South Africa, RSA

International cyclists dominated the podium spots when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter got under way in George today.   Australian mountain-bikers Damien Ingram and Stuart Cathcart were first home in the 78km stage from George to Oudtshoorn, while Germany’s defending champion Udo Mueller led the way in the solo category.   Overseas riders filled the first three places in the ...

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German back to defend TransCape MTB title

Germany's Udo Mueller will be seeking his second straight solo title when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter begins in George on Sunday. The seven-stage mountain-bike race ends in Franschhoek on February 9. Photo: Robert Ward

German mountain-biker Udo Mueller is fired up to show what he can do as he sets out to defend his title in the solo category of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next week.   The seven-stage mountain-bike race, powered by Volvo, starts in George on Sunday and will end next Saturday at Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek in the ...

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Ex-Bok captain eager to tackle TransCape

Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit (right) is looking forward to experiencing the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter for the first time after having to pull out of last year’s event. With him is top South African mountain-biker Pieter Seyffert, previous winner of the event. Photo: Daniel Coetzee/ZCMC

Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit missed out on his chance to ride the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter last year, but that has only heightened his anticipation for this year’s event.   The seven-stage mountain-bike race, powered by Volvo, takes place from February 2 to 9 and will end at Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. ...

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Diversity a key feature of new TransCape route

A slightly shorter overall distance of 591km has allowed the route organisers to add a diversity of terrain to next year’s Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter. The seven-stage mountain-bike race will take place from February 2 to 9, starting in George and finishing at the La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Picture: Robert Ward/Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter

Moving the start for the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter from Knysna to George has resulted in a slightly shorter overall distance, but has enabled route director Wayne Collett to make significant improvements.   The seven-stage mountain-bike race, powered by Volvo, takes place from February 2 to 9 and will end at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek in the Western ...

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Late surge gives Kruger and Marais another stage win

Pic 3 Eirik Fiskvik lead bunch LR

With the favourites staying together on the queen stage, race leaders HB Kruger and Stuart Marais took advantage of a late surge to collect their third successive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today.   The 102km leg from Hartenbos to Riversdale was only decided in the final kilometre through the Western Cape town’s twisting streets as the ...

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Kruger, Marais set early pace in TransCape

Photo 3 Mari du Toit and Janine Muller LR

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais delivered a strong statement as they led the field home in the opening stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today.   The ASG-Ellsworth outfit drew first blood in the 614km seven-day race between Knysna and La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek, but Kruger was quick to acknowledge they still had a long way to ...

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Kruger, Marais consolidate top spot in TransCape

Photo 3 Janine Muller and Mari du Toit LR

HB Kruger and Stuart Marais consolidated their overall lead after breaking away on Outeniqua Pass and racing to their second consecutive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today.   The 86km second stage took riders from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and also included two other mountain passes at Silver River and Kaaimansgat.   Riding together for the first ...

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Kruger’s focus switches to TransCape

Riders during stage 3 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Wellington to Wellington, 23 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

After a remarkable performance in the Paarl Boxing Day track event, ace mountain biker HB Kruger will return to more familiar pursuits when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this weekend.   Starting in Knysna on Sunday, the 614km race, supported by STANLIB and Volvo, will see riders tackle the seven-stage mountain bike race through the Western Cape, ...

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Norwegian joins overseas contingent in TransCape

Norwegian mountain bike professional Eirik Fiskvik is one of several overseas riders who will be competing in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this year. The 614km race starts in Knysna on Sunday and ends in Franschhoek on February 10. Photo: Eirik Granly

Norwegian professional Eirik Fiskvik will leave the extreme cold of a European winter this week to test himself in sunny South Africa when the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter gets under way on Sunday.   The 26-year-old rider is one of several overseas cyclists who have shown an interest in the Western Cape mountain bike race, which received a boost last ...

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