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Waterberg changes provide interesting challenge

Competitors in the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, presented by STANLIB, will face some interesting challenges in the three-day mountain-bike race in Bela Bela, Limpopo, from Friday to Sunday. Picture: Gerrie Kriel/Twin Productions SA

A new single-track finish to the opening stage of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter will have the front-runners fully alert when the mountain-bike race gets under way on Friday.   Presented by STANLIB, the three-day stage race in Bela Bela, Limpopo, will see the routes taking cyclists through Sondela Nature Reserve and Elements Private Golf Reserve.   The stages will cover ...

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Former road ace excited about Waterberg debut

Former road racing ace JC Nel will ride the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, presented by STANLIB, for the first time this weekend when it takes place in Bela Bela, Limpopo. Picture: Memories 4 U Photography

Former road specialist JC Nel is looking forward to testing his skills on the mountain bike when he makes his debut in the Liberty Waterberg Encounter this weekend.   The three-day bushveld event, presented by STANLIB, gets under way on Friday at Bela Bela in Limpopo, taking riders through trails which cover part of Sondela Game Reserve and Elements Private ...

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Waterberg shaping up as a race to remember

Race organisers are focused on combining a luxurious experience with scenic bushveld riding when the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo next month. Photo: Gerrie Kriel/Twin Productions SA

Organisers of next weekend’s Liberty Waterberg Encounter are fully focused on providing the entrants with a race to remember in the heart of the South African bushveld. The three-day mountain bike event at Bela Bela in Limpopo, presented by STANLIB, takes place from June 8 to 10, capitalising on a period when there are not that many races on the ...

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Mapstone, Benson master Waterberg Encounter

The Bestmed Masters duo of Rory Mapstone (left) and Rex Benson cross the finish line to secure their overall win in the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men’s section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today. The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27. ...

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Seyffert seeks best form at Waterberg Encounter

ASG-Ellsworth’s Pieter Seyffert is looking to recapture his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, at Bela-Bela in Limpopo this weekend. Photo: Ewald Sadie

After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday. The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February. ...

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Former national star lines up for Waterberg race

The competitive juices will once again flow for former pro Neil MacDonald when he competes in the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, this weekend. Photo: Zoon Cronje

Three years after his official retirement, the competitive juices will once again flow for Neil MacDonald when he takes to the start line of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race from Friday. MacDonald, whose professional cycling career spanned a lengthy 15 years, said he was looking forward to the challenge presented by the three-day event near Bela-Bela. “I believe ...

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Letshego Zulu aims to survive Waterberg challenge

Letshego Zulu (front right), pictured here with other riders at this year’s Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, will be taking on the challenge of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter at Bela-Bela in Limpopo next week. Photo: Robert Ward

Self-confessed adventure addict, Letshego Zulu, has earmarked the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race as her next personal challenge. The former Survivor South Africa contestant from Johannesburg said she was amped for her debut in the Waterberg event, which takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 9 to 11. “I’ve looked at the distances; they are doable compared ...

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Waterberg Encounter designed to delight

Gertjie Harmse (right), who won last year alongside Devan Kruger, will defend his title at this year’s Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB. Photo: Gerrie Kriel

With the event organisers passionate about providing as memorable an experience as possible, seasoned mountain biker Gertjie Harmse firmly believes the Liberty Waterberg Encounter is a race up there with the best. The three-day race near Bela-Bela in Limpopo starts on June 9 and Harmse, who won alongside teammate Devan Kruger last year, said he was ready and looking forward ...

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Liberty Waterberg Encounter

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Date: 10 June 2016 – 12 June 2016 Entries: www.encountermtbseries.co.za The scenic and unique Waterberg will play host to the inaugural Liberty Waterberg Encounter – a spectacular three stage event linking the upper market bush lodges ofSondela and Zebula in an epic three day, 222KM journey over the some of the best mountain-biking terrain in the north of the country. The event takes ...

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