Tag Archives: Liberty Winelands Encounter

Boutique Cape races go ahead despite water crisis

Race organisers ASG Events have given cyclists an assurance that the Liberty Winelands Encounter from April 13 to 15 will go ahead as planned despite the water crisis in the Western Cape. Photo: Ewald Sadie

Race organisers ASG Events have assured riders that, despite the crippling drought in the Western Cape, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the Liberty Winelands Encounter will go ahead as planned.   The Tour of Good Hope takes place near Paarl from March 5 to 9, while the mountain-bike event, also in the Cape Winelands, will be held from ...

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Changes designed to improve encounter in the Waterberg

Riders during stage 1 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, 21 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

A number of changes are tipped to improve the experience across the board when the second Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo next month. The three-stage race, starting on June 9, is the second leg of the Encounter Series organised by ASG Events. The first leg, the Liberty Winelands Encounter, took place in the ...

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Woolcock, Kruger cruise to maiden Winelands triumph

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

Seasoned pros Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger captured the overall title in the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race at their first attempt today after setting the pace from day one. Using the same strategy as before, the BCX duo were again able to build up a lead during the first half of the 48km final stage in the ...

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Woolcock and Kruger increase Winelands lead

Riders during stage 2 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Franschhoek to Wellington, 22 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

Overnight leaders Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger produced another controlled performance to create a telling gap after the second stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Boland today. The BCX pair used their knowledge of the region – Woolcock is from Stellenbosch and Kruger from Paarl – to build a six-minute lead going into the final stage tomorrow. They ...

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Woolcock, Kruger set pace in Winelands race

Riders during stage 1 of the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, 21 April 2017. Photo by Ewald Sadie

Quickest out of the blocks on the early Botmaskop climb out of Stellenbosch, Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger stamped their mark on the opening stage of the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter today. Although the BCX pair were pushed at times, they eventually got away about midway through the stage to take the top spot on the podium after finishing the ...

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Wolhuter aims for Winelands hat-trick

Riders during stage 3 of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter from Wellington to Wellington - 17 April 2016

Defending champion Chris Wolhuter is eyeing a hat-trick of titles at the Liberty Winelands Encounter despite the ever-increasing level of competition. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think ...

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Hill up for Winelands challenge

Durban professional Andrew Hill is looking forward to his first appearance in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next week. Photo: Full Stop Communications

Durban mountain biking pro Andrew Hill is looking forward to a fresh challenge when he competes for the first time in the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape next weekend. Riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, the experienced rider from Hillcrest will team up for the first time with Marco Joubert in the three-stage event in the Cape Winelands, ...

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Rio Olympian goes off-road for Winelands Encounter

Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will try her hand at mountain biking when she takes part in the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, this weekend. Photo: Robert Ward

Former national road champion and Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will change disciplines when she rides the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race in the Boland from Friday. The Bestmed-ASG star will team up with Pieter Seyffert, who won the recent TransCape alongside Travis Walker, to form a formidable pairing in the mixed section. “I thought it would be good ...

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Scenic theme underpins Winelands Encounter

Riders during stage 1 of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter from Stellenbosch to Franschoek - 15 April 2016

Offering riders the best experience possible has underpinned the philosophy of veteran route designer Johan Kriegler as he prepares the course for this month’s Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race.   The three-stage, 160km journey through the Cape Winelands starts on April 21 and Kriegler said they wanted to ensure it retained its status as “the most beautiful race in ...

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Cape Epic champ sets sights on Winelands Encounter

Jennie Stenerhag in action during the Prologue of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Mark Sampson/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Newly crowned Cape Epic champion Jennie Stenerhag is gearing up for what she believes will be another world-class experience at the Liberty Winelands Encounter. The 41-year-old Swedish ace partnered Swiss rider Esther Süss to victory in the Epic at the weekend and will now switch her focus to the three-day Winelands race, presented by STANLIB, from April 21. “I wanted ...

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