Tag Archives: Mountain Biking

‘Iron Sally’ Back With A New Partner

At first glance Sally Bigham might be taken for the university researcher that she was when the mountain biking bug bit in 2006.  But the 1.65m and 52kg Englishwoman has since earned herself the nickname of “Iron Sally” for her extraordinary feats on a mountain bike.  These include two wins in the Women’s category at the rugged Absa Cape Epic ...

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An Epic Adventure For A Cycling Legend

She might be the world’s most-decorated women’s mountain biker, but Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå is playing down her chances of a win in her debut Absa Cape Epic.  “‘Survive and enjoy’ is the motto for Kathrin (Stirnemann, her partner in Team World Bicycle Relief) and I,” said Dahle Flesjå.  “We are approaching it as a great adventure … and, of ...

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We’re in support, but …

A video clip from the 2014 Absa Cape Epic shows Team RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell swooping down a hill, stopping alongside a stricken Frantisek Rabon and immediately setting about repairing a problem on the Specialized rider’s bike.  Rabon was, of course, Christoph Sauser’s partner in 2014 and the South African pairing of Kleinhans and Bell were riding as ...

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Esther Suss Aims For The Top

The formidable women’s field for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic includes several of the biggest names in mountain biking, and few have graced the sport quite like Esther Suss.  The Swiss legend and former Marathon World Champion is 40 now but still at the top of her game.  She has twice notched up wins at the Absa Cape Epic: in ...

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A Glimpse Into The Future

Absa Cape Epic fans will get a glimpse of the future when two of South Africa’s rising stars take on the rugged eight-day stage race in 2015.  Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker are both 23-years-old – an age when mountain bikers tend to be better at the shorter disciplines.  They have though shown good form recently in longer races and ...

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South Africa’s Podium Hope

The sharp improvement in the strength of the women’s field for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic will inevitably give rise to an intense battle for the podium positions.  Can a South African woman get on to one of those steps when the race finishes at Meerendal on 22 March? The best bet might be an Epic newbie, Robyn de Groot.  ...

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Multiple world champ Stoltz to debut at Dual-Cross series

The increasingly popular trail synergy race that blends mountain biking and trail running, the 2015 Momentum Health OatWell Dual-Cross Series powered by PeptoPro, will commence this weekend at Hakahana Trails, near Hartebeespoortdam, west of Pretoria. Brand du Plessis and Lise Olivier won the men and women’s series titles respectively in 2014 and will be back in 2015 for more exciting ...

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Pennypinchers Origin of Trails entries now open

Entries are now open for the mountain bike party of the year, the 3rd annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, two day mountain bike (MTB) stage race.  Returning to the picturesque Stellenbosch region and surrounds on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. This much anticipated event ...

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