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Qhubeka hits the MTB trails

The Berg and Bush, a popular multi-stage mountain bike race during October in the Central Drakensberg, is helping spread the Qhubeka initiative’s message after its success on the world stage. At the moment, the Qhubeka initiative is currently enjoying the international spotlight as team MTN-Qhubeka, Africa’s first ProContinental cycling team in the Tour de France, continues to shine. Steve Cumming from the African based team won the 14 stage of the tour after Daniel Teklehaimanot […]

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Combrinck and De Groot crowned National Champs

In what were two contrasting races, Gawie Combrinck (Team EAI Cycling) and Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) walked away with the National Marathon MTB titles on Saturday in chilly conditions at the 2015 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubled up as the South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl on Saturday. Although both enjoyed healthy leads, Combrinck did not have the race sewn up until a few kilometres from the […]

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge a muddy success

Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and so it’s no wonder that a record field flocked onto the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. Thousands of athletes, weekend warriors, and celebrity sports stars lined up for the eleventh Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, competing in a diverse range of events, including open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks, and a Kids of Steel […]

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Ngwenya 2014 titles scooped by Jung and Haywood

Four years ago, the Ngwenya Glass Factory took on the initiative to make an impact on the lives of its surrounding Swazi locals. On Saturday 5 July, Ngwenya Glass was ready to host its fourth annual race. This year, the event promised an experience like no other. This time around, I was the lucky individual that was going to be a part of the action! After a five hour drive from Johannesburg to the Swaziland […]

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Kulhavy, Langvad win elite titles at 2014 MTB Marathon World Champs

The UCI MTB World Marathon Championships provided epic battles between some of the world’s best mountain bikers. The international talent showcased at the event made for an exciting weekend for both local and foreign competitors. Over 130 entrants represented their countries. Denmark’s Annika Langvad wrapped up a hat-trick of women’s world titles entrenching her status as one of the best female endurance mountain bikers in the world. The result was especially pleasing for the Dane […]

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Dusi2c donations assist Durban Green Corridor

The riders who took part in the BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike stage race through the Valley of a Thousand Hills last weekend left behind a lasting legacy by donating biking kit and equipment that will bolster the enthusiasm for the sport in the Durban Green Corridor project. After putting a lot of time and effort into helping ‘Farmer Glen’ Haw preparing the trails for the 2014 BSi Steel dusi2c, the Durban Green Corridor team […]

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MTB World Champs 2014 by numbers

Twenty two numbers to describe the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 29 June. 1 – the position three-time winner and men’s defending champ Christoph Sauser (SUI) aims to finish 2 – North American riders entered 3 – South American countries to be represented in 2014 4 – Australasian riders entered 5 – Asian riders entered 8 – returning former world champs (5 men, 3 women) 18 – South […]

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High hopes for Dreyer’s Change a Life Academy at dusi2c 2014

The weekend of 21 and 22 June will be an exciting one in Pietermaritzburg as the two-day BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race welcomes rider Martin Dreyer and his RMB Change a Life Academy. Over the past few years, following the success of his Valley of a Thousand Hills Canoeing Academy, Dreyer’s talents have diverged off the water and onto the MTB tracks with his newly founded RMB Change a Life Academy aiming high. The […]

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Rainbow Challenge Final 2014 approaches

On Saturday 28 June, the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg will be hosting the much-anticipated Rainbow Challenge Final. With less than 14 days before the UCI Marathon World Championships, the organisers of this event have extended their entry deadline after concluding a massive new incentive package worth over R200,000. The Rainbow Challenge is a brand-new competition on the MTB stage which is modelled on the popular UCI World Cycling Tour concept and the MTB Masters […]

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Croeser wins maiden Karkloof, Neethling takes women’s title

Kargo Pro MTB Team star Rourke Croeser produced the strongest display at the 2014 Sappi Karkloof Classic as he held off the rest of the field to claim his maiden victory in the 60km marathon event with Time Freight VELOLife’s Candice Neethling cruising to a comfortable win in the ladies race at the Karkloof Country Club outside Howick on Sunday. Riders were greeted to gloomy weather at the start but as soon as they left […]

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