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Endurance sport can change South Africa

The power of endurance sports is often overlooked in a nation obsessed with soccer, rugby and cricket. Many sport fanatics can repeat Nelson Mandela’s quote about the power of sport with their eyes closed:  Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that  little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope […]

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The Haywire Heart- how too much exercise can kill you

This article is an excerpt from The Haywire Heart, the first book to explore heart conditions in athletes. Based on the studies of Dr John Mandrola, it targets athletes who compete in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing and highlights the dangers of overtraining.

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Survive the six toughest Cape Cycle Tour climbs

You may experience tummy flutters at the thought of taking on the Cape Cycle Tour climbs, and likely to have heard horror stories depicting how steep they are. Whatever your experience of the event, these key climbing tips from 2016 Cape Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks are sure to set you up for a more successful (and faster) Cycle Tour. Rather than listen to whispers of doom and gloom in the spinning class, it’s all about prioritising the […]

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Belgian cycling inspiration

In 2013 I undertook a short cycling trip to Belgium which refreshed memories from 30 years back when I was a young, ambitious rider. Cycling in SA in the early 1980s was a relatively isolated affair compared to today’s global village (TV, cellphone, wi-fi, Skype) and the improved opportunities the new generation of young cyclists have. Growing up in the apartheid days, we were prevented from free movement abroad and could not compete internationally. Die […]

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Nic Bourne and Carocap: a rare African double

Few can claim to have crossed Africa, the world’s second-largest continent, using only muscle power. But Briton Nicholas Bourne has done it twice, bottom to top, and top to bottom, using different methods of locomotion. His latest attempt was raising funds for World Bicycle Relief UK, with a Guinness World Record attempt called Carocap. The brave attempt commenced on 9 October 2015, with Bourne and four other cyclists departing from Cairo under the shadow of […]

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Do you need a coach?

Is getting a coach for you? How will a coach help? The Myth Only the pros need coaching The Reality You do not need to be a pro athlete to have a coach. In fact, there is probably more need for the non-pro to have a coach, than the pro! The Dilemma Over-training, under-training, peaking and injuries – bumps that become hurdles that become walls in any athlete’s running career Let’s look at a runner’s […]

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The IronCowboy: 50 IRONMAN, 50 states, 50 days

For most people, the thought of completing just one IRONMAN triathlon is a daunting one. Now imagine doing 50 of them, in all 50 states of the USA, in 50 days! On 6 June, James Lawrence dubbed the “IronCowboy” after he completed a marathon in a patterned cowboy hat, began a quest to complete this seemingly impossible feat. The stunt, which began in Hawaii, had many sceptical at first, not least because of the physical […]

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Amashova gets international thumbs up

The UCI World Cycling Tour has announced that this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova – due to take place in October – has been selected as a qualifier event for the UCI World Cycling Tour 2016. (If you want to enter any of the Amashova races, click here.) This is the second time that Durban’s top cycling event has cracked the international nod of approval. Last year’s Amashova was included as a qualifier event for the […]

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Become a triathlete this winter

Winter is typically a time when most sporting activities shift into reverse gear and play second fiddle to the TV and X-box.  But you don’t have to roll over so easily! For serious athletes, winter is when the hard work is done: thousands of kilometres on the bike and lap upon lap of a heated pool, not to mention several pairs of running shoes worn out. If you are new to the multisport tribe and have decided to take […]

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A car-free Sandton CBD this October

As the administrator for my club, Adventure Racing Club, I get a bunch of emails from the Provincial sporting bodies to which we are affiliated. One of them is Central Gauteng Cycling and over the last few years I’ve seen comms here and there regarding the plans and implementation for making Jo’burg a cycle- and pedestrian-friendly city. I haven’t paid too much attention to it as the commuting areas are not where I live; and […]

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