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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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Shortened Cycle Tour with Cape Town ablaze

For the last four days the beautiful Southern Peninsula, that the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes through, has been on fire. It’s been devastating. Fire fighters have worked day and night battling the flames in sweltering heat as experienced pilots fly choppers to drop buckets of water on the flames.  Emergency teams, paramedics, health officials and disaster experts have gone the extra mile, saving lives and preventing homes from burning down. It’s been […]

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Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 2014 road closures

There will be road closures and potential delays for motorists on Sunday 30 November 2014, as a result of the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour. During the event, presented by Liberty, up to 7500 riders will line up at Stellenbosch High School to tackle the 95km route. The annual event, now in its eighth year, will result in a few scheduled road closures and traffic delays in Stellenbosch and surrounding areas on race day. Renee Jordaan, operations […]

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Faster bike performance in the gym?

Coming from a running background, where weight training has been shown to improve running economy, boost lactate threshold and decrease injury incidence, I automatically think that every other sport can also benefit from time in the weight room. However, entering the cycling arena, I have found that some cycling coaches and scientists are far from convinced that weights produce faster bike performance. Checking out the literature for myself, it is full of opposing view points. […]

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Hoffman, Stander win Cycle Tour 2014

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour 2014 took place in Cape Town on Sunday, and Nolan Hoffman of Team Abantu sprinted to win in an exciting finish. The experienced track rider opened up his explosive sprint to win by a clear margin. Second placed WCCA rider Meron Hagos from Eritrea was well supported by his team in the run up to the end, and HB Kruger of Bonitas rounded off the podium. […]

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Cycle Tour 2013 peloton photo by Greg Beadle/CTCTT/ Gallo Images

Bunch Riding Tips – The Aha Moment

One year, cocooned within the mass of a tightly-packed competitive peloton at the Amashova Classic in KwaZulu-Natal, the magical, almost imperceptible tactics of cycle racing and especially the nebulous skill of bunch riding, became lucidly clear to me. It was like a religious epiphany, I tell you. The scales were figuratively falling off my eyes on the road to Damascus. Except there was no beast of burden and no shining light blinding me. But wait, […]

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Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2011. Photo by Gary Perkin

Substitution entries for Cycle Tour open

Substitution entries for Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour open The official substitution process for the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour opened on Monday, 03 February. Those cyclists who missed the original cut-off in September 2013, and who are still keen to ride now have the chance to secure a spot in this year’s event. Entries for the 2014 Cycle Tour closed in record time – less than one week – […]

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Why The Don Shaves: Vanity, Bike Crashes And Peer Pressure

Public confession: I have been removing the hair from my legs for more than half my life now. I have always hoped that my body would just give up and the hair would stop growing but alas, at least once a week I find myself bending my aging body into positions that I fear it may not bounce back from. All to achieve the silky smooth shave that my brand of razor promises me. In […]

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Win a copy of FROOME: The Ride of his Life

RESULT: Congrats to Jeren Seegers, Petter Wasserfall and Stu Dunlop on winning the compelling FROOME book by author @MichaelVlismas Win one of three copies of a book we highly recommend for its insights into the current state of pro cycling. It’s FROOME: The Ride of his Life by Michael Vlismas.  How to enter: Visit our online survey, provide your name, email address and cellphone details and answer a simple question to go into the draw. […]

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