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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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Final day results for Cape Epic 2014

It was a traditional final day, all culminating at Lourensford Wine Estate where a hero’s welcome awaited the tired riders. It was a short day with a late start, but definitely not a free ride to the finish. A few final hurdles challenged riders, like the climb up Nuweberg on forestry roads, with its steep and washed out descent. Once over the Hottentots Mountain Range, riders enjoyed the vistas over False Bay, all the way […]

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Buys wins second Cape Epic stage

By Chris Whitfield South African Philip Buys commandingly won his second stage of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Saturday with Swiss partner Nino Schurter (Team Scott-Odlo) as the race for the overall winners’ zebra-striped jersey was again touched by drama. “Another stage… another flat… another drama,” said Czech Kristian Hynek, leading overall with German Robert Mennen (Topeak-Ergon), after they had again benefited on the day from the sportsmanship of fellow professionals. Mennen and Hynek finished the […]

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More withdrawals on fifth stage of Cape Epic 2014

Day five again proved that the Absa Cape Epic is not for the faint-hearted. For the third consecutive day a top rider in the Men’s category withdrew. This time it was Rudi van Houts, partner of José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking). Van Houts crashed on Thursday and even though he started the stage, could not go on. This follows the withdrawals of Hannes Genze and Karl Platt on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. There was also […]

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Philip Buys tops Cape Epic day 4 podium

By Chris Whitfield South African Philip Buys became the first South African to stand on the top step of the Absa Cape Epic 2014 podium since Burry Stander in 2012 as the race dished up a host of fresh dramas. Buys and his Swiss partner, two times cross country world champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo), won the 88km stage four – which started and finished in Greyton – after breaking from the field near the halfway […]

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World Cup 2014 Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg gears up for 2014 MTB World Cup

Pietermaritzburg. The Cascades MTB Park is preparing to host the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg presented by Shimano, its fifth mountain bike international in six years, following last year’s successful UCI MTB and Trials World Championships. The Pietermaritzburg leg of the 2014 UCI World Cup calendar, from 11 to 13 April will form the first leg of the international MTB season consisting of nine World Cups leading to the World Championships in Norway in […]

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Former Sharks star to compete in Sharks Trail Adventure

Former Sharks and Springbok rugby player Jeremy Thomson has added his name to entry list for the 2013 Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday 8 December. He’s vowed not to miss the mountain biking action and the family orientated entertainment – and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the current custodians of the colours he wore so proudly some years ago. The day, which features a variety of mountain biking and trail running events, a […]

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10 Questions With Martin Dreyer

Paddling, adventure racing, mountain biking, even professional fishing, Martin Dreyer has done it all. The 44-year-old has won the Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times plus seven Non-Stop Dusi wins, the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge and he holds the record for the Freedom Challenge mountain bike ride across South Africa. For the last few years he’s been giving back and helping youngsters from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN realise their potential through […]

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Enduro Series lands in South Africa

Mark Sydney, local architect and downhill rider, has been the driving force behind establishing Enduro as a recognised sport in South Africa. After submitting a proposal to CSA at the recent MTB Indaba in Johannesburg, Enduro as a South African discipline was approved. “The new Enduro Series that has been adopted by KZN MTB is a great new discipline that we have added to the mix as it falls squarely between Cross Country and Downhill […]

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