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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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Brownlee wins, Murray fourth in WTS Cape Town 2015

Not even a stumble on the run could stop Alistair Brownlee‘s return to the top of the World Triathlon Series podium in Cape Town on Sunday, as the most successful athlete in Series history took his total number of titles to 18. While he tripped early on in the run, Brownlee made his way up to the lead group of Javier Gomez Noya, Richard Murray and Vincent Luis quickly, before blowing them away in the […]

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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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Six days of natural splendour at Expedition Africa 2014

From 23 May to 1 June, KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast and the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast were the unspoiled playground for some of the world’s best adventure racers at the 500km Expedition Africa 2014, South Africa’s premier adventure race, reports Lisa de Speville. Teams that competed in last year’s edition experienced the brutal chill and accustomed snowfall of the Drakensberg mountains, but this year the humid coastal climate made for a contrasting impression. It was obvious […]

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Richard Murray second in London World Triathlon Series

South Africa’s Richard Murray has upped his game once again with a superb second in the ITU World Triathlon Series in London to follow up his third in Yokohama, Japan. Murray’s race came down to a close sprint with Mario Mola from Spain, who won the race over the 750m swim, 20km and 5km run format in 49 minutes, 47 seconds. Murray was given the same time. Joao Pereira from Portugal was third in 49.49. […]

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What’s in TRAIL magazine issue 11?

On the cover of TRAIL magazine issue 11 is an icon of mountain running and adventure racing. Years in the planning, Ryno Griesel teamed up with fellow Salomon athlete Ryan Sandes in March to set a new FKT (fastest known time) for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse, an unsupported mountain run over approximately 220km of rugged Drakensberg terrain, coming close to dipping under 40 hours. The event garnered international attention and was heavily covered by Red […]

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Schurter flats, Absalon wins MTB World Cup Maritzburg opener

The 2014 UCI MTB World Cup came to a thrilling end in the elite men’s cross country final at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Overcoming the disappointments of previous attempts, Julien Absalon claimed his maiden victory in South Africa, after finding himself unexpectedly leapfrogging into the lead. The BMC MTB Racing rider started conservatively but soon found himself locked in a titanic tussle with Pietermaritzburg favourite and three-time winner at the venue, Nino Schurter of […]

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TRAIL magazine issue 10 March/April

Trail friends, you’re going to love issue 10 of TRAIL. It’s on shelves from until the end of May 2014. Here’s what you’ll get from reading issue 10: Coach Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg shares a varied, fast, no fuss workout that will not only take you less time than your current efforts but will have you running faster in two weeks. Think fun, varied, effective. There is no reason you cannot run faster this year […]

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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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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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