Italy going four gold

The Italian team were the stars of the opening day of racing at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships with four riders claiming world titles at Midmar Dam in Howick on Thursday Germany are hot on their heels with their three-gold-medal tally from their events today. The I talian team also claimed a bronze medal, to up their medal tally to five, while the Netherlands won two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal. Former…

"Italy going four gold"

Froome leads the shakeup

AS the La Vuelta riders passed halfway in terms of stages ridden on Wednesday, Chris Froome consolidated his lead with Vincenzo Nibali confirming he is probably going to be the best of the rest. But while the pair were showing they probably deserve to be the two riders at the top of the GC standings – with Nibali looking like the only genuine threat to Froome, the big story was who lost time and how…

"Froome leads the shakeup"

Let the racing begin

On Tuesday the 2017 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships were officially declared open and until Sunday Pietermaritzburg and surrounds are going to be a hive of activity with riders competing for world time trial and road racing titles. In perfect warm winter weather UCI Para-Cycling Commission Member Louis Barbeau officially declared the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships open at the time trial venue at Midmar Dam in Howick.Barbeau said that this is the most…

"Let the racing begin"

Flat stage, flat racing

Stage 10 of La Vuelta on Tuesday was listed as a flat stage, and most of the big name riders came out of Monday’s first rest day looking flat. There was some action and a couple of attacks on the 165km from Caravaca Año Jubilar to ElPozo Alimentación, and bizarrely one of the top 10 riders managed to make up a huge chunk of time as his rivals seemed to look the other way, but…

"Flat stage, flat racing"

Exciting racing expected in Dullstroom

Many of South Africa’s top mountain bike stars are set for a two-day battle in the eastern highlands when they contest Round 6 of the 2017 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Dullstroom, Mpuma langa this weekend. The event will offer two days of high-quality, high-altitude racing in scenic surrounds and a large field is expected. The start and finish venue for each stage is at Dunkeld Country Estate, which is located at 2 067…

"Exciting racing expected in Dullstroom"

Spring has (almost) sprung for the cows

Durban – Cycling enthusiasts will be celebrating the onset of spring on Saturday 2 September with a Spring Day Family Ride in Durban that will also channel it’s energy into a fundraiser for The Cows and their ongoing drive to support the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. Starting and finishing the Pick n Pay Hypermarket Durban North, the ride gets under way at 6:30 am and the riders are encouraged to come dressed up to celebrate…

"Spring has (almost) sprung for the cows"

Good, but not perfect for team Spur

The Team Spur duo of Alan Hatherly and Ariane Lüthi both had international commitments over the weekend and while both ended up with impressive results on the surface, both openly admit there was room for improvement. Lüthi was first up in the Swiss National Marathon Championship on Saturday. Run over 137 kilometres with some 4000 metres of climbing, it was always going to be a tough day in the saddle. Lüthi went into the race…

"Good, but not perfect for team Spur"

Brutal week ahead for Froome and co

Chris Froome heads into week two of the 2017 La Vuelta with a narrow but significant lead in the GC, but the next two weeks hold plenty of pitfalls for the race leader if he shows just the tiniest hint of weakness. The opening week of racing saw Froome establish himself as the clear leader with every one of his rivals showing weakness on at least one of the days which enabled the Team Sky…

"Brutal week ahead for Froome and co"

Now Nino wants perfect, perfect season (video)

Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter have claimed victories at the UCI World Cup finals in Val di Sole, Italy. For Schurter it was the culmination of a perfect season. What the Italian track lacks in technical challenges it makes up for with a high pace and a habit for throwing up the unexpected. In the men’s race, all eyes were on Nino Schurter’s immaculate run to the title. The plaudits were already in the…

"Now Nino wants perfect, perfect season (video)"

Gwin wins as Minnaar blows out (video)

France’s Myriam Nicole and America’s Aaron Gwin claimed their respective overall UCI World Cup titles in a drama-laced seventh round of the series in Val di Sole, Italy. This has been a year which will long be remembered for its abundance of drama; some has been weather-induced, some has been mechanically-induced and some has just been sport in its purest, most entertaining form. In the men’s race the stage was set for a titanic showdown…

"Gwin wins as Minnaar blows out (video)"