Himeville – Experienced campaigner Andrew Hill will partner up with defending Sani Dragon champion Reinhard Zellhuber for the 2017 edition of the race that will take place in the Southern Drakensberg from 30 September to 1 October. Team TIB’s Hill is no stranger to competing in the Southern Drakensberg and despite missing the event in 2016 he is excited by the opportunity to once again ride in the only mountain bike event that incorporates Sani…"Andrew, Reinhard ready for Sani Pass"
Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard will start Tuesday’s Stage 1 of the Perskindol Swiss Epic in the leaders jerseys after winning the Prologue on Monday. According to Lüthi, the pair rode within themselves over the 18km route yet finished with a 1 minute 54 second gap over their closest challengers, the Team Meerendal CBC outfit of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag. “We’re incredibly stoked to take the stage win,” said Ariane. “Especially since…"Ariane starts Swiss Epic with a win"
Matteo Trentin of Quick-Step Floors won his fourth stage and Chris Froome finished 11th to wrap up his first La Vuelta victory, and his second Grant Tour win of the year – that’s the good news, the bad is that cycling fans have seen the last of Alberto Contador’s aggressive racing style. The 21th stage into Madrid was, as expected, a celebration of Froome and his victory, but there was a tinge of sadness as…"Froome wraps it up"
The final day of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, proved to be a disappointing day for the South African contingent. South Africa’s final hope of a world title ended in the dust and rocks of the downhill course when Greg Minnaar, incredibly riding in his 20th World Championship, suffered his second blown tyre in two events and just like the World Cup finale in Val di Sole, the Super Saffa was…"Tough end to World Champs"
Alberto Contador won the final mountain stage of his illustrious career – at the same place he secured his first overall win of the event in 2008 – but as he was claiming his final glory, Chris Froome was confirming his second grand tour title of 2017. The 20th stage of La Vuelta 2017 from Corvera de Asturias to Alto de l’Angliru represented Contador’s last chance to leave the world cycling stage with glory, and…"Contador fires a final shot"
Nino Schurter wrapped up a perfect season when he won the cross country race at the UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia, on Saturday morning to add to his six wins in six World Cups in 2017 and the Absa Cape Epic for good measure. The day was a celebration of Swiss cyling with a Swiss hat-trick of gold medals as Schurter, Jolanda Neff and Sina Frei won men’s women’s and women;s U23 races…"Schurter leads Swiss dominance"
Once again Alberto Contador launched a brazen quest for glory on Stage 19 of La Vuelta and once again at the end of the stage from Caso. Parque Natural de Redes to Gijón there was no change in the standings for the top 14 riders. Up front there was heartbreak for Ivan Garcia (Bahrain Merida) as he lost the sprint to Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek Segafredo) which ended his hopes…"Just one big day remaining"
South African under 23 World Championship silver medalist Alan Hatherly was understandably a bit overwhelmed after his phenomenal ride on Friday. “I’m a bit lost for words,” commented the 21-year-old shortly after the finish. “So stoked with the outcome, it was the plan from early on in the year to get this kind of result here.” The tactical race through the rainforest on the highly technical track at Smithfield Park in Cairns went just about…"Hatherly’s silver in his own words"
ALAN Hatherly grabbed South Africa’s first medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, on Friday when he finished just 11 seconds behind defending champion Sam Gaze from New Zealand in the men’s U23 race. The silver medal is further proof of the incredible talent of the Team Spur rider who earlier this year finished second in the Andorra leg of the World Cup, but has struggled to match that result since…"Silver medal for Hatherly"
As far as cross country racing is concerned, Alan Hatherly probably represents South Africa’s best hopes of glory and the young U23 rider will be carrying the country’s hopes when he lines up on Friday for his tilt at a world title at the UCI World Chamionships in Cairns, Australia. On the back of his most successful UCI World Cup series yet – fifth overall in the U23 series – Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly is…"Hatherly’s hopes in his words"