Liberty 250 offers up exciting KZN v Gauteng battles

THE early entries for the Liberty 250 team indicate the stage race to be held in the Ballito area on the long weekend of 10th-12th August is shaping up to be a Gauteng v KwaZulu-Natal grudge match. In both the three-day road race for four-person teams, and the mountain bike event for two-rider pairings, there are some top quality riders from both the local riding fraternity as well as the inland cycling community and some…

"Liberty 250 offers up exciting KZN v Gauteng battles"

SA MTB Teams for World Champs

Cycling South Africa announced the National Mountain Bike teams that have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for cross-country and downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from 5-9 September; and the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy on 15 September. CROSS-COUNTRY Elite Arno du Toit Phillemon Sebona Mariske Strauss Cherie Redecker Candice Lill U23 Alan Hatherly Julian Jessop Junior Daniel van der Walt…

"SA MTB Teams for World Champs"

Elusive Eston title motivating Hill

Eston – One of the perennial pacesetters of the KwaZulu-Natal mountain bike elite racing scene, Andrew Hill, will set his sights on the elusive Illovo Eston MTB Challenge title this weekend, a title that somehow has eluded him over the years. Hill has won almost every elite race on the local calendar, and comes into the race after a solid season that includes a good win at the recent Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race and some…

"Elusive Eston title motivating Hill"

Cycle Academy invests in education

Two riders from the GO!Durban Cycle Academy have been awarded full scholarships to attend Northwood High School as part of the academy’s long term plan to invest more heavily in education, backed by GO!Durban and the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA). Mcendisi Mkhize (Grade 8) and Lungani Mbambo (Grade 11) started participating in the cycling activities at the first GO!Durban Cycle Academy bike park in Inanda, managed by Nhlanhla Sibiya and Nomonde Magwa in 2016, and…

"Cycle Academy invests in education"

MTB in honour of Nelson Mandela

Howick – As South Africa celebrates the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, mountain bikers will once again have the chance to celebrate the life of the Father of the Nation at the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 25th August at the Mandela Capture Site near Howick. The three mountain bike races are part of the weekend of events that also include a road running marathon, trail runs, a fun run and…

"MTB in honour of Nelson Mandela"

Defending champs dominate in Scottburgh

Scottburgh – Defending champions Andrew Hill and Bianca Haw retained their men’s and women’s mountain bike titles at the tenth anniversary edition of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run Weekend on Sunday, but in vastly differing races. Hill (TIB Insurance) came into the race sizing up a hat trick of wins, and had to come up with a plan to deal with that pressure and a strong men’s field, some of whom had peaked for the SA…

"Defending champs dominate in Scottburgh"

Team stage road racing in KZN

TEAM stage racing comes to South African road cycling with the Liberty 250 road race introducing an exciting new concept to the racing scene on the long weekend of August 10-12. The Liberty 250 is effectively two stage races rolled into one: The 250km three-day road race on the rolling roads of the KwaZulu-Natal north coast will be based at Sugar Rush Cycle Park just outside Ballito; and that will be held in conjunction with…

"Team stage road racing in KZN"

Tricky conundrum for ROAG Series leaders

THE national mountain biking championships in Bloemfontein on Saturday is going to provide opportunities, and present a tricky conundrum, for riders taking part in the Sappi Scottburgh MTB event 450km away. Scottburgh is the sixth leg out of nine in the popular Quattro ROAG Mountain Bike Series and riders hoping to collect the biggest MTB series prize in the country are aware that this weekend’s South Coast event could be crucial in the final series…

"Tricky conundrum for ROAG Series leaders"

Career-saving sponsorships for Stuart Marais

SOUTH Africa’s second-ranked mountain biker, Stuart Marais, this week announced that his dream of representing South Africa at the Olympics and other international events may have been saved by the generosity of two sponsors. The Howick rider, a qualified mechanical engineer, turned professional just over two years ago after he was retrenched. Since the beginning of 2016 Marais has produced consistent results which currently see him lying second South African on the UCI World Mountain…

"Career-saving sponsorships for Stuart Marais"

Hat-trick for Stuart Marais

Defending champion Stuart Marais overcame a “silly” potentially race-ending crash to claim his third KZN Lap Challenge Mountain Bike Championship title at the Mazarat Park course in Waterfall on Sunday. In the women’s race, matric student Tiffany Keep put her books away on Saturday night and was in a league of her own the next morning as she cruised to victory to claim the junior title with Christie Leigh Hearder finishing second to take the…

"Hat-trick for Stuart Marais"