A beginning and an end in the Berg

Travis Stedman, riding his final race as an U16 before moving up to the junior category next year, and Frances Janse Van Rensburg, riding her first road race ever, were the overall winners of the inaugural Drakensberg Extravaganza road cycle race in Bergville on Sunday. In a display of the potential future of men’s cycling in KZN, U16 Stedman, U23 runner up Bevan Reddy and third-placed U18 junior Cian Leveridge battled each other for 84km…

"A beginning and an end in the Berg"

Mauritius comes to the Berg and wins

MAURITIUS came to the Berg on Saturday as two young Commonwealth Games 2022 hopefuls won the inaugural Drakensberg Extravaganza 20km mountain bike race at Champagne Sports Resort. Top juniors Niels Hartmann and Hadrien Maingard are currently in South Africa on a mountain bike training camp with the Russell White MTB Academy in Ballito, and opted to see the Berg and at the same time fit in the 20km mountain bike event. The two formed the…

"Mauritius comes to the Berg and wins"

Berg will come alive with cyclists

The Berg will be alive with the sounds cycling this weekend as the two cycle events at the Drakensberg Extravaganza take centre stage on the opening weekend of the 10-day multicultural festival in the Bergville region of KZN. The cycling action starts on Saturday morning with the Drakensberg Extravaganza Mountain Bike race giving participants a taste of some of the spectacular trails which criss-cross the Champagne Valley. Then the road riders have a chance to…

"Berg will come alive with cyclists"

MTB & road together for Drak Extravaganza

Next weekend’s cycling road race and mountain biking events in the Bergville area look set to be the highlights of the opening weekend of the Drakensberg Extravaganza multicultural festival in the region. The 10-day festival of cultural and sporting events in the Bergville and Champagne Valley region of KwaZulu-Natal promises to offer something for everybody with a variety of activities ranging from off road and one road cycling, trails running and a marathon to an…

"MTB & road together for Drak Extravaganza"

Beers & Botha take W2W title

Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (NAD) won the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz today after another drama-filled day of racing on a course that had to be rerouted overnight to avoid protests near Hermanus. The third and final stage ended in a sprint involving five teams with Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly of South Africa and his Danish teammate Simon Andreassen (Spur Specialized) getting across the line first. Belgians Frans Claes and renowned road rider…

"Beers & Botha take W2W title"

Hatherly/Andreassen win “superb” stage

For Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly the trail-laden Stage 2 of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz was “suberb … the highlight of the year”. And as an extra bonus he and Danish partner Simon Andreassen (Team Spur Specialized) won the 66km stage in a thrilling sprint finish against overall leaders Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (NAD). Hatherly, legs pumping at full speed, crossed the line in Oak Valley first ahead of Beers, Andreassen and then…

"Hatherly/Andreassen win “superb” stage"

Mind your manners, and we all have fun

I got a phone call on Monday from an irate cycling official. After I established that I was not the cause of his ire, I listened and as my concern subsided so my anger grew … until I now also feel the need to vent. Last weekend the South African Enduro championships were held at Howick and Karkloof with ten stages making for a great weekend of mountain biking – for most people. For at…

"Mind your manners, and we all have fun"

Beers, Botha take Stage 1 on dramatic day of racing

A day of incident-filled racing ended with the South African duo of Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (Team NAD) overcoming two punctures to finish Stage 1 of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz with a healthy lead of nearly three minutes. Beers and his 19-year-old partner had to chase back and catch Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly of South Africa and his Danish teammate, former Junior World Champion Simon Andreassen (Spur Specialized), over the last…

"Beers, Botha take Stage 1 on dramatic day of racing"