Alan Hatherly goes from Spur Schools League success story to racing the Absa Cape Epic alongside Sam Gaze for The Specialized Foundation and Spur Schools’ League. The pair are two of the most exciting young prospects and were both part of a three-way battle for the 2018 Commonwealth Games title with New Zealand’s Gaze ending up with the gold medal and Hatherly finishing third behind Anton Cooper. Having spent four years in the Spur Schools…"Hatherly, Gaze team up for Epic"
Shongweni – Hillcrest local Andrew Hill romped to a sixth title in seven years with his empathic win in the 40km MTB marathon at the Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure at the Summerveld Estate on Sunday. Riding on trails that he regularly trains on, the TIB Insurance ace was able to assert himself early on in the race, climbing away alone in the first quarter of the tough outing through the Shongweni farmlands to win by…"Hill climbs to another Sharks Trail win"
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"
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"
Dutchman Mitchel Steenman is 2m tall and weighs 97kg. His FNB Wines2Whales partner Matthijs Jasperse is no slip of a thing either at 90kg and 1,95m. Together they qualify for the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage Whale category – for teams in which each rider weighs over 90kg. Cycling is, of course, a sport dominated by lighter people – the leading professionals tend to be on the diminutive side, which makes it all the easier to scale…"Having a whale of a time"
The weather gods frowned on the FNB Wines2Whales for nearly 16 hours and, after an unprecedented race village evacuation last night (Monday), riders today battled with driving rain and muddy conditions. All of which followed a fire fanned by the wind yesterday afternoon and which had been approaching the race village at Oak Valley. The flames were bought under control some distance from the tents and infrastructure, but there was much more drama to follow.…"Wines2Whales forced to evacuate"
Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath overcame a minor drama to claim the overall victory in the FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay race on Sunday. Ariane Lüthi and Barbara Benko shook off the disappointment of the opening two stages to win the final battle in Hermanus, but Lill and Morath won the war when they cruised across the line fourth on the final day. After opening a lead of over 16 minutes on the two opening days, only a mechanical disaster…"Lill, Morath win W2W III"
After six tough stages and 530km in the saddle Team Pyga EuroSteel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys stormed victory at the 10th Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek in Oudtshoorn on Saturday. It was the first time the pair had claimed the prestigious title. “It feels so good to be back to racing form,” said Buys, who has been struggling with lillness this year, said after the finish. “I haven’t done a serious stage race in…"Beukes and Buys are best"
Some tough weather played havoc with the Cape Pioneer Trek on the penultimate stage on Friday. The ride up the Swartberg Mountains was meant to be the ‘Queen Stage’ with a mountain top finish but only a few race leaders were able to get the full mountain experience, while a large majority were forced to turn around in the rain, heavy winds and icy temperatures. Before the conditions became too extreme, event leaders Matthys Beukes and…"Weather wins Pioneer"
Riders left the lush forests of George for the arid terrain of the Klein Karoo today on the fourth stage of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, but there was no change to the leaders. In sweltering heat, the 115km stage proved to be the toughest so far but after almost four and a half hours in the saddle, race leaders Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys (Pyga Euro Steel) took the stage victory to hold…"Tough, but the cream stays at the top"