UCI status for Tour of Good Hope

The Takealot Tour of Good Hope has secured UCI 2,2 status for 2019 which the organisers and CSA are hoping will attract some international competitors to ride alongside the top locals. It is the first time the five-day race, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4-8, will have UCI points up for grabs and Cycling SA general manager Mike Bradley believed it would benefit riders across the board. He said it was…

"UCI status for Tour of Good Hope"

Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?

After 12 years of writing this mountain biking column in the Independent on Saturday, the look of the column has finally changed – and for me it feels like a new-bike day and I have progressed from an old 26-inch hardtail to a shiny new full suss 29er. But as much as things have changed, some things stay the same and Cycling SA is one of those organisations that, in my opinion, needs a revamp. NOTE:…

"Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?"

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…

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Brad in for Willie at Gold Coast

Cycling South Africa “updated” their Commonwealth Games team with a couple of injury concerns causing one change to the team, while Alan Hatherly is still on track for the Gold Coast in April. Cycling SA announced yesterday they have received official confirmation from SASCOC that Bradley Potgieter has been approved as the replacement for Willie Smit. Smit, who rides for Team Katusha, fractured his clavicle in Portugal recently and will not be fit for the…

"Brad in for Willie at Gold Coast"

MTB Champs at Oak Valley

South Africa’s top marathon mountain bikers are in for a treat when they fight for the national title with the 2018 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships being held at Oak Valley in Grabouw on Saturday July 14. Oak Valley has long been a firm favourite for Western Cape riders who make the short trek from Cape Town and surrounds to enjoy the sublime trails of one of the country’s top mountain biking venues. In his…

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CSA start process to find new Prez

Following the resignation of Cycling SA President William Newman just over a week ago, Cycling South Africa have started the process of electing a new president with a call for nominations for the post. Newman resigned after a vote of no confidence was introduced at a council meeting earlier this month. At the meeting, Secretary General Greg van Heerden was nominated and accepted the role as Acting President while the process to appoint a permanent…

"CSA start process to find new Prez"

New man to lead Cycling SA

IN DEVELOPMENTS that had an eerie similarity to the resignation of the South African President on Thursday night, Cycling SA President Willie Newman resigned with immediate effect on Saturday during a council meeting – and so avoided the ignominy of being voted out of office by vote of not confidence. During the debate over a motion of no confidence, which was proposed by Mpumalanga Cycling, the former Cycling SA president finally opted to resign. His…

"New man to lead Cycling SA"

Time for another new Prez?

ON THURSDAY South Africa chose a new President, and he was mostly accepted with great optimism. On Saturday, there are a lot of cyclists who hope Cycling South Africa takes the lead from Parliament and elects a new President to lead cycling to a bright new future. On Saturday cycling’s administrative body is holding their 2017 annual meeting and council meeting and according to a source, the first item on the agenda is a vote…

"Time for another new Prez?"

Action-packed 2018 for SA riders

Cycling South Africa this week confirmed all the calendar dates and provinces that will be hosting the South African National Championship events for 2018. For a list of all CSA events, as well as all CSA-sanctioned stage and one-day races go to the www.OnYourBike.bike calendar page. What should be the highlight of the SA racing calendar, the SA National Road Championships, will be hosted by Western Cape Cycling with the support of Eden Cycling, and…

"Action-packed 2018 for SA riders"

Time for new leadership?

If you have lost faith in the Cycling SA leadership, go sign the petition calling for a vote of no confidence. Oh the irony! Last week I made a comment in this column about what I believe is Cycling SA’s weak management and ended up in a debate over the issue on Saturday morning. Almost while I was debating the issue with a reader, that same CSA management team was in the process of postponing…

"Time for new leadership?"