New look for Husqvarna Classic

The ever-popular Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run in KwaZulu-Natal will have a new look in 2019, including a new race venue and some revamped routes. This year’s event on April 28 will be based at the Gwahumbe Game Lodge and Spa which will provide an idyllic and spectator-friendly venue for supporters, while also ensuring a more relaxed setting for riders and runners after they have completed their events. The route for the…

"New look for Husqvarna Classic"

Entries close tonight for ROAG Series opener

Wartburg becomes the centre of attention for KwaZulu-Natal off-road riders and runners on Saturday when the country’s richest mountain biking and trail running series kicks off in the tiny KZN Midlands village. The 62km Illovo Wartburg MTB Marathon and 14km Wartburg Build it Trail Run are the opening events in the lucrative Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, and are traditionally seen by riders and runners as the beginning of the competitive year in the…

"Entries close tonight for ROAG Series opener"

SA’s richest MTB Series ready to fly

THE country’s richest mountain biking and trail running series, the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, will start in a few days with a new joint sponsor on board, increased prize money and a slightly updated format. The Illovo Wartburg MTB Classic & Trail Run will once again kick off the prestigious series early next month. At the end of ten events in September, the top mountain-bike and trail run competitors on a Grand Prix-style…

"SA’s richest MTB Series ready to fly"

Hatherly, Gaze team up for Epic

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"

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"

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"

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"

Another dope gives cycling a bad name

(This first appeared in the Independent on Saturday) Depending on your outlook, the past week has been either a good week for cycling or another terrible week. On Monday it was announced that top mountain biker Max Knox has been found guilty of a doping offense and banned for four years by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (Saids). According to the Saids statement, Knox was charged for suspicious variations in his athlete biological…

"Another dope gives cycling a bad name"

Cycling SA fines riders for … riding

Cycling South Africa recently issued more than 30 riders with a R750 fine for taking part in the Karoo to Coast charity mountain bike event. For those readers who do not know what the Karoo to Coast is, it is a 100km off-road race from Uniondale to Knysna. It has been going for well over ten years and this year there were 3 197 official finishers. This event is certainly not a small, Mickey Mouse…

"Cycling SA fines riders for … riding"