White takes first pedal strokes to R25 000 bonus

Tyronne White earned himself an early lead in the lucrative Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum when he picked up a narrow win in the opening event of the series, the Illovo Wartburg Classic MTB & Trail Run at the weekend. White, the 2018 runner up in the series, edged his Ballito Bicycle Co teammate and training partner Andrew Johnson by a second for the 62km course after the pair had worked together to secure a 93-second…

"White takes first pedal strokes to R25 000 bonus"

Hill climbs to another Sharks Trail win

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"

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"

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"

Having a whale of a time

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"

Wines2Whales forced to evacuate

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"