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"

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"

Stage win just not enough at Liberty 250

THE Bluff Meat Supply team won the final day of the Liberty 250 road cycling team stage race but it was just not enough as Thule Cornubia clinched the overall title by just one second after the third exciting day’s racing in a row at Ballito on Sunday. In the concurrent Liberty 150 mountain bike event Andrew Hill and his Gauteng partner Shaun-Nick Bester cruised to their third win in three stages to extend their…

"Stage win just not enough at Liberty 250"

MTB decided, but road race is tight

Andrew Hill and Shaun-Nick Bester have taken complete control of the Liberty 150 mountain bike race on the opening two stages, but the dice for victory in the corresponding 250km road race in Ballito is too tight to call with just two seconds separating the leading teams going into the Sunday’s final stage. On Saturday’s 54km MTB stage, Hill and Bester recorded a second consecutive victory over Andrew Johnson and Andrew Cairns (Ballito Bicycle Company)…

"MTB decided, but road race is tight"

Olympic medalist claims stage win

Ballito – Olympic Games swimming silver medalist Terence Parkin upstaged the favourites to claim a surprise win in the opening stage of the Liberty 250 cycling road race in Ballito on Friday. The 200m breaststroke runner up at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and his partner Martin Hillerman broke away from their rivals with about 20km remaining of the 124km opening stage of the road race and they were never challenged again as the four-man…

"Olympic medalist claims stage win"

Intriguing inaugural Liberty 250

WITH three perfect cool days predicted for the long weekend in Ballito, spectators at the inaugural Liberty 250 at Sugar Rush Park can expect some hot racing in both the road racing and mountain biking events. The unique concept of a three-day team road race held in conjunction with a three-day mountain bike stage race has attracted a healthy field of riders with some fascinating battles set to take place both on the roads around…

"Intriguing inaugural Liberty 250"