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"

Roadies and MTB come together

THE three-day Liberty 250 stage race will bring mountain bikers and road cyclists together in a rare show of unity in Ballito on August 10th to 12th. There is no shortage of banter between “roadies” and their off-road cousins, the “dikwiel” all-terrain mountain bikers, but it is rare for race organisers to tackle the daunting task of organising an event that caters for both the tar-road riders and their trail-loving counterparts on the same days.…

"Roadies and MTB come together"

Liberty 250 offers up exciting KZN v Gauteng battles

THE early entries for the Liberty 250 team indicate the stage race to be held in the Ballito area on the long weekend of 10th-12th August is shaping up to be a Gauteng v KwaZulu-Natal grudge match. In both the three-day road race for four-person teams, and the mountain bike event for two-rider pairings, there are some top quality riders from both the local riding fraternity as well as the inland cycling community and some…

"Liberty 250 offers up exciting KZN v Gauteng battles"

Team stage road racing in KZN

TEAM stage racing comes to South African road cycling with the Liberty 250 road race introducing an exciting new concept to the racing scene on the long weekend of August 10-12. The Liberty 250 is effectively two stage races rolled into one: The 250km three-day road race on the rolling roads of the KwaZulu-Natal north coast will be based at Sugar Rush Cycle Park just outside Ballito; and that will be held in conjunction with…

"Team stage road racing in KZN"

New event for SA cyclists

The new Liberty 250 road and mountain bike stage race which takes place in the Ballito area of the KwaZulu-Natal north coast in August ticks many boxes for South African cyclists and could turn out to be the next big event on the race calendar. Event organiser Barry Holland of the Race Organisation Company (ROC) has drawn on his vast experience as both a competitor and an event organiser to come up with the exciting…

"New event for SA cyclists"