The ASG-Ellsworth pair of HB Kruger and Stuart Marais were crowned winners of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on Saturday after wrapping up their sixth win in seven stages. The South African pair set the pace from the start of the 73km final stage between Houwhoek and Franschhoek to complete a perfect stage race. The only stage they did not win was the neutralised ffith stage. In Saturday’s stage,…"Six of the best seals TransCape"
An aggressive strategy paid dividends for HB Kruger and Stuart Marais as the pair rolled to their fifth win on the sixth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. Coming off the neutralised fifth stage following route marking issues, the leading pair studied the profile of Friday’s 74km route from Greyton to Houwhoekand attacked just eight kilometres into the stage, on the first single-track climb up Bakenskop.With their plan reaping immediate dividends, they were…"HB & Stuart double their lead"
The fifth stage of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter was neutralised on Thursday after the lead riders found themselves behind about 100 of their rivals following a problem with route markings. According to reports, “a farmer thought the cyclists had already gone through his land and removed the route markings,”, however it is unclear how the leaders somehow ended up behind the chasing batches. The results after stage four remain as follows: General classification Men…"Route problem neutralise Transcape"
A close finish to the fourth day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter saw South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais narrowly edge out Norwegian rivals Eirik Fiskvik and Thomas Engelsgjerd for stage honours. At the end of the 106km leg from Riversdale to Swellendam, just two seconds separated the leading teams as the ASG-Ellsworth outfit took their fourth stage victory in a row. Engelsgjerd, riding for Team Happysalmon, was in fact the first rider…"SA pair extend their lead"
With the favourites staying together on the queen stage, race leaders HB Kruger and Stuart Marais took advantage of a late surge to collect their third successive stage win in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 102km leg from Hartenbos to Riversdale was only decided in the final kilometre through the Western Cape town’s twisting streets as the South African pair edged ahead in sight of the finish. They crossed the line in 4:09:01,…"Three from three for Marais & Kruger"
HB Kruger and Stuart Marais consolidated their overall lead after breaking away on Outeniqua Pass and racing to their second stage win on the second day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter on Monday. The 86km second stage took riders from Wilderness to Mossel Bay and also included two other mountain passes at Silver River and Kaaimansgat. Riding a race together for the first time, Kruger and Marais came home in a time of 3:15:01,…"Marais, Kruger extend lead"
After a remarkable performance in the Paarl Boxing Day track event, mountain biker HB Kruger will return to more familiar pursuits when he competes in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter this weekend. Starting in Knysna on Sunday, the 614km race will see riders tackle the seven-stage mountain bike race through the Western Cape, finishing in Franschhoek on February 10. The 26-year-old Kruger stunned many cycling pundits, including himself he said, when he won the feature…"Kruger, Marais ready for TransCape"
Jan Braai, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month. After riding in 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours, Jan is hoping to tick off another item on his cycling wish list when he tackles the 614km race from Knysna to Franschhoek when it starts on February 4. He is an avid rider who has become equally adept…"Jan Braai ready to fire at TransCape"
Former Olympian Philip Buys believes the elevation of South Africa’s TransCape mountain bike race to UCI status makes it an attractive proposition for local and international professionals. Buys, who finished runner-up in the National MTB Series behind PYGA EuroSteel teammate Matthys Beukes recently, said the UCI status “…plays a big role for riders who want to improve their seeding for World Cup events and it’s ideal to have more races on the local scene for…"UCI status for TransCape"