A South African mountain bike stage race with the highest UCI status, the Absa Cape Epic, has never had a South African team finish on the top step of the podium.
Two of South Africa’s most talented and decorated cyclists, Dave George and Kevin Evans, have formed a professional cycling team with the express purpose of achieving this goal.
This is their story.
Legendary Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett will indulge his twin passions of cycling and South Africa when he sets off on the nine-day Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c off-road race from April 29.
We all know that mtb stage racing is a big deal in the local scene, and that events have sprung up to populate all parts of the country and calendar. There’s no shortage of events charging a premium and the ones that deliver have a waiting list that can extend to years. Every now and then an event pops up that can only be described as unique, and I get to check one of these babies out this week-end.
Running into financial turmoil, Canadian component brand Race Face is no longer in business. A receiver took over operations on Saturday and has shut down the company. Race Face’s bankers, Scotia Bank and Roynet, appointed Grant Thornton Limited as the brand’s receiver over the weekend.
Orange Monkey-Cannondale rider, Rourke Croeser produced a stunning display of grit and determination to win the Cross Country National Championships in South Africa.
Bouncing back from his disappointment at the Continental championships, where a crash whilst leading the race gave him 4th position, Rourke was understandably delighted.
Burry Stander (Specialized USN) showed why he’s one of the world’s best mountain bike racers when he cruised to a clinical, dominant victory at the 2011 South African Olympic Cross-country championships in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
Mannie Heymans (Garmin-adidas) and Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN/Qhubeka) will team up to contest next month’s Absa Cape Epic.
This might develop into one of the most exciting combinations during the world famous stage race. One thing is for certain they will be contesting the category ‘Best African Team of the Tour’.