The picturesque Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) was a hub of excitement on Saturday, 26 January 2013 with 800 multisport warriors toeing the line at the Totalsports XTERRA Full presented by Rehidrat® Sport. Defending men’s and women’s champions Conrad Stoltz and Carla Van Huyssteen came out with guns a blazing. Leaving no room for error, they took the lead early in the race and never looked back, crossing the finish line in spectacular times of 2hr22min52sec and 2hr49min56sec respectively.
SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) is in the process of doing retroactive testing for EPO (Erythropoietin) of all blood samples of over 50 top cyclists that competed in major mountain and road races during 2012 to establish whether EPO doping took place and if an EPO doing infrastructure exists in SA. Athletes testing positive will be charged and could face bans.
This is according to SAIDS CEO, Khalid Galant, who says that retroactive (backdated) analyses is one way of finding out if a major EPO doping problem exists in this country.
Woolworths, who have been the official food sponsor for the Rider Recovery Zone and all water points for the prestigious 8-stage Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race since 2010, are to continue their sponsorship through 2016. The race is considered one of the toughest in the world, attracting elite local and international cyclists. The sponsorship underscores Woolworths’ position as the leader in good food and a healthy lifestyle.
Preparations are in full swing ahead of the 2013 SA National Vets, Masters, U16 and Para-Cycling Road & Time Trial Championships, which will take place from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th April 2013 in Oudtshoorn.
The South West District (SWD) Cycling Association looks forward to welcoming all the cyclists to this prestigious event on the annual cycling calendar. Various age groups outside of elite, junior and under-23 will be contending for national colours in their respective divisions.
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The Untamed African Mountain Bike Race, the Absa Cape Epic, has announced the publication of a coffee table to mark its tenth year. The book, entitled African Epic, will be available on their website, at their events, from Kalahari.net as well as through Amazon in the United Kingdom.
Written by journalist and television commentator Neil Gardiner, former cycling magazine editor and part-time adventurer Nic Lamond and editor, travel writer and novelist Justin Fox, it promises to encapsulate all the epic moments in the race since its inception in 2004.
Max Matini (25), a local bike mechanic, and Thembisile Shaun Mtintsilana (23), an assistant in a bicycle warehouse, will take on their second Absa Cape Epic in 2013, in hope of taking home the coveted Exxaro Development jersey. They will be riding as Team Pragma Trek.
The legendary mountain bike stage race, which celebrates its 10th year, will take place from 17 to 24 March, and will see riders battle the natural elements and each other while covering a total distance of 698km with 15 650m of climbing, from Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville to Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.