European stars Team Bulls claimed a maiden victory at the 3rd Nashua Grape Escape after dominating the field for most of the three-day stage race. Tim Böhme took home the gold medal, with teammate Urs Huber claiming second place. Third place went to up-and-coming local star James Reid of Team Trek/Privateer.
Defending champion Christoph Sauser took first place on a challenging Stage 3, beating Phil Buys by eight seconds. It wasn’t enough to make up for a disappointing run of bad luck after he gave up the lead a few hundred meters from the finish on Stage 1 when he took a wrong turn, and then experiencing technical problems on Stage 2.
Cool and wet weather welcomed mountain biking cross-country competitors in Durbanville, Western Province for the opening round of the national XCO series on Saturday 9 February.
According to Cycling SA Technical Commissioner Grevile Ruddock, excellent racing was witnessed across all categories and of particular significance, the victories in the Elite men and women’s groups for Philip Buys and Mariske Strauss, considering there were several international riders competing as well.
For 2013 Trek Bicycles South Africa and Craft South Africa will partner with one of the country’s rising mountain bike talents, James Reid. The two-year contract gives the 20-year old athlete an opportunity to continue cross country racing at the highest level. James will be chasing his dream of a U23 World Championship podium in 2013, when South Africa hosts the Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg in August/September.
‘Years may come and years may go’ but the winner of the MTN Ride Crater Cruise ultra-marathon (106km) never seems to change.
In Parys, on Saturday (13 October), Kevin Evans (Nedbank360Life) won the Ride Crater Cruise for an unprecedented fourth time consecutively. His winning time was 3 hours 27 minutes and 21 seconds. James Reid (Nedbank360Life) was second (3:27:45) and Neil MacDonald (RE:CM) third (3:27:48).
Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Saalfelden Leogang, Austria.
The downhill World Championships take place from 31st August to 2nd September 2012, while the cross-country World Championships take place from 6th to 9th September 2012.
After last year’s heartbreak, Kevin Evans and David George smashed the course record to reclaim their rightful place as winners of the 2012 sani2c, presented by BoE Private Clients, in Scottburgh on Saturday morning.
The Nedbank 360Life riders took the overall lead after winning the opening stage between Underberg and McKenzie Club near Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday and did not relinquish it again. Keep reading for a day by day report.
Kevin Evans (Nedbank 360Life) fended off strong challenges from Jacques Rossouw (FedGroup-Itec Connect) and the waterlogged course itself to take his
second win in the 80km Extreme mountain bike race at Addo just outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Evans, who last won the mountain biking segment of The Herald VW Cycle Tour in 2009, outsprinted Rossouw as he entered the fields of the Addo Polo Club to take the title (3:10:17) two seconds ahead of his rival (3:10:19).
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial Road Cycling Championships, held in Durban and Westville at the weekend, has been hailed by participants as arguably the best ever Provincial or National championship they have ever ridden.
On Saturday the 21st January, the Time Trial was held on a circuit around the Durban Country Club. The course measured up to world standards that allowed the riders to really push their ability and at 8.5 kilometres, the circuit attracted high speeds.