With five wins from six starts, defending champion Kevin Evans will be a marked man when the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race rolls out of Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
Evans, who is slowly returning to form following complications from abdominal surgery, is set to mount his title defence in the 271km Race alongside ad hoc partner Gawie Combrinck.
Former winner and last year’s runner-up Neil MacDonald will once again have victory in his sights when he and FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart line up for the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday.
The former roadie is currently in good stage-racing form, both on and off-road, following strong performances at the recent Mzansi Tour and Absa Cape Epic.
The FedGroup-Itec cyclists are normally known for their heroics in the dirt of South Africa’s toughest mountain-bike trails, but they have decided to test the truth of the saying that a change can be as good as a holiday.
This is why Brandon Stewart, Neil MacDonald, Kevin Evans and Brad Stroberg will switch from mountain bikes to road bikes for a few weeks to compete in the UCI-sanctioned Mzansi Tour powered by Cathsseta (17-21 April).
The fact that the riders from FedGroup-Itec will participate in the Mzansi Tour, might have the proverbial effect of setting a cat loose among the pigeons.
For the first time since the inception ten years ago of the Absa Cape Epic, an eight-day international mountain bike tour, Kevin Evans (FedGroup Itec) will not be competing.
After consulting with the team of doctors treating him, it was decided that it would be unwise for him to ride in the Epic. The body cavity where his appendix was removed has still not drained properly.
Since October last year, Evans has been in hospital on three occasions to be treated for the same problem.
However, Evans remains optimistic.
Defending men’s and women’s champions Kevin Evans and Ariane Kleinhans are counting down the days to the second annual ISUZU Ride The Rock, Cederberg’s most exciting three-day multi stage mountain bike (MTB) race. Taking place the weekend of 08 – 10 February 2013 mountain bikers can look forward to double the action.
Europe’s top mountain bikers will be out for revenge at the UCI sanctioned MTN Sabie ultra-marathon on Saturday (23 February).
Last year’s race turned out to be an unofficial test between the top riders from South Africa and some of Europe’s best riders.
The local riders eventually dominated, with Kevin Evans taking the win. Max Knox finished second and David George was third.
Multiple former winner Kevin Evans will be in a different outfit when he defends his title in The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge at Addo on Saturday.
Evans, who started his mountain biking career in Port Elizabeth, has joined FedGroup-Itec Connect in the wake of the much-publicised demise of his former team and will bring teammates Brandon Stewart, who won in 2011, and Bridgette Minnaar-Stewart along for the ride.
‘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).