Into Cycling - January 2018

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Photo: SA National Road & Time Trial Championships 2017, Wellington - Photo Credit: Double ST

Western Cape Cycling will be hosting the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships in the heart of the Little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, one of the ten most popular tourist venues in South Africa. Oudtshoorn is well-known for the Safari and Highate Ostrich Farms, Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, Game farms, Meerkat Magic tours and many more activities.

The South African National Road Championships is the blue ribbon event for each cycling discipline and is held each year.

The event will be organized by Eden Cycling, on behalf of Western Cape Cycling.

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The main attraction at the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships will be the Elite, U/23 and Junior men’s and woman’s races that will take place on Saturday, 10 February 2018.


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In a country where around 250 000 people actively participate in cycling, a single source of comprehensive local cycling information should be part of the course. Now it is, thanks to the launch of an indispensable app, Cycle360. Cycling Information Has Come Full Circle Cycle360 caters to the needs of all types of cyclists, from competitive road and MTB cyclists, through cycling families and adrenaline junkies. It offers everything from an up-to-date race calendar, details on where to ride across South Africa, upcoming events, and local cycling/accessory shops. That’s not where it ends: Cycle360 gives enthusiasts information regarding all forms of accommodation in an area; restaurants, things to do locally … you name it, Cycle360’s got it covered! Find out about cycling school leagues, nutritional supplements for young and old, and more!


Providing A Service … And Paying It Forward “Cycle360 believes in paying it forward, which is why we have partnered with to reach their goals of helping to build a brighter future for the kids in the programme.”


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Founded by Christoph Sauser, five times Absa Cape Epic winner, multiple World Champion and seasoned Olympic medalist, uses cycling (BMX & MTB) and offers educational support to provide opportunities for the children to play, learn and grow, while instilling the necessary life skills to build a better life story. “Fundraising is key to ensuring that is a sustainable programme with long term positive benefits to the kids at and the broader community of Kayamandi, Stellenbosch.”

Photo: Men’s cross-country World Champion and UCI World Cup Champion Nino Schurter - Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Men’s cross-country World Champion and UCI World Cup Champion Nino Schurter joined in on the action at the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails, Two-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race held in Stellenbosch from 25-26 November. “I love Stellenbosch, it’s one of my favorite places to ride,” says Schurter. “The race was cool. It showed off the really nice trails. I wasn’t in race mode, so I got to see the scenery today. I took a lot of selfies on the bike and had some really good chats.” Known as the MTB party of the year, the BUCO Origin Of Trails highlights the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch while offering entrants the “once a year” opportunity to experience a vast network of world class trails that include a spectacular combination of single-track in the pristine setting of the majestic Stellenbosch Winelands.

After each stage riders had the opportunity to share their war stories while enjoying an ice cold Becks Blue ‘guilt free’ in the finish area. The BUCO Origin Of Trails MTB treated mountain bikers to a single track experience like no other. Riders could choose between three entry options: a Long Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-58km on Sunday), a Medium Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday) and a Short Course (+-28km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday). Daniel van der Walt claimed his second stage victory in the men’s Short Course crossing the finish line in 01 hour 30 minutes 47 seconds.

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“We are extremely excited to partner with Cycle360 – not only does the app provide great benefit to the cycling community but with 10% of all revenue being donated back to, it supports us with generating funds to continue supporting our kids,” says Christoph Sauser. Cycle360 encourages all players in the cycling arena to sign up to have their products, venues and shops featured on the app. A percent of all revenue will be ploughed back to Songo. Cycle360 is available on both Android and Apple devices.

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Training is Key to Attakwas Extreme Success As South Africa gears down for the annual summer holidays the country’s mountain bikers ramp up their training ahead of the infamously tough Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen. Taking place on Saturday, 20 January 2018 the Attakwas Extreme is the traditional season opener and is bound to test the legs of each of the 1 200 expected participants.

With Dryland Event Management’s famously well-stocked water points dotting the route, every 25 kilometres or so, your race day nutrition and hydration needs will be taken care of by Biogen. There are limited entries to the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, still available online.

Challenging riders to a 121 kilometre long route, which includes an energy sapping 2 900 meters of vertical elevation gain, the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, has earned the title: “The Hell of the South.” Starting in the sweltering heat of the Klein Karoo and traversing the imposing barrier that is the Outeniqua Mountains, via the fabled Attakwaskloof, before taking on the torturously undulating roads through the southern foothills of the mountains towards the finish line, near the coast at Great Brak River. Five times Attakwas Extreme winner and former women’s course record holder Ariane Lüthi will once again be starting her season at the Attakwas Extreme followed by the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek. With seven Attakwas finishes on her palmarès, Lüthi has a strong affinity for the event. For the less competitive riders the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme is all about reaching personal objectives. Be they in the shape of simply finishing in a particular time. What remains key, for all riders, though is the appropriate training during the holiday. Putting in the long hours in the saddle and working on your core strength is a must for success at the Attakwas Extreme. Keep in mind the first 65 kilometres of the route are particularly rugged; so hours on the road bike on asphalt or sessions on the indoor trainer, though beneficial, will not match kilometres upon kilometres of training on your mountain biking in rough terrain. With an eleven hour cut-off time and given that the average rider spends around eight hours on route, nutrition is of vital importance at the Attakwas Extreme.

Photo: Remember to hydrate well and regularly during the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen - Photo Credit: Ewald Sadie

While for younger riders, and those not yet up to the full challenge, the Spur Attakwas Mini offers a 52 kilometre long route, starting and finishing at the Pine Creek Resort, Great Brak, which is the perfect introduction to the Attakwas Extreme experience. For more information visit

Letshego Zulu To Tackle Absa Cape Epic In Memory of Her Late Husband Zulu, who cut her extreme-adventure teeth on Fear Factor South Africa in 2006 and made it to the finals of Survivor South Africa: Maldives in 2011, is always up for a challenge. And the 658km Absa Cape Epic, with its 13 550m of climbing, certainly fits the bill. Attracting teams from 50 countries, it showcases some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Cape. The race begins with a Prologue on Table Mountain on 18 March, and finishes at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl on 25 March 2018. Zulu feels she’s ready for next year’s Absa Cape Epic as she has a good understanding of what to expect, and is excited about and looking forward to the race. Although this time around, she has “more obstacles that make it a little more challenging and interesting, such as being a mom to a toddler”, she says she now knows the amount of time needed to dedicate to preparing for it. For the 15th edition of the Absa Cape Epic in 2018, Zulu will partner with Maurice Mdlolo for team Land Rover, Gugu’s former riding partner, and team “Sleek and Rugged Rovers” will also keep Gugu’s rider number, 411. Photo Credit: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Letshego Zulu, better known by her fans and friends as “GI Jane”, will be getting back on her mountain bike in March 2018 to take on the Absa Cape Epic for the second time. The race has bittersweet memories for her – back in 2013, as she crossed the finish line to complete her first race, her late husband, popular racing driver Gugu Zulu, proposed to her. “Gugu was a great influence and got me involved in this fantastic sport, which really resonated with my adventurous side,” says Zulu of her late husband, who rode his fourth Absa Cape Epic early last year, and a few months later died tragically of altitude sickness while on an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

“It certainly helps to be good friends with your partner,” Zulu notes, adding that she’s looking forward to “giving it a bash with someone you get along with, someone who you can be brutally honest with, without egos getting in the way.” Maurice is an amazing friend and certainly my best bet at somehow enjoying the suffer-fest and creating great memories,” she quips. The Absa Cape Epic is a must-ride event on the international mountain-biking calendar. The race attracts people from all around the world and produces many inspirational stories every year. “I’ve met some incredible people participating in this event, and I look forward to meeting more amazing people next year,” says Zulu.



Manta5 - Making Cycling On Water A Reality The Manta5 Hydrofoil Bike, created by Guy Howard-Willis, Roland Alonzo and a group of Waikato Management School Alumni, is making cycling on water a reality. The Manta5 Hydrofoiler is the brain-child of Guy Howard-Willis - Founder of Torpedo7 and - which has been brought to life by Roland Alonzo, an accomplished bicycle designer with a passion for cutting-edge technology and design. Roland and the Manta5 design team have cleverly used hydrofoil and e-bike technology, coupled with a propeller to allow riders to plane on top of the water’s surface. The user can also relaunch the hydrofoil bike from deep water - a world-first! The design commenced in 2011 in Alonzo’s garage, and it has since won a Gold Pin in the Concept Product category at the 2017 New Zealand Best Design Awards. “Developing a hydrofoil bike has been a rewarding, yet extremely challenging journey, requiring highly technical capabilities to overcome design challenges,” Howard-Willis said in a statement. Our Waikato alumni have come on board and made a brilliant contribution — it’s refreshing to have such young, sharp minds involved.” Greg Johnston, a Waikato Management School Alumni, joined the Manta5 team in 2016, and progressed into the role of General Manager. Since starting with Manta5, Greg has employed another six alumni to fill various roles in electronic engineering, supply chain, operations, marketing and events. The bike was built using carbon fiber — a strong, yet lightweight material. It also possesses a 400w electric motor and waterproof battery that can survive in both fresh and saltwater environments. Since day one, the goal was to replicate a land cycling experience on water.

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Naturally, this included the ability to re-mount the bike — something that can be done from underwater, but not without some practice. No need to worry though, learning to ride the Manta5 Hydrofoiler is no different than learning to ride a normal bike. Now entering the commercialization phase, the company is preparing to distribute the product internationally. It was first unveiled to the public in Auckland at “Big Boy Toys”. “We’ve had so many people tell us that what we’re trying to achieve can’t be done,” Howard-Willis added. “I just love working with a design team who redefine what’s possible — it’s always great to see those people’s reactions when we show them video of what we’ve achieved.”

WADA 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently published the 2018 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with the 2018 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List, which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on 24 September 2017, comes into force on 1 January 2018. The List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code, designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition; and, which substances are banned in particular sports. “WADA is pleased to publish the 2018 Prohibited List,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders -- in particular athletes and their entourage - have sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the document and its modifications,” Reedie continued.

Photo: SA National Road & TT Championships 2017, Wellington Photo Credit: Double ST

The routes for the 2018 National Road and Time Trial Championships in Oudtshoorn might not be that unfamiliar as Oudtshoorn has been the host of this prestigious event in 2009 and 2013, as well as the Western Cape Road Championships a few times. All the routes will start in the direction of Volmoed (depending on the distance), with a shorter loop entering the town in Rademeyer Street, onto Langenhoven Road with the start/finish-line in Voortrekker Road in front of the Recreational grounds opposite Pick & Pay. The Time Trial will see participants race a 14.6km circuit, locally known as the Safari circuit, with an ascent of 88m. Don’t let this fool you as the route will kick up within the 1st 200m and then gradually climb up to 1.9km, where the riders will turn left into the Mossel Bay road towards Safari Ostrich Show farm where riders will head back to town. Heading into town will see riders take 3 sharp turns in the last 3km that may be a bit more challenging on the Time Trial bikes. For the riders racing in the afternoon the wind may also come into play. Oudtshoorn is not known for strong winds, rather for wind that seems to be from the front - no matter where you go.

“It is vital that all athletes and entourage take the necessary time to consult the List; and that, they contact their respective anti-doping organizations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method.” “Annually, the Prohibited List review involves a very extensive stakeholder consultation process over the course of nine months,” said Director General, Olivier Niggli. “In reviewing the List, experts examine such sources as: scientific and medical research; trends; and, intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies in order to stay ahead of those that endeavor to cheat the system,” Niggli continued. The List’s annual revision process is led by WADA, beginning with an initial meeting in January and concluding with the publication of the List by 1 October.

All road races will take riders through the Volmoed 'koppe' with the exception of the 50-59 women and the 60-69 mens categories. These riders will take a shorter loop that is completely flat. What makes this route even more interesting is that all climbing will be done in the Volmoed 'koppe' which starts at the Volmoed shop in the direction of the Mossel Bay turnoff. The route is approximately 13.6km long with an ascent of 289 meters with an average gradient of 2%.

This is an extensive nine-month consultation process that includes WADA’s List Expert Group gathering information; circulating a draft List amongst stakeholders; taking their submissions into consideration and revising the draft; followed by, review by the Agency’s Health, Medical and Research (HMR) Committee.

This route does not look that difficult on paper, but is not completely a walk in the park either - it is the place where all the action will take place. The route is not a pure sprinter’s circuit, but it will see riders of both climbing and sprinting abilities do well on this route. The long downhill after the climb creates an opportunity for riders to claw back time on the riders that were able to get away on the climb, and is 24km to the finish-line on the last lap.

The HMR Committee then makes its recommendation to WADA’s Executive Committee that approves the List during its September meeting. For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must be determined that it meets two of the following three criteria: 1. it has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance; 2. it represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes; or, 3. it violates the spirit of sport.

The heat of the Klein Karoo will probably play a big role in the outcome of the race. There will be two static feeding points on the route to make sure everyone keeps hydrated. Some heat training would be advised as temperatures in the low 40 degrees are not uncommon in Oudtshoorn during February month.

It should be noted that, for athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List, they may be accommodated if they meet the criteria outlined in the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE). The TUE process has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and anti-doping stakeholders worldwide.

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Maties To Ride Cape Town Cycle Tour For Bursaries A team from Stellenbosch University, which will include Rector and Vice-Chancellor Prof Wim de Villiers, is to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on 11 March 2018 to raise funds for student bursaries. “I would like to invite all keen cyclists to join me, and former Springbok cyclist Carinus Lemmer, as well as Nicky Giliomee, chair of Maties Cycling, on the starting line in support of this worthy cause,” De Villiers said. Stellenbosch University will be marking its centenary next year and aims to raise at least R1 million in bursary support by means of the #Maties100 campaign based around sporting events. “By joining the #Maties100 team, you will be doing your bit to provide opportunities for the next generation of talented Stellenbosch graduates making an impact globally,” De Villiers said. The campaign is aimed at alumni, students, staff and friends of Stellenbosch University, who can show their support by either riding along or making a donation. Cyclists who already have entered for the Cycle Tour can switch to the #Maties100-group. For those who have missed the registration deadline for this popular event, this initiative is a way of still participating. Charity Groups usually start before Open Groups in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. For more information visit

Making A Difference On Your Doorstep

Cycling has and always will be such an immense part of our society. While we don’t have the flat geographic terrain that so many other European countries have which fuels the use of cycles in their countries, the distinct differences between income earners in this country often leaves many commuters with the only affordable method of transport being their trusted old bicycle. Cycling to and from work and school in South Africa still presents many a challenge in terms of safety and dedicated cycling road networks. Educating the public regarding safety on roads specifically in relation to cyclists is a massive focus of a number of government and non-profit organisations, not least of these is Cycling South Africa.

Photo L- R: Nicky Giliomee, Prof Wim de Villiers, and Carinus Lemmer Photo Credit: Anton Jordaan

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Programme Continues To Support Young Riders In WC In March 2017 80 young riders from across the Western Cape took part in the HotChillee Cape Rouleur Young Rider Prologue. Based on aged related performances 16 young riders were selected to join the 2018 Team Bäckstedt HotChillee SA programme run by UK events company HotChillee and former Swedish pro-cyclist Magnus Bäckstedt. As part of the 2018 programme Team Bäckstedt HotChillee SA riders have undergone UCI Wattbike performance testing at Velokhaya, ridden with the Dimension Data World Tour Team, meet the team management who are already watching their progress closely, had the opportunity to join coaching sessions and training rides with Magnus Bäckstedt, compete in South African and European races including the Coronation Double Century, and will take part in the HotChillee Cape Rouleur and HotChillee London-Paris in 2018. As part of their cycling development programme in South Africa HotChillee hosted the second annual Young Rider Summit at the Cullinan Tsogo Sun Hotel in Cape Town. It was attended by Team Bäckstedt HotChillee riders, young riders from across the Western Cape, members of CSA, PPA, Dimension Data, Ministers from the Western Cape Government, new sponsors Rainmaker, Wattbike, Velokhaya, Cape Town Giants, Alpha Bodyworks as well as national and international business leaders and industry professionals.

Commuting is one of the pillars of identifying talent in this sport. Other conduits to uncovering talent include school programmes allowing students the privilege of learning to ride a bicycle for the first time in their lives. Finally, to present the opportunity for learners and youth who have begun to master the skill of riding a bicycle to now test their skill and passion by starting to race even at the most elementary level. The prospects are endless when it comes to taking cycling to the youth and people who have never even ridden a bike or who have a bike and desperately want to learn more. South Africa’s past has not provided equal access to all citizens and Cycling South Africa are intent on fulfilling their obligation as far as this sport is concerned, to reach previously un-tapped areas and to introduce cycling at all levels to those who so desperately want to grow. “We have over 20 000 members in South Africa. They span across the whole country and our challenge to each and every member is: What are you and your club doing to grow cycling in your greater community,” says William Newman, President Cycling SA. Not detracting from the traditional structures which allow more urbanised and privileged youth the opportunity to join a club and grow and be mentored by seasoned cyclists, Newman shows deep concern that same opportunity is not readily available to more rural and disadvantaged potential talent. “If every one of our functioning cycling clubs across the country just adopted one area near to them and started offering time, second hand bicycles, and skills training we would begin to make the most immense difference in peoples’ lives as well as start to identify rich talent in our amazing sport.” He continues: “One of the primary reasons we are so urgently driving the use of our structures is that the funding model from Government has changed significantly over recent years with funding now available at all levels in our sport. Funding bodies such as Sport and Recreation South Africa, Lotto and Sports Councils, have themselves identified the need to fund at grass roots level. It is for this reason that functioning and qualifying clubs can now apply for funding directly and use these funds for administrative costs with the focus on growing the sport to reach those who have little or nothing!” Newman says that Cycling South Africa is only represented in about 25 of 52 geographic regions in South Africa. The federation needs committed clubs and members to facilitate transformation and Cycling SA will do whatever it can to assist and support clubs who are serious about helping transform the sport.


Photo: Team Backstedt HotChillee 2018 riders with Jan Joubert (Rainmaker), Sven Thiele (HotChillee), Sipho Mona (Velokhaya) and Magnus Bäckstedt

The summit was in its second year where young riders were able to share experiences and hear motivational stories from industry professionals, Government Ministers and pro riders, including Team Dimension Data’s Nic Dlamini, and Magnus Bäckstedt himself. Aged between 16-23 and want to join the programme in 2018? Young riders from across the Western Cape will be selected for next year’s Team Bäckstedt HotChillee Programme at the Cape Rouleur 2018 Prologue on 4 March 2018 in Franschhoek. “Since signing my first professional contract here in SA and the Western Cape, it feels like my career has now come full circle. Being able to guide the new generation of SA riders towards their dreams and putting something back in to the sport that has given me so much, gives me great pleasure. Youth development has been a big focus for me during the past few years in the UK,” says Paris-Roubaix winner, Magnus Bäckstedt. “Combining the experience of the two programmes massively leverages the established resources and provides a greater platform and more predictable path for the young riders,” says HotChillee Founder, Sven Thiele. For more information visit





DRYLAND UCI EVENTS FOR 2018 Dryland Event Management’s premier racing events – the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, and the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen – will once again boast Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2018. The Attakwas Extreme, the traditional South African season opener will feature class three status and will form part of the 29 race strong UCI Cross-Country Marathon World Series. The event to take place on 20 January 2018 will be one of only five Marathon World Series events outside of Europe in 2018.

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One of South Africa’s top mountain bike stage races, the TransCape MTB, has received a major boost with the news that Liberty will be the title sponsor from 2018. This is another breakthrough for the seven-stage race, which recently received UCI status, which makes the event an attractive proposition for local and international professionals. More good news followed! The event organizer would allow e-bikes to take part in the event - opening it up to commuters and the tourism market.

The Tankwa Trek, meanwhile, moves up to S1, becoming the only race in South Africa to boast that exulted status. The event has rapidly grown – since its 2013 launch – into the premier three day stage race in South Africa and for 2018 it has the UCI status to match. The upgrade from S2 to S1 means more prize money for the elite riders and more all-important UCI points will be on offer during the event which takes place from the 8-11 February 2018. With the UCI MTB World Cup season kicking off in South Africa on 10 March 2018, the 120 points on offer for both members of the victorious elite men’s and women’s teams at the Tankwa Trek will be fiercely contested. Victory at the Tankwa Trek will secure riders more UCI points than winning their national cross country title, making participation a virtual must for any rider looking to start on the first three rows of the grid at the opening round of the UCI MTB World Cup.

As a result of the title sponsorship, the TransCape will become the third leg of the Liberty Encounter Series. Under the ASG Events banner, the three-day Winelands and Waterberg Encounters have become firm favourites on the South African racing calendar. The Transcape, with its picturesque route across the Western Cape, will now be known as the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter, with Stanlib and Volvo as the presenting sponsors. TransCape MTB takes cyclists on a 614km challenge from Knysna to La Couronne Wine Farm in Franschhoek from 4-10 February 2018. Riding 614km over seven days with 10 200m of vertical ascent does not sit in everyone’s legs, which is why the organisers of the TransCape mountain bike race in South Africa have come up with yet another plan. ASG Events, known for pushing the boundaries in races under their umbrella, have recently announced that they would allow e-bikes in the UCI-rated event “as long as they do not interfere with the racing” – essentially opening it up to commuters and the tourism market. Thanks to assistance from an onboard electrical motor – dubbed as “mechanical doping” in the industry – the organisers believe that e-bikes will give more socially inclined riders the opportunity to participate in one of the country’s toughest races. What’s more, with the TransCape crossing the Western Cape from the internationally renowned Garden Route to the Cape Winelands, riding the event on an e-bike will be the ultimate way for the adventurous to take in the sights and beauty of this tourist friendly region. Traditionally, e-bikes have not been permitted at competitive events in SA and the TransCape will be the first multi-day mountain bike race with a dedicated category for them. The event, which was acquired by ASG in late 2016 has grown rapidly since its inception and the new category is just one of the ways the organisers are continuing to be innovative. For more information visit


The Garden Route is known as one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa and plays host to various trail-running and cycling events. From 23 - 27 May 2018, MTB and cyclocross riders will have the opportunity to cycle for five days across three different mountain ranges, using only gravel roads and quiet tar road sections. The event takes place in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve which is one of the biggest biospheres in the world and the Trans Outeniqua MTB Tour is a great way to experience it. By taking part in this event you are also supporting the reserve’s work in bringing us closer to a sustainable world.

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The final UCI event in the Dryland Event Management stable is the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen, retains its S2 status for 2018 as the event moves into an exciting new era with its tenth edition. The 2018 Cape Pioneer Trek will take place from Sunday, 14 - 20 October 2018 and is set to include a prologue and a mid-race time trial in a diverse route which explores three distinct Southern Cape biomes. In its tenth edition the event will undergo arguably its biggest change yet, as Dryland Event Management introduced a four day taste of the Race with Soul - the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure. Running concurrently to the main event the Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure will start on 17 October 2018 in George, and conclude on 20 October 2018 in Oudtshoorn. The stages will include a time trial through the forest singletracks of George, the traditional ascent of the Montagu Pass and crossing of the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn, the Queen Stage which concludes at the summit of the Swartberg Pass and the Grand Finale. In total the route will cover roughly 280 kilometres and provide riders with an intoxicating introduction to the world of week-long stage racing. Riders entering the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure, presented by Biogen, will take part in the solo categories and there will be no racing awards, to help keep the focus on enjoying the experience. For more information visit

Traversing the Langeberge, Rooiberge and Outeniqua mountains, the Trans Outeniqua 5 Day MTB Tour will start in the rural hamlet of Great Brak River with the first day finishing in Herbertsdale. Day two will take riders on a 71km ride from Herbertsdale to the Rooiberg Lodge outside Van Wyksdorp. On day three, riders will depart from Van Wyksdorp for the ostrich capital of the world – Oudtshoorn. The next day will be a 64km ride from Oudtshoorn to Herold Wine Farm with the fifth and final day ending back at Pine Creek in Great Brak River - completing the circular route. This 5-day event will cover a total distance of 338km and is great long-distance training, but still doable for the intermediate to fit mountain biker as no technical riding is required. TriSport has done all the hard work for you and included in the entry fee are three meals per day, TriSport support vehicles to transport gear, 4 nights’ accommodation, medical back-up, and a bike wash every day. And don’t forget the great food and hospitality at the various venues that this area is famous for! Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, but participants are welcome to just go at their own pace and enjoy the beautiful landscape with their riding friends.


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CAPE FAVOURITE RELAUNCHED AS THE STANFORD MTB CLASSIC The popular Stanford MTB Tour is rebranding and relaunching to become the Stanford MTB Classic; and while many of the aspects will remain unchanged new race director Anneke Viljoen has exciting plans to refine the event into a true South African classic. Taking place from 17-18 February 2018 the Stanford MTB Classic remains a two day, untimed, stage ride – aimed at experienced mountain bikers who happen to be new to stage racing, and long-time stage racers looking for a change of pace. The relaxed and beautiful setting at Stanford Valley Guest Farm provides the perfect introduction to the event which will also visit other gems of the area like, Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein. Viljoen explains the changes which will differentiate the Stanford MTB Classic: “The objective of the Stanford MTB Classic is to give newcomers to multi-stage events (not newcomers to mountain biking) a weekend of sublime riding. The routes are diverse and scenic, but can be surprisingly tough though, so don’t come unprepared. We will also be creating a race village at the start/finish line at Stanford Valley, where riders will be served three meals – two lunches and a dinner, which are included in the entry fee – and we are sure this will help ease any weary bodies after a fairly challenging day on the bike.”

Photo: The floating bridge across the Waboomsrivier adds to the thrill of the Perdeberg singletracks - Photo Credit:

At the heart of the updates for the event is the new route. For 2018 it will take in more challenging and rewarding sections to better showcase the area. Two particularly exciting new sections are the Paardenberg Farm singletrack and the climb to a saddle in the Perdeberg Mountains. The Paardenberg singletrack winds its way along the Waboomsrivier – which it crosses via a suspension bridge and a floating bridge, amongst other crossings – gliding between stands of bluegum and wattles on smooth surfaces.

Photo: Race director Anneke Viljoen in action during the Stanford MTB Classic trial ride Photo Credit:

The climb from plains below to the Perdeberg Mountain saddle, which overlooks the race village at Stanford Valley, is undoubtedly a challenging one; but it is also exceptionally rewarding. The climb offers spectacular views over the Papiesvlei valley, within which Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein lie nestled. The reward though comes from the summit where an exhilarating descent to the finish awaits, concluding the opening day on the perfect high note. The Stanford MTB Classic will feature two relatively short stages, at roughly 55 and 45 kilometres in length, which provides experienced stage racers with enough distance to ensure a good workout without challenging the newcomers to stage racing with days that prove to be too long on the saddle. In addition to this, for the riders of a more social persuasion the Stanford MTB Classic will also feature short route options, of just 25 kilometres per day. The shorter daily distances also ensure that riders have enough time to enjoy the attractions of Stanford off their bikes too. The foremost of these attractions for the Stanford MTB Classic will undoubtedly be the race meals at Stanford Valley. Included in the entry fee are two lunches, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and a dinner, on Saturday evening; which will help create a festive post-stage atmosphere in the race village, as riders sit down to relish the delicious catering provided by the Stanford Valley Restaurant. Riders can also choose their own accommodation for the Stanford MTB Classic with options varying from the luxurious to the rustic and even to camping. But with the locations at or closest to the race village at Stanford Valley sure to sell out fast would be entrants are encouraged to book accommodation directly after they enter the Stanford MTB Classic. For more information visit

TYGERBERG MTB CLUB STEPS UP TO THE PLATE – WP XCO SERIES The committee of the Tygerberg MTB Club made a conscious decision in 2017 to recognise the discipline of XCO racing, and what critical role it plays, not only in the youth categories, but also including all riders right up to the grey haired folk, who enjoy testing their abilities, and want to improve their skills and fitness, required for this discipline. “The XCO format has been embraced by SA Schools, and there’s been year on year growth at the various events throughout the country. Undoubtedly the best place to further enhance your potential and riding experience, is at the WP XCO series, which is hosted annually, at events around the greater Cape Town area, by the Western Province Mountain Biking Commission,” says Morné Veer - Committee Member of Tygerberg MTB Club. According to Morné one of the biggest challenges of regional cycling in South Africa is the lack of funding from government, and the seemingly disinterest from corporate sponsors. This challenge for the WP MTB commission was further enhanced, with the news that their title sponsor of the last few years, will unfortunately no longer be able to continue their support, which caused great concern among many. “It was of great concern to the committee that the WP 2018 XCO Series was now facing some very difficult challenges, which in turn, has a direct influence on our club’s riders, who make up a very large part of the annual entries. Among these are our scholars (sub nippers, right up to the matriculants). We could not see this happen, and swift action was needed – as a result, the committee decided to step in as main partner sponsor, and contributed an amount of R75 000 to the WP XCO series for 2018,” Morné adds. The above sponsorship, is seen by the leadership more as an investment back into XCO, which comes at the back of a specific new hard-hitting and technical XCO course currently being built at Bloemendal and soon to be opened. “We are devoted to the development of our youth specifically, and future of XCO – we are blessed with some exceptional talented boys and girls in our club, and see great potential in so many other youngsters out there – we are committed to their cause, and are very happy that we have made such big strides this year,” Morné continues. “We encourage all our parents to get their children involved in this format, no matter what the ability – it is a platform for all to develop, and enjoy themselves, but not just the parents, all members are invited to enter the 2018 series, it is truly a special discipline, with great reward and satisfaction.”

“We wish the Western Province Mountain Biking Commission only the best with their new season, and know it is going to be a huge success,” Morné concludes. First race in SA XCO Cup series to be held in Stellenbosch The 2018 national racing season begins with the SA MTB Cross-country Cup Series #1 race, and the Western Cape XCO Cup #1 Series race, hosted by Western Province Mountain Bike Commission on the slopes of the Coetzenburg Mountain at Stellenbosch University on Saturday, 3 February 2018. The series will be known as the SRAM WC XCO Series in association with Tygerberg MTB, as main sponsors. This event is a UCI Category 1 race and also forms part of the UCI Junior World Series. The 4.4-kilometre track has its fair share of challenging sections aptly named Varsity Dropout, Pickup Sticks and Wine Barrel and with 180 metres of climbing, will be sure to get the pros racing in the red zone. With the National Series offering all-important Category 1 UCI points, local and international competitors alike will be looking to garner points to boost their rankings early in the season. This is particularly advantageous ahead of the opening round of the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series opener, which takes place on the same course on 10 March 2018. Events to follow in WC XCO Series: 17 March - WP XCO Series Cup #2 (Rhebokskloof, Paarl), 13 May - WP XCO Series Cup #3 (Slangboek, Rawsonville), 3 June - WP XCO Series Cup #4 and WP XCO Champs (Bloemendal, Durbanville).




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According to GSC Conservation Officer Adele Toua, the Fairtree Capital Contour Stage race is not only a welcome financial boost, but provides a platform to educate the public on the importance of conservation. “Efforts in restoration of the natural environment have only been possible through sponsorship and landowner support.” “Funds are allocated to education programmes, fire management, conservation of biodiversity in the area as well as alien clearing campaigns, as this is one of the major threats to water supply,” says Toua. The GSC is situated in an area that has precious fragments of critically endangered Swartland Shale Renosterveld and Mountain Fynbos. The farmland area currently covers over 4000Ha of which 32% is designated for conservation, including projects such as the Cape Leopard (sighted on Tokara Wine Farm), critically endangered Serruria pinnata, endangered Aristea lugens and 300 year old yellow wood forest (Podocarpus elongates) on Klapmutskop.

The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy (GSC) received a welcome cash injection of R90 000 from Fairtree Capital, sponsors of the Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Mountain Bike and Trail Run Stage Races. The GSC partnered with local landowners, event organisers Dirtopia and sponsors Fairtree Capital to offer participants a unique opportunity to access routes across all 32 member farms during the two-day mountain bike stage race, which will be hosted for the third time in February 2018. The Mountain Bike and Trail Run Stage Race events will take place on 3 - 4 February and on 10 - 11 February 2018 respectively. Keen trail runners and mountain bikers will once again have the opportunity to race in this unique conservation area right at the start of the annual stage race season.

The inaugural MTB Stage Race – dubbed the Fire Ride – took place shortly after the devastating Simonsberg fire in 2016, which damaged 90% of the trails that were constructed over a 2-year period and also destroyed large sections of the forest canopy. However, route designer and race director from Dirtopia, deployed more than 50 trail workers to ensure that a slightly adapted route was ready for race weekend. Remarkable vegetation regrowth has already taken place and riders can look forward to even more new trails for the 2018 race. The event aims to expand and showcase the expansive single-track trail network on the Simonsberg Mountain. Fairtree Capital added, “With over 40km of mountain singletrack, connecting more than 10 wine estates, the region is considered a mountain bike hotspot. Riders are also able to catch a rare glimpse of harvest season in the winelands.” For more information visit


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"TOO GET TO THE TOP IS A LONG ROAD OF UPS & DOWNS" Do you have what it takes to pedal against the best the world has to offer? Do you live, breathe, and eat to feed your mind and body, to have the power to achieve the one thing that feeds your soul? Bernard Esterhuizen, twenty-fiveyear old rider from Team Giant is living cycling, and has what it takes in abundance. At school Bernard was a natural sportsman with a inbuilt competitive drive to win whatever sport he participated in. Growing up in the Esterhuizen household, Bernard’s dad, Wikus Esterhuizen, a Masters rider and record holder of 3 World Champs in sprinting, imparted wisdom unto Bernard of what it takes to be the best. At the age of 8, Bernard started his day at 4am with his dad to train. In that same year he rode his first SA Track Champs, breaking the U11 record for the 500m Time Trial, which record still stands to this day. Bernard recalls that this was something that just happened. Wikus one-day questioned Bernard on becoming either a SA Champ or an International Champ, and his answer to that was unquestionably International.

rider after his Kilo. As he stepped off his bike to sit on the chair, he literally fell off with exhaustion. As he launched his start his handle bar broke, yet, focused as he was, he finished taking the Gold, so exhausted that he could barely manage to get up on the podium. The South African record he set in Montichiari, Italy in 2010, still stands to this day at 1.03.265 for the 1000m kilo. After two weeks of rest, Bernard took on the Common Wealth Games in India taking 6th place in the Kilo, despite becoming very ill. The World Cup became his next target. In the first year he gained experience. In the second World Cup he ended in 11th place. After 2 years of collecting points, he qualified to compete at the 2012 Olympics. Putting a lot of pressure on himself for the London Olympics, Bernard lost 3kg to improve his power to weight ratio. JP Van Zyl, his manager at the time, lifted his tactical race and Bernard took 11th place in the 200m. Bernard left UCI racing to regain his cycling enjoyment. He was invited to ride road races for Bonitas, but received a call from SASCOC and was placed in the Operation Excellence program where he received funding to train overseas. He moved to Spain and trained with Andy Spokes, being his first coach from the UCI before the World Cup in Mexico. He broke and set SA records in the Men’s 200m TT of 9.786, and Men’s 1000m 1.00.673 in Mexico 2013, which still stand to this day. The next two years he trained in America for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and achieved 6th place in the 1000m Kilo, and placed 8th in the Keirin. After he moved back to South Africa, he chose to do road cycling, and took a full year out of racing to build up his endurance. Having done this is the reason behind the results on the road - as he will always have that ‘kick’.

Having this inner will to win sparked in him the knowledge that if he took cycling very seriously, he could achieve all he set his sights on. His training took a complete new look, while his focus and goals targeting specifics became the order of the day. Bernard achieved SA 500m Time Trial records for U15 as well as the U17, and to him any form of slowing down was never an option. He calmly recalls those early mornings and hours of standing starts, flying efforts and bike pacing. His dad would ride on a motorbike pushing on Bernard’s back while experiencing speeds of 60km/hour. His dad would fall back and let Bernard pedal and build leg speeds in excess. Those who ride with him today remark that: “If Bernard kicks no one can catch him” - now you know where this quote comes from. Bernard won every race at the SA Champs U17. As a junior, Bernard took on the Elites knowing that this was the only possible chance he stood to race at Junior Worlds, and he succeeded. During Bernard’s first year at the 2009 Junior Worlds held in Moscow, Russia, he achieved an SA record of 10.41sec for the 200m sprint, which still stands to this day. Achieving 8th position in the competition attracted some attention regarding his abilities.

Photo's - Bernard Esterhuyzen - Photo's Credit: Double ST

After Junior Worlds he was invited to train in Aigle, Switzerland at the World Cycling Center where he trained alongside Sarah Hammer - multiple World Champion in the Pursuit and Omnium. His new coach saw Bernard’s drive and pushed him harder than any of the other competing athletes. He progressed very well and was expected to win 3 gold medals at the Junior Worlds in 2010. He qualified 3rd fastest in the sprint and ended up in 6th place - over exerting himself in the earlier rounds. In the Keirin he was boxed in and an accident ahead of him caused him to settle for 4th place, which resulted in great frustration and disappointment.

Since 2015, Bernard achieved top 10 finishes at the Amashova, EP Herald, and Kynsna Cycle Tour with his best winning result being the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour in 2016. While competing in the Team Sprint at the Commonwealth Games in October 2017, he had his hardest fall to date, and broke his collar bone, which resulted in an operation followed by a 6 weeks recovery period.

After the disappointing result in the Keirin, Bernard was motivated to do well in the Kilo. He focused on not riding for the podium, but rather, to look like the Argentinian

“My advice to young cyclists is to persevere and keep at it. To get to the top is a long road of ups and downs,” Bernard says.

“I would like to be back in action from January 2018, and my focus will be at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. South African Road Champs is also on my radar as it is a good indicator of form and potential against our pro tour riders.”

2018 ROAD CYCLING GEAR RESTRICTIONS The National Convention and AGM of Cycling SA was due to be held by teleconference on 25 November 2017, however this was unsatisfactory and the meetings have been adjourned to January 2018. According to Julian Cox, Cycling SA Road Technical Commissioner (Coastal) one of the issues which was to be discussed was that relating to gear ratios. The gear restrictions were amended at the 2016 AGM, but it was decided that the new restrictions would only be enforced from 1 January 2018. A resolution to reverse the decision made at the 2016 AGM is on the agenda at the 2017 AGM to be held in January 2018. If the resolution is approved, this will have the effect that the gear restrictions for U19 and younger age categories will revert to the “old “ roll in distances, namely: Under 11: (Equal to and not more than 6,227 metres), Under 13: Equal to and not more than 6,227 metres, Under 15: Equal to and not more than 6,626 metres, Under 17: Equal to and not more than 6,897 metres, Under 19: Equal to and not more than 7.93 metres. “As this resolution will only be debated and decided in January 2018, a decision was made at the Road Indaba held on 30 November 2017 that all Cycling SA officials WILL NOT enforce the decision made at the 2016 AGM to implement the use of new gearing until the resolution has been dealt with at the 2017 AGM. It seems that the general consensus is that the resolution should be adopted.” “In other words, from 1 January 2018, the old gear restrictions referred to above, will be enforced until a decision has been made at the 2017 AGM to be held in January 2018. For the purposes of the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships to be held at the beginning of February (after the AGM), the old gear restrictions set out above will be used irrespective of the outcome of the resolution at the AGM to be held in January 2018,” Julian Cox concludes.



WESTERN CAPE ROAD AND TIME TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 Cape Winelands Cycling is hosting the Western Cape Road and Time Trial Championships 2018, also incorporating the Cape Winelands Road and TT Championship from 20-21 January 2018 with the race headquarters at Windmeul Cellars in Paarl. The first day of the event include the Time Trial Championships with the start-line on Vryguns Road, just off the R44. The circuit is an out-and-back along Vryguns Road and applies to all categories. The start and finish-line will be at the same location in all cases. The road race circuit on the second day of the event is a 25km loop, starting from Windmeul Primary School and runs in a counter-clockwise direction. Participants need to be in possession of a valid 2018 CSA license for U/19 and older. Online entries will close on Tuesday, 16 January 2018. No late entries will be excepted after this time, nor on the day. For more information visit

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ROAD EVENTS CALENDAR FOR JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2018 The provisional Pedal Power Association (PPA) listed and supported events calendar for January and February 2018 include the following road cycling races: Cyclo Sportif #1 - The Cyclosportif series kicks off the 2018 season with PPA Cyclo Sportif #1 on 28 January 2018 with the venue for the first event in the series being the Windmeul Wine Cellar in Wellington. The long route will take riders through Wellington out towards Hermon, with only one big climb as riders pass Riebeeck Kasteel, returning to the venue via the R45. The route will include 3 water points. While this is a road event, riders are most welcome to ride on a road bike, mountain bike, cyclo cross bike, recumbent or a tandem. This series will count towards seeding for the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2019.

The 72km route follows the long route but cuts out Hermon and Riebeek Kasteel and joins the long route again at the Sonop turn-off to Voor-Paardeberg before returning to the finish via Agter-Paarl. The 46km route goes directly around Paarl Mountain and has no serous climbs. It joins the other two routes at the R44/Paardeberg Road junction and back to the finish via Agter Paarl. It is a fun-ride event aimed at the whole family and will have plenty of entertainment, food and drink available at the finish venue at De Poort. Families must please note no under 16s may ride the 123 km route, no under 14s may ride the 72km route, and under 12s must be accompanied by an adult on the 46km route. 99er Cycle Tour - On 10 February 2018 it will be the 20th time that the 99er Cycle Tour will take place. The 99km route is an Official Premier Seeding Event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019. The We Benefit 99er Cycle Tour takes place a month before The Cape Town Cycle Tour, and is an excellent preparation race for the world famous event. The 99er’s legendary climbs of Vissershok and Odendaal provide a great challenge and once a cyclist has conquered these hills, anything is possible! Enter by 29 January 2018 and stand a chance to win a 6 month Go Health Club contract for 1 person (including children 13-17 years), a Go Health Club Tote bag and water bottle. The winner will also get a 99er t-shirt hamper and have their entry fee reimbursed! Total value R3500! The race is organized and hosted by the El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville and the event is the main fundraising activity for the school. There are over 350 volunteers in the form of parents, staff, pupils, alumni and past parents involved on race day. In 2017, close to R50 000 was donated to the charities supported by The 99er Cycle Tour.

Bouckaert-Soenen Road Cycling Challenge - The annual Bouckaert-Soenen Road Cycling Challenge will take place on Sunday, 4 February which will bring thousands of cyclists to Paarl. The races, organised by the Rotary Club of Paarl, are held under the auspices of the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and start at the De Poort heritage centre in Pine Street. There are three races around Paarl Mountain that day, measuring 123km, 72km and 46km. The longer 123km route is suitable for league and more experienced riders and will be a seeding race for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019. It will pass through the towns of Wellington, Hermon and Riebeek Kasteel, with a tough climb over Bothmanskloof Pass. After the descent, the route turns back to Paarl via the Voor-Paardeberg area, before returning via Agter Paarl to the finish near Strawberry King.

Tour De PPA - The annual Tour de PPA is scheduled for 25 February 2018 and the last road funride where riders can get a good training session in before the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2018. Both the 72km and the 110km start at the Durbanville racecourse, take riders over Tiekiedraai, before turning right onto the undulating Contermanskloof Road. Cyclists then head right at the Vissershok 4-way stop to tackle the tough climb up Vissershok. After winding their way through Durbanville, cyclists turn left onto Wellington Road and onto the flatter open roads. The two routes split at the R312/Fisantekraal 4-way intersection, with the shorter route turning left, while the 110km route will continue straight to the R44 where they will turn left. From there long route riders will turn left at Voor-Paardeberg, and left again onto the R304 before joining up with the 72km route at the silos. All riders then head back towards Durbanville via Adderley Road. The finish is approximately 4km from the event venue, with a neutral zone back to the Racecourse. For more information visit

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The 12 Noon cut-off on 4 December 2018 brought to a close the 3rd edition of The Munga, what is fast becoming known as ‘the Toughest Race on Earth’, with 81 riders officially completing the grueling ‘non-stop’ 1 071km course from Bloemfontein to Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington. Of the 81 riders, the top 6 broke the previous record set by inaugural winner John Ntuli, with Portuguese rider Marco Martins leading the field home in an almost unbelievable time of 58 hours 5 minutes. First lady, Team Merchants rider Jeannie Dreyer, also crossed the line under the previous record to bring her category record down to 63 hour and 7 minutes.

The 3rd year of the Surval Stof En Teer event took place on 28 October 2017 in Oudtshoorn with 30 teams from as far as Pretoria, Welkom, Middelburg and Cape Town competing in the event. This unique race united the road and mountain bike disciplines with 4 members in a team – 2 road cyclists and 2 mountain bikers - each covering a distance of 60km. Eight South African Police Service (SAPS) National teams participated in the Surval Stof En Teer event. It was the first time that the SAPS Road and Mountain Bike National teams participated together in a team event of this kind. The race started at Smitswinkel with road cycling teams following the route to Schoemanshoek into the Matjiesrivier valley where road cycling team handed over to the mountain bike team at Swartberg Country Manor. Team Giant (Jenkinson/VD Bank) from Durbanville was first at the handover point with “Team Law and no Order” (Meijer/VD Westhuizen) in second. One of the local favourites, Team Cycle4Diabetes (VanStaden/Myburgh) had two flats on the road section and came in 4th,16 minutes behind the leaders. The mountain bikers crossed a private nature resort at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, turned into Latgansvlei valley and crossed several working farms with ostriches, tobacco fields and onion seed production areas. After returning to the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, riders travelled on the gravel road with the finish-line in an Olive orchard at the Surval Boutique Olive Estate. Team Giant (Cronje/Garret) was the winners of Stof en Teer, with Team Cycle 4 Diabetes (Hendricks/Visser) crossing the finish-line in second, making up two places, but not able to close the gap to the winners, and Team “Law and no Order” (O’Reily/Voges) taking third place. The ASG Young Guns (Leppan/Du Plessis/ Nortje/Pretorius), a local u/17 team rode a very impressive MTB leg and finished in an impressive third best time and overall 4th place. At the presentation R30 000 of prize money were up for grabs. The event was yet another successful event organized by Jakhals events from Oudtshoorn.


The last rider home, Ryno de Kock, completed the route with only 22 minutes to spare, while Race Founder Alex Harris who rode “at the back of the file to experience the race from an adventure rider’s perspective” finished with a few friends in just under 119 hours. For the first time 2 riders tackled The Munga on single speed bikes. David Cubbin finishing in 96 hours 49 minutes, and the character that is Max Menzies finished on his steel frame in 119 hours 7 minutes. Special mention should also go to Conraadt van den Heever finishing in 50th place on a Fat Bike – proving that The Munga is not just for Racing Snakes.

Photo Credit: Erik Vermeulen

Lazarus Mashishi finished 3rd in the Development Category in what was his first ever MTB race! For the first time the race also provided an adventure getaway for a married couple – 2 in fact. Bruce and Tracy Campbell finished in inside the Top 30 claiming the 3rd place in the Ladies’ race for Tracy, while Gavin and Jane Horton needed 117 hours 53 minutes to ride to Wellington. In total, official finishers rode 86 751km, drank over 1000 pods of Starbucks coffee and smashed 1200 litres of Coca Cola, and more than 1500 litres of supplied water. They drank nearly 1000 Super M Chocolate milk in the heat of Karoo. At Water Point 9, in the heart of the Tankwa Karoo where temperatures climbed into the mid-forties (this year’s weather was milder than previous years’), riders consumed 15kg Wors, 144 Ciabata rolls, 72 eggs, 5kg of potatoes, 48 Clover Super M chocolate milk, 400 litres of water and a mountain of PowerBar products. Wi-Fi connectivity along the 1,000km race route During the event participants and organisers of The Munga MTB tapped into the power of SES Networks to provide high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity along the 1,000km race route. SES Networks, together with its local partners Connectivity Africa and Ruckus Wireless, provided connectivity at five sites on the cycle routes.

Over five thousand cyclists lined up on a wet Sunday morning in Stellenbosch to take part in the second biggest road race in the Western Cape and the final premier seeding event for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Team Giant’s Rohan Du Plooy took the win at the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour in wet racing conditions, finishing the 97km route in 02:16:14, beating Craig Boyes (Specialized) and Dan Craven (Namibia), who finished in second and third respectively. Liezel Jordaan (Route 62 Cycles) claimed the victory in the women’s race in a time of 02:31:35. Second and third were Katie Lennard (02:31:36) and Lucy James (02:31:38) respectively. Du Plooy said the pace was fast right from the beginning with attacks taking place throughout the race. There was a break away at Val de Vie and with the help of his team mates Du Plooy was able to successfully drive to the finish. Jordaan explained that the women’s race was a bit different with the women sticking in a bunch for most of the race and a sprint to the finish taking place right near the end. Director of Marketing, Media and Sponsorship for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour, David Bellairs said, “Despite the weather conditions prevailing on the day, a large number cyclists turned out for the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour.” “Our thanks goes out to the intrepid cyclists who braved the rain to participate in the 2017 edition. To our sponsors, Medihelp, on behalf of the cyclists and organisers thank you for a great event.”


This year SES Networks doubled the capacity provided for organisers to use Facebook live streaming. The provision of internet connectivity meant the organisers were able to provide updates to the cyclists and enabled them to keep records of all participants that entered and left the stop-over sites. For the participants, they were able to stay connected with their families, post updates on social media for their followers to experience the race in real-time, and keep track of their progress. Carole Kamaitha, Vice President, Fixed Data of Africa at SES Networks, said, “Connecting our customers and local communities is at the heart of what we do. We are delighted that we were able to provide the Munga MTB participants and organisers with high-speed broadband connectivity and continue to provide the service to communities along the cycle routes. Many of the surrounding communities have limited access to the internet, so we are very pleased that we could make a difference to their daily lives by empowering them through connectivity.” “I’m exhausted but ecstatic that we managed to finish the race. To see the participants leave each day in the early hours of the morning and push through every type of pain, is truly remarkable and inspiring. By partnering with SES Networks, we were able to provide much needed quality Wi-Fi to the Munga MTB participants and the surrounding communities. Receiving motivational messages and pictures from loved ones also made everything worthwhile and participants felt encouraged every step of the way,” said Alex Harris, Munga Race Director.


Snow Bike Festival - Upgraded To “Stage Race Class 1” The Snow Bike Festival is honoured to announce that it has once again received Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) accreditation and has been upgraded to a “Stage Race Class 1”, making it one of only 15 stage races worldwide to be classified this highly. This results in an increased prize purse and additional UCI points. The event will return to the beautiful region of Gstaad in the Swiss Canton Berne. The world’s premier winter mountain biking event will take place in Gstaad from 18 - 21 January 2018. The 4-day stage race is the ultimate adventure for professionals and amateurs alike. Riders must endure ice-cold temperatures, challenging climbs and technical downhills. In return, they are rewarded with stunning mountain panoramas, picture perfect landscapes and a completely unique biking experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Snow Bike Festival co-founder, Herman Coertze is very pleased by the trust the UCI has placed in the Snow Bike Festival, by awarding the event ’Stage Race Class 1’ accreditation. “We have created a unique event which combines top-level racing with a thrilling adventure.” In Gstaad, the news of the event’s UCI accreditation as a “Stage Race Class 1” was met with great excitement. The more attractive the event is for professional athletes, the more people will participate and therefore the attractiveness for sponsors, spectators and media increases. This also helps generate additional overnight stays and therefore helps to raise the importance and value of the event to the region of Gstaad. Patrick Bauer, Gstaad’s product manager ‘Bike’: “We are proud to have entered into a such an attractive partnership with the motivated organisers of the Snow Bike Festival.”

Trans Breede Ultra

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“We are looking forward to the next edition of the event from 18 - 21 January 2018.” The stage race will be held under Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) MTB rules and is open to both amateurs and professionals. Riders are free to choose what kind of bike they want to compete with (Mountain Bike, Plus Bike or Fat Bike). The scenery on these stages is stunning. Riders will be met by incredible views as they ride amongst one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world. For more information visit

Porcupine Ridge MTB Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2018 organised by the Franschhoek Lions Club is now in its 19th year and takes place on 27 January 2018 at the Bridgehouse School in Franschhoek.

The Trans Breede Ultra will take place on 27 January 2018 at the Du Toitskloof Cellar - part of the Breedekloof wine route, located in the majestic Breede River Valley near the town of Rawsonville, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town through the awe-inspiring Du Toitskloof Pass, a scenic route that will take your breath away. The one-day mountain bike event will start and finish at the Du Toitskoof Cellar. The 110km route will comprise of trails in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek Valley and Bains Kloof area with a ascent of about 1500m. The route will traverse over great single tracks, vineyard roads and mountainous areas. Riders can expect a tough course with possible temperatures reaching 38 degrees. There will be six waterpoints along the route. With the same venue from start to finish, no transfers are needed with ample parking, shower facilities, wine tasting and a onsite Restaurant. Other activities at Du Toitskloof Winery include trout fishing, hiking, horse riding, bird-watching and 4x4 trails. The event will be sanctioned by CyclingSA. For more information visit

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2018 promises to take you back to your MTB roots presenting lots of fun and exciting routes and trails in and around the Berg River Dam with spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains. The three routes on offer will include: 54km, 36km and 12km. Riders will be able to experience a mix of Single Track, Gnarly Down Hills, Steep Climbs and water crossings. Coach and race ambassador, Joanna Dobinson from Biking in the Bosch will be in the mix to assist the riders. During the event 5 Water Points will be available to the riders. Fellow mountain biker and Franschhoek’s most loved Chef, Neil Jewell from Bread & Wine will be tending to Water Point 2. Stop for his Naked Droerwors, Miss Molly Mossbolletjies, homemade fruitgums and boiled potatoes. Both the long and short route will be going past these water points. Monies raised from this event go towards “Site First”. This project helps save the eyesight of local farm workers and underprivileged from the young to the elderly within the community by eye screening, eye care and cataract surgeries. During June 2017 a total of 307 people from the Franschhoek community went for eye screening and supplied with reading glasses from which 105 were referred for further testing at a local optometrist. They will receive tested spectacles if required and this is all paid for by the Franschhoek Lions Club from our Sight First Projects. For more information visit

Hero Night Series at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, situated in the magnificent Paarl valley, 40 kilometers from Cape Town, is nestled between the granite hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. On top of the award-winning wines, the picturesque Estate boasts a restaurant, excellent hiking and mountain biking trails and is the perfect location for weddings and events. The monthly Hero Night Series at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is hosted by Hero Adventures. Diarise Friday, 12 January, 9 February and 9 March 2018 for the next Hero Night Series events and bring your whole family. There is nothing quite like running, walking or riding in the dark on one of the most amazing trails under the stars in Paarl. All routes are clearly marked with marshals and some fun water points. Great food and music will keep you entertained on the evening, and the Rhebok Restaurant will be open! Pack your lights and come enjoy a great evening under the stars. The Hero Trail Run includes the following distances: 3km (18h00); 5km and 10km (18h30), while the Hero Mountain Bike includes: 3km (18h00), 10km and 20km (19h00) distances. The Entry Fee is R30. Registration will be at Rhebokskloof Trail Centre from Tuesday, 9 January 2018. For more information visit




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The Discovery Get Active weekend brings professional athletes and sport enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting day of swimming, cycling, and running through the scenic Mother City, with the Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town set for 11 February 2018. Cape Town to host the only World Cup triathlon on African soil

This Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town kicks off the international circuit as the opening race on the 2018 International Triathlon Union (ITU) global calendar. It is the only World Cup triathlon that takes place on African soil. “This event is special as it attracts the best triathletes in the world, including world and Olympic champions,” says race director Gary Marescia. Home-grown men’s defending Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champ, Richard Murray, enthuses about Photo: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock the Cape Town event, saying, “To race in front of my home crowd and Table Mountain is always a pleasure.” He also 11 February 2018 promises a full day of racing entertainment - With the enjoys the dynamic of the race format: “I’m a big fan of the sprint distance events - duathlon and triathlon taking place on the same day this year, spectators will be it’s fast, furious and comes down to the line sometimes.” treated to a full day of entertainment. “The start times of each wave have been scheduled to ensure that athletes and spectators enjoy an action-packed day of racing,” says Marescia. “We are pleased that Cape Town has been chosen as a host city once again,” says Alderman JP Smith, a City Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security. “The City has developed a strong track record as an events destination.” “On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup triathletes and spectators.” Discovery Duathlon makes multisport more accessible - Whether you’re a professional athlete or a newcomer to multisport, there’s nothing like the adrenaline rush combining two or more disciplines into one, exciting event. The Discovery Duathlon Cape Town offers those interested in a multisport event the chance to experience the run, cycle, run format. The weekend promises to cater for high performance athletes, weekend warriors and novices alike. It also allows participants to experience the beauty of Cape Town and spend a day out at iconic locations, such as the V&A Waterfront and Green Point Athletics Stadium. Entries are now open for the fourth Discovery Duathlon Cape Town and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town. There are limited entries per race category. Photo: Green Point Athletics Stadium, Cape Town - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock

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