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Photo: Coronation Double Century 2017 - Photo Credit Craig Kolesky

Coronation Fund Managers, the Pedal Power Association and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust can’t wait to welcome 245 teams of up to 12 cyclists, support drivers, friends and families to the 2018 edition of the Coronation Double Century on Saturday, 24 November 2018. This iconic event, now in its 26th year will once again take place on the spectacular 202km route around the Overberg, starting and finishing in Swellendam. “We’re looking forward to hosting a wide range of cyclists again this year,” commented David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT).

“From the top pros and elites down to the weekend warriors. It’s the team spirit and the overall vibe that makes this event so special.” The Coronation Double Century is a true test of endurance and skill. Pedalling in excess of 200km in the space of 10 hours is a demanding task, even for pro cyclists. Most individuals who exercise regularly can finish a 100km ride quite easily, but a 202km ride is a different story, both physically and mentally. Here are some tips to follow in the lead up to this challenging event: Continue Reading Page 2

Event Format - Men, Women & Solo Riders - Ride All 3 Stages - Ride Single Stages

2018 Online Entries: www.entrytime.com T: 074 457 6777 | W: www.langeberglinkmtb.com // Based at Oudewerf, 10km from Swellendam on the R60 \\ // Light snack after each day’s ride \\ // t-shirt & goody bag to all pre-entries, Medals to all 3-day finishers\\ // accommodation: www.swellendam-info.co.za \\

22-24 September 2018 Stages - Stage 1, 52km - 900m ascent - Stage 2, 28km - 520m ascent - Stage 3, 52km - 900m ascent

Event Cost - All 3 Days, R1200pp - Single Stage, R450pp Timing by Great-Time



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Photo: Liezel van der Westhuizen & Cindy Jacobsz at Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town

Media personality Liezel van der Westhuizen is set to take on her greatest challenge yet as she and her partner Cindy Jacobsz, member of SA Tandem for the Blind, will tandem cycle over 500km through the mighty Himalayas. The event is a remarkable one as it is an inclusive event which sees visually impaired athletes taking part. #M2K2018 – Inclusive Tandem Cycling Expedition With Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation. Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) is India's leading adventure sports not-for-profit that caters to Persons with Disability as well as able-bodied adventurers.

An E-Bike rider has a distinct advantage over all other competitors and can be used by a participant to try and influence their seeding for future events in both road and mountain bike events, attain a podium or influence the overall outcome of a race by assisting others who are on normal bicycles (drafting, mechanical support, towing, pushing). Any protest or objections regarding the inclusion of E-bikes at an event will be solely the responsibility of the event organiser or race director and not the responsibility of the Cycling SA race commissaires. E-bike riders will be excluded from commissaire result sheets and/or verification.


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The insurance cover provided under Cycling SA sanctioning only covers the riders who participate within the rules of Cycling SA – that is riders on conventional bicycles. Members of Cycling SA who participates in sanctioned events on an E-Bike will also forfeit any potential claim for medical assistance, as the use of E-Bikes falls outside of the scope of the federation’s rules and regulations.




Currently, under UCI and Cycling SA regulations, the use of E-bikes by participants is not allowed in sanctioned events. Events that are sanctioned by Cycling South Africa agree to abide by the current rules and regulations. Should an event organiser choose to include the participation of e-bikes they do so at entirely their own risk.

E-bikes are considered as mechanical doping and a contravention of UCI regulation 1.3.010. The potential sanctions are severe. Cycling South Africa Mountain Bike Regulations for 2018 (published in 2017) have expressly excluded E-Bikes into the regulations. 14.01.010 - The use of electronically assisted bicycles (E-Bikes) are not permitted in any form of mountain bike events when run on the same course at the same time.

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Cycling SA has noted a trend amongst some event organisers to include E-bikes (electronically assisted bikes) into the events. This is an unfair and unsafe practice. There have been incidents involving E-bike riders – from causing accidents in technical terrain to actually claiming podium amongst normal bicycle riders.

At the age of 16 Jacobsz was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, Stargard leading to eventual blindness, in spite of this she had gone on to achieve remarkable things. “I was extremely honoured and excited to be asked by Cindy to partner with her. She is a remarkable athlete who despite the challenge presented by her blindness has gone on to earn national colours for cycling. I am going to have to be on top of my game to keep up,” laughs van der Westhuizen. Continue Reading Page 3

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Do Not Over-Train - For both physical conditioning and mental preparation, you need to have put in the distances ahead of time, but don’t train excessively before the event as over-training can be counter-productive. It is importance to have “a good night’s sleep” on the eve of the event and then “a full, low GI breakfast two to three hours before the start,” to be followed by a 750ml sports drink in the last hour. Cross Train - Not all training has to happen on the bike and some cross training is good – particularly as this builds stamina and general cardiovascular fitness. So head to the gym for some weight training, or hit the road for a run. Stick To A Routine - Familiarise yourself with a routine of exercise, rest and feeding – and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to try out new training methods or new foodstuffs just before race day – you won’t know how your body will react to it and you could end up in trouble. Stick to what you know and what’s worked for you in the past. Keep Healthy - Keep yourself healthy and virus-free. If you are unwell before the race, check with your doctor if you can safely ride and trust that decision. If you are unable to control your heart rate rise, it is unlikely that you will be able to finish the race and trying to do so could result in a metabolic or heat-related injury. Keep an eye on the Coronation Double Century website for more training and essential race day tips in the lead up to the race.

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ALAN HATHERLY CLAIMS FIRST U23 WORLD CUP WIN IN CANADA On Sunday, 12 August in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly controlled an explosive race in the U23 Men’s category to win his first-ever UCI XCO World Cup. The result in Canada, on “one of the hardest tracks on the [World Cup] circuit”, according to Hatherly, is the South African’s most memorable result in a roller coaster season of racing. The 22-year-old broke both his wrists in February in a mountain bike stage, but bounced back in April to claim a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. He then defended his African Continental and South African Championship titles recently. For those in the know, UCI World Cup racing remains the pinnacle of the sport, and Hatherly was eager to deliver on his potential on the biggest stage. Passion, skill, dedication to training and pure grit have brought him a second (in 2017) and a third-place result this year in U23 World Cups. Hatherly and his Team Spur support staff, mechanic JP Jacobs and team manager, Tim Bassingthwaighte, made their way to the ski resort of Mont Sainte-Anne, outside Quebec City, Canada. A special training plan was hatched with a shift in the usual race preparation. Hatherly took a look at the course on Wednesday and knew he’d have his hands full on race day.The Mont Sainte-Anne race course had cut out one major climb from previous years, but would still be a dogfight for all of its six laps. The race got underway on a sweltering Quebec summer’s day. Alan lined up in the front row for the all-important explosive start. Staying in touch with the front group was vital as the technical course means bottlenecks at the more challenging obstacles, or when other riders fall. Sitting fifth wheel in the lead bunch, Alan put in an attack midway through the first lap and started dictating the pace. On the second lap Joshua Dubau [France] attacked and they distanced themselves from the group with Chris Blevins [USA] the only one who could stay with them. Unfortunately Josh crashed on the descent and Chris was the only one to stay with Alan. Aware of Blevins’ technical prowess, Hatherly watched him like a hawk. After four laps out in front, the pair knew it would come down to the decisive final lap. “I managed to get about a 10m gap or so on Chris and I knew I had to keep the pace up and just push through to the line. I think he made a mistake at the top in the rock garden and that gave me a bit of extra time,” he said.

Photo: Alan Hatherly - Photo Credit: Michal Cerveny

Dropping out of the trees towards the line, Hatherly had wrestled the gap out to around 30 seconds. A few grass bends and high fives later and Alan crossed the line to claim his first U23 UCI XCO World Cup victory! “It’s unbelievable to finally get the win. We’ve been working for this now for longer than two years obviously, but I feel like it’s been possible for the last two years and to finally have pulled it off is massive. With all the ups and downs of this year: broken bones, anemia mid-season... it’s not ideal! To bounce back towards the end of the season is incredible. Some exciting racing is still ahead so it’s time for some big training to prepare for the final two-three races of the year. I’m happy there’s some racing left to chase another top step!” “I am so stoked that all the effort has paid off. The last few weeks have been so hard but to walk away with the win makes it all worth it. I just want to say thanks to everyone back home for all the support, it makes the victory that much sweeter,” Hatherly said. Hatherly now spends a few weeks in Europe before the XCO World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland in September.

NO 2019 UCI WORLD CUP FOR SOUTH AFRICA The Absa Cape Epic announced that it will not be hosting the opening leg of the UCI XCO World Cup Series again in 2019, but plans to present “bigger and better” versions in the following years. Absa Cape Epic (managing director Michael Flinn) said: “After our initial and highly successful event this year the UCI has requested that we sign a two-year commitment. We have decided to aim rather for the 2020 and 2021 events,” said Flinn. “That gives us time to secure the sort of financial backing we would require to host events of the standard that we demand of ourselves. In fact, our team is already working on new plans.” Flinn added that the Grandstand Management team which organises the Absa Cape Epic was very busy preparing the 16th edition of the Untamed African MTB Race - “And of course we are already busy with our planning and preparations for next year’s Absa Cape Epic.”

Photo: 2018 UCI World Cup held in Stellenbosch

‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of spectators that showed up for the 2018 World Cup event, the overwhelming number of people who supported us from afar and our incredible sponsors, crew, media and riders who put on an Epic show.’ added Flinn.



TEAM DIMENSION DATA TRANSFERS & NEW SIGNINGS UPDATE Stefan de Bod signs for Team Dimension Data World Tour Team The 21-year-old South African talent, Stefan de Bod has signed a 2-year deal with Team Dimension Data World Tour. After 3 seasons with the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental squad, Stefan de Bod will step up into the World Tour team from January 1st, 2019. The multiple U23 South African time trial and road race champion becomes the 5th rider to graduate to the World Tour after developing his talent with the African feeder team. Originally from Stellenbosch, de Bod has been part of the development program since 2015. After relocating to Lucca, Italy in 2016 with the Dimension Data Continental team, de Bod was exposed to the rigours of European racing where he was gradually able to develop his climbing and time trialling abilities in 2016 and 2017, before a breakthrough season this year.

Photo: Stefan de Bod

Photo: Roman Kreuziger

Photo: Michael Valgren

Photo: Rasmus Tiller

Photo: Lars Bak

Photo: Danilo Wyss

Photo: Kent Main (right)

Photo: Matteo Sobrero

Starting with his 3rd successive u23 national time trial title in February, de Bod went from strength to strength and racked up some impressive results this year, including victories at the u23 Strade Bianche and G.P. Palio del Recioto. Podium placing’s at Trofeo Alcide Degasperi and Valle d’Aosta was only further confirmation of the talent that had already seen in de Bod as an 18-year-old. Team Dimension Data welcome 3 stagiaires for 2018 season Team Dimension Data also welcomed 3 stagiaires, who joined the World Tour team for the remainder of the 2018 season. Matteo Sobrero, Kent Main and Connor Swift started their apprenticeship with the African Team in August and allows for up to 3 stagiaires, U23 or elite riders never to have raced professionally before, to join a World Tour team. A stagiaire may not compete in any World Tour events but is able to participate in any continental level event our World Tour team competes in, between August 1st and December 31st. The 21-year-old Italian, Matteo Sobrero and 22-year-old South African, Kent Main is from the continental feeder team and hope to follow in the footsteps of their former continental team teammates, Ryan Gibbons, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Nicolas Dlamini, who are all currently World Tour pro’s that enjoyed stagiaire roles with Team Dimension Data previously. Main is a talented South African rider who has ridden brilliantly in service of his teammates for the past two seasons on the Continental team. After helping teammates to podium results at three separate u23 classics this year, Main was still able to finish in the front group after sacrificing his own chances. “Much of the success our continental team has had over the past two seasons can also be attributed to Main’s leadership on the bike, and we are delighted to give him this opportunity with our World Tour team.” New Contracts Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka also announced the signing of two-year contracts from 1 January, 2019 with Rasmus Tiller, Roman Kreuziger, Danilo Wyss, Michael Valgren and a one-year contract with Lars Bak.

Rasmus Tiller, 22-year-old Norwegian joins Africa’s Team from UCI Continental outfit Team Joker Icopal where he has been for the last two seasons. He’s a powerful young rider showcased by his second place at the Norwegian road race championships this year, an event that he won in 2017, aged just 20. Roman Kreuziger, 32-year-old Czech not only brings a wealth of experience to the team, highlighted by his stellar palmarès, but also a deep understanding that the team rides for a greater purpose, the Qhubeka charity. Danilo Wyss, 32-year-old Swiss rider has been with the BMC Racing Team for his entire career and now, after 11 years, will join the African Team. 2018 has seen Wyss involved in a busy schedule having raced the Tour Down Under, Tour of California, Critérium du Dauphiné, Romandie, Catalunya, Basque Country as well as Tour de Yorkshire, highlighting his versatility. As such, the 2015 Swiss road race champion brings a wealth of experience to bolster our squad as we continue to build towards the future, and in keeping with our Vision 2020 goals. Michael Valgren, 26-year-old Dane comes with a burgeoning reputation and has had an excellent 2018 for the Astana Pro Team.

Photo Credit's: Stiehl Photography, & Andrew Peat

His addition to our squad will add significant quality over the coming years. 2018 highlights for Valgren include victory in the Amstel Gold Race, sealing the biggest win of his career. This followed his earlier win in February as he captured the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title, making the decisive break with just over 2km to go and soloing to an impressive victory. He also finished fourth at the Tour of Flanders. Lars Bak, 38-year-old Dane brings a huge amount of experience to the team with a palmarès that includes: 12 professional victories, 19 Grand Tours and 32 appearances at the Classics. He will move across from Lotto-Soudal where he spent the last seven seasons.

KATUSHA ALPECIN RE-SIGN WILLIE SMIT FOR NEXT SEASON Returning riders for Team KATUSHA ALPECIN Willie Smit and Viacheslav Kuznetsov have both signed one-year agreements for 2019, while Dmitry Strakhov will join the team as a stagiare for the rest of the 2018 season. Smit, age 25, is still in his first year of racing at the highest level, but General Manager José Azevedo likes what he’s seen from the South African. Azevedo: “He came to us from a continental team as first in the African ranking, so this has been a very big step for him.” “This year he did a few WorldTour races, and we know that’s a lot to ask, so it was a bit of a test to see his capacity and potential. He’s had some interesting results – as an example in Amstel Gold race he rode almost all day in the break when he had never raced at all in Holland.” It’s complicated for riders when they don’t know the race. In other races he’s tried to sprint. So he has shown us his potential but he needs time and we’ve re-signed him for another year. We believe in him and I believe after this learning year, next year he can show his true self.”





New Trail in the

Staking SA’s future

The Hillbillies Mountain Bike Club in George recently built and unveiled a new single-track trail at the Garden Route Dam. The pine plantation nestled in between the Garden Route Dam to the West, and the Saasveld campus of Nelson Mandela University to the East, is a popular network of trails frequented by locals and visitors to the area, all year round. Apart from the usual favourites: The snake, Dam(n) Climb, and Graveyard, trail users can now also enjoy this newly built trail, dubbed Moose-a-nice.

South Africa is home to some of nature’s most incredible places. The MTO Group, company seeks to turn those into a boost for the country’s people and economy.

Saasveld Trail Network

The 1.5km long trail is situated in a previously untouched section of Pine plantation, surrounded by service roads. The trail is closer to the dam wall than the other trails in the area, thus providing riders an extra bit of excitement before exiting the trail right by the dam wall entrance to the plantation, on their way home. While many new and exciting trails were added to the network on the NMU campus itself, primarily for use by the Madibaz XCO series, the Dam area has been largely dormant with respect to trail building the last couple of years.

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In South Africa, tourism contributed R127.9 billion to the economy, about 3 percent of GDP. This is predicted to reach nearly 4 percent by 2027, though that seems low if you consider the abundance of attractive natural destinations in the country. If you ask Lawrence Polkinghorne, CEO of the MTO Group, it could be greater. “For the outdoor enthusiasts, our offering is endless, from sitting on the cliff’s edge in the Tsitsikamma watching dolphins play to some of the best mountain bike trails the world has to offer. We can cater for anyone, whether hiking, riding, walking or biking, birding or just chilling in the most exquisite surroundings, we are so privileged to be able to share the abundant beauty.” MTO’s custodianship involves vast areas of natural beauty, including the famous Tsitsikamma mountain trail, the world-class Jonkershoek biking trails, as well as new routes in the White River area in Mpumalanga. In many of these areas, local enthusiasts and nature lovers were already trying to maintain and promote the areas.

This year, however, the club has stepped up trail maintenance efforts, as well as introduced this new trail, with the focus on being ready and in top shape for the December holiday period when many holidaymakers will be visiting the Saasveld trail network. Visitors to the area can get more information on the multitude trails in the areas by visiting the local bike shops in George for some expert advice.

Mountain Bike Trails 2 a must have trails book

This Top Mountain Bike Trails 2 covers the best trails, routes and rides in the three Cape provinces. Up-to-date route info, great photographs and excellent, detailed maps, along with AMA approvals, make this book the perfect companion for experienced as well as aspiring mountain biking enthusiasts. A comprehensive list of trails to explore in the other six provinces can also be found at the back of the book. So, get on your bike and ride! The book contains the following: Top SA MTB regions [Eastern Cape, Northern Cape & Western Cape], an overview of trails, provincial & regional intros, entry requirements, facilities, warnings and important information regarding age group – all (sport, race, touring & recreational riders), African MTB Association (AMA) foreword & accreditation. Tip box for each trail: - Terrain (Jeep track, Singletrack etc, - Temperatures & safety (shared with hikers etc.), - Access points, - Map GPS, web, - Mail, phone and Distance & time For more information visit www.mapstudio.co.za

“We share some of the most beautiful places in the country. It’s a strategic imperative for us and we see ecotourism as a very exciting opportunity, one we won’t let slide by the wayside. It is a profit centre for us and we are focused on growing the division, as well as growing the offering we have way beyond just association to include hospitality second to none.” MTO’s ecotourism ambitions are not about philanthropy, though the company is also funding wildlife research such as around the endangered Ghost Frog found on its grounds and restoring wetlands. It sees ecotourism as a serious sector for South Africa that is worth investing in. This will help MTO’s bottom line, as well as Polkinghorne’s strong views on development. Ecotourism is a sector that can immensely benefit local communities. Their involvement as well as seeing the benefit of sustaining natural wonders are crucial. At present MTO trains over 13,500 people annually across its various sectors, a process it aims to expand considerably. Ecotourism, which it wants to grow into a mass contributor to the company, will play a major role. Other areas of investment include the refurbishment of accommodation and signage at several of its sites, as well as funding the development of new hiking and MTB trails. Looking ahead, MTO is investigating full tour and travel packages, tailored to offer visitors unbelievable and unique exceptional experiences. “We’re building out what we have,” said Polkinghorne. “Building out and standardising the offering at a world-class level at all of our facilities. That’s a big undertaking, but we’re so encouraged by the uptake and buy-in from both local communities and visitors, we can’t imagine any other way forward. I certainly don’t, not with so much to offer to the world.”








Michaela Beaton - Spur Schools MTB League ‘Rising Star’ At only 16-years old, Michael Beaton is already making waves in South Africa’s MTB fraternity and there’s no stopping her. Before nurturing her passion for the sport, this grade 10 pupil at Rhenish Girls’ High School simply enjoyed weekend afternoon rides with her family. In 2014 she participated in her first Spur MTB Schools League, and since then she’s been pressing on. “My dad encouraged me to enter just for fun, but then I realised how much I enjoyed it. I think my passion for the sport was ignited when I realised how fun it is just to be out riding the trails,” she says. Michaela says she loves the freedom that comes with mountain biking and the fact that she gets to explore the wonders of nature while seated on her saddle. But it’s not all fun and games; MTB is hard work and takes daily dedication and commitment. With Michaela’s 6-7 day a week training programme, that’s an area where she certainly isn’t lacking. “You need to spend hours riding on your own, doing laps on the same trail.” Since participating in her first Spur Schools MTB League, Michaela has also participated in numerous races. Her winning highlights include scooping first place in the 2017 Western Cape Spur Schools MTB League for her age group; representing South Africa this past July at the Cross Triathlon World Championships in Denmark; and receiving her Western Cape colours for XCO in 2017, as well as for marathon riding in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Photo: Michael Beaton - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock

Looking to the future, Michaela hopes to obtain her Western Province Colours in the Marathon Series and to help her school qualify for the Spur Schools MTB League national final. Her other big goal is to participate in the Grabouw Xterra next year and hopefully in the future qualify for an Ironman 70.3 and The Xterra World Championships in Hawaii. With so much encouragement and support from her family, and boundless amounts of hard work and determination, we are sure Michaela will achieve all her goals.

The stage is set for the final of Enduro WesternCape Following a very successful first round of the newly found Enduro Western Cape series, riders were treated to another Tygerberg based round at Contermanskloof. The lush green hills and never-ending hero dirt of the Contermanskloof trails delivered the expected amount of stoke, flow and action as riders took on the five stages. With the addition of a brand new stage and some adjustments to others, Robert Starke’s efforts ensured that things stayed interesting and fresh for the 161 riders taking part in Round 2. On the racing side, it was Conterman’s owner and trail builder Robert that came out on top step with round one’s winner Matt Lombardi just under 5 seconds off the pace, followed by Dane Olsen in third. In the women’s race, Frankie du Toit took the honours, followed by Joanna Dobinson in second and round one’s second place finisher, Katja Steenkamp in third. “I found it incredible - much better than last year. You can see the effort that went into cutting new trails for us. Very well organised with staggered starts sorting out the heavy congestion at the start of stages. There was hero dirt everywhere fast but also tricky,” said Joanna Dobinson. Photo Credit: Ewald Sadie

The third and final stop for the Enduro Western Cape 2018 season in association with Tygerberg MTB Club and Giant Bicycles will take place at Jonkershoek on 16 September 2018. These stages are going to be the toughest of the series.

Bring your friends and family to the Funky Fynbos Festival Grab a wrench and start tightening those bolts and adjusting your seat because the two-day MTB Funky Challenge is fast approaching! Giving contestants unbelievable value for money without compromising on thrills or frills, this new addition to the Funky Fynbos MTB calendar will push you to your limits while keeping your bank balance out of the red. Spanning 95km on purpose-built tracks that cut through alien vegetation on natural lines and breaks, you and your trusted steel steed will traverse some of the most breathtaking private farms in the Walker Bay Conservancy. But don't let the beauty fool you. Steep climbs will have you feel the burn as you climb the mountains surrounding Gansbaai. Singletracks will help you flow through the newly made tracks as you gain speed down gravity aided descents. The start/finish point for each day will be at the Lomond Wine Estate. Contestants have the option of doing both days or only one of the days. There are a number of other festivities and activities happening over the weekend, including Trail running races, Canoeing, even box cart racing. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the Funky Fynbos Festival in the Overberg. For more information and online entries go to www.entryninja.com or contact us at 083 267 8164 / events@scuttle.co.za




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The 8th Edition of the Timbercity Cycle Tour hosted by Eden Cycling Association will take place on Sunday, 30 September 2018 in Oudtshoorn. With very few road races in the Western Cape this is the perfect opportunity to race in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, and participating in a seeding race for the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2019. The road race on Sunday will cater for every level of cyclist with a flat 30km, a slightly more challenging 57km to the Cango Caves and the 104km that stretches into Matjiesrivier at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range and back. The 104km route is challenging, but worth the effort when greeted with the natural beauty of Oudtshoorn and surroundings. This is one of the reasons why the Director of Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, David Bellairs has completed most of the previous events. The 104km Route has an accent of 1200m but comes with a rewarding last 42km that drops 600m back into Oudtshoorn. The Timbercity Cycle Tour will start and finish at Brian’s Grill and Family Restaurant in Baron van Reede street, also a secondary sponsor together with the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Photo Credit: Double ST

The Western Province Cycling Association (WPCA) and the 2018 WP Cycling Road League has since March 2018 witnessed exceptional racing in all categories at the various venues throughout the Cape region. On 29 July 2018 the second edition of the Randall February Memorial – WP Road Racing League, was hosted by the Phoenix Cycling Club and the Cedar Cycling Club at the Killarney Racetrack. The event was held to commemorate and celebrate the life of Randall February - friend, competitor and cycling enthusiast that lost his life in 2016, while out on a Sunday ride. An amazing amount of cyclist and friends turned up to compete and remember Randall. The racing started off with the juniors racing in their various categories. There were only a few ladies on the start-line that ended in a sprint finish with Mandie Swart taking the win from Carla Steyn and Claudia Anette Gnudi took third place.

Photo: Marchall Hendricks & Louis Visser

The winner of the 2017 event, Louis Visser from the Team Dimension Data Continental will not be back from Europe in time to defend his title, and Marchall Hendricks from C4D Team, runner up from 2017 will try to claim the top spot on the podium. Last years winner in the women's category, Anriette Schoeman has confirmed that she will be back to defend her title. Break away for the weekend and experience the very best of cycling the Little Karoo has to offer by also participating in the 7 Weekspoort MTB Challenge in Ladismith on Saturday, 29 September 2018.

The final race of the day was the Category 1 race with an entry of over 50 entrants. The Alfa Bodyworks Giant team was out in full force to back their sprinters while Team Specialized supported Craig Boyes, the current points leader. Craig Boyes took the win in a close sprint beating Rudie Kellerman in second and Jean Smith in third. The next race on the Western Province Cycling Association calendar was the Dunlop Cup Road Race that took place in the Slanghoek Valley on 12 August 2018, hosted by the City Cycling & Athletic Club, established in 1891. The club offered the Dunlop Cup, which was first raced for in 1949, to the winner of the Category 1 race. On the day the WP Cycling Road League witnessed about 120 riders in Category 1,2,3 and ladies, as well as U15,U17/Junior and elite categories took on the race at Slanghoek Valley. The decrease in entries was due to inclement weather conditions.

For more information and online entries visit www.cycleevents.co.za

TOKYO 2020 ROAD RACE COURSES REVEALED The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced the routes for the Tokyo 2020 cycling road race events. Both road races will start in the Tokyo metropolitan area and route west through scenic landscapes towards the Mount Fuji region. The athletes will be put to the test with technically challenging courses with significant elevation gain. The dynamic and spectator-friendly race routes will start at Musashinonomori Park in Chofu, western Tokyo, with a 10km neutral zone where the riders will initially parade without actively racing. The race will then commence, taking in a broad swathe of Japan’s rich geography, including urban areas of Tokyo, roads with mountain views and attractive lakes against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji.

Photo Credit: Double ST

The day started off with the 45 riders in the Category 1 race where riders would ride laps of the tough 40km circuit with the Category 2, 3 & ladies racing 2 laps. After hard day of racing in Category 1 the results was amended after a complaint was lodged against some riders in the breakaway, they were subsequently disqualified by the race officials. Shameeg Salie of Randwater took the win, with Jacques Lloyd from Team Specialized in second and Jaco Davel of ASG in third. A small ladies field of just 7 riders turned up for the race and it was decided that they would race with the Category 3 bunch. Four of the ladies managed to finish with the main Category 3 bunch and in the sprint Cathy Carstens outsprinted Carla Steyn for second and third place went to Christiane Brenzel.

Photo: Mount Fuji,Japan

Exiting the Tokyo metropolitan area, the routes will traverse three prefectures to the west of the capital – Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka – each with its own distinctive landscape – finishing at the Fuji Speedway circuit in Shizuoka prefecture. The riders will traverse the lower slopes of the iconic Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, which attracts many thousands of visitors and climbers from around the world every year. They will also follow some of the dedicated cycling routes around nearby Lake Yamanakako, another scenic tourist destination.


The Wannabees Cycling Club will host the next WP Cycling Association league race in and around Raithby on 2 September 2018, while The Sports Trust will host the Community Cycle race at Beacon Hill High School on Sunday, 23 September 2018. The final stretches of the course will feature challenging terrain where the outcome of the races may well be decided. Racing will finish with riders completing circuits in and around the Fuji Speedway, a motorsport race track located immediately below Mount Fuji. With each lap, spectators in the ample grandstand seating will see the race finale unfold – be it from a solo attack, small breakaway group or bunch sprint – and cheer the riders on as they make their final approach to the finish line and Olympic glory.


UCT CYCLING CLUB CELEBRATES WOMEN'S MONTH Megan Anley and Megan McCarley. “The aim of the series is to celebrate women in sport,” said Anley. “We want the ladies to walk away feeling empowered as women to play sports competitively, but also wholesomely and wholeheartedly, because the spirit of sport is so much more than simply winning gold medals.” The seminars featured five speakers from various sporting backgrounds sharing their stories. Female membership of the UCT Cycling Club has increased steadily, to 20 female members out of 68, and for the first time in the club’s history they have a full road racing team of seven women. There are plenty of ways for women to get involved in the cycling club. “We host ladies-only spinning classes at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on Thursday evenings,” said Anley.

For Women’s Month, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Cycling Club presented a series of events and talks to celebrate women in sport. The series began on 9 August 2018 with a coffee ride and continued with a seminar on 16 August, informal discussions on 23 August, and a social media campaign to raise awareness about potential health concerns for female athletes. The initiative, which is the first of its kind for the club, has been put together by

“These have been really well received and participants include women who arenʼt in the racing team but who want to get stronger and build up confidence on a bike in a neutral, safe space. A lot of ladies are nervous to come along on club rides because they’re under the impression that everyone in the club is really strong and competitive, and that they’re going to be left behind on the rides – I know that I was!” she said. “It took me a full year of being a part of the club before I went on a club ride. But the spinning class allows them to come and see what it’s all about,” Anley concludes.

TSOGO SUN AMASHOVA DURBAN CLASSIC INCLUDES 160KM RACE Durban’s popular annual Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic will be taking place in KwaZulu-Natal on 21 October 2018. The oldest road classic cycling race in South Africa is also one of the prettiest with picturesque and challenging routes marked from Pietermaritzburg to Durban that will see cyclists participate in either the fun 35km race, the challenging 65km race, the competitive 106km race or the newly added, gruelling 160km race. Although the Tsogo Sun Amashova is regarded by competitive cyclists as an important event on their cycling calendar, it’s also gained the reputation to be a wonderful event for social cyclists with a growing number of charities and riders for a cause participating. Entries are open to everyone with a bike and a helmet! In keeping with the overall enjoyment of the day there is also plenty of fun for all to be had with great food and festivities on the route and at the relaxed post-race vibe on the Suncoast Casino Hotels & Entertainment lawns with live music on offer. For more information visit www.shova.co.za


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South Africa’s National U23 Road Champ, Catherine Colyn has raced to her first European podium place. Colyn, a 22 year old cyclist from Paarl is currently in Europe racing with the Maaslandster international women’s cycling team, based in Suid-Limburg, Netherlands where she’ll be competing until 25 September 2018.

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She lined up for the Emptinne Grand Prix Ets S.Heulens in Belgium, a hilly kermesse event raced over laps of five kilometres and took third place to earn herself a bronze medal. It was a happy Colyn, part of Team SA at the last African Games in Congo, three years ago: “This is my first ever European podium. I honestly think I was happier than the girl who won the race.”


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“This past month has been quite difficult with me crashing in my first tour, forcing me to take time off from racing and then having disappointing races, so this third place really brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy I could share it with my best friend and teammate Serene,” Catherine continues. Catherine Colyn got her first taste of racing in Europe when she lined up for the Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic in July. Colyn said it had been her dream to race internationally and she was grateful for the opportunity she had received to race with an international women’s cycling team.

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Family fun


at the Stellenbosch MTB

The Nissan Trailseeker Series round 4 took place in the heart of the Cape Winelands in the picturesque town of Wellington on 18 August 2018 - the second round of events in the Western Cape. Draped with scenes of wine estates, fruit orchards and mountains, riders were in for a spectacular day out on the bike. This event not only brags with its natural beauty and scenery but is also known as the toughest trail for climbing and endurance, with an accumulated elevation of 1857m.

The 13th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge took place on Sunday, 29 July 2018 from the new venue at the Spier Wine Estate, with a huge field of competitors taking part in the 22km and 50 km distances. For outdoor enthusiasts this was the ultimate experience, while they enjoyed riding in the stunning area of Stellenbosch in perfect weather conditions. The picturesque routes catered for beginners, intermediate riders, young riders as well as professionals in keeping with this year’s theme of having fun outside with friends and family.

The pro field lined up at the start of the race eager to claim the title of king and

Photo Credit: Henk Neuhoff

queen of the mountain. Leon, route director, reported live updates from his Specialized Levo bike. Quick out of the blocks a breakaway was formed by Matthys Beukes, Philip Buys and Nicol Carstens. The group stayed together for the remainder of the race, at an easy pace. Philip Buys took the lead at 30-kilometres and remained in the lead until the 10-kilometre mark, where Matthys Beukes and Nicol Carstens caught up with him. Matthys Beukes took the lead and was crowned champion of Nissan Trailseeker

#4 Wellington. Philip Buys and Nicol Carstens battled it out with a sprint finish, where Philip Buys secured second place. The pro ladies grouped together from the get-go to form a 4 female lead bunch. This group consisted of Janice Venter, Lehane Oosthuizen, Saskia van der Merwe and Amy Tait. Soon after, Janice Venter dropped the bunch, creating a 2-minute gap. She managed to dominate the field throughout the day and ultimately took the win for the pro ladies. Cyclists participating in the half-marathon, fun race and fun ride, followed in their tracks to take on the mighty Bosman trails. Family and friends both enjoyed a wonderful day out, whilst cheering their cycling buds along. Round 5 of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series, takes place at Mabalingwe on 15 September 2018.

2018 Glacier Storms River Traverse

The curtains of the 2018 Glacier Storms River Traverse have officially drawn to a close. With three-stages through sections of the Tsitsikamma National Park and along the Storms River coastline, the event was every adventure-seekers utopia. Far above the thrill of traversing through South Africa’s renowned trails, the heart of the Glacier Storms River Traverse proved once again to centre on community. Without fail, a local crowd would gather around the Tsitsikamma Village Inn every morning to support riders at the start of each stage. The majority of 2018 Glacier Storms River Traverse entries came from South African families in particular. For some of them, the event was a celebration of new beginnings. For solo participate Elizabeth Deetlefs, the event was a time of healing. She entered the Glacier Storms River Traverse in August last year, around the time her husband was diagnosed with cancer. The couple loved the area and Elizabeth knew that a section of the race would pass the renowned log cabins that are situated near the Storms River Mouth. “He would be able to watch me cycle past and relax in the cabin with an ocean view,” she said.

Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za

He unfortunately passed away four months ago, and Elizabeth was determined to complete the event in an attempt to gain some form of closure.

As she pushed her bicycle up a gruelling climb on stage two, she expressed her heartache about staying in the log cabin alone. To commend Elizabeth’s bravery, Dryland Event Management made a special announcement at prize giving that night: “To acknowledge her courage and the memory of her late husband, we have officially created an award for the most determined rider at every Glacier Storms River Traverse edition from now. We are also giving Elizabeth a free entry to next year’s event,” said Carel Heroldt, Dryland managing director.


The water points were well stocked, there were adequate technical support on route and all finishers received a special commemorative medal at the finish-line. As one of the premier venues in South Africa, the Spier Wine Estate had lots to offer the riders and spectators after the race with wonderful food, wine, and beautiful scenery. HB Kruger, rider for Team ASG Ellsworth won the 50km Stellenbosch MTB Challenge in a time of 1:54:01, followed by Ryan Kellerman in second and Nico Pfitzenmaier in third to complete the podium. After the race Kruger said that there were almost no competition for him. He described the route as quite flat with a lots of farm roads and trails through the vineyards, with only one soft sandy section which was a bit tough. In June HB won the Robertson Winery MTB Challenge in Robertson, in July he was winner of Around the Pot in Swellendam and he finished in fourth place at the SA national marathon championships. He said his form and fitness had definitely picked up since preparing for the event and, as recognition he got selected for the SA team to take part in the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships that will take place in Italy during September.

Challenges para-cyclists

faced at para-cycling world championships

With sponsorships hard to come by, it was tough logistically for the South Africans riders who didn’t have the support of a manager, coach or mechanic as enjoyed by many of the other teams during the Para-cycling World Championships that took place in Italy from 2-5 August 2018. The veteran cyclist, Pieter du Preez picked up two silvers in his H1 hand cycle category for the time trial and road race. “Getting ready for my first race, the time trial was quite a mission. Luckily, we had a guy helping out and he spotted a slow puncture in one of the bike’s tyres.” “I struggle with a deteriorating eye disease. Basically, I’m going blind, so I have to ride the course a few times, both in a car and on the bike. Those are all extra challenges to me but I got it right on the day”, Du Preez continued. For the road race, the mercury was over the 35° Celsius mark and Pieter couldn’t get ice out on the course to cool down. ‘‘All in all, I’m happy with my performance. I’ve still got a 100% strike rate of medals at world champs and bringing home medals for South Africa is so special.” Looking further down the road, Du Preez is in a confident frame of mind and looking forward to Tokyo 2020 . Cape Town-based Goldy Fuchs was in action in the T2 category. He managed to secure ninth place in the time trial and eigth position in the road race. Just as Du Preez emphasised, taking on the world championships without proper backup proved to be a real challenge for Goldy who had mechanical issues with his tricycle the week before he left for Europe. One of the reinforcement pipes at the back of his tricycle broke and he had to find an engineer to fix it. After arriving in Maniago, the chain of his tricycle got damaged in the bike box and he had to look for a bike shop to replace it. His saddle also broke and he had to finish both races with a broken saddle. “It was tough to compete against the best in the world under these circumstances,” Goldy said. The only female member of the team was another Western Cape athlete, Toni Mould, who was riding her first T1 international competition outside of SA, having competed in the previous world champs and two World Cups that were hosted in SA the last three years. Mould, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy which affects all her muscle movements, co-ordination and speech is the only woman on a competitive tricycle in South Africa. The 34 year old Stellenbosch-based athlete went on to finish fourth in her road race and said she struggled with the heat. There was more reward for Mould on her return to South Africa when she was voted Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability at the Cape Winelands Sports Awards and also nominated for Gsport Athlete of the Year with a Disability at the annual Gsport awards.



The FNB Wines2Whales is famous for many things: the incredible route, amazing vibe and mind-blowing scenery – not to mention the amazing wines and whales. But the iconic rider jersey has always featured as one of the race’s favourite drawcards and is something all riders are known to cherish and wear long after the race has ended.

This year, the sartorial cycling gurus from Ciovita have come on board as our official on-bike apparel partners. With an established repertoire ranging from funky and sophisticated to retro and racy, Ciovita’s ethos and worldclass manufacturing standards made it a no brainer when it came to finding a new on-bike apparel partner.



Sarah Chemaly is the Key account manager for Qhubeka, a South African nonprofit organisation that uses bicycles to make a socio-economic impact - she is having the time of her life managing the donor relationship between Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka (the pro-cycling team who rides to raise funds and awareness for the charity) and its corporate and sponsorship partners. She’s also a passionate environmentalist, highlighted by her Miss Earth SA ambassadorship. Sarah was first introduced to Qhubeka some years ago when she was cycling for the professional women’s cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka. A year and a half ago after studying social sciences, Sarah joined the charity in a professional capacity, and took on her current position. Sarah had the desire to be part of Miss Earth SA women’s leadership and empowerment programme and was inspired by the work the ambassadors do to raise environmental impact awareness amongst youth and ties into the Qhubeka programme advocacy.

“Ciovita is thrilled to be a partner to one of the premier mountain bike events in not only South Africa but the world,” says Andrew Gold, CEO of Ciovita. “As a leader in the cycling apparel industry, we push ourselves to produce world-class apparel and partnering with a world-class event is awesome.” While the FNB W2W finisher’s medal is a truly exquisite thing to behold (this year each rider will receive a limited-edition 10-year medal) it’s the rider jerseys that have become synonymous with the event – it represents a symbol of accomplishment and perseverance. “It made sense for us to align with a premium cycling apparel manufacturer such as Ciovita,” said Michael Flinn, General Manager of Grandstand Management. “This year we celebrate our 10th birthday and it’s very important that we reward each and every participant with a garment that commemorates this auspicious occasion.”


“My aim is to utilise and synergise these two organisations/platforms to maximise environmental awareness, make a bigger impact and create sustainable solutions in the long-term,” says Sarah. Some career highlights at Qhubeka include being part of in-field bicycle distributions, visiting the bicycle assembly facility in the North-West province; attending the 2017 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka training camp in Cape Town; and being hosted by the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) to watch the final stage of the Tour de France 2018. A highlight at Miss Earth SA has been linking a school connected to Qhubeka, a Miss Earth #WasteStopsWithMe clean-up campaign which involved some 1 400 schoolchildren and volunteers as well as key stakeholders. Sarah believes that: “A bicycle changed my own life, so at my core I really do believe that bicycles have the power to transform people’s realities, and hence their lives.”

Rohan Germishuys from Petrichor Adventures, event organizer of Around the Pot 100 Miler have started a mutually beneficial relationship with charities like Railton Foundation in Swellendam to create opportunities to previously disadvantaged people. Both the Bontebok Primary School and VRT Pitt Primary School in Swellendam received 10 Bike4all bicycles recently. The scholars also received safe cycling skills training together with a helmet to keep them safe on the roads. The Railton Foundation sports coordinator will have regular lessons and out rides with the scholars at both schools.

Sarah aims to play a pivotal role in formalising the waste picking economy, because she believe it will create dignified formal employment, thereby addressing various socio-economic issues and help save municipal/government resources which could be reallocated to food scheme solutions and education. “I am competitive and ambitious. My desire is to succeed exceptionally in all that I do. Because so much of what we do require team work and collaboration, I want my team to trust me and to rest assured knowing my loyalty lies with them and that I will be there for them.” “Don’t be afraid to fall, you may fly. Dream big and then actively pursue your dreams. You will never grow as a person if you do not challenge yourself and take some risks, remembering that nothing worth doing is necessarily easy. Always trust that small voice inside your heart,” Sarah concludes.

U P DAT E O N T H E YO U N G G U N S It has been a while since we’ve checked in with the Imbuko Momsen Young Guns. After they’ve made a contagious hype at the enduring Cape Epic – It was interesting to look into their training, races and dreams ever since. Every cyclist will know that the Epic is a race that tests the limit of the body in all it’s aspects and afterwards sends it downhill. Therefor the Young Guns (Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert) have been focussing on strength training for the past months. Hitting the gym again on a daily basis and doing weight training to get the muscles strong and fit for the races to come. Around September their focus will change to cycling intensity. After their riveting third place in the Winelands Encounter the Young Guns are amped and excited for big races to come in the following months. 3 Towers in Nelspruit, Pioneer in Oudshoorn and Wine to Whales to name a few! They are especially excited for the 3 Towers in which they haven’t competed since they were Juniors. The trials in the 3 Towers are synonym with intense technicality and this is exactly the type of terrain that Marco and Dylan thrives on! They feel confident that a place in the top 5 is in the cards. If you were to find yourself supporting at the next race, look out for the Young Guns “sending it” on the downhills!!!



THE PIE RUN RACE The Greyton Genadendal Mountain Bike Club will present their inaugural 76 and 30 kilometre gravel grinding event, The Pie Run Race or ride on 29 September 2018.

The event caters for both pure gravel grinders and mountain bikers to cycle pristine, quiet gravel roads through the countryside in the spring season, a time when the Overberg is at its most beautiful. Green wheat and barley fields, interspersed with yellow flowering canola against the backdrop of the magnificent Riviersonderend mountain range. Riders will be tested on a road that has the appearance of being flat but the truth is soon revealed from your saddle. This is a supported race with three fully stocked refreshment points for the longer distance and one for the shorter ride. Whilst the riders are gravel grinding, families in Greyton can indulge in the local Saturday morning market or just take in all of the delights that Greyton country village has to offer. Proceeds from the race will be used directly for the local kids cycling development program which has now been running for five years and provides cycling equipment, cycling outings and MTB training for youngsters from the local community, who would otherwise have very little opportunity to get involved in this sport. For more information visit www.entryninja.com


Come and explore the scenic mountain bike routes that the Klein Karoo town of Van Wyksdorp has to offer on 13 October 2018! The inaugural Dorsland MTB Challenge, a Cycling SA sanctioned event is the newest member of the Jakhals events company, headed by Corne Botha. Most of the scenic routes will only be available for riding during the Dorsland MTB Challenge. The 3 distances on offer will cater for all riders with different fitness levels, and include the following distances: 15km: Easy Jeeptrack and

Gravel Road, 30km: 40% Gravel Road and 60% Jeeptrack and the 65km: 50% Gravel road and 50% Jeeptrack. Van Wyksdorp is often regarded as the undiscovered corner of the Klein Karoo and remains a cultural kaleidoscope untouched by the modern hustle and bustle of city life - where tranquillity abounds and time has almost stood still. The town is a jewel in the Klein Karoo and is waiting for you to come and explore its beauty. Online entries via www.cycleevents.co.za For more information contact Jakhals Events on 074 260 2871

DARLING TTU 2018 24-HOUR MTB ENDURO SPRING FLOWER RIDE The highlight is a 20 metre drop down a granite rock face to a water hole. Fitter cyclists can continue the circular red route for 20km of more challenging climbs past granite rocky outcrops, along wheat fields and up into the beautiful Ormonde vineyards above Darling. Those who make the 800m climb are rewarded with increasingly inspiring vistas of Table Mountain, Langebaan Lagoon and the rolling Darling hills. The guesthouses offer comfortable accommodation in simply sophisticated cottages and a rustic-luxury tented camp, and an acclaimed restaurant. The restaurant serve a wide variety of delicious dishes; the shop is stocked with exquisite fabrics, jewellery and paintings,- all set in impeccably designed or renovated farm buildings, the latest of which is a new Heritage Centre, a truly remarkable building that brings the wisdom of this ancient people together with modern technology due to be launched on Heritage Day in September. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Just an hour from Cape Town, !Khwa ttu hosts the Darling ttu 2018 24-hour MTB Enduro Spring Flower Ride on 6 - 7 October 2018. You don’t have to wait for a race with a long name to experience one of the most astonishing places in the world. Any trip up the West Coast, whether to pedal, see the flowers, visit the fishing villages or all of the above, should include a stop over at !Khwa ttu. With a spectacular location, well-designed running, walking and cycling trails, which range from kids’ adventure trails, jeep tracks, single tracks, farm roads, relaxed riding, technical sections, fast moving terrain, and beautiful scenery – the !Khwa ttu mountain bike routes have it all. On the 10km, circular route riders may have wonderful encounters with game such as eland and zebra.

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All the above is teamed with the warm welcome and friendly service of the San who live, work and train there. As Training and Museum Facilitator Joram Useb explains: “!Khwa ttu is the home of all San people. Secondly, !Khwa ttu is a place where San people can feel proud. Thirdly, !Khwa ttu is a place where San people can share their culture with the outside world, on their own terms.” The !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre is a centre of San culture and heritage that provides tailor-made training for young San women and men of Southern Africa. Its vision is to become a leading, sustainable centre celebrating San culture – past, present and future. Its mission is to empower the San in utilising this Centre to reclaim and share their heritage, in their own way.






Jakhals MTB

1 Sep


George Agricultural ShowÂ

Tip Trans Cederberg Experience

1 Sep



Thys Du Toit Memorial MTB Challenge

1 Sep


Hopefield Sportsgrounds

Western Cape Marathon XCM Champs

1 Sep


Hopefield Sportsgrounds

Greyton MTB

1 - 2 Sep


Uitkyk Primary School, Greyton

WP League Race

2 Sep


Posthouse Wine Farm, Raithby, Stellenbosch

All Mountain Enduro

2 Sep


Dirtopia Trail Centre, Delvera

Tour of Brittian

2 - 9 Sep



UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

5 - 9 Sep


Lenzerheide, Switzerland


7 - 9 Sep



Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run

8 Sep


Moutons Valley Farm, Piket-bo-berg

Baleia Wines MTB Challenge

8 Sep


Baleia Wines, Riversdale

Makro Bestmed Cycle Tour

8 Sep


Port Elizabeth

West Coast Express Funride

9 Sep


Koeberg Cricket Club, Duynefontein

Swiss Epic

11 - 15 Sep


Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Spur School MTB #4 (Western Cape)

15 Sep


Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch

Spur School MTB #4 (Southern Cape)

15 Sep


Montessori, Knysna

Fedhealth MTB Challenge

15 - 16 Sep


Boschendal, Franschhoek

Enduro Western Cape Final

16 Sep


Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch

Makro Bestmed MTB Tour

16 Sep


Port Elizabeth

Cyclosportif #5

16 Sep


Simonsvlei Wine Estate, Paarl

Dr Evil Classic

20 - 22 Sep


Plettenberg Bay

Funky Fynbos Festival

22 - 23 Sep


Lomond Wine Estate, Gansbaai

De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience

22 - 24 Sep


De Hoop Nature Reserve, Bredasdorp

Langeberg Link MTB

22 - 24 Sep


Oudewerf Farm, Swellendam

TUV Nord Heritage Tour

22 - 24 Sep


Eaglevlei, Stellenbosch

2018 UCI Road World Champs

23 - 30 Sep




23 Sep



Beacon Hill Community Cycle Race

23 Sep


Mitchells Plain

Rock MTB Stage Race

28 - 30 Sep




29 Sep


Amalienstein, Ladismith

The Pie Run

29 Sep



Timber City Cycle Tour

30 Sep



Cape Duo

5 - 7 Oct


Wellington, Paarl


5 - 7 Oct



Tour de Plett

6 Oct


Plettenberg Bay

Darling ttu 24Hour

6 - 7 Oct

MTB Enduro

!Khwattu, San Cultural Centre, West Coast

Western Cape Track Champs

6 - 7 Oct


Bellville Velodrome

Como X Tour

6 - 7 Oct


Stanford Valley Guest Farm to Arniston

Rainmaker RollerCoaster

6 - 12 Oct



Eselfontein MTB

12 - 14 Oct


Eselfontein Farm, Ceres

Java MTB Challenge

13 Oct



Dorsland MTB Challenge

13 Oct


Van Wyksdorp

4 Good MTB Challenge

13 Oct


Overgaauw Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Cyclosportif #6

14 Oct


Perdeberg Winery, Paarl

Cape Pioneer Trek

14 - 20 Oct


Mossel Bay

U MTB Stage Race

19 - 21 Oct


Piket-Bo-Berg MTB Trails

Durbie Dash

20 Oct


Durbanville High School, Durbanville

Madibaz MTB XCO Series #4

21 Oct


Nelson Mandela University, George Campus

FNB Wines2Whales

26 Oct - 4 Nov


Lourensford Wine Farm, Somerset West

Kaleo MTB Klassik and Schools Challenge

27 Oct


Kaleo Guest Farm,Koue Bokkeveld

Stof en Teer

27 Oct



PPA One Tonner

28 Oct


Stellenbosch High School, Stellenbosch




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MTB ROUTES SURE TO IMPRESS AT FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE Mountain bikers taking part in the 4th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate (The Retreat) on 15 -16 September 2018 can look forward to a MTB experience like no other. The action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on the Saturday, 15 September 2018. “The source of much excitement, the Kids Race is a definite calendar highlight,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “The events cater for junior MTB enthusiasts between 0 – 13 years of age. Entrants can choose between a 500m, 1.5km Photo: Fedhealth MTB Challenge - Photo Credit: Tobais Ginsberg and 5km adventure. At times it’s difficult to tell “This route is easy, fast and will feature vineyard roads and single track. There will be one water point at approximately who is enjoying the event more, the children or the parents. With short, fun routes, the the 10km mark. Riders can look forward to experiencing exclusive routes on the Boschendal Farm Estate.” Fedhealth Kids MTB Events are the perfect The +-30km Fedhealth MTB Challenge features a nice combination of vineyard and gravel road. “There will be two introduction to the sport of mountain biking.” water points, one at the 12km mark and one at the 22km mark,” says Du Plessis. “This year our objective was to avoid The MTB action continues on Sunday, 16 tough climbs. Although there will be a few climbs, they are all rideable. Running in an anti-clockwise direction through September when the more senior moun- Banhoek, riders will start towards Simonsberg, go through the culvert to Kylemore before turning back into the Banhoek tain bikers can choose between a +-15km, Conservancy. Riders can look forward to experiencing routes that are usually not accessible to the public. Whether a beginner or advance rider, you are sure to enjoy this event.” +-30km or +-60km route.

“If you like a lot of single track, the +-60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge is ideal for you,” continues Du Plessis. “This event According to Pieter du Plessis, Fedhealth features pristine single track, general vineyard roads and open farmland. The four water points will be located at the MTB Challenge Race Director, the 15km Fed20km, 30km, 46km and 52km mark. This year we focussed on creating an enjoyable route that featured as much single health MTB Challenge is perfect for parents track as possible. Expect beautiful trails with challenging climbs.” who would like to enjoy a MTB experience with their children. For more information visit www.stillwatersports.com


The Garden Route offers some of the best MTB terrain the country has to offer, and this year’s Tour de Plett taking place on 6 October 2018, is certain to keep everyone from the racing snake through to the occasional peddler happy, with a choice of four exciting route options. For the über competitive, there’s the 87km MTB Ultra Marathon, a fast and furious ride which takes in indigenous forest, MTO plantations and a crank-crushing 1507m of climbing. For the weekend warrior, the 60km MTB half-marathon and 45km MTB ride offer plenty as far as challenging terrain goes, as well as loads of gorgeous scenery. For those after a bit of fun and a change to get out onto the trail, the 16km fun ride is open to all ages from 8 years and up. E-Bikes are also welcome, although they won’t be offered podium finishes. What makes this event so undeniably unique? Well that’s easy, it’s a combination of meticulously designed routes, incorporating floating bridges, single track, fynbos sections and forest, along with a breathtaking finish along a palleted runway crossing Plett’s Piesang River, to end the ride right alongside the Indian Ocean at Central Beach.

All proceeds from the event go to the Kwano Cycling Academy, a local cycling initiative using cycling as a catalyst to uplift and transform historically disadvantaged Individuals and Communities. For more information visit www.tourdeplett.co.za

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