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GET READY FOR THE CORONATION DOUBLE CENTURY EXPERIENCE CAMARADERIE, SCENIC ROUTE & A ENDURANCE CHALLENGE LIKE NEVER BEFORE!
Photo: Coronation Double Century - Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky
The Coronation Double Century, known in the cycling world as the CDC is one of the largest team time trials in the world – a favourite among fun riders. The camaraderie, scenery and the endurance challenge is what draws riders to the event each year. For most recreational cyclists the 202-kilometre loop from Swellendam is the longest and toughest journey on a bike every year. Anyone who’s ever been awarded the coveted Charles Milner Award will know the blood, sweat, tears, not to mention sheer guts, that are spent in pursuit of this renowned accolade that is given to teams when all 12 members cross the finish-line within 15 minutes of each other.
While the first team to get six riders across the line in each category will be crowned champions, the Charles Milner medal goes to each full team of 12 riders which finish inside the allocated 10 hours. It’s a tough one to call this year as most teams make the decision on the day, as the race plays out, whether to shed riders or push for the 12-rider finish. The Coronation Double Century began life as a non-competitive day in the saddle among long-time cycling friends. A Stellenbosch wine farmer, and fanatical cyclist Charles Milner, is traditionally considered the founding father of what has grown into one of the country’s most prestigious, challenging and scenic bike races.
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2020 FNB WINES2WHALES ROUTE CHANGE The FNB Wines2Whales Switchback is no simple route reverse. It is a dramatic reimagining of the trails which usually take riders from the winelands to the whales each year. The 2020 FNB Wines2Whales will switchback; leading riders from the whales, in Hermanus, to the wines of Lourensford Wine Estate, over three spectacular three-day stage races.
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Photo: Alan Hatherly, Simon Andreassen (Team Spur Specialized) & Matthew Beers, Wessel Botha (Team NAD 2) 2018, FNB Wines2Whales - Photo Credit: Greg Beadle/Cape Epic
Ahead of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales events the organisers are working tirelessly to ensure every rider starts, rides and finishes with #SeriousGEES. Eleven years on from the inaugural FNB Wines2Whales many things in mountain biking have changed. One remains constant however, the sport’s iconic stage race’s commitment to continual route refinements. Every year has seen new singletracks added and old trails reworked and perfected. 2019 is no different.
Johan Kriegler and his Cape Trails team repaired and rebuilt bridges, cut virgin trails, sculpt exquisite berms, and seeked trails never ridden by any Wines2Whales rider before. Another 2019 route feature is the admission of E-bikes in the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage, the mid-week event. E-bikes have proved to be a popular and growing trend, offering a wider scope of mountain bikers the opportunity to experience the FNB Wines2Whales route on an easier mode of transport. With the added power of an electric motor helping them along, the E-Bikers will be able to take in the route like never before.
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NADIA VAN HEERDEN CROSSES FINISH-LINE AT 2019 VEGA IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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The FNB Wines2Whales was born out of the desire to establish a world-class 3-day stage race in the Western Cape. Since its inception in 2009 it has become a must-do event on the mountain bike calendar, with riders from all of over South Africa and the world queuing for the chance to ride it.
Photo: Wines2Whales - Photo Credit: Nick Muzik Photography
Dates for the FNB Wines2Whales 2020 events are: Chardonnay: 30 October - 1 November | Pinotage: 2 - 4 November | Shiraz: 6 - 8 November
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The Switchback will feature three stages that hover around the 70 kilometre mark. The route team has worked hard to ensure that Serious GEES wins the day, and with the new route starting and finishing at sea level, riders can expect similar amounts of climbing to the traditional FNB W2W route. The new direction makes the opening stage arguably more challenging, while Stage 2 will remain simi-
“The FNB Wines2Whales is steeped in history and changing up a route that has become a firm favourite amongst mountain bikers is never a decision that is made without research and consideration. With the support of the Race Founders, Johan Kriegler and Hendrico Burger, as well as our various partners, we are extremely excited to offer riders this new route and experience, backed up with the same trusted organisational excellence and world class rider experience. We know that the fresh, unique route is sure to carve its way into South African, and international, mountain bikers’ hearts and yearly calendars,” said Michael Flinn, Managing Director of the FNB Wines2Whales.
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“That’s where the concept of the Switchback was born” Burger elaborated. “Not only is it an interesting twist on the well-established FNB Wines2Whales race format, but it also gives us a chance to utilise trails which the traditional direction simply cannot. Going forward, the Switchback will run in alternate years with the historic FNB W2W route, starting in 2020; 2021 then sees a return to the traditional Lourensford, Oak Valley, Onrus course,” he explained.
larly difficult to the 2019 edition, and the final stage could well prove easier without the trials of the Art House climb.
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“Our route team, under the guidance of Johan Kriegler, has been refining the FNB Wines2Whales route since 2010,” Race Director, Hendrico Burger said. “In the last decade, countless singletracks have been built in mountain biking hotspots, like the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Elgin, but also in less well-ridden areas like Gaf se Bos and the Helderberg basin. The team has added new trails annually but to fully make use of some of the most exciting trails we had to re-look at the route.”
Nadia van Heerden, 28, of Hazyview, captured the world championship title in the female, 25 - 29 age-group at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on 12 October 2019. Nearly 2,500 athletes were registered to compete in the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world as the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship celebrated its 41st year. IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, celebrated its ever-growing `ohana – a Hawaiian word representing a specially bonded extended family – during the 2019 event as it hosted athletes from 74 countries, regions, and territories around the world. Van Heerden completed the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship event in 09:39:20 (swim: 01:00:15; bike: 05:10:22; run: 03:22:40), beating out the top athletes in her age group. The 2019 field of triathletes tackled the ROKA 2.4-mile ocean swim course in Kailua Bay, followed by the Ventum 112-mile bike ride along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the turnaround in Hawaii, capped with a 26.2-mile HOKA ONE ONE run beginning on Ali’i Drive, where spectators packed the roads, up Palani Road to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, before making their way to the infamous The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. Athletes completed their journey to the roar of thousands of spectators as they crossed the historic Ali`i Drive finish line. The Vega IRONMAN World Championship is the ultimate and most iconic one-day test of body, mind and spirit, with approximately 95,000 athletes competing to qualify at more than 40 global IRONMAN events each year. Qualification is already underway for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship. Van Heerden’s victory at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship earns her an automatic bid to the 2020 event, where she will have the chance to defend her title.
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CAPE CROSS TRIATHLON - THE EXCITING MULTI DAY OFFROAD TRIATHLON STAGE RACE
The 2nd edition of Cape Cross Triathlon, the only off-road triathlon stage race in the world, took place from the 11th to the 13th of October in the Elgin Valley.
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This year the race started at Paul Cluver with Stage 1 traversing the amazing trails of Paul Cluver and Oak Valley before finishing at Grabouw Country Club. Stage 2 circumnavigated the Eikenhof Dam, with the bike leg including the famous A-Z trails. On Sunday the participants made their way from the Country Club to the outskirts of Somerset West finishing at Idiom Wine Estate. The racing was fierce with Michael Lord taking the overall classification and Christoff van Heerden and Gary Thomas in 2nd and 3rd. In the ladies race Lucy Etherton took the honours with Bianca Silberbauer in 2nd and Robin Bolten in 3rd.Apart from the racing at the sharp end of the field, over 70 triathletes enjoyed the amazing trails and generous hospitality at the race village. “We look forward to next year’s event and entries open 1 February 2020.” For more information visit www.capecrosstri.com
Photo: Cape Cross Triathlon Photo Credit: Mark Sampson
OBERHOLZER GETS A HATRICK & KRUGER TAKES FIRST WIN AT TSOGO SUN AMASHOVA
As winning cyclists, Carla Oberholzer in the ladies and HB Kruger in the men’s elite race, sped down the ‘road of champions’ to victory at this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic on 20 October, race organisers celebrated several firsts for this year’s race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. While celebrations at the race finish were in full swing - along with live music, rugby world cup matches being screened and some of Durban’s best food and beverage vendors at the Suncoast hospitality area; the atmosphere along the route was just as festive as spectators kept an eye out for the elite men riders competing for the first time on the extended 160km distance. The competition was fierce with the men’s race going down to the wire with a neck-and-neck sprint to the finish between HB Kruger, Chris Jooste, Dylan Girdlestone and Myles Van Musschenbroek. About his victory, the very humble but elated 2019 elite men’s winner said, “The race started off quite hard with the additional 50km distance added on this year we all knew it was going to be quite a tough route, which suited me quite a lot. So I was happy that the route was a bit harder and a bit longer. I am just ecstatic to take the win as a lot of my break away compatriots were super strong so it could have gone anyone’s way. I was happy that I had some extra energy left in my legs to take the sprint and get the top podium spot,” Kruger said at the finish. The 106km ladies race also came down to a nail-biting sprint finish with 2018 champion Carla Oberholzer edging out Jo van de Winkel at a time of 2 hours 48 minutes. “After my two accidents earlier this year it’s been a bit of a hard work to get some sort of form back and luckily the legs were good so I’m very grateful. The ladies race was very positive. It is one of the best tactical races I’ve seen in a while,” Oberholzer explained in her post-victory interview.
Photo: HB Kruger - Photo Credit: Caleb Shepard
As the competitive riders battled it out for a place in the top ten, the ‘spirit of shova’ came alive once more with the presence of hundreds of riders competing in the race to support a worthy cause. The more than 9 000 riders participating and thousands of spectators coming to KwaZulu-Natal for the Tsogo Sun Amashova event highlights sport’s ability to attract visitors to experience what the province has to offer. Although the 35km and 65km races went on uninterrupted by the participating cyclists, due to high heat temperatures on race day a decision was made by race organisers to stop the 106km race around midday.
BECOME AN EVERYDAY HERO! RIDE THE 2020 CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR It’s a challenge, but one that is achievable even by those who only dust their bikes off once a year.” “Then there’s the welcome that the city provides. People go out of their way to line the route. They dress up, they shout, they clap and cheer on the riders as they pedal by. And don’t forget the 100s of volunteers who look forward to being part of the Cycle Tour every year. The sense of celebration and community on the day is hard to describe and must be experienced!” “Participants get to be part of this amazing ‘gees’ all the while knowing that the proceeds go to charity. This is truly an event that transforms the everyday into an experience of heroic proportions. No wonder the Cape Town Cycle Tour has held a special place in South Africans’ hearts for more than 40 years!”
Photo: Cape Town Cycle Tour - Photo Credit: Sheldon Moultrie
Excitement is mounting! Thousands upon thousands of South Africans are eagerly enter the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020, Cape Town’s annual festival on two wheels and the bucket list item that everyone wants to tick off, at least once! Next year, 8 March will be the day when Cape Town invites its residents and visitors to don their Lycra and/or crazy costumes and pedal through some of the most glorious scenery found anywhere in the world – or cheer on those who do. “There are a few things that set the Cape Town Cycle Tour apart,” says David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “The route is incredible – where else can you ride 109km of breath-taking scenery, laughing and enjoying Instagrammable moments and the camaraderie of 34 999 like-minded individuals?
The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is excited to announce that e-bikes will be welcomed for the first time this coming year, subject to specific conditions to entry. However, hosting a short course in addition to the traditional 109km route is proving extremely complex. The team at Cape Town Cycle Tour, together with key stakeholders including the City of Cape Town, has invested considerable time and effort in planning for two world-class events within the City and surrounds. Safety, experience and quality of the event cannot be compromised, and disruption and inconvenience to the residents of the City of Cape Town must be minimised. This process can’t be rushed and the decision has been taken to postpone the short route option until 2021 to allow for further planning and judicious preparation. “We know that there will be some disappointment around this decision – we’re disappointed too,” says Bellairs. “But as always, the safety of participants comes first. We hope to have good news next year regarding the short course for 2021. All stakesholders will continue working to make this possible.”
GET READY FOR THE CORONATION DOUBLE CENTURY EXPERIENCE CAMARADERIE, SCENIC ROUTE & ENDURANCE CHALLENGE LIKE NEVER BEFORE! (CONTINUE FROM PAGE 1) In the 2018 edition of The Coronation Double Century the winners in both men’s and women’s categories kept all their riders together for most of the distance - which gave them a huge advantage over the rest of the field. The composite team of Active Bodies put a master class in long-distance team-trialling to convincingly defend their Coronation Double Century title in 2018. While most of the other contending teams lost many of their riders early on Active Bodies kept all 12 together for most of the route, losing only a few riders in the final 20kms for a truly convincing victory. The women’s category winners, STS/Specialized was ahead at every time check and, much like Active Bodies, kept all their riders together for most of the distance. Also in attendance in 2018 were three all-star invitational teams from Breitling, including the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, multiple mountain bike World Cup champion, Nino Schurter, multiple Ironman World Champion, Daniela Ryf and Jan Frodeno, current Ironman 70.3 World Champ among others. The Coronation Double Century takes place on Saturday, 23 November 2019 with teams lining up in Swellendam and racing via Suurbraak, the Tradouw Pass and Op de Tradouw, ascent towards Montagu and then passes Ashton, Robertson and Bonnievale, while returning via the R317 to Swellendam.
Photo: Coronation Double Century - Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky
GROWING EVENTS IN THE CAPE WINELANDS The competition calls for creative and exciting ideas which could stimulate the growth of the event and in turn increase positive socio-economic and environmental impacts within the host town. The Capacitation and Skills Programme stems from the Integrated Events Strategy for Cape Town and the Western Cape. It facilitates projects aimed at event organisers focusing on capacitation, research and impact assessments and include; an annual Events Incubation Conference, standardising event impact assessment methodologies, facilitating on-site/one-on-one learning opportunities between emerging and established event organisers and the Masterclass series. All of these projects address the so-called ‘softer end’ of hosting events but is integral in gaining a better understanding of the sector. Government’s efforts go beyond just financial support as it also looks at addressing challenges, celebrating successes and creating a conducive environment for the events sector to thrive. Events Incubation Conference
Photo: Origin of Trails - Photo Credit: David Tarpey
The fifth annual Events Incubation Conference will be taking place in Paarl on 14 November 2019 with the aim of empowering local event organisers to grow the sector in the Cape Winelands District and the Western Cape. Annually the Western Cape plays host to numerous events ranging from sport, leisure, business, culinary and lifestyle, amongst others. The positive impact these events bring to the Province have been recognised and the Integrated Events Strategy identifies key projects to grow the sector over the next 15 years. As part of this, the Western Cape Government looks to support prospective public events in the Province by inviting event organisers to submit proposals to stand in line to win R 50 000.00 towards hosting their event.
The Events Incubation Conference is an annual event bringing together event specialists from around the world to share and learn from each other on a oneon-one basis. Event organisers, sponsors, the public sector, service providers and suppliers are just some of the conference participants who have attended. By tapping into our very own event expertise in the Western Cape, we aim to capacitate emerging event organisers to improve the quality of events we offer as a destination. The inaugural conference was held in 2015 and attendee numbers have grown annually. The programme is also tailor-made to address some of the pressing event issues facing the industry at the time. Topics to be discussed include: Events & tourism, Opportunities for growing & leveraging the event sector, Events rejuvenation, and the annual Events Pitching Competition. For more information visit www.westerncape.gov.za/events/event-insights
PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER RAISES AWARENESS IN KHAYELITSHA As part of the mandate to keep cyclists safe on the roads throughout South Africa, the Pedal Power Association (PPA) is hosting its seventh safe cycling awareness ride for the year, this time in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Saturday, 9 November at 10H00. The aim is to make drivers aware of the danger’s cyclists face daily by spreading the message that space saves lives. We will also hand out safe cycling stickers to motorists on route. The ride starts from the Thembelihle High School parking area and will follow a 13km route back to the start venue. “We are calling on local cyclists to please participate in the ride,” says CEO of the PPA Robert Vogel. It’s a tragic fact that hit-and-run incidents have become a common phenomenon in South Africa with few, if any, of the drivers being prosecuted, fined or jailed. As legal road users, cyclists have the right to use the roads,” explains Vogel. Since 2011, the organisation has invested millions in various safe cycling campaigns to secure safer roads and awareness for cyclists, and to advocate mutual tolerance and respect amongst road users. In 2014, the PPA initiated the “Stay Wider of the Rider” campaign after a Western Cape law was promulgated in 2013 making it compulsory for drivers to pass cyclists with a berth of at least 1m. It now needs your help in pushing for this to become a national law in South Africa.
“We are asking all cyclists joining us to follow the rules of the road. We will hand out lumo safe cycling reflective bibs to riders prior to the ride. There will also be a free cup of coffee for all the riders. Kindly note this is a safety ride so no helmet no ride. It is an awareness ride so we will ride at an easy pace.”
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WESGRO CELEBRATES TRANSPORT MONTH THROUGH AN E-BIKE ADVENTURE IN THE WC
October was Transport Month; a movement led by the Department of Transport in the Western Cape to raise awareness of the vital role transport plays towards the economy. It also intends to drive conversation with civic society and business in finding ways of providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system for the country. While transport month is quite a serious topic, there were many fun activities which revolve around transport, including cycling. To celebrate this, Wesgro along with Cape Cycle Routes - a Western Cape Government initiative - and Vivid Bike Tours recently hosted a group of media for three-day e-biking ride along the Cederberg Circuit.
Cederberg is one of the official routes within the Cape Cycle Routes Network. The accessibility of these routes are essential; however, even for an advanced rider, a 247km bike ride may not be a walk in the park. To encourage the general public to explore these routes, local tour operators have made an e-bike option available to anyone looking to ride this route regardless of their fitness level. For more information visit www.capecycleroutes.co.za
Photo: Attendees ride through the Blinkberg Pass, which to many, is the most beautiful stretch of the Cederberg Circuit. Riders can expect inclines and declines with winding roads, rock formations and starry night skies.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ‘HOLLA TRAILS IN BALLITO WITH JASPER VAN VESSEM Many thousands of mountain bikers and trail runners now enjoy what Holla has to offer every year. What makes Holla Trails unique? - There are approximately 340km of trail network (10 MTB & 3 trail running), traversing 45 farms. What events does Holla Trails host annually? Sugar Rush Classic (5 April 2020), Tritanium (1-3 November 2019), The last Ride (15 December 2019). How many riders and trail runners visit Holla Trails? - Approximately 2,000 each month. How are the trails being developed? - Focus is on quality of the trails and the ride experience. More single track is being developed as well as routes that cater for all levels of cyclists, from the beginner to the experienced riders who enjoy more challenging terrain and obstacles.
What & where is Holla Trails? - Holla Trails is a mountain bike and trail run park situated 5km west of Ballito, near Compensation in Kwazulu-Natal. Why was Holla Trails started and when was it launched? - Holla Trails started in 2009, when Nic Jordan, a keen local mountain biker and farmer did regular rides with friends in and around the beautiful farms and areas of the North Coast, Ballito. As more people enjoyed the riding, so the local farmers felt they could only support the riding if some formal controls were put in place, mainly because of liability for farmers when riders traversed private land. Nic decided to start Holla Trails with the selling of permits, cutting and marking trails and importantly ensuring the farmers were indemnified. Ten years later, the result is what Holla Trails believes is the largest formal trail network in the country.
What else does Holla Trails offer? - There are a number of bicycles for hire if required. There are also organised ‘social’ rides happening each week & anyone is welcome to join. Holla Trails also offers corporate group rides and experiences. Additional routes are also planned for trail running due to the growth of the sport. For more information email Jasper on email@example.com
BE THE CHANGE IN AN ANIMAL’S LIFE CYCLE THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR 2020 FOR TEAM SPCA!
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has once again secured guaranteed entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020 on the 8th of March 2020 - there’s no easier way of securing your race day! Cycling for #TEAMSPCA means joining a truly special family of animal lovers whose incredible efforts give rescue animals a second chance at life! “This year your much needed funds will help us provide a stimulating play area for our animals which is just as important as food and water. The health benefits of these exercise pods range widely, but include helping hip joints, reducing digestive problems, and keeping our animals at a healthy weight, which decreases the likelihood of developing other health problems.” Exercise also helps control behavioural problems and may prevent destructive habits for healthier and happier pets. “It couldn’t be easier to enter and be part of the change,” explains SPCA Challenge Fundraiser Natasha Johannes. “You simply make your pledge to raise a minimum of R3 000 for the CoGH SPCA.” This will cover your race entry, a high quality cycling shirt sponsored by Ultra Dog and Bayer, as well as a few exclusive extras. Our top 3 fundraisers will each win a Shredder MTB helmet sponsored by Titan Racing, a Bike Addict t-shirt, a pair of cycle socks and a water bottle sponsored by Bike Addict.
The top 10 fundraisers of Team SPCA will each receive a pair of cycle sunglasses kindly sponsored by Bondiblu and a tubby bag sponsored by Cape Town Cycles. So whether you’re an easy breezy biker or a tour de force rider, the CoGH SPCA invites you to be the change in an animal’s life by taking up the challenge! For more information contact Natasha on 021 700 4155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTANCE FOR DIFFERENCE THE500
The bi-annual fundraising event, Distance for Difference (D4D) THE500 took place at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West from 12 – 13 October 2019, testing riders fitness and perseverance on a bike. How does one sum up an event filled with so many highlights and very special moments? “The fourth edition, hosted at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, was indeed a very special one.” “To say it was a grand, overwhelming, joyous, humorous, remarkable, awe-inspiring, humbling, challenging, and very very satisfying experience, would perhaps
just touch the outer edges of a complete description of the event,” said Stéphan Pieterse, Founder of DFD. At the 24-hr spinning challenge inside the hotel, members and employees from more than 20 groups and organisations had a lot of fun, occupying their spinning bikes for one or more of the 24 x 45 minute sessions. These were energetically lead by a number of wonderful instructors who constantly encouraged everyone to get out of their comfort zones, to smile more and to sweat more. At the same time there were six remarkable individuals attempting to spin for all 24 sessions! Five of them in fact did! Meanwhile, on the hilly tar roads between Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Kuilsrivier and on the dusty ones of Lourensford Estate, 19 cyclists attempted to cycle 500 km in 24 hours! It was warm. It was cold. It was dusty. It was windy - and it was extremely tiring! After 23 hours 55 minutes and 6,474 meters of elevation gain, a bunch of new friends who shared something very special, crossed the finish line together with the famous “Chariots of Fire” triggering more than just a few tears! Eleven of them managed to ride all 500 km! A “tunnel of love” was formed by all the spinners, family members and friends and the cyclists were welcomed back into the Grand Ballroom with more tears flowing. The MC, Colin Heckroodt, also deserves a medal! For 24 hours he was like an energiser bunny, encouraging the spinners and cyclists to keep going, informing the crowd of the reason behind it all, sharing the stories from the beneficiaries who benefit from the work of D4D.” “At the time of writing this, our fundraising total stood just shy of R600,000. Yes, still some way off the R1 Million target, but an amount that will have a noticeable impact on the lives of many vulnerable children,” Pieterse concluded.
ENTRIES OPEN FOR HERALD CYCLE TOUR
Photo: Distance for Difference THE500 - Photo Credit: Shuyb Hendricks | ABPhotoZA
Entries have opened for the popular Herald Cycle Tour 2020 – by far the most scenic race in the Eastern Cape and one of the top classic cycle events in South Africa. Whether it is the fast-paced coastal scenes during the Road Race from Pollok Beach in Port Elizabeth or the mountain trails of Addo during the Mountain Bike Challenge – the country’s top professional riders, as well as leisure riders of all ages, will be treated to the spectacular natural beauty of the province. The Herald Cycle Tour will take place over two weekends - with the Mountain Bike Challenge on 16 February 2020 at the Addo Polo Club and the Road Race on 23 February in Port Elizabeth. The Herald Cycle Tour is an annual event in the professional cyclists’ calendar and is known by the country’s top riders as a challenging platform to compete in – which is well-organised and fun. Professional cyclist and coach Nolan Hoffmann, who was placed first in the Men’s 106km Classic Road Race in this year’s race, said he ranks the Herald Cycle Tour as one of the top five races in South Africa. Tiffany Keep raced in Port Elizabeth for the first-time in 2019, when she won the Women’s 106km Classic Road Race of the Herald Cycle Tour. The races are open to not only professional cyclists, but leisure riders of all ages and an event the entire family can participate in. The Road Race in Port Elizabeth is open to riders over 12 years, while the Mountain Bike Challenge in Addo will include a 5km Kiddies Ride and 50m Toddlers Dash.
LEAD THE WAY IN LORRAINE CYCLE TOUR Brad Gouveris’s late decision to enter the Lorraine Cycle Tour paid dividends when he finished top of the podium in the 80km feature race in Port Elizabeth. The 21-year-old from PE, riding for Action Cycles, edged Warwick Renard in the sprint for the line to add a second title to his maiden triumph in 2017.Gouveris, who was followed home by Renard and Ceajay Bosman, said he only made a decision the previous afternoon to compete in the event.
Photo: Bradley Gouveris - Photo Credit: Fabian Smith
The women’s event was won for the 19th time by race ambassador and defending champion Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks-Bestmed), who shrugged off a cold to finish well ahead of her rivals. The 42-year-old Schoeman was able to continue her stranglehold on the women’s title. She crossed the line finishing ahead of Juanita MacKenzie and Lauren Coleman.
HOW TO SELECT THE BEST VALUE LIFESTYLE WHEN BUYING A HOME IN SOMERSET WEST
While recent property developments have started to slow in the city, Somerset West has shown little sign of abating in its appetite to expand. By contrast, it has apparently placed its foot on the development accelerator. What factors do home buyers and investors need to consider to discern the best value in the area? Currently under construction are many large developments estates, seeking to deliver thousands of residential units of different shapes and sizes. Moreover, many these of these are only in ‘phase one’ of a potential multi-phase roll-out with thousands more apartments and homes planned over the next 24 to 36 months. At the same time, there is no secret the economic outlook for South Africa hasn’t looked so dim in years.
What is it that the developers are seeing that the pessimists aren’t?
There is no denying that developments are defying the trend in Somerset West. A savvy and ambitious market of graduates, young entrepreneurs, freelancers and managers need stylish but affordable places to live. The winning developments will stand proud by the simple delivery of value. Homebuyers want the best deal, excellent location, a long list of features and benefits, and a lifestyle experience that sets them apart. Those that can’t deliver on that promise could fall by the wayside, says Nic Simons, Managing Director of Trilogy, and partner in the new Eastwood Development at Somerset Lakes. Prices start at R850, 000.
Eastwood is fortunate. It benefits from being a new development in an established and successful estate, surfing on its proven track record. The estate boasts 24-hour premium security, including CCTV, biometrics, and a security record that homeowners can actually check and verify. Its landscaping and gardens - something which is difficult to establish with ‘new build’ developments - has already won awards. Eastwood combines the best of outdoor living, such as a lake for kayak and fishing, running trails, bike tracks, clubhouse and swimming pool, outdoor gym, jungle gym for children, picnic spots and forest walks, and safe walking distance to Reddam House School, and a short drive to Somerset Mall. But, to close the deal, the developers have tapped a trend - the ‘flexible workspace’.
On the back of the international success of WeWork (which is soon to open on Strand Street in Cape Town) and more locally, ‘Ideas Cartel in the City’, the developers have included a new feature known as the Eastwood Club - a working space that offers hot desks and meeting rooms which can be scheduled by unit owners. The new gig economy of flexitime employees working from home, and the rapid rise in freelancers, has meant this type of working space is a necessity. Eastwood is leading the charge.
There is no doubt we have a competitive bundle on offer. We genuinely believe it’s the best value in Somerset West right now. The idea is that we make sure potential investors and buyers see the track record and list of features which are already proven and have been successfully delivered. In some cases new builds cannot deliver this surety immediately. In this economic environment, proof and credibility are important. Even if, for some investors or homebuyers, they’re not fussed about delivering extra value or a host of features, it remains the best example of outdoor lifestyle meeting the safe and smart demands of modern living in the area. The price happens to be superb too, Simons concludes.
Prices start at R850 000 to R1.65m. For more information, viewings: Take a tour to see for yourself. Contact 021 202 2200, visit www.eastwoodlife.co.za or email: email@example.com
WHY ALL KIDS SHOULD BE RIDING BIKES From the first toddler push-bike to learning to ride on a tricycle, to the independence of cycling to a friend’s house - kids and bikes have long gone hand in hand. But rather than an early childhood rite of passage, why not make sure cycling becomes a part of your child’s life? Not only does it provide a number of health benefits like improved concentration and mood control, it’s also great for their confidence. Regular cycling helps with the development of leg muscles, core strength and general fitness. It improves stamina and cardiovascular functioning and sets your kids on an early path to a healthy heart. It also allows children to practise their fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination and balance, all skills that will help them as they grow into young adults. Cycling also helps to improve children’s spatial awareness and navigational and observation skills. Whether they are dodging potholes, negotiating rough off-road terrain or finding their way to a friend’s house, they are learning and developing essential life skills along the way. But the benefits are more than merely physical. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise like riding stimulates neurons and improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. This in turn increases energy levels and cognitive functioning, including social and creative skills. The benefits are immediate. Research conducted in Denmark recently studied almost 20 000 children between the ages of 5 and 19. It concluded that cycling to school increases concentration during school hours, with the heightened concentration still evident four hours after the cycle to school. Some have taken this correlation even further and the last few years have seen a number of studies around the benefits of cycling on children with ADHD. Research applying physical exercise as an alternative treatment for ADHD has consistently produced positive results. In 2012, Specialized Bikes and RTSG Neuroscience spent five days a week for a month measuring the effects of cycling in two groups of children with ADHD (or displaying ADHD-like symptoms). The researchers concluded after the study that cycling is highly beneficial for children with ADHD, improving attention, mood, processing of information, emotional intelligence and cognitive performance.
Even more impressive is that cycling to school isn’t a chore for kids – 87% of the subjects continued with the cycling programme once the study had ended. Cycling doesn’t need to be a skill kids learn and then tire of – it can become a daily way of life and lead to a better functioning body and mind, and a happier, healthier childhood. Whatever your children’s move, help them move more. Enter the children’s mountain bike race happening, part of the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg at www.947ridejoburg.co.za.
NESPRESSO TAKES RECYCLING UP A GEAR WITH BICYCLES MADE FROM CAPSULES
More than ever before, consumers are looking to make sustainable choices in their daily lives. Understanding the origin of a product, and its impact on the world around us, is becoming increasingly crucial in daily decision-making. Leading the way with its commitment to recycling, Nespresso has partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminium coffee capsules. The result is RE:CYCLE – the perfect balance between sustainability and style, designed to illustrate the potential of recyclable aluminium and motivate Nespresso fans to recycle their capsules. Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources because it can be re-melted and re-used infinitely, allowing craftsmen to give waste a second life. Designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso’s aluminium capsules, the launch of RE:CYCLE is encouraging consumers to consider how they can make a positive impact. “Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminium Nespresso capsules. By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophys bring sustainability and style together to create a truly meaningful experience, bringing to life the importance of recycling,” said Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso. Jimmy Östholm, CEO and Founder of Vélosophy said: “We created Vélosophy with a clear purpose: to have a positive impact on the world. This purpose drives everything we do, from our promise to give a bike to a schoolgirl for every Vélosophy we sell, to producing our stylish city bikes from recycled aluminium. I see in Nespresso a strong commitment to sustainability, which is why this has been the dream partnership.”
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“We are proud to have co-created a bike that takes on the future. It is beautifully designed, responsibly sourced and sustainably produced.” The limited edition Vélosophy RE:CYCLE bike is an icon of circular economy design. Created for conscious-living coffee lovers using the aluminium from recycled Nespresso capsules, Vélosophy have re-imagined their classic model in bright purple in a nod to Nespresso’s popular Arpeggio coffee. RE:CYCLE will delight Nespresso fans with its capsule-shaped bell and cup-holder basket giving them the chance to enjoy their favourite drink on the go. Vélosophy is the only bicycle brand in the world with a full one-for-one promise and for every RE:CYCLE bike created by Vélosophy in partnership with Nespresso, another bike will be donated to a girl through World Bicycle Relief.
SPUR SCHOOLS MTB LEAGUE CONTINUES TO GROW
The Spur Schools Mountain Bike League (SSMTBL), now in its eleventh year, is growing from strength to strength reaching new record proportions during the 2019 season with 18 757 riders competing in 57 events across South Africa. According to founder and co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Amarider, the league is achieving its goal of getting kids on bikes. “The support of national and provincial Schools Cycling South Africa (SCSA) structures, regional co-ordinators, parents and teachers has been a key factor in the growth of the league and achieving our aim of getting kids to ride and race bikes. With the continuous involvement of Spur as founding sponsor, we have managed to grow the league from an initial 900 to nearly 19 000 riders,” says Botha.
Botha further ascribes the success of the SSMTBL to the ongoing development of new mountain biking tracks around the country in an effort to take the sport to the people with a strong focus on schools. Currently 60% of all SSMTBL events are being hosted on school grounds. “It is important to establish good quality tracks, especially in outlying areas where travelling long distances to compete remains a problem for many kids. This was also a consideration when we decided to relocate the finals to Wagpos High School just outside of Brits this year. With the finals done and dusted, Wagpos inherits a custom built track where their riders can train and improve their skills,” states Botha. The SSMTBL is in essence a grassroots cycling development program and will work closely with governing body Schools Cycling South Africa (SCSA) - an associate member of Cycling South Africa - going forward to further grow the organisation and assist with initiatives geared to fully develop mountain biking as a school sport. “The fact that school teams are growing bears testimony to the fact that the sport is growing. Garsfontein for example started with three riders and now have a school team of more than 70 riders winning a national event. Considering that more than 80 schools were represented at the SSMTBL finals is a good indication that the league has the potential to explode.”
Photo: Spur Schools Mountain Bike League - Photo Credit: Chris Hitchcock
The 2019 SSMTBL finals also saw the introduction of an updated rule set to manage and govern the competition with the introduction of a consequence matrix to enable officials in making fair decisions in an environment that is highly charged with adrenaline, stress and emotion. In addition all competitors signed the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport “I Play Fair Say NO! to Doping” pledge at the event. According to SSMTBL ambassador, Alan Hatherly South Africa has one of the most solid and structured cross country schools leagues in the world that provides an unparalleled platform for kids to race on following a proper qualification process. “The sport is clearly healthy and growing, but what I find most inspirational is the fact that the kids are clearly enjoying the event, making friends and showing good sportsmanship. As an Ambassador to the league I got to do provincial rounds and assisted with skills training and it is great to see how kids developed this past year,” states Hatherly. Spur Group Sponsorship & Events Manager, Khakhi Diala concluded that the 2019 SSMTL final was a perfect culmination of a super exciting season. “Spur honours family and togetherness and it was rewarding to see the camaraderie amongst the riders and families enjoying the bike village. It was good to see Soweto MTB Club, Tilelo High School and the Tshwane Urban Riders amongst the teams at the finals as part of our development program. As founding sponsor of the League, Spur is invested in grass root cycling in South Africa and signed on for the next nine years to ensure that the program goes from strength to strength,” said Diala. The decision to introduce a primary schools division to the SSMTBL in 2012 is clearly paying dividends with more 51% of participants in this year’s league representing primary, creating a strong feeder to the high schools program. For more information visit www.spurmtbleague.co.za
PETRICHOR ADVENTURES: "WE STRIVE FOR SUPERIOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES"
Photo L: Around the Pot - Overberg 100Miler. Photo R: Trek2Teebus - Photo Credit's: Oakpics.com
Petrichor Adventures started as an adventure dream, as both of the start-up owners, Rohan Germishuys and Rudolf Botha, love the outdoors and love living life. “We wanted to create new event opportunities and adventures with a good physical challenge, something unique or special, great value for money, and superior customer experiences – adding to life,” says Germishuys. In September 2018 Fleur van Eeden joined the team and became a co-owner in January 2019. They started planning their first event ‘Around the Pot – Overberg 100Miler’ in February 2017. This is a 100Mile gravel bike race that starts and finishes in Swellendam, taking riders through the rolling hills and blooming Canola fields of the Overberg region. The special feature of this event is the Malgas ferry where the riders cross the Breede River in a 45min neutral zone. The fourth edition of Around The Pot will happen on 18 July 2020.
Their next adventure event was ‘Trek2Teebus 3day Stage Race’, that was hosted for the first time in April 2018 in Steynsburg in the Eastern Cape. This exclusive event is hosted on a private Karoo farm, with a single race village and clover-leaf routes. Riders are spoilt with local Karoo Cuisine and Luxury Tented Accommodation. This race features the Orange-Fish Tunnel that surfaces near Teebus koppie. The third Trek2Teebus will happen on 1-3 May 2020. Realising their vision and need, they have procured 100 Luxury Canvas dome tent sets that include beds, mattresses. They use these tent sets at their own races, but also rent them out to other events organizers and/or event venues. For more information visit www.petrichoradventures.co.za
DAVID HIGGS SUPPORTS YOUNG DIEPSLOOT CHEF It wasn’t long before Zitha joined him at his popular high-end restaurant Marble, where he now has a position as one of the leading chefs. Higgs continues to support Zitha’s interest in cycling, and courtesy of Dryland Event Management, gave Zitha the opportunity to join him at the Cape Pioneer Trek this year. “Methoa is one of the guys that have grown incredibly over the past few years, from a youngster that started at the bottom to one of the leading chefs in the kitchen. We both still have a great love for cycling, and for him to ride the Cape Pioneer was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Higgs.
Photo: David Higgs - Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za
Award-winning chef David Higgs took on the journey of a lifetime recently. The Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen is a seven-day stage race that takes riders from the Mossel Bay coastline into the heart of the Klein Karoo. While many riders used the event as an opportunity to earn valuable UCI points, Higgs took his place at the start line for a different reason. The chef has built up a strong reputation in South Africa for his impressive cooking skills, but something that has not been as widely publicized is his passion for cycling and heart for his local cycling community. Through a nutrition education initiative called Food Cycle, Higgs has developed a close relationship with riders from the Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy. He uses Food Cycle as a platform to identify cyclists who, like him, have a passion for cooking. This is how he stumbled across the path of Methoa Zitha in 2016 - a young rider who showed tremendous talent in the kitchen.
UBHEJANE XTREME Shortly after midnight on a Saturday early in December 2015 a tough group of mountain bikers left Hillcrest outside Durban at the start of a 330km one-day odyssey ride to Hluhluwe game reserve in the north of KwaZulu-Natal. It turned into a gruelling ride, with pacing and teamwork essential to getting the group to the gate at Hluhluwe, where the fabled bronze rhino statue was the scene of a team photo that every one of those pioneers has a treasured place for. The rhino tells the story behind this ride. The uBhejane Xtreme was designed as a vehicle to raise money for two organisations that are right at the forefront of the fight against rhino poaching – Project Rhino and Helping Rhinos.
After what was one of the most memorable experiences of his life, Zitha commented: “Cycling and cooking help me to have a better life – my best life. I’ve become a different person and want to helped other people to see their future in the correct way. David Higgs is like a father to me, and what I’ve learnt alot from him and this has grown me.”
THE COWS - MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the 947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had recently died from cancer at just 20 months old. As CHOC had played a significant role in the Bain family’s life in the last few weeks of Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000. In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Photo L - R: Luke and Andy Morgan Photo Credit: Gameplan Media
Ten years later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing cow suits. The Cows have raised well over R30 million for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer throughout South Africa. One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love Living Life! For more information visit www.thecows.co.za
PIKETBERG COMMUNITY CYCLE RACE Photo: uBhejane Xtreme - Photo Credit: Gameplan Media
That first ride raised R170 000 from a small group of committed participants. A number of well-known personalities have put their hands up to support the project, including Phil Liggott, Kingsley Holgate, Sibusiso Vilane, Chris Froome and rugby and conservationist Joe Pietersen.
Photo: Sibusiso Vilane
Mike Tippett, manager of The Sports Trust commented that the event was awesome and that the caliber of international cyclists and the three pro teams really raised the standard of this event, while development cyclists rose to the challenge.
Since the inaugural ride the event has grown to include a 250km ride from the Umvoti Toll Plaza called the Short Horn (the full ride is now called the Long Horn), a 100km ride (the Baby Horn) that starts in Empangeni, and the Orphan 31km ride from the Hluhluwe gate to the Hilltop Camp that marks the end of the ride. In 2018 the race expanded to include a new three day ride that covers the full 330km route in roughly equal, bite-sized chunks.
One of South Africa’s most decorated adventurers and philanthropists Sibusiso Vilane will return to the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge from 5 - 7 December 2019 and aims to raise as much money as possible to fight rhino poaching. With such a busy schedule Vilane has made sure that he has managed to keep a spot free for the event and is looking forward to the camaraderie of what a multi-day event can bring. Each rider pays a basic donation of R5000, which includes a generous hamper kit and the now-famous uBhejaneX jersey, after which each rider pushes hard for personal pledges and donations. For more information visit www.ubhejanex.org
The 4rd annual Piketberg community cycle race got underway on 13 October 2019, and was hosted by BergRivier Municipality and supported by The Sports Trust and Nedbank.
Photo L - R: Riaan De Vries, Speaker for Bergrivier Municipality, Reyaan Traut won the Para Cycling 50km event, Mike Tippett, Manager of The Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme
“It was a very tough competition, fast pace and highest level of racing achieved at this event. This event has elevated the profile of Piketberg as one of the sought after cycling venues and we will continue to grow this community cycle race on an annual basis. Participation of the community was well supported as they supplied the marshals along the way and the local businesses were involved and supported the event,” Tippet said.
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GREAT TURNOUT AT 2019 JAVA MTB CHALLENGE
Amazing support was shown by the participants who took part in the seventh annual Java MTB Challenge. Since its inception seven years ago the race has managed to pay out more than R660 000 to beneficiaries, and in doing so give back to the local community.
LORMAR ENDURANCE MTB TOUR Five hundred visitors from all over South Africa and even Great Brittan visited Fairview farm in the heart of the Karoo to ride their mountain bikes over the course of three days and experiencing local hospitality at its best!
Beneficiaries include Robertson High School, Robertson Primary School, Robertson Preparatory School, Wakkerstroom-Wes Rural School, Jakes Gerwel Educational Trust, Herberg Children’s Home and Bonnievale Vryburgers. This year, development riders and runners, consisting of kids from disadvantaged areas in the community, were hosted at the event free of charge. Entrants grew to 1209 from last year’s 918 with the 6km family/kiddies fun ride and the 10km Trail Run Turning attracting the largest number of entrants. As per Java tradition, all participants were rewarded with medals and goodie-bags upon crossing the finish line, as well as standing a chance of winning awesome prizes in the Java lucky draw. The Coffee Snobs added to the excellent vibe again this year, with live music throughout the day. Photo: Lormar Endurance MTB Tour - Photo Credit - Gone South Company
2019 saw two back-to-back mountain bike tours namely the FarmTrail Tour from 27-29 September and the SheepTrail Tour from 4-6 October. Both tours consisted of the same routes and activities. Day one started with purebred Arabian horses galloping past participants as an opening ceremony followed by a 21km night ride into the Karoo sunset. Riders were welcomed back to a Karoo braai and live entertainment. Day two consisted of 58km through neighbouring farms, one of which G.A. Watermeyer grew up in, a water point stop at an 1800 old farm house, Alphen and crossing through the beautiful poplar tree forest. There’s also a shorter version, the Lormar Mini that consisted of 28km. Participants were pleasantly surprised when issued with a returnable Java specific race number for 2019’s event. All pre-entered participants were seeded according to their SA Seeding Index and all results will be submitted to SA Seeding to be incorporated with their national seeding profile. Without the support of the sponsors the Java MTB Challenge would not be able to take place. In case you missed out on this year’s event, be sure to diarize Saturday, 10 October 2020 for the next Java MTB Challenge.
SA MOUNTAIN BIKE SENSATION IKE KLAASSEN TALKS AUDI NINES
Participants were welcomed back to delicious Karan Beef prego steaks prepared to perfection. The afternoon consisted of a tractor cruise and nibbles of locally prepared boerewors and “skaapstertjies”. Evenings at Lormar consisted of a history talk about the area and a fun and interactive prize giving and brilliant live entertainment. Day three again headed through a couple of neighbouring farms including Leopardsvlei with its beautiful poplar forest singletrack over 56km. The Lormar Mini also passed through Leopardsvlei’s poplar forest but over a shorter 30km course. Water points at Lormar exceed expectations offering a wide variety of cooked potatoes to koeksisters and even ice-cold beers, while curry mince vetkoek was served for lunch. Participants that wanted to linger a little longer in the Karoo enjoyed another night on Fairview farm concluding an Ultimate Karoo Experience! The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour’s main goal is to create awareness of the spectacular Karoo, its people and to provide participants with true “platteland” hospitality! The Tour benefits the local community in many ways. Some interesting statistics: 2700 koeksisters were made, 1200 lamb chops, 1000 Karan Beef steaks,1500 farmhouse breakfast eggs and 1300 cups of moerkoffie & condensemilk were prepared . The tour provides more than 2000 man-hours of work for the local community.
GO!DURBAN100 MTB Photo: Ike Klaassen - Photo Credit: Syo Fliets
Nearly 4,000 spectators thronged to the Ellweiler stone quarry near Birkenfeld, Germany in September to watch the exciting conclusion of The Audi Nines MTB 2019. The unique mountain bike event gathered a number of the world’s best mountain bikers from 11 nations to this unconventional location for a week of photo and video shoots on spectacular features, which concluded with an explosive finish well worthy of the event series’ 25th edition. Audi Nines is a mountain bike as well as a ski event. The mountain bike event is in summer, and the ski tournament is in winter. Ike Klaassen, 15-year-old South African Mountain Bike sensation, was one of the youngest riders to be invited to compete in the Audi Nines, and had quite an adventure in Germany. “It is a great event, with an insane sponsor who comes with a crazy budget in Audi, which is pretty sick for a MTB event. The jumps are crazy and the riders get insane luxury, so it’s probably like the best experience ever,” says Ike. “I got invited because the contest organiser Nico Zacek knew who I was. I think he was commentating at an event and saw me riding. Then Monster Energy sent through a rider’s shortlist, and I somehow luckily got picked,” he continues. “It was a freeriding event, so there were no races and no pressure. I was the youngest, but it was sick to be there either way. I didn’t really win anything, but I won some trophies and stuff. I won Man Of The Day one day which was pretty cool. At the event they didn’t hand out prize money, but they put us up in fancy houses, and we ate insane food for the whole week.” “The raddest thing was just riding with everyone in general. Then the backflip to dirt was pretty crazy. That jump was like 15 metres or something crazy and super high,” Ike concludes.
The inaugural GO!Durban100 MTB race took place on Sunday, 8th September, successfully attracting 400 riders to participate in the new initiative by GO!Durban and eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) to promote active mobility in Durban. “The GO!Durban100 is a flagship event showcasing the beauty of Durban’s hidden gems and allowing citizens to enjoy their surroundings by leading a healthy, active lifestyle,” says Thami Manyathi, Head of ETA.
Photo Credit: Anthony Grote
The event included the signature 100km race starting at Giba Gorge MTB Park, and 50km (Inanda) and 20km (KwaDabeka) options for mountain bike enthusiasts of all skill levels. Riders experienced pristine single track, river crossings, and magnificent scenery through the Green Corridors trail network. Stuart Marais took the win in a sprint finish with Andrew Hill and Tyronne White. The women’s race was won by Hayley Smith. Due to environmental sustainability efforts, including an extensive clean-up project to collect 2 tonnes of litter and plastic along the route by trail workers and community members, the event was certified by Planet Protector as an Earth-friendly sports event. The race also integrated other key GO!Durban partners, such as the MOJA Cruise taxi incentive programme which offered a complimentary shuttle service for 100km riders from Blue Lagoon to the start at Giba Gorge; as well as the GO!Durban Cycle Academy - the youth development programme central to ETA’s active mobility initiatives. The GO!Durban100 has elevated the standard of mountain bike events in Durban and we look forward to a bigger and better race in 2020!” concludes Manyathi.
EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2019
Photo: Coronation Double Century - Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky
Photo: Discovery 947 Ride Joburg MTB
1 - 3 November
Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria
8 - 10 November
Hero Adventure Night Series
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl
Cape Classic 380
8 - 10 November
Montagu Country Hotel
Jakkalsvlei Mountain Bike Ride
Jakkalsvlei Wine Estate, Mossel Bay
Langebaan Country Estate Cycle Challenge
Langebaan Country Estate
Grinder MTB Challenge
Welgelegen 4x4 Farm, Stellenbosch
Challenge Cape Town
Big Bay, Cape Town
Discovery 947 Ride Joburg MTB
Steyn City, Gauteng
To Hell and Back
16 - 17 November
Discovery 947 Ride Joburg
Riversands Commercial Park, Johannesburg
Coronation Double Century
23 - November
23 - 24 November
27 November - 2 December
George - Knysna
Origin of Trails MTB Experience
30 November - 1 December
Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
PPA Sportive #8
Simonsvlei Wines, Paarl
uBhejane Extreme MTB Challenge
5 - 7 December
Hero Night Series
Spice Route, Paarl
Elgin Grabouw Country Club
PPA Sportive #7
Perdeberg Cellar, Paarl
13 - 16 December
Faurestraat Stadium, Paarl
Eden Street Mile Series
Eden Street Mile Series
Eden Street Mile Series
Windpomp Sjerrie Challenge
Paarl Boxing Day
Faurestraat Stadium, Paarl
Cape Agulhas MTB
Groot Brak Grabadoo
Great Brak River
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ORIGIN OF TRAILS MTB EXPERIENCE HEADS TO BLAAUWKLIPPEN WINE ESTATE
Photo: Origin of Trails MTB Experience - Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
The organisers of the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience are excited to welcome Blaauwklippen Wine Estate as the host venue of the 2019 event that will take place on Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December 2019. “We are excited to celebrate the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience’s 7th anniversary at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “A popular tourist destination, Blaauwklippen also boasts some iconic trails. We are proud to include these trails as part of our 2019 route. After each stage mountain bikers together with their family and friends can relax in the festival village that will be buzzing with activity. Indulge in mouthwatering food, awarding winning wine and live entertainment. The Origin Of Trails MTB Experience is the perfect way to close off a busy year.” The Origin of Trails routes highlight the beauty and splendor of the City Of Oaks. Mountain bikers can look forward to the ‘once a year opportunity’ to experience a vast network of world class trails. In 2018 the experience was opened to trail runners with the introduction of the Origin Of Trails Trail Run (+-15km and +-5km) making Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December the perfect weekend in Stellenbosch for off-road adventurers.” The organisers of the SA’s MTB party of the year, the Origin of Trails MTB Experience have welcomed the Urban Caracal Project as its 3rd charity in 2019! “We are proud to support the Urban Caracal Project,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. There is something magical about training in an area when you know that although you don’t see them, you are more than likely
being watched by this elusive feline. Some sports men and women have even had the privilege of sighting these majestic cats while on a training ride or run especially in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. We would like to encourage all entrants not only to show their support of the Urban Caracal Project, but also to consider the wildlife in the areas in which they train.” Founded in November 2014, the Urban Caracal Project addresses research shortfalls on urban wildlife in South Africa; provides insights for conservation of species in human-impacted landscapes; helps build scientific capacity locally and helps inform management about the best wildlife-friendly conservation practices. Interesting Facts compliments of the Urban Caracal Project: Caracals are common in the Western Cape and are a very adaptable species. They primarily prey on small rodents and birds including guinea fowl, Egyptian geese, and cormorants. The males have very large home ranges, often exceeding 70km2. While they are mostly active at night, some people have been fortunate to see them during the day. Their adaptability allows them to live close to the city and in agricultural areas, but this means that they are vulnerable to exposure to common rat poisons and are frequently victims of vehicle collision; and they are also threatened by disease and poachers. Did you know: The oldest wild caracal that the Urban Caracal Project found was 16-years old and lived in Stellenbosch! For more information visit www.stillwatersports.com
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