Stedman back to defend his Drakensberg title

Champagne Sports Resort and nearby Bergville provide the focus for the opening weekend of the Drakensberg Extravaganza sport and cultural festival when the cycling and running events kick off the physical activities of the 11-day fiesta. This week saw a tourism summit and a business fair opening the Extravaganza and then a jazz festival will take place on Friday. However, the action steps up a notch over the weekend with the mountain biking and trail…

"Stedman back to defend his Drakensberg title"

Bergville becomes the centre of attraction

The eyes of the South African cycling (and running) community will focus on the small Drakensberg village of Bergville next week when the Drakensberg Extravaganza rolls into town for a sporting and cultural festival. The Drakensberg Extravaganza is about more than just cycling and running, but the trail run and mountain bike event at Champagne Sports on Saturday November 23, and the road cycling race which starts and finishes in Bergville the next day, are…

"Bergville becomes the centre of attraction"

Gordon claims another victory in Limpopo

Tzaneen — Crocodile Trophy winner Alan Gordon added the Limpopo Provincial Championship title to his list of achievement for the year when he was a convincing winner of the Insect Science Classic mountain bike event in Magoebaskloof on Saturday. While the rest of the country was preparing to watch the Rugby World Cup showdown in Japan, Gordon was cruising home to a four-minute win over fellow Crocodile Trophy hero, Carel “CP” van Wyk. Just under…

"Gordon claims another victory in Limpopo"

More of the same at new-look Classic

Tzaneen — The Insect Science Classic mountain bike race may have a new name for 2019, and there will be lots of improvements to the revamped event near Tzaneen, but, as the cliche goes, the more things change the more they stay the same, so expect to see Alan Gordon claiming his fourth title in four years on Saturday (Nov 2). The Tzaneen local was a comfortable winner 12 months ago, beating former South African…

"More of the same at new-look Classic"

Gordon has a target on his back

The Limpopo mountain biking community is looking forward to their provincial championships on Saturday (November 2nd) when they have a chance to unseat Australian Crocodile Trophy Champion Alan Gordon at the Insect Science Classic event. This year’s Insect Science Classic doubles as the provincial marathon championships which makes the popular event a must-do for all the serious riders in the region, and the fact Gordon will be taking part just adds to the incentive for…

"Gordon has a target on his back"

MTB trails lead to new-look Magoebaskloof

All mountain bike trails in Limpopo and Gauteng lead to Magoebaskloof for the renamed Insect Science Classic on November 2. The old Magoebaskloof Classic, one of the gems on the upcountry mountain biking calendar, has had a facelift and a rebranding with the main event sponsors taking over the naming rights of the event which starts and finishes at the Stanford Lake College in Haenertsburg, near Polokwane. With four races over 82km, 45km, 20km and…

"MTB trails lead to new-look Magoebaskloof"

Sport & culture together for Drak Extravaganza

Mountain biking, road cycling, trail running and a road running event unite next month in the Bergville area as the highlight of the of the sporting side of the Drakensberg Extravaganza multicultural festival. The 10-day festival of cultural and sporting events in the Bergville and Champagne Valley region of KwaZulu-Natal will once again offer something for everybody with a variety of activities ranging from off-road and on-road cycling, trail running and a road-running marathon to a series…

"Sport & culture together for Drak Extravaganza"

Combrinck takes Race to the Sun title

Top mountain biker Gawie Combrinck broke away from his rivals just 60km into the Race to the Sun and then spent over 100 lonely kilometres holding off Nico Bell and Pieter du Doit to claim victory in the tough 167km race. In the end Combrinck’s time of 4:50:15 was just 46 seconds better than Du Toit who edged Bell in the dice for the line to claim second overall. It was a brave tactic from…

"Combrinck takes Race to the Sun title"

All change, but no change at sani2c Day 3

After some exciting racing on the final day in both the men’s and women’s categories at the KAP sani2c, it was the overnight leaders, the PYGA Euro Steel duo of Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys and dormakaba’s Sam Sanders and Robyn de Groot, who wrapped up their respective titles on Saturday. With a large three-minute lead in the men’s race at the start of the final day, the PYGA pair of Buys and Beukes held…

"All change, but no change at sani2c Day 3"

PYGA are kings on Queen Stage

The 97 kilometre second stage of the KAP sani2c lived up to its billing as the Queen Stage on Friday as PYGA Euro Steel’s Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes took control of the race with an emphatic stage win. In teh women’s race there was also a new stage winner with Galileo Risk’s Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill winning the end sprint but could not unseat dormakaba’s Robyn de Groot and Sam Sanders as the…

"PYGA are kings on Queen Stage"