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BIKE SHOP BOYS WRAP UP BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC IN STYLE

BIKE SHOP BOYS WRAP UP BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC IN STYLE

The young local team of Aidan Connelly and Rogan Smart, racing in the colours of The Bike Shop/SCOTT/Strocam wrapped up the 2018 BUCO Dr Evil Classic in style on Saturday. The pair dominated the event, winning all three stages overall and in the men’ ...

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BOYES AND TUNSTEAD VICTORIOUS AT THE 2018 KAROO TO COAST

BOYES AND TUNSTEAD VICTORIOUS AT THE 2018 KAROO TO COAST

The 2018 BUCO Karoo to Coast was won by Craig Boyes and Pauline Tunstead in remarkably different fashions, on Sunday the 23rdof September. Boyes held off his breakaway companions in a sprint for the line, while Tunstead slowly ground down the women’s ...

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VISUALLY IMPAIRED PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL TO TAKE ON KAROO TO COAST MTB CHALLENGE

VISUALLY IMPAIRED PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL TO TAKE ON KAROO TO COAST MTB CHALLENGE

Paralympic triathlon hopeful Gavin Kilpatrick, along with his tandem mountain bike guide Francois Esterhuizen, will ride the challenging 100km Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge later this month. The event is celebrating its twentieth ...

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COUNTDOWN TO FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE BEGINS

COUNTDOWN TO FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE BEGINS

Boschendal Farm Estate is primed to host the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB Challenge this coming weekend (Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018). The weekend’s action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on Saturday.  Catering for ages 0 – ...

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KAP SANI2C RIDERS STATS – THE 2018 REVEAL

KAP SANI2C RIDERS STATS – THE 2018 REVEAL

  It’s South Africa’s most popular mountain bike stage race. Actually, with over 4000 participants, it’s the biggest mountain bike stage race in the world. The KAP Sani2c was established in 2005 and has grown into an event that delivers a memora ...

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – 10 THINGS EVERY SANI2C NOVICE SHOULD KNOW

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – 10 THINGS EVERY SANI2C NOVICE SHOULD KNOW

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED By Joanne Badenhorst When last did you do something that challenged you or scared you? Something that you never thought you were capable of? This is the story of a KAP sani2c novice that goes in underprepared and leaves overwhelmed ...

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ALAN HATHERLY CLAIMS FIRST U23 WORLD CUP WIN IN CANADA

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" ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY

More and more South African women are discovering the challenges and rewards of mountain biking. By our estimations 20-25% of mountain bikers are female. But is the SA cycling industry catering sufficiently for up to a quarter of the market? We decid ...

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CARMEN BUCHACHER FOUND GUILTY OF ANIT-DOPING RULE VIOLATION

CARMEN BUCHACHER FOUND GUILTY OF ANIT-DOPING RULE VIOLATION

Cycling South Africa reports that Carmen Buchacher has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation of Article 2.1 and Article 2.2 of the SAIDS Anti-Doping Rules after an out-of-competition test conducted on 3 March 2018 confirmed the presence ...

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MUD AND GLORY AT SA XCM CHAMPS 2018

MUD AND GLORY AT SA XCM CHAMPS 2018

The magnificent valley of Grabouw needs no introduction. Mountain bikers travel from all over the country to add this renowned trail to their bucket list. Advendurance and race director Francois Theron made sure this year’s event is going to be momen ...

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SRAM TIGHTENS ITS DRIVETRAIN GRIP

SRAM TIGHTENS ITS DRIVETRAIN GRIP

As if its increasing dominance in the performance mountain bike market wasn’t enough, SRAM has released NX Eagle. The fourth model in SRAM’s revolutionary 1x12 drivetrain is set to see the brand extend its influence into the significant, mid-range ma ...

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BIKES OF THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

BIKES OF THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

  The Absa Cape Epic is seen globally as the ultimate test in mountain bike stage racing. A combination of the world’s best racers, the potential for extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and the high pressure that comes with a UCI HC race ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is an eight-day race that challenges the rider completely – mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s also a test of ‘teammateship’, where empathy and support are required. And significantly, it’s also a test of bicycles and gear. ...

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NEW XTR M9100 SERIES BRINGS THE MOST VERSATILE GROUPSET FOR XC, ENDURO & MARATHON RACERS

NEW XTR M9100 SERIES BRINGS THE MOST VERSATILE GROUPSET FOR XC, ENDURO & MARATHON RACERS

If there’s one thing certain in life it’s that the MTB world continues to push boundaries. Mountain bike racing develops year on year with courses becoming more demanding and bikes becoming more capable. Whether riders need the lightest set up, the m ...

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ALAN HATHERLY SURVIVES MUDFEST TO SECURE TOP-10

ALAN HATHERLY SURVIVES MUDFEST TO SECURE TOP-10

Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly lined up on Saturday afternoon in his first UCI U23 XCO World Cup of the season in Albstadt. The German course is widely regarded as the toughest race on the World Cup circuit with two major climbs and precipitous descents. ...

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83 YEAR-OLD ARTHUR DUNCAN COMPLETES THE KAP SANI2C 260KM MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

83 YEAR-OLD ARTHUR DUNCAN COMPLETES THE KAP SANI2C 260KM MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE

On Friday 11 May, Arthur Duncan, aged 83, from Howick, completed the 260 km Adventure in the three day KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race. Arthur took up cycling seriously at the age of 65, and has completed KAP sani2c race five times previously, bu ...

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THE PREFECT SHOW FROM NAD1 & DORMAKAKA AT KAP SANI2C

THE PREFECT SHOW FROM NAD1 & DORMAKAKA AT KAP SANI2C

Scottburgh – A majestic trio of stage wins for Team NAD 1’s Matt Beers and Nico Bell as well as dormakaba’s Sam Sanders and Amy McDougall, saw the two teams take home the men’s and women's KAP sani2c titles respectively in Scottburgh on Saturday. Hea ...

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2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is a race, not a ride. It’s eight days of pressure, not pleasure. It’s not a point-to-point event, but it is a journey – of discovery. Every single participant at the 2018 Cape Epic, whether he/she finished or not, discovered somet ...

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ANTICIPATION OVER AS SANI2C GETS UNDERWAY

ANTICIPATION OVER AS SANI2C GETS UNDERWAY

Himeville – The months of preparation are a thing of the past as the first of three events, the Trail, that make up the KAP sani2c, the world’s largest stage mountain bike race, gets underway at Glencairn Farm on Tuesday before the Adventure starts W ...

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SA MTB CRASH SURVEY: THE RESULTS – PART 3

SA MTB CRASH SURVEY: THE RESULTS – PART 3

The third and final part of the South African MTB Crash Survey, presented by Gert Nel Attorneys, focuses primarily on mountain bikers’ worst crashes, reveals which bones are most at risk of breaking in a mountain bike crash (this surprised us!) and s ...

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TURTON FAMILY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LOCAL SANI2C

TURTON FAMILY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LOCAL SANI2C

Himeville - When the huge field of eager mountain bikers sets off for the start of the three–day KAP sani2c Adventure on Wednesday 9 May, the outing will be an important sentimental milestone for the Turton family of Underberg farmers. Passionate sup ...

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SARLA KEEPING UP THEIR SANI2C TRADITION IN 2018

SARLA KEEPING UP THEIR SANI2C TRADITION IN 2018

Himeville - When the 1500 riders set off for the start of the Adventure edition of the annual three day KAP sani2c mountain bike classic from Himeville to Scottburgh, the field will include a team of well-known rugby personalities, ranging from World ...

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83 YEAR-OLD DUNCAN BACK AFTER EIGHT YEAR SANI2C LAY OFF

83 YEAR-OLD DUNCAN BACK AFTER EIGHT YEAR SANI2C LAY OFF

Himeville –With 4500 riders set to take part in the 2018 KAP sani2c this year, 83 year-old Howick resident Arthur Duncan will be the oldest rider taking part in the three day event when he makes a return to the race after an eight year absence as he ...

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JOBERG2C RACING ENDS WITH ANOTHER WIN FOR MCDOUGALL AND DU TOIT

JOBERG2C RACING ENDS WITH ANOTHER WIN FOR MCDOUGALL AND DU TOIT

The final racing day of the Old Mutual joBerg2c went according to plan for the big names as all the respective leaders in the major categories duly wrapped up their titles for 2018 on the 96km stage from Ixopo to Highflats on Friday. In the AmaBokkeB ...

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FIVE FROM FIVE FOR LEADING AMABOKKEBOKKIES

FIVE FROM FIVE FOR LEADING AMABOKKEBOKKIES

THE Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs category seems to have been all but settled on Stage 6 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c with dormakaba’s Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit notching up their fifth win from five racing stages on Wednesday and extending th ...

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TOP JOBERG2C TEAMS KEEP UNBEATEN RECORDS INTACT AFTER DAY 5

TOP JOBERG2C TEAMS KEEP UNBEATEN RECORDS INTACT AFTER DAY 5

STAGE Five of the Old Mutual joBerg2c was more of the same with the dormakaba Mixed Team, the NAD Pro pairing and solo rider Matthys Beukes dominating their respective categories and on Tuesday each claimed their fourth category win from four racing ...

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ICONIC MTB CHALLENGE RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR

ICONIC MTB CHALLENGE RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR

Explore spectacular scenery along the Sabie River during the annual Vodacom Hippo Hollow MTB Challenge and trail run on 2 June. The event will be held at Elephant Whispers in Hazyview, on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. This is the closest ...

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SPIOENKOP PROVES PIVOTAL ON DAY 4 OF JOBERG2C

SPIOENKOP PROVES PIVOTAL ON DAY 4 OF JOBERG2C

On day 4 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c, a 93km “sprint” from Sterkfontein Dam to Em’seni near Winterton, it was another great day for the leading team in the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs category, with Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit extending thei ...

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CHASERS LEFT WITH A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB AT JOBERG2C

CHASERS LEFT WITH A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB AT JOBERG2C

THE imposing Mount Paul proved the decisive feature of the third day of the Old Mutual joBerg2c on Sunday with both the men’s and the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs categories being decided in the shadow of the imposing mountain which overlooks t ...

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BEKKENK AND DREYER RACE TO 36ONE SUCCESS

BEKKENK AND DREYER RACE TO 36ONE SUCCESS

Ramses Bekkenk and Jeannie Dreyer rode to dominant victories at the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, the 21stof April. While Bekkenk started fast and missed out on the course record, Dreyer paced her race to perfection; finishing s ...

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AMABOKKEBOKKIES PROVIDE THE EXCITEMENT AT JOBERG2C

AMABOKKEBOKKIES PROVIDE THE EXCITEMENT AT JOBERG2C

Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell secured the first win of the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c when the Nad Pro Team pair claimed the first racing stage from Frankfort to Reitz on Saturday, but the most exciting racing was in the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Cha ...

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MICHAEL AND WAYNE MASTER OPENING DAY OF OLD MUTUAL JOBERG2C

MICHAEL AND WAYNE MASTER OPENING DAY OF OLD MUTUAL JOBERG2C

Michael McDermott and Wayne McDuling cruised home to win the opening stage of the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c, but the pair of masters will not gain any advantage for winning the 116km neutral stage from Heidelberg to Frankfort on Friday. Although the t ...

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SANDERS & McDOUGALL EYEING THAT ELUSIVE SANI2C WIN

SANDERS & McDOUGALL EYEING THAT ELUSIVE SANI2C WIN

Himeville - Having finished fourth, third and second in the past three years, Samantha Sanders will be hoping that in 2018 she can shrug off her runner-up tag and win her first KAP sani2c title with Amy McDougall at the three day race from 10-12 May. ...

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CHAMPIONS RETURN TO THE 36ONE

CHAMPIONS RETURN TO THE 36ONE

This Friday, the 20thof April, the defending 36ONE MTB Challenge champions, Ramses Bekkenk and Jeannie Dreyer, will line up alongside 781 fellow mountain bikers to take on the 361 kilometre long circumnavigation of the Klein Karoo. The pair will no d ...

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MUNRO, STOCKWELL & McDOUGALL COMPLETE PERFECT GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE EXPERIENCES

MUNRO, STOCKWELL & McDOUGALL COMPLETE PERFECT GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE EXPERIENCES

The 2018 Glacier Cradle Traverse came to a close at Avianto Estate – in Muldersdrift, on Sunday the 8thof April – as Bryce Munro, Andrew Stockwell and Amy McDougall completed perfect clean sweeps of all three stages. Similarly Yolandi du Toit and Ben ...

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FROM ICU TO PODIUM: STRANSKY’S GREAT CAPE EPIC RECOVERY

FROM ICU TO PODIUM: STRANSKY’S GREAT CAPE EPIC RECOVERY

One year ago, Joel Stransky, relieved that his sunglasses had probably saved his right eye and eye socket from any real damage other than bad lacerations, was beginning his recovery from facial surgery and was struggling to breathe normally as a resu ...

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ENTRIES SELL OUT INSTANTANEOUSLY

ENTRIES SELL OUT INSTANTANEOUSLY

Quick fingers won the day as 100 Early Bird entries for the 2019 Absa Cape Epic sold out instantly on Monday, 26 March – a day after the highly successful 15th edition. Of the thousands of hopefuls who logged on to the Absa Cape Epic website at 3pm t ...

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POWERHOUSE PAIRINGS TAKE THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC TITLES

POWERHOUSE PAIRINGS TAKE THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC TITLES

It was a case of something old and something new on the top step of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic Men’s and Women’s category podiums when experienced campaigners triumphed with new partners. In the men’s race Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy notched up his third win ...

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INVESTEC SONGO SPECIALIZED TIGHTEN THEIR GRIP

INVESTEC SONGO SPECIALIZED TIGHTEN THEIR GRIP

Yellow and Orange are increasingly beginning to look like gold as the men’s and women’s leader jersey wearers consolidated their leads in Friday’s Absa Cape Epic Stage 5 time-trial. With just two more stages to go the men’s and women’s Investec Songo ...

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A BATTLE ROYAL ON THE QUEEN STAGE

A BATTLE ROYAL ON THE QUEEN STAGE

The “super brutal” Queen Stage on Thursday duly delivered a battle royal for supremacy in the Men’s category race and a gift to women’s leader Annika Langvad on her birthday. But the drama began even before the starting gun when Team Spurs’ gutsy Git ...

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SAUSER CELEBRATES AS INVESTEC SONGO SPECIALIZED TEAMS TRIUMPH

SAUSER CELEBRATES AS INVESTEC SONGO SPECIALIZED TEAMS TRIUMPH

Team Songo Investec Specialized’s top men’s and women’s teams will both start Thursday’s crucial Stage 4 of the Absa Cape Epic in the respective category leader’s jerseys. Former five-time winner Christoph Sauser has become something of a super mento ...

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SONGO PUNCTURES MEAN MORE OF THE SAME FOR CANNONDALE

SONGO PUNCTURES MEAN MORE OF THE SAME FOR CANNONDALE

Stage 2 produced repeat winners for both the men and the women, but their respective victories arose from different tactics on the out-and-back route around Robertson. Cannondale Factory Racing’s Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini and Investec Songo ...

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SANTA CRUZ FILLS XC CATEGORY WITH THE NEW BLUR

SANTA CRUZ FILLS XC CATEGORY WITH THE NEW BLUR

The one mountain bike category Santa Cruz has left vacant for some time, is now filled. The California-based brand today announced the launch of the all-new Blur, a light-weight XC-race 29er with 100mm of VPP travel.  We’ve known about the arrival of ...

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ILLNESS, CRASHES SET BACK TOP TEAMS

ILLNESS, CRASHES SET BACK TOP TEAMS

Defending champions Nino Schurter and Esther Süss both lost their partners on the Absa Cape Epic’s Stage 1 yesterday as the Untamed African MTB Race once again tore up the script. On paper, the 110km/1900m course looked perfect for the marathon rider ...

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STRANSKY HAS UNFINISHED ABSA CAPE EPIC BUSINESS

STRANSKY HAS UNFINISHED ABSA CAPE EPIC BUSINESS

Joel Stransky, the former Springbok rugby star who crashed dramatically out of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, is back on his bike and ready to tackle the 2018 edition in his best cycling form yet. The 50-year-old, who scored all So ...

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WORLD CHAMPION BACK TO FACE FORMIDABLE WOMEN’S CATEGORY FIELD

WORLD CHAMPION BACK TO FACE FORMIDABLE WOMEN’S CATEGORY FIELD

Women’s race wide open as untested combinations take on the Absa Cape Epic After a year’s break three-time Absa Cape Epic Women’s category champion Annika Langvad is back having “built up the hunger to race and kill yourself”. The Dane took time off ...

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BATTLE ROYAL EARMARKED FOR THE PROLOGUE

BATTLE ROYAL EARMARKED FOR THE PROLOGUE

The Absa Cape Epic Men’s category is gearing up for a veritable clash of the titans as world champions, national champions and Olympic medalists prepare to go head-to-head on Table Mountain this Sunday. This year’s Absa Cape Epic has one of the most ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN MTB CRASH SURVEY: THE RESULTS – PART 2

SOUTH AFRICAN MTB CRASH SURVEY: THE RESULTS – PART 2

Part 1 of the South African Mountain Bike Crash Survey, presented by Gert Nel Inc. Attorneys, was widely read, shared and talked about. We expected that because a mountain bike crash is something every mountain biker can relate to. Due to the extensi ...

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WORLD’S BEST MOUNTAIN BIKERS TO TAKE ON THE SONGO.INFO CHAMPIONS’ RACE

WORLD’S BEST MOUNTAIN BIKERS TO TAKE ON THE SONGO.INFO CHAMPIONS’ RACE

Each year the Kayamandi based cycling and education charity, songo.info, hosts a mountain bike race with a difference on an urban course around their clubhouse. Known as the Champions’ Race it is the traditional final race before the Absa Cape Epic a ...

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AN ELECTRIC START TO THE EPIC World Cup

AN ELECTRIC START TO THE EPIC World Cup

Denmark’s Malene Degn celebrated the first Epic World Cup victory when she dominated the women’s under-23 race in the opening event of the UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup in Stellenbosch on Saturday. She won in a time of 1:18;52, 27 seconds ahead of ...

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