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The Absa Cape Epic places enormous demands on teamwork. Every entrant in the race is part of a pair which has to ride together throughout what is one of the toughest mountain bike challenges in the world.

The final stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race took place on Saturday. Fittingly, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell won the short 57km leg from Chandelier Game Reserve to Oudtshoorn, sealing overall victory in the process. But there were major upsets behind them as the final podium was given a late shuffle.

Exciting young mountain biking talent, Reinhard Zellhuber capped off an unforgettable 2016 cycling season by claiming a third consecutive Ashburton National MTB Series title over the weekend, bringing down the curtain on his Junior years of racing in emphatic style.

The conditions at the start of the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush were cool. The riding from the elite bunch, though, was scorching hot. Setting the scintillating pace was one of the strongest pro fields ever assembled at the Berg & Bush Descent.

Dylan Rebello and Yolande de Villiers raced to victories in the men’s and women’s categories in the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort mountain bike challenge on Saturday the 1st of October.

The 2016 edition of the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush Descent promises to be one of the most fiercely contested stage races on this year’s South African MTB calendar. Thanks to a growing reputation as the local mountain bike stage race with the most gees, the event has been able to assemble a stellar elite field. This October the cream of the local MTB crop will be rising, and dropping, and rising, and dropping around the Drakensberg.

Amanzimtoti training partners Brennan Anderson and Hendrik Bester are looking forward to making their debut appearance at the Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota when this year’s race takes place on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October.

Newcastle mountain bikers Rowan Bernstein and Chris van der Linde return to the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October eager for another memorable two days of riding and an improved performance from their tenth placed effort last year.

Floating bridges, single-track and a few technical challenges lie in wait for riders when the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place on September 10.

South African Mountain bike Olympian Alan Hatherly has recently returned from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and will be heading to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to tackle the 2016 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 27 August. Entries for the event are open, and close at midnight tonight (Wednesday 24 August 2016).

An exciting mix of adventure trails awaits riders when the Sanlam MTB Invitational takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 19 and 20.

In muddy, misty, cold and windy conditions HB Kruger produced some red-hot form to win his first ever Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge over 75km in Stellenbosch.

MTO is proud to announce a new partnership with the Western Cape’s most revered three day stage mountain bike (MTB) event, the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Events.

Defending champion James Reid has confirmed he will be on the start line of this year’s 60km Illovo Eston Marathon, the feature race of the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge on Sunday 7 August, before jetting off to Rio de Janeiro less than a week later to represent Team South Africa at for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 23 year-old Team Spur athlete was recently confirmed alongside youngster, Alan Hatherly as the country’s two male cross country mountain bikers to compete at Olympics and Reid hopes a competitive outing at the popular Eston event will be the perfect final hit-out.

The 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride remains a key attraction of the annual Illovo Eston MTB Challenge, which takes place at Eston Farmers’ Club on Sunday 7 August, as mountain biking look to safely adventure through the spectacular wilderness of Tala Collection Private Game Reserve alongside family and friends.

An exciting initiative will benefit early entries in the Sanlam MTB Invitational with a state-of-the-art backpack from presenting sponsors Scicon up for grabs.

Mountain bikers from across the province are gearing up to join the South Coast’s off-road cycling fraternity at the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday 14 August for the 2016 edition of the popular cycling challenge.

Under-23 mountain biking sensation Alan Hatherly has confirmed he will include the popular 60km Illovo Eston Marathon – the feature race of Sunday 7 August’s Illovo Eston MTB Challenge – in his final preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Western Cape’s Mariske Strauss (Novus OMX Pro Team) put in a dominant performance to claim the 2016 South African Cross-country National Championship title in the Pro-elite Women’s category at the STIHL 2016 South African National Mountain bike Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 16 July.

As the 2016 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge at the Eston Farmers’ Club on Sunday 7 August draws nearer, event title sponsors, Illovo Sugar and 18km race route partners, Tala Collection Private Game Reserve have reaffirmed their commitment to the protection of the region’s rhinos.

Current XCO Elite Women’s Champion, Cherie Redecker has enjoyed the pride felt from wearing the National Championship jersey over the past year, and hopes to keep it in her possession for the next season when she tackles the 2016 South African National Mountain bike Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 16-17 July.

Current Downhill Champion, Stefan Garlicki is returning home from Europe to race on one of his favourite tracks and defend his 2015 title at the 2016 South African National Mountain bike Championships, which take place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 16-17 July.

Another memorable, family focused day of mountain biking action in the KZN Midlands awaits participants of the 2016 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge which takes place at Eston Farmers’ Club on Sunday 7 August.

Tiaan Odendaal and Kathryn Fourie made it a double when they claimed the fastest times of the day in the Men and Women’s classes at the 2016 KZNMTB DOWNHILL Championships – presented by Greg Minnaar Cycles that was held at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 3 July. Both riders had secured the ENDURO Championship titles the day before after completing five stages at Cascades MTB Park.

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