Former Springbok wing Breyten Paulse, Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling and rally driver Gugu Zulu added a touch of celebrity glamour to the field of almost a thousand riders who took part in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley on Sunday. The 60km race, which crossed 21 Western Cape wine farms, was won by Charles Keey of Team Blend Properties. He claimed line honours ahead of Team USN rider Jacques Rossouw and Adriaan Louw of Team Contego. Phelia Burger was victorious in the women’s race, followed by Desiree Loubser and Tandi Kitching. In the 30km event, junior riders Louw Kriel and Catherine Colyn took the men’s and women’s titles for Team Contego/Sludge’ish and bizhub-FCF respectively. Toks ‘n Tjops presenter Paulse said he had been very impressed with the organisation, the vibe and the “lekker track”. “It’s a nice family outing and was very well-supported. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the scenery was fantastic – so, all in all, it was a very successful first event.” An experienced rider, Paulse easily finished the shorter distance but the Capetonian’s co-host Janina Oberholzer found her first off-road race a little tougher, coming in at the back of the field. “Shame, she was broken,” he said. “It was a tough day for Janina but I’m proud of her for finishing.” The show’s namesake and anchor, former Springbok prop Toks van der Linde, was also seen sampling the local wines and chatting with the farmers along the route. Paulse joked that his aim was to get Van der Linde to eventually ride the race. “We’re busy building a four-wheel bike for Toks; at 190kg, he wouldn’t fit on a normal one.” Race organiser Wynand de Villiers, of ASG Events, seconded his plan. “We might have to build Toks a special course too, maybe just take him around the polo field and leave it at that.” According to De Villiers, the participants’ lighthearted approach to the day was exactly what . . .
Mountain bikers who are unable to ride the full nine days of the Old Mutual joBerg2c can now experience the event with the shorter three and six-day options in April next year. According to spokesman Craig Wapnick, organisers decided to offer the shorter options in order to give more riders the chance to experience the off-road route, which crosses more than 90 private farms and is inaccessible at any other time of year. “The nine-day event is still the real deal and we’ve had a great response to that,” said Wapnick. “But these options allow us to share the vibe of the race villages and the incredible route with riders who are either strapped for time or don’t quite have nine days in their legs.” Wapnick said the three-day event through the Free State offered something completely different, especially for those who were new to mountain biking and looked for a challenging time in the saddle. “The last six days represent a graduation from three-day racing – it’s a very tough but doable journey. “Riders can look forward to a massive drop off the escarpment on day one as well as the spectacular descent into the Umkomaas River Valley on the penultimate day.” He said the route included sections of two well-known races – the FedGroup Berg & Bush Descent and sani2c, which is presented by BoE Private Clients. The three-day event starts on April 26 and covers the first three stages of the nine-day race from Heidelberg just south of Johannesburg to Sterkfontein Dam near Harrismith in the Free State. Now in its second year, the six-dayer rolls out from the dam on day four of the event and finishes at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on May 4. Wapnick said the middle-distance option had given riders a taste for more of the 910km adventure, with many of the teams signing up for the full event in 2013. “Each of the shorter events will be limited to 50 two-person teams. Participants will ride with the 600-strong main field and receive . . .
Vehicle sponsor Subaru Pietermaritzburg has bolstered its ongoing investment into mountain biking in KwaZulu-Natal by reaffirming its commitment to the FedGroup Berg & Bush, organisers announced this week. The partnership with the off-road event will see various models, such as the Subaru Forester, Outback and new XV, put to the test on challenging terrain that includes mountain passes, district roads, cattle and game tracks, and purpose-built cycling routes. According to organiser Gary Green, much of the route would be inaccessible without the support of the long-standing sponsor. “The vehicles are as good off-road as they are on normal roads and that’s why we chose them,” said Green. Participants in the three-day Descent will depart from the Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State on October 26 before plummeting down the escarpment into KZN and finishing at Winterton in the Central Drakensberg. The newly-introduced Great Trek follows the same route from October 30, while the original event, which stretches over two days, rounds out proceedings from November 3. Green said the vehicles would also be used to ferry riders in the three-day events back to their own cars from the finish venue at Winterton Country Club. “For us, the safety of our riders is paramount and the Subarus’ road-holding ability is an important factor.” In addition, Subaru Pietermaritzburg owner Howard Christie said his dealership would transport riders to the summit of Spioenkop Mountain for sundowner tours of this historic battlefield. “Because we know mountain bikers enjoy a little speed, we’ll also have the new Subaru BRZ sports car on display at the event.” Christie said FedGroup Berg & Bush participants would also be entitled to a special discount on the purchase of a new Subaru before the end of the year. The dealership also sponsors vehicles for off-road races such as the Old Mutual joBerg2c, Imana Wild Ride and sani2c, presented by BoE. Although the . . .
Press release 10th September 2012 For Immediate Release The 2012 Avis South African Derby, driven by VW – “In Black and White”! It’s just days away from the equestrian fraternity’s most anticipated event, the 2012 Avis South African Derby. More than 13 000 spectators will pack the grand stands and the various marquees at Kyalami Equestrian Park in Johannesburg to watch the much anticipated showdown between the top equestrian riders in South Africa. The theme for this years Sunday event is “In Black and White” and organisers are expecting attendees to the Sunday finals to really take heed of the theme and express themselves. Avis and VW are providing a free shuttle service from the parking areas to ensure that the patron’s finest is not exposed to excessive amounts of walking and that guests arrive at the main arena looking their best. The 2012 Avis South African Derby will be held from 3rd to 7th October at Kyalami Equestrian Park. The equestrian festival spans a full 5 days. Entrance from Wednesday to Friday is free and guests can enjoy the nailbiting action of all the preliminary rounds and qualifiers. The event really comes to life from Saturday as families and friends descend on the grounds to take in the food, wine, entertainment and sport with Sunday remaining the pinnacle. Saturday highlights: Childrens play and entertainment area featuring face painting, mechanical bull, jumping castles, clown shows and more Food village with 15 different flavours and varieties of food and from around the world set on a lovely deck under tents and umbrellas Shopping village with over 20 retail stores showcasing a wide variety of fashions and jewellery Exclusive GHS members area with private grand stand and cocktail lounge Large general access beer tent serving a variety of local beers to help quench the thirst Mini Show Jumping Derby (1.3m) and other top equestrian disciplines Sunday highlights - All of the highlights mentioned in Saturday . . .
Maloof Skateboarding has announced the list of vert skaters who will compete in the Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships, which will be returning for a second year to Kimberley in the Northern Cape from 28 – 30 September. The best professional vert skaters from around the world will compete for the massive $75 000 first place prize and the world championship title. Thousands of skateboarding enthusiasts flocked to Kimberley last year for the inaugural event. Hotels sold out all weekend, restaurants and businesses hired additional workers to help with the influx of fans, who descended on the small town, once famous for its diamond mines. Dozens of busses brought fans from cities across the Northern Cape to local campgrounds that overflowed with tent cities. “The reception we received in Kimberly and across South Africa for our contest last year was incredible,” said Joe Maloof, founder of Maloof Money Cup and owner of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “We’re excited to return to Kimberley for a second year and I can tell you that the anticipation for this year’s contest is inspiring. In the last year, South Africa has seen skateboarding grow to new heights as kids in townships and provinces across the country take on skateboarding as an affordable, healthy activity. It’s only a matter of time before we see these kids join the ranks of the international pros.” This year’s pro vert skaters include Alex Perelson, Bob Burnquist, last year’s winner Pierre Luc Gagnon, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Andy MacDonald, Adam Taylor, Danny Mayer and 12-year-old Tom Schaar. Schaar is the young newcomer who set a world record as the first skater to ever successfully land a 1080. He landed the huge trick again in the X Games Asia earlier this year to win the Mini Mega Gold. The Maloof World Vert Championships will take place on Saturday, 29 September, and Sunday, 30 September 30. “To be able to hold the world championships in . . .
The Port Elizabeth CBD is set to be invaded over the weekend of the 15th and 16th September for an Urban Festival, like the city has never seen before, on the cities historic Donkin Reserve. Over 1,000 participants have already entered to tackle the City of Port Elizabeth in the annual Nelson Mandela Bay Herald Urban Run which sets off at 9am on Sunday 16th September. This unique 10km urban obstacle course highlights urban renewal undertaken by the Mandela Bay Development Agency over the past decade whilst raising over R100,000 for local charities. The Urban Festival kicks off from 9am on Saturday 15th on the Donkin Reserve with African drumbeat dancers and musicians performing throughout the day. This is complemented by live music, gymnastics displays, a german shepherd dog show, Metro Gym's free outdoor aerobics class, and a great assortment of exhibitors, vendors and craft stalls. Mitchell's Brewery will be hosting a beer garden whilst Future Life is providing complimentary breakfast for all participants prior to the Sunday 9am race start. The Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise will host a Kids Zone over the weekend with lots of fun activities for the kids including a junk4funk workshop where kids get to build musicial instruments from recycled materials under the guidance of the African Drumbeat staff. Kids will also get to partake in their own aerobics class as well as having Zulu dancing and drumming lessons during the day. Children 14 years and under can also enter the Kids Urban Run which is a race up the Donkin path with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls in the various age group categories. The Urban Festival is open to everyone at no charge, further information is available on the festival website www.urbanrun.co.za More Info: http://www.urbanrun.co.za Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports CC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Former Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling will swop water for dirt when he competes in the inaugural Kia Val de Vie Estate Mountain Bike Challenge, presented by ASG, on September 16. As the marketing director of the polo, wine and lifestyle estate in the heart of the Paarl-Franschhoek valley just outside Cape Town, Neethling said sport played an important role in promoting its offering and he was keen to get his hands dirty alongside the other competitors. “Val de Vie is surrounded by beautiful mountains and we have been exploring opportunities to do such an event for a couple of years now.” According to him, one of their key objectives was to ensure that the event was open to all. “With this race we aim to attract everybody from experts to novices, residents and young families ready for a great day out in the winelands.” Neethling said the estate envisaged a long-term partnership with the title sponsor Kia Motors and organisers ASG Events. Val de Vie is the second in a series of four Kia-sponsored races that marks the car manufacturer’s first foray into the sport. David Sieff, marketing manager at Kia Motors South Africa, said the motoring brand was essentially young-at-heart and that the sport of cycling spoke to this key element. “That, coupled with a fantastic venue, will ensure everyone has a memorable weekend experience.” Race director Darren Herbst said the organisers had been working steadily on the project since they were first approached four months ago. “The area is so beautiful and expanding into mountain biking is obviously a natural fit.” He believed the sport was a fantastic vehicle for showcasing the more accessible side of the exclusive estate. “Val de Vie has this prestigious aura about it; it’s an awesome aspirational brand but actually very inviting.” Herbst said mountain biking in South Africa was at a crossroads, with people becoming more selective of the events in which they participated. “The trails we’ve got . . .
With their first two races already full, organisers of the FedGroup Berg & Bush are giving mountain bikers another opportunity to experience one of the top multistage races in the country. The addition of the inaugural three-day Great Trek to the seventh running of the event now gives prospective entrants three options, which also include the three-day Descent and the two-day “original” Berg & Bush. The Great Trek, which starts on October 30 near Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State before plunging down the escarpment into the valleys of KwaZulu-Natal, follows the same route as the popular Descent. Participants will once again cover the historical heartland of the province as they trace the wagon route over the Drakensberg Mountains taken by the Voortrekkers in 1837. Race organiser Gary Green said he had created the Great Trek in order to give more individual riders and two-man teams the chance to step back in time. “The area is rich in Anglo-Boer War history, which adds something really special to the race,” he said. “Riders summit Spioenkop, for example, which was the scene of a significant battle.” Green said he started the original Berg & Bush in 2006 with just 56 riders, before adding the Descent due to popular demand in 2009. The latter was named the country’s top event in its first year and its prize money attracts some of the country’s top pro riders. Last year’s event was won by Brandon Stewart and Jacques Rossouw of FedGroup-Itec Connect. The Descent gets underway on October 26 and finishes 220km later at Winterton Country Club in the Central Berg. The 110km two-dayer, for the more social rider, starts on November 3. According to Green, the routes are varied every year in order to meet the demands of the adventure-seeking mountain biker. “Although entries for the Great Trek close at the end of September, the response has been fantastic with more than half of the slots already taken up.” He said the community . . .
The South African surfing capital will see board action of a different kind when the Maloof Skateboarding for Hope road show hits Jeffreys Bay this weekend. Skateboarding enthusiasts in the Eastern Cape can look forward to an exhilarating skateboarding display at the Element Skatepark in Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay on Saturday, 25 August, from 10h00 to 16h00. The Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships will take place in Kimberley from 28 – 30 September and some of the best skateboarders in the world will be in action. The Skateboarding for Hope campaign is a joint initiative between the Northern Cape Provincial Government and Maloof Skateboarding. The community outreach programme forms part of the run-up to the world championships and is aimed at introducing the youth of South Africa to the adrenaline rush of skateboarding. Skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the Northern Cape government is using the Maloof competition and road show to expose local youth to the sport as an affordable, accessible leisure activity. Spectators can expect a jam-packed programme with live music, skateboarding demonstrations by top local rider Wandile Nsomi. Fabulous prizes and R5000 in cash are up for grabs for the best trick of the day. Skateboarding fans can win great promotional merchandise and skateboarding gear including complete skateboards in the lucky draws. The best skater of the day will also receive a wild card entry into the amateur contest of the world championships in September. ENDS More Info: http://www.experiencenortherncape.com Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Top skateboarder Wandile Nsomi will conduct skate clinics in JBay this weekend. [/l2g] . . .
Street soccer teams from communities around the country will each compete for the title of KIA Street Soccer provincial champion over the coming weeks. The winning teams will qualify for the competition’s ultimate clash – the National Festival Finale, which will determine the 2012 Kia Street Soccer champion of champions team. This year, for the first time, provincial winners from each region competing in the Kia Street Soccer Programme will be flown to Johannesburg for the National Final, which will be held on Friday 14 September in Soweto. Event organiser Brad Bing, of the youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, is calling on all the communities to get behind their local teams for the provincial finals and spur them on to the inaugural national final. “It has long been our dream to hold a national championship final,” said Bing, Managing Director of Sporting Chance. “Bringing teams together from all the participating regions to play for one trophy, symbolising South Africa’s best, gives the Kia Street Soccer Programme a huge profile boost with greater national presence. Furthermore, it’s a thrilling opportunity for the youth who make it to the finals to experience camaraderie on a national level and the excitement of a national championship final, as well as to see more of their country. It will no doubt be a high point in their young lives – and we hope the first of many.” Five months ago, Sporting Chance, in association with title sponsor KIA and associate sponsors Foodzone, Dawn Wing, Mille and Supersport Let’s Play, rolled out the national neighbourhood street soccer programme to 6000 boys and girls under the age of 13 in communities in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban and this year, for the first time, Welkom. Already well established in the other provinces, the KIA Street Soccer programme is the largest of its kind and its great success last year propelled it into the Free State. With many rural communities . . .