Don those cycling shorts, show off your mettle and display all that time spent on the road bike. What is known as PE’s toughest cycle race is just around the corner! The Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race is set to take place on Saturday, 8 December. The mass start at 6 am is from the Grass Roof Farm Stall, corner of Seaview Road and Heron Road. The home-grown and respected motor dealership Williams Hunt Isuzu will have some of their toughest vehicles on display at the start: a fitting tribute to tough-minded athletes. Whether competing for a win or improving upon a personal best, all cyclists participating in the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race deserve a champion's welcome home across the finish line. There is no prize money for this event. All the entry fees – at R120 per visitor’s entry – and donations will go towards a chosen charity. “We have decided to support an organisation known for alleviating the burden of those they support through counseling and other means, whether to individuals or to their families and loved ones,” said Trevor Villet, dealer principal at Williams Hunt Isuzu. Kenneth Bartle, programme manager at Isuzu said, “The Masters and Ladies Cycle Club has extended their thanks for the sponsorship of the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race.” Check out the Masters’ and Ladies Cycle Club facebook page for details on entry fees and race rules. The Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race is described as 90 km of grueling hills to Van Stadens River Mouth and back. The very hilly route reaches an elevation of over 1500 metres. The first hill is Theescombe Hill (Welcome Road). From there it is an undulating route along Kragga Kamma Road with a small climb up to Cows Corner in Colleen Glen. Whether the wind is behind your back or the sun is shining on your face, the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race will require mental stamina as much as pedal power. The 45km turning point is about 400 metres from the Van Stadens River mouth entrance on a gradual . . .
GYMKHANA GRID 2018 IS HERE! Carnival City, Johannesburg - The Gymkhana GRiD World Finals will be held in South Africa tomorrow 1st December 2018 and will serve as a celebration of Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition. This year will see a unique competition format, as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017. Fifty international drivers will go head-to-head in two classes, with everyone set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout Making its international debut at X Games in Los Angeles in 2013, Gymkhana GRiD is all about speed and precision. Open to all those who dare to compete against other petrol heads in their own specially modified cars. Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. Car drifting is caused when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as opposite lock or counter-steering). A true motorsport without rival, Gymkhana GRiD’s blends drifting, drag racing, and physical driving skill with mental agility. How to get to the track GymkhanaGrid will take place at Carnival City resort's parking lot tomorrow 1 December 2018. Carnival City Casino & Hotel; Corner Century & Elsburg Road; Brakpan; 1540; Gauteng; South Africa. Keep tabs on all of the developments in the buildup to Gymkhana GRiD 2018 via https://www.facebook.com/gymkhanagrid/ and http://www.gymkhanagrid.com/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
University of Johannesburg coach Dumisa Makalima has called for a concerted team effort when they compete in the University Sport South Africa cricket tournament in the Western Cape next month. The week takes place in Stellenbosch from December 3 to 7 and UJ will be among eight teams contesting the title in pool A. The Johannesburg side have ended fifth in the last two tournaments, but there is a definite drive to improve their standing in varsity cricket this time round. "We are a fairly young team and we don't have any top provincial players, so it will be a case of working hard together," said Makalima. "We know each other well and have a good work ethic. I believe our biggest strength will be to operate as a cohesive unit as we strive to improve on last year's efforts." He added that making the most of their opportunities would be the key to success. "The big thing is to try to make sure you bat for the full 50 overs. "I am impressing on the guys that if you make a start, you need to capitalise on that and make the sort of scores that create pressure on the opposition. Scores of 50s and 60s don't win you games." He said that also applied to the bowlers, with their build-up to the week placing emphasis on converting good starts into match-winning performances. Although UJ are missing the experience of players such as Ryan Rickelton and Delano Potgieter, who are playing in the Mzansi Super League, Makalima is confident his team can rise to the occasion. "We have a number of players who were in the squad last year and, with that experience under their belts we will be looking to them to step up to the plate." The UJ mentor felt that the teams from Pretoria and Potchefstroom would start as the early favourites. "They have done well in recent years in varsity tournaments, while Stellenbosch have an astute coach in former Warriors player Ryan Bailey, so they will also be a team to watch. "But I don't believe we have to stand back . . .
A new format for the amateur categories will place the emphasis on teamwork when the Takealot Tour of Good Hope takes place in the Western Cape next year. South Africa's premier road cycle tour, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8, will see several changes as race organisers ASG Events and new title sponsor Takealot.com join forces to ensure a high-quality event. While they wish to elevate the tour to match similar international events, the organisers also want to provide the opportunity for amateur riders to experience an event of this nature. "Inevitably there is a lot of focus on the elite riders, but we want the Tour of Good Hope to be inclusive and, therefore, the amateur element remains as important as ever," ASG Events chief executive Fritz Pienaar said. He added that they wanted to make it a team-orientated event, with solo packages only available for the categories of elite, U23 and junior men, as well as the elite women. "Amateur cyclists must enter as teams and these can comprise four to eight riders," said Pienaar. "We don't want individuals in the open categories and the way it will work is that the fourth rider's time will count for the team. "Mixed teams can consist of two men and two women with the second woman's time counting for the team." He added that although the emphasis was on the team aspect, they would still show who the leading category riders were. ASG Group chief executive Heinrich Dannhauser said they were keen to maintain the unique aspect of allowing amateurs to race in teams behind professionals. "We work hard to make sure the integration of professionals and amateurs works well because it gives them a taste of the excitement and world-class organisation that such a race brings," he said. "And there are some amazing prizes for them [the amateurs] as well." Another change for the 2019 tour, presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, is that the stages, which cover a total . . .
The Madibaz cricket teams are determined to make an impact when they compete in the University Sport South Africa tournament in the Western Cape next week. The annual competition takes place in Stellenbosch from December 3 to 7 and Nelson Mandela University will be fielding two teams, Madibaz A competing in pool A (the top eight teams) and Madibaz B in pool B. Madibaz A will be looking to make up for the disappointment of losing to Pretoria University in last year's final. Captain David Masterson well remembers the narrow defeat on that occasion and said the squad were eager to set the record straight. "That was my first appearance at USSA and it was very disappointing to lose in the final by six runs," he said. "Madibaz have had a lot of success at USSA in past years and we are definitely targeting the title in Stellenbosch. The ambition among the players will not allow us to settle for anything less." He added, though, that they knew it would not be wise to look too far ahead. "We do not want to get carried away and so our focus at this stage is purely on our first game against UCT." Despite losing some key players from last year, Masterson said there was still a good spread of experience in the squad, "with more than half the guys playing last year". "I feel one of the biggest strengths is that we have all-round cricketers who offer more than just one skill. "Our spin department is looking promising, with good variety, and our batting lineup is very well balanced." The skipper identified allrounder Tian Koekemoer as one of the players who could be the key to their success. "He is one of four semi-pro cricketers in the squad and I am sure they will be challenging themselves to take responsibility and perform. Tian has been in excellent form for EP and will definitely play a major role with the bat and ball for us." The Madibaz B team, consisting of predominantly players from the George campus, will have a number of new faces . . .
South African cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions and the Demacon Ladies Cycling Team will next year continue their partnership, which proved highly successful in 2018. The Demacon Ladies Cycling Team had a remarkable year in SA road cycling with their team members winning 17 of the 18 races in which they participated. Leading the way was ace women's rider Carla Oberholzer, who won 10 of those races, including the SA national road title, the Amashova Durban Classic and the 947 Cycle Challenge. This has led to Positive Sports Solutions, who distribute a variety of top-end cycling brands in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), deciding to consolidate their association with the team for another year. Going forward, the outfit will be known as the Demacon-HEAD Women's Cycling Team, in recognition of the high-quality HEAD bicycles they have been supplied with by the company. Positive Sports Solutions product and technical manager David Pieterse said the profile of the brand had been raised to another level thanks to the team's success. "That most definitely created maximum exposure and as the team's technical sponsor we were able to provide them with the best possible equipment," he said. A big part of the company's focus is on raising the profile of women's cycling in the country. "I believe we have definitely done that," said Pieterse. "This is the first year we have been involved and we achieved more than we expected." "The HEAD brand has been established in South Africa and we are looking forward to raising more awareness for women's cycling in 2019. We would love to see more sponsors involved." Team captain Lynette Burger said the sponsorship had played a key role in their success and they looked forward to greater involvement in 2019. "It is very important to us as a team as they provide us with the best possible equipment," she said. "Thanks to our success, Positive Sports Solutions want to expand . . .
Score Energy Drink touches lives with Living Legends Score, one of South Africa’s most popular energy drinks, has been touching lives as the proud supporter of Living Legends Touch Rugby for the past five years. As the sponsor since 2013 of three Score Living Legends teams entered each year into the Hot Summer of Touch beach circuit, Score supports the objectives of this Stellenbosch based youth development organisation, to help empower communities to change lives through sport. The 18th Hot Summer of Touch series held annually on popular beaches along the Western and Southern Cape Coast, kicks off in Camps Bay on 8 December and ends in Hartenbos on 31 December. The series comprises eight tournaments with over 400 teams competing. The Score Living Legends Open, Ladies and Professional (Pro) teams are all regular participants. Walking away as 5-time victors of the series over the past 7 years, the Pro team has built a solid reputation that has opened doors for many of the players. “Score is built on the fundamentals of paying it forward and it is great to play a part in Living Legends’ main focus of contributing towards the empowerment of South African communities through the unity of sport. We hope to inspire people to develop their potential and build better lives for themselves and those around them,” says Brand Manager Dean Teubes, reinforcing Score’s commitment to nurture and support young people to become leaders and make a difference in their own lives and their communities. With the assistance of Caylix Sport, Living Legends has unlocked a passion for touch rugby in the Helderberg area. By establishing a touch rugby culture for players between the ages of 16 and 24, these youths have an alternative “family” to which they can belong and be inspired for the future. With Score’s support, the interest in touch rugby has grown to such an extent that its development has spread to all the areas where Living Legends has a foothold. In an effort . . .
ASG, owner and importer of some of the world's best cycling brands, has joined forces with South Africa's leading online retailer, Takealot.com, to elevate the Tour of Good Hope to an international level. Starting with the country's premier road cycling tour, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 next year, the two industry leaders are committed to building a product that can match similar international races. ASG Group chief executive Heinrich Dannhauser said they had a wonderful opportunity to transform the Tour of Good Hope into an event that would generate an even bigger international focus. "As the country's premier road tour, it has attracted an international field in the past and will continue to do so," he said after today's announcement. "Our vision is to work with Takealot, as well as Cycling South Africa, to achieve our objective of establishing South Africa's equivalent of the Tour Down Under in Australia. "We lack an international tour and, with our cyclists making big strides on the international scene over the past few years, the timing couldn't be better." SA's Daryl Impey won the overall title at the Tour Down Under this year and Dannhauser felt that a high-quality Tour of Good Hope would provide a similar opportunity for locally-based cyclists to make their mark. He believed the Tour of Good Hope was well positioned to capitalise on the partnership, which would see Takealot come on board as title sponsor. "It already occupies an exclusive slot on the calendar. The week before the Cape Town Cycle Tour is perfect." Given the date, he said, it would be easy for South African and international riders who were already heading to the Western Cape to add the race to their calendars. "The unique thing about the Tour of Good Hope is that it allows amateurs to race in teams behind the professionals, with all the excitement and world-class organisation that such a race brings. "And there are some amazing . . .
The SPAR Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run on Sunday confirmed its immense popularity with the East London community when the number of participants more than doubled from 2017. Around 2 500 enthusiasts entered the event from the Orient Pools on the city's Esplanade, with the majority taking part in the 4km distance. Daily Dispatch advertising manager Suren Packery said the family emphasis of the event was clearly demonstrated, as was the focus on supporting those with physical disabilities. "We have seen exponential growth in our disabled participants and growth in families doing it together," he said. "For instance, we had entrants from month-old babies in prams to an 82-year-old doing the race. "About 300 people did the 8km, who were the more serious runners and walkers, while over 2 000 people did the 4km." Packery added that the wheelchair-friendly nature of the course was a key factor and a big incentive for those with disabilities to take part. "We had group entries from Life Healthcare Rehabilitation Unit and We Can Run, who focus on children with disabilities. "PNA East London [a stationery store] sponsors wheelchairs to be given out in East London and they brought their team to the event, while this year's beneficiary was the Sweethearts Foundation [who raise funds to buy wheelchairs for those in need]." The day, he said, had expanded to offer a range of activities, including a jumping castle, beach volleyball, beach tennis and Frisbee games. In addition, Packery said the association with SPAR Eastern Cape was proving a success. "The union is harmonious and we communicate to the same markets. "The race is family-driven and encourages all ages, while the synergy with our event being the only wheelchair event in East London and SPAR's Wheelchair Wednesday campaign is perfect." Daily Dispatch marketing manager Jennilee Peremore said the event played a big role in their annual programme. "We're proud that the event has more . . .
The second edition of the SPAR River Paddle Challenge proved a resounding success as a full field of competitors enjoyed the unique course on Port Elizabeth's Swartkops River on Saturday. Taking place at Dufour Park, paddlers of all ages and disciplines tested themselves in the river estuary, where the course was laid out through a series of canals. Race director Mike Zoetmulder, of Zsports, said the event was "a great success". "By using the high tide we were able to create an interesting layout on the river which provided a lot of fun for everyone," he said. "For the first time there were also four surf boats which took part, with each consisting of a crew of five rowers and a sweep. They competed over a 1km course and a 3km distance." He said the day was not necessarily about the results but focused more on providing fun paddling challenges with a difference. "This event is quite different to the normal rowing and canoeing races you have and that aspect attracts a lot of interest from those involved in the sport. "Even though it's more about enjoying the event, I must point out that Luke McNish was the dominant competitor during the day, taking the paddle board, mixed doubles and the single ski [long canal course] events." The event catered for paddlers from U12s to the 65-plus category and included singles, doubles, triples and stand-up paddling. The objective behind the day was to raise funds for the Zwartkops Conservancy, an environmental organisation which works continually to maintain the eco-system of the river and its surrounds to ensure the survival of flora and fauna. "It is such a magnificent river in the greater scheme of things that it needs to be looked after," said Zoetmulder. "Through the entries and raffles we had during the day we were able to raise a substantial amount for the Zwartkops Conservancy, which will assist them to continue the excellent work they do." SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan . . .