Defending champion David van Straaten will be striving for his hat-trick when he lines up for the 60km Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, presented by ASG, near Bela-Bela on Sunday. This year, the feature race has been added to the line-up of seven events that make up the mountain biking arm of the new Bestmed National Cycling Series. Van Straaten has dominated the event, which traverses the 4 700-hectare Sondela Game Reserve in Limpopo, for the past two years. A former road rider, he has proved himself unbeatable on the flattish course that features testing sandy stretches of what route designer Melgard Meyer refers to as "horizontal climbing". "It's not too technically demanding and I'm strong on sand, so I'd say it suits me very well," said Van Straaten. He said the major challenge would come from within himself, as he had been battling flu in the lead-up to race day. "My fitness is not what it was in previous years but I will still give it my best shot to try and win." As team mechanic to the South African national cycling squads, Van Straaten has had his hands full off the bike this season. "I'm not on top form at this stage as I was more focused on this and opening a cycling shop as well." He will be looking forward to testing his legs in the 40km warm-up race on Saturday. Van Straaten's wife, Ronel, also has her sights set on a third consecutive victory in the women's race to complete a dominating double-header for their family. "My wife will be participating in both the 40km and 60km races but she is also sick with the flu. She really wants to make it a hat-trick too." He said the family-oriented nature of the two-day cycling festival kept them coming back. "We're proud of our results here as it's a sport we enjoy doing as a family; our 10-year-old son is also cycling. "It also gives us a chance to camp and enjoy time with friends and family." More than 1 400 riders of all ages are expected to participate in the . . .
Families looking for a bumper weekend of mountain biking and outdoor activities need look no further than the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic near Bela-Bela in Limpopo Province on June 27 and 28. The annual festival, which is billed as "the Bushveld's biggest mountain bike bash", offers a full line-up of family races on the Saturday before the serious racing gets underway with a 60km marathon on the Sunday. The latter, which forms part of the new Bestmed National Cycling Series presented by ASG, will see some of the country's top professionals do battle. Taking place on a 4 700-hectare nature reserve just 45 minutes north of Pretoria, the festival traditionally attracts around 1 800 riders across all events. Sondela group operations manager Melgard Meyer said the reserve would open its gates to participants and their families as day visitors, which is not generally permitted outside of scheduled events. "The most exciting part of this is to see how whole families take part in the riding," said Meyer. "To get the serious cyclists out here is awesome but our focus is to get families to come and enjoy the weekend." He said riding options for the latter included 40km, 20km and kiddies' events. As each race occupied its own timeslot, Meyer said adults could build their own mini stage race by choosing to do more than one. Three to five-year-olds will ride on a specially built 500m track, with a 5km single-track course available for children up to the age of eight. Meyer said special combination price packages were available for participants wishing to do the feature races on the Saturday and Sunday. As route director, he said he personally got on his bicycle every day to inspect the trails. Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info link: http://fullstopcom.com/media-room-mainmenu-18/features/1769-sondela-set-for-bushveld-s-biggest-mtb-bash.html Twitter: www.twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of . . .
The 3rd annual Funama Wedding & Bridal Expo will take place on Saturday, 28th March 2015 at the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane Limpopo. The expo includes wedding gowns, groom suits, cakes, cosmetics, accessories, catering, beauticians, florists, photographers and many other wedding related services. Future brides, grooms and families looking for wedding service providers are in for a fun filled day with loads of ideas that will help turn their dream wedding into a reality. Legend Lodges, Hotels & Resorts is giving couples a chance to win a wedding venue of their choice in Limpopo. Other exhibitors are offering memorable prizes that include wedding gowns, groom suits, cakes, cosmetics and so much more. A ‘Sundowner Fashion Show with live music will be the finale to end the prestigious event. Entrance to the Funama Wedding & Bridal Expo for visitors is R50.00 per person, doors open at 9am. “The exhibition is a show of delightful wedding ideas all under one roof; this saves visitors hours of time spent travelling and searching for wedding suppliers. We promise a display of the best wedding products and services available. Visitors will be treated to an event filled with motivation and inspiration. This is also a perfect platform for small business owners to market and promote their services” says Masetha Serakoana, CEO of Funama Productions. Funama Productions is a media and communications company that specialises in exhibition production services focusing on projects that promote and empower small businesses. Author: Masetha Serakoana from Funama Productions. More Info link: http://www.funama.co.za Twitter: @funamabiz Facebook: www.facebook.com/funamaweddingexhibition Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Funama Productions. Funama Wedding & Bridal Expo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012 and Lynne De Jager Mrs South Africa 2012 attended the launch of The Rhino Revolution/ Blue Canyon Conservancy Black Rhino Breeding Project. Nana and Lynne want to bring international awareness to the plight of Rhino in South Africa. Nana Meriwether was born at Tinswalo hospital in Acornhoek. Her father and mother were working a Tinswalo, doing charitable work. Lynne De Jager has commited to take the Rhino Revolution message to the Mrs World 2013 Pageant in China. From the 2000 to 2007 there were 140 rhino’s poached throughout South Africa, that’s average of 20 a year. In 2008 is shot up to 83 in one year, 2009 saw another increase to 122. Similarly 2010 – 333, 2011 – 448, 2012 – 448 and 2013 we are already sitting with over 350, more than the total of 2010. This year we are averaging 2-2.5 Rhino’s lost a day. While these stats are shocking to see we are still in a positive growth pattern for the total Rhino population. We are close to the tipping point though and soon we will be losing more Rhino that are being born every year. In 1960 there were around 500 Rhino’s and over the last 50 years we have grown that population to over 20 000, similarly with Black Rhino, there were only 65 left and their numbers have grown to over 5000. “The war that private Rhino owners are fighting isn’t one where we can go out and combat a visible enemy, all that they can do is fight defensively. Protect the Rhino’s inside higher fences with more guards.” Stated Patrick Jordan , a founder of Rhino Revolution. “Miss USA and Mrs SA have come out this weekend to put their voices behind the Rhino of Africa, to assist in raising awareness and funding to assist with the protection and ultimately the defence of an iconic species the world over.’ Said Patrick Jordan “We don’t hear much about the plight of Rhino back in the United States and I didn’t know how threatened they are until now” Said Nana Meriwether , Miss USA 2012. During their . . .