The Madibaz Mountain Bike XCO Series made a flying start at the NMMU campus in George this weekend, with the organisers receiving double the number of entries compared to last year's corresponding event. The cross country mountain bike race was the first of four events in the series, with the remaining legs set to take place on June 10, August 27 and October 29. Presented by Old Mutual Private Wealth Management, the series aims to provide exposure to cross country racing for riders in the Eden region and race director Jan Venter said the opening race was an overwhelming success. "The majority of the riders were from the Eden area, but there were also entrants from Ladismith, Oudtshoorn and Cape Town," he said. "In total, across the various categories, we had 120 riders which is a 100 per cent increase from last year." He added that the feedback from participants had been positive and it had been an excellent start in the promotion of cross country racing in the region. "I must say the large number of riders was unexpected but welcome," said Venter. "There were an incredible number of young riders with lots of talent in the nippers and sprogs categories. "I have no doubt it is an indication that cross country and mountain bike racing have a great future in Eden." He added that there had been a strong level of competition in the age categories, saying "they left it all out on the track". Venter said one element they would reconsider for the next leg would be to split the nippers and sprogs categories "to make for easier riding for the youngsters". In terms of the course, he said they were happy with what had been created. "We will probably make a few minor changes to make it even better. And, of course, the next event will have a different race route with new technical surprises." Sport manager at the George campus, Hugo Loubser, said the series, which was also supported by Ridelife George, Giant South Africa and Tippeton, was open to everyone. "Besides . . .
Seasoned pros Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger captured the overall title in the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race at their first attempt today after setting the pace from day one. Using the same strategy as before, the BCX duo were again able to build up a lead during the first half of the 48km final stage in the Wellington area en route to winning in 1:49:34. On the day, they were followed by Versus Socks' Jurgens Uys and Nicol Carstens (1:51:07) and TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light's Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert (1:52:34). Woolcock and Kruger sealed the title with an overall racing time of 6:18:53, ahead of Hill and Joubert (6:28:01) and Uys and Carstens (6:30:57). Sweden's Jennie Stenerhag added the women's title to the Cape Epic crown she won last month when she and her Cape Brewing Company teammate Katie Lennard completed a comfortable overall victory in 7:38:48. Reflecting on the race, Woolcock said he felt their success had been built on the opening stage when they created a three-minute lead which they gradually increased. "We came here with a goal of winning the race and we always knew it would be important to get a gap on the opening day," he said. "Besides giving you a buffer, it also gives you a mental head start on the rest if you can show you are the strongest. "We went hard from the start on the first day on probably the toughest stage of the three, so that set up our advantage." Kruger said they began the final leg with the aim of staying near the front and avoiding mechanicals or crashes. "We managed to get a gap fairly early on and then rode at a steady tempo and it was cool to win our third stage in a row," he said. "As we both come from the region - I'm from Paarl and Waylon from Stellenbosch - it was very satisfying to win this title. It gives us a positive attitude looking ahead to our next races." Kruger said they had particularly enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the Liberty Winelands . . .
Overnight leaders Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger produced another controlled performance to create a telling gap after the second stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Boland today. The BCX pair used their knowledge of the region - Woolcock is from Stellenbosch and Kruger from Paarl - to build a six-minute lead going into the final stage tomorrow. They completed the 57km stage from Franschhoek to Wellington in 2:17:21, finishing ahead of Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert (TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light), who clocked a time of 2:20:35. Jurgens Uys and Nicol Carstens (Versus Socks) were third for the second consecutive day, finishing in 2:23:00. The stage's outcome gave Woolcock and Kruger an overall time of 4:29:00, just more than six minutes clear of Hill and Joubert (4:35:27). Uys and Carstens (4:39:50) are third. Woolcock said it was not a case of making any significant moves on the day, but maintaining the pressure on their rivals until the climb up Cascade Manor 40km into the race. "The first 15 to 20km were fairly fast and flat, but knowing the trails pretty well, it was a matter of just keeping up the pace," he said. "The guys were on and off us the whole time and we had a gap of about one minute when we hit the big climb of the day." He added that they wanted to build up a decent gap going up Cascade Manor to the Hawekwa Plantation. "We managed to achieve that and still had something in reserve because there have been some fires in the region, which meant we had to be fairly careful on the single-track down to the finish," said Woolcock. After riding a large part of the first stage of the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, at tempo, he said they had been able to ease back even more today. "You could see that fatigue had set in with some of the riders and I always believe in keeping something in reserve rather than trying too hard and making mistakes." Kruger said they were still in good shape, . . .
Quickest out of the blocks on the early Botmaskop climb out of Stellenbosch, Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger stamped their mark on the opening stage of the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter today. Although the BCX pair were pushed at times, they eventually got away about midway through the stage to take the top spot on the podium after finishing the 54km course to Franschhoek in 2:11:39. Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert (TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light) followed them home in 2:14:52, with Jurgens Uys and Nicol Carstens (Versus Socks) third in 2:16:50. Although Woolcock, from Stellenbosch, and Kruger, from nearby Paarl, are riding the race for the first time, they said they were familiar with the area. Not even a slight spill by Woolcock could derail their winning effort as they exerted the pressure from the outset and never relinquished their lead. "We spoke about it before the start and knew we had to make an effort on the first climb," said Woolcock. "I also know that section very well so our plan was always to try to get away there." He said the dry conditions made the route tricky at certain sections and they had to keep their concentration throughout the stage. "When I did lose a bit of concentration I had a slight front wheel drift and ‘bought a small plot', but no major damage was done," said Woolcock. "The handlebars were slightly skew, but I managed to straighten them a bit on the fly and then, when we got to a tar section, I took time to loosen a bolt and straighten them properly." After the early climb, Woolcock said Uys and Carstens came back at them, something the third-placed pair repeated after the leaders made a surge on a second ascent. "They came back at us on the single-track but I know how things turn out because although we were both putting in a big effort, they were riding five per cent harder just to get back to us. "We were riding tempo and actually saving energy. "Once we exited Boschendal on the mountain side towards the . . .
Defending champion Chris Wolhuter is eyeing a hat-trick of titles at the Liberty Winelands Encounter despite the ever-increasing level of competition. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. "Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think the level of competition is increasing with each event," said the Imbuko Wines rider, who won alongside Craig Boyes last year. He said accomplished mountain bike exponents like Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger and Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert would likely be in the mix and was "an indication of the challenge we will be facing". With prize-money of R100 000 on offer, Wolhuter, who lives in Wynberg, said there had been a significant increase in the strength of the teams. "Last year there were more teams than the first year and this year there is a further increase, so it just shows how the event is growing. "The prize-money is an attraction and it raises the general level of the race in more than just one aspect." Wolhuter and the Stellenbosch-based Rebello, his teammate for almost a year, aimed to finish among the top three African teams in the recent Cape Epic until several mechanicals put paid to their chances. Although that race did not go quite according to plan, he said it was a good experience and they had recovered nicely from the effort. "We are feeling quite good after the Epic and often when you have had good rest you can bounce quite well off it. But this will obviously be our first real test since then." Feeling that the format of the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, suited his riding style, Wolhuter said he was looking forward to the race. "The multi-stage events require a different skill set and I do tend to get a bit stronger as the races go on. The longer it is, the better it suits me." He added that the race - which plays out . . .
This year, the ever popular Vintage Ideas Market will offer visitors a whopping five days of spectacular vintage shopping. The market will take place during the April long weekend from Thursday, 27 April, to Monday, 1 May, and will delight vintage enthusiasts with its nostalgic “Those were the days” theme. Hosted at the elegant Simondium’s Country Lodge, the market celebrates all things vintage with a vibrant dash of retro chic added to this year’s offerings. Vintage remains on trend internationally, while the rising popularity of retro will recall the glory days of the 70s and 80s. Perfect entertainment for the long weekend, a leisurely browse at this magical market will reveal the nostalgic appeal of vintage and retro décor items, clothing, jewellery, glass and silverware, kitchenalia, garden accessories and irresistible bric ‘n brac. The deli will also take a step back in time and stock delicious home-made goodies to fill your pantry. The Simondium’s Country Lodge is located along the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek – easily accessible from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Fabulous food, great wines and music will also form part of the exciting long weekend line-up. The Vintage Ideas market will be open from 09h30 to 16h00 from Thursday to Sunday and until 15h00 on Monday, 1 May 2017. Tickets are R30 for adults, while children under the age of eighteen enter for free. Ample parking and security are available on site. For more information, visit www.vintageideas.co.za or phone 021 874 1046. Follow us on Facebook at Vintage Ideas or @VintageWilna on Instagram. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former national road champion and Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer will change disciplines when she rides the three-day Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race in the Boland from Friday. The Bestmed-ASG star will team up with Pieter Seyffert, who won the recent TransCape alongside Travis Walker, to form a formidable pairing in the mixed section. "I thought it would be good to tick something different off the list this year and decided it would be a nice change to go in a new direction," said Kachelhoffer, who took silver at the SA National Road Championships in Wellington in February. More at home on than off-road, she said she felt she lacked a few of the necessary "qualifications" for a technically demanding race such as the Winelands Encounter. "Although I enjoy riding my mountain bike, I know that I'm behind when it comes to technical knowledge. I would say that I have a grade one qualification and you really need a matric," she joked. The 29-year-old said she felt better knowing that she would have the experienced Seyffert at her side. "It was a spontaneous decision to take part and I've warned Pieter that I ended up on my face the last time I raced a mountain bike. "He knows not to put too much pressure on me, but he's a chilled, fun guy so I know he'll be there to guide me and help me enjoy the experience." Paarl has recently become home to Kachelhoffer and she said the race - which visits Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington - would allow her to stay close to her base while enjoying time on the bike. Labelled as one of the most beautiful races in South Africa, it winds through 160km of pristine Winelands terrain. "After only getting on my mountain bike again recently, riding around the Paarl area, I couldn't help but realise what I've been missing out on. "The scenery is just spectacular," said Kachelhoffer, who felt change was as good as a holiday. "I think this will be a fun balance of enjoyment and . . .
Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, MonArk are changing the face of pop music in South Africa and they will be playing Franschhoek Cellar on Sunday 23 April 2017 Franschhoek Cellar has over the last few months hosted some of SA’S top acts including Watershed ,Ard Matthews ,Prime Circle ,Arno Carstens ,and the Parlotones and now MonArk on Sunday 23 April ,starting at 3pm -Book at webtickets. The shows have been curated by James Stewart and Martin Myers with support from Paul Bothner Music and Franschhoek Country House and Villas and sound design and operation of each show by Abdul Burton Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery - polished with his distinctive falsetto - and Ewald Jansen van Rensburg’s unmatched, global production style, MonArk craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks. Performing as a 4-piece band, MonArk deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. The band has dominated the South African airwaves with their singles; Smiling (5FM Top 3) Build It Up (5FM Top 5, #1 on JacarandaFM, 947/KFM, AlgoaFM, OFM) Something (947/KFM Top 10; OFM/JacarandaFM Top 5) You Make (Algoa Top 20, ECR TOP 40) Their debut album NEGATIVES, was released worldwide on 14 July 2014 and peaked at nr. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on its release day. Their latest single, Hush, was released in May 2015. The band was formed when producer Ewald Jansen van Rensburg teamed up with friend and vocalist, Eugene Coetzer. For a couple of years they patiently developed and worked towards finding the specific sound they were after and once they had discovered it, they gathered together the musicians that were needed to grow and perform the music. The band officially formed in August 2012 intent on making popular, yet tastefully engineered music with a cinematic feel and a musical twist of . . .
The First PlayStation indoor Adventure Park and Café set opened its doors in Tokai Cape Town in May 2017. 11/04/2017 – The PlayStation Adventure Park and Café brand is set to revolutionize what we perceive as indoor play… The PlayStation is set to offer first of a kind activities under one roof in South Africa. The PlayStation is locally owned and operated by Co-Owners Jonathan and Chanette Goosen. Inside the 7500 square foot facility, The PlayStation is set to offer an environment for moms and dads to relax with a coffee and unwind, whilst the children explore our 5,5meter high slides, rope course, 7m high climbing wall or explore the first of its kinds custom built maize. The PlayStation welcomes Parents, toddlers and children aged 4-13 years old. Here are some of the fun and educational delights in our park: I. Active and Interaction Play. II. Kids Maize III. VR Lounge IV. Climbing activities. V. Dedicated FREE play area for toddlers 2 years and younger. VI. Themed areas to cater for imagination play and kids city. VII. Café with a healthy gourmet menu, Coffee, wide-screen TV’s and free Wi Fi. VIII. Relaxation area for adults in café. IX. Large group and private exclusivity venue hire. X. Two Large party rooms. XI. Themed parties (cake, party packs, balloons, decorations and lots more). On why Jonathan and Chanette decided to launch The PlayStation in South Africa: Jonathan and Chanette Goosen said “After starting a family and having two kids, we decided to look for a new business opportunity that would allow us to follow our passions in family entertainment Industry whilst including our kids and having fun with our kids at the same time. We understand very well the benefits of keeping both kids active and offering a facility where Adults can relax or have fun with their kids, and so the idea of offering a new indoor activity that could appeal to all ages 13 and under was the driving force behind starting The PlayStation Adventure Park . . .
(Cape Town) – Destination dining is the new in thing in the Cape, with developers rushing to renovate – or demolish and rebuild – along the coveted Atlantic Seaboard real estate strip. The strip is attracting high-end restaurateurs, as foodies from around the country descend on Cape Town. The latest restaurant node to overlook Camps Bay, designed by one of South Africa’s oldest architectural firms, SVA International, is a case in point. So successful has this new development been that both restaurants housed therein – The 41 and the Melissa’s Mantra Café – have been recently named by Inside Guide as among the hottest new eateries in Cape Town. According to the lead architect on the project, Giovanni Dolph, the client brief was to create a space which epitomised the values of beauty, functionality and simplicity. “Camps Bay, being a tourist hotspot, is a place where the senses are heightened – the fresh smell of the ocean, the sound of the waves and now the explosion of tastes in the restaurants. And of course with the uninterrupted glass-fronted views, this new development is also the place to see and be seen,” said Dolph. THE RIGHT ADDRESS Covering a total area of 750m2, the development has been tenanted by two new upmarket restaurants. The 41, which takes its name from the building’s street address, occupies the ground floor, while the latest addition to the highly successful Melissa’s The Food Shop stable – the Mantra Café – trades on the floor above. Developer Jack Quinlan said SVA International had perfectly captured the design aesthetic he had been looking for in the building. “I basically gave them carte blanche. My only request was for modern, open lines and to capitalise on the view, which is precisely what they did,” said Quinlan. The architectural team from SVA International had been on point right from their vision for the property, through to concept and design, and as principal agents on site, he said. “The results speak for . . .