#SHOVAFORHOPE – 4 Heroes, 106km, 2 Charities, 1 Goal Expand a Sign’s #SHOVAFORHOPE programme focuses on 4 HEROES, 106 KM for 2 CHARITIES - with 1 GOAL in mind – raising awareness and money for vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal. Three of Expand A Sign’s team is embarking on the gruelling 106km Amashova cycle race on a single-speedy bicycle this weekend. As uncomfortable as their bikes are, they are pushing themselves in a fundraiser and awareness drive for Operation Bobbi Bear and iThemba Lethu. Operation Bobbi Bear is a human rights organisation committed to helping sexually abused children in Amanzimtoti in Kwa Zulu Natal and iThemba Lethu helps restore hope and destiny in vulnerable children through various programmes, including Family Integration, Breast Milk Bank and HIV Prevention, We obviously can’t begin to tell you the full story of the incredible work these organisations are doing in our local communities, so check out their respective websites - http://bobbibear.org.za/ and https://www.ithembalethu.org.za/ Get Involved and Make a Difference We are looking for as little as a R20 donation to Operation Bobbi Bear or iThemba Lethu in order to reach our donation goal of R100 000. Share #ShovaForHope and get your team or family and friends involved in sending motivational messages to the Expand A Sign team cycling. Donate with Zapper South Africa or EFT by clicking here: www.expandasign.co.za/shovaforhope CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The TRP Distributors SA MX National Championships Finals This Weekend. Krugersdorp - This Saturday 20 October sees the final event in the TRP Distributors SA MX National Championships take place at Dirt Bronco, Linley Rd (Viscount Rd) Randfontein in Kurgersdorp. While there are many divisions competing during what is bound to be an exciting day of riding, amongst them High School, Ladies, Pro Mini and Senior Support divisions, as well as well as the highly contested MX2 and MX3 divisions, all eyes will be on the hotly contested premier MX1 division. Currently leading is Caleb Tennant who has had a good run this year, but this final event is going to go down to the wire with all sorts of pressure on the leader. David Goosen from Durban is champing at the bit right behind him, and wants the win badly. "I'm 16 points out from the lead in MX1 going into the last round, so there's definitely hope I can make it happen for 2018," said Goosen. "I'm just going to go in fighting till the final lap and give it my best shot." Not to be discounted, third placed Tristan Purdon from the Eastern Cape has an opportunity to jump from third place to a second in the division, and is determined either way for a huge performance at Dirt Bronco. Both Goosen and Purdon have been putting in the extra hours, in preparation for this event, and do not want to let a final big push slip go to waste. "For me, the goal is to win all 4 heats at this event," said Purdon. "So, exciting times for the last round. For more information go to : http://www.mxsa.co.za/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SPOT TO PROVIDE TRACKING AND RACE SUPPORT TO OTTER AFRICAN TRAIL RUN 2018 SPOT southern Africa will be sponsoring the tracking of the Elite Runners at the 2018 Otter African Trail Run. The elite field, including Christiaan Greyling, Marc Lauenstein, Kane Reilly and Meghan Mackenzie, will carry a small, lightweight, SPOT Gen3® satellite tracking and safety device to allow followers to track the race through the rough and out-of-cellular-range route. All runners will have the opportunity to hire a device through OtterShop : http://otter.run/product-category/tracking/ prior to the race so loved ones at home may follow their progress as well as have emergency response at the tip of their fingers should the need arise. This year the Otter African Trail run marks the Grand Final for the 2018 Golden Series and takes place from 17 - 20 October 2018 starting in Nature’s Valley and finishing at Storm’s River Mouth. With 42 kilometres distance and 2600 meters of elevation gain, this race forces even the strongest of runners to walk and with a TrailFactor of 2.0, the Otter can take twice as long as the equivalent distance on road. Rugged, rough, off-the-grid and being beyond cellular range makes this the perfect environment to use SPOT’s satellite-based technology. As the race status was previously limited to checkpoints, SPOT devices will now enable followers to track the race at 5 minute intervals, increasing supporter experience and providing insight about the location of participants for emergency response should it be needed. Belen Sanchez, Event Director for The Otter African Trail Run commented, “SPOT is the benchmark when it comes to race management due to its satellite based tracking in remote areas. It is a cutting edge tool for organisers to monitor the exact progress of their participants as well as track the whereabouts of their resources in terms of logistics, media and safety personal and vehicles. SPOT exponentially increases the speed and effectiveness . . .
Steven van Heerden won the Bestmed Satellite Classic cycling road race for the first time as he outsprinted his rivals in the 110km event near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province today. The 25-year-old BCX rider, from Kempton Park in Johannesburg, held on in the final surge for the line to win in a time of 2:35:18. He was followed home by Jayde Julius (ProTouch) and Dylan Girdlestone (OfficeGuru). Van Heerden was part of the four-man BCX outfit contesting the race, which included defending champion Nolan Hoffman, Chris Jooste and Brandon Downes. After several near misses, he said he was thrilled to win his maiden Satellite title, as well as being pleased with his conditioning at this stage of the season. "I've had a few years of bad luck in this race and it was great to be able to turn it around this time," he said. "We are now looking ahead to the Amashova [in Durban] next weekend and it's nice to know the speed is there after putting in some hard work. "Besides next week's race, we are preparing for the SA track championships and the continental track champs early next year." He said the team had worked well together to set up his drive for the line, with Hoffman and Jooste part of an early breakaway before being caught by the peloton at the start of the Hekpoort climb, which comes in the latter stages of the race. "There was quite a fast start and a lot of moves before it all came back together in the early part of the race," said Van Heerden, who won the trapNET 360 100km event in July. "Then Nolan and Chris were part of a breakaway group at about the 30km mark. I missed that move, but the bunch kept up the pace and we closed in at Hekpoort when they had a lead of just over a minute." He said a group of eight riders, including himself and Downes, then got away when ProTouch led an attack. "We drove it quite hard to the top of Hekpoort and then we just carried on from there." With about a kilometre to go, Girdlestone made . . .
National long jump ace Ruswahl Samaai and Banyana Banyana soccer star Thato Letsoso were named the University of Johannesburg sports stars of the year at a gala function at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg last night. It was the third year in a row that Samaai received the Sportsman of the Year accolade, deservedly earned after claiming a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April. Letsoso's Sportswoman of the Year award came after a stellar season on the soccer field, culminating last month in her being part of the national squad, which won the Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth. The student-athlete award, which covers academic achievement and sporting excellence, went to rugby star Wian Conradie. A fourth-year quantity surveying student, he has averaged 79.2% on the academic front during his time at the university. On the sports field he turned out for the UJ first team, which came third in the Varsity Cup, and also represented Namibia. The 27-year-old Samaai, who is a fourth-year logistics student, has been a leading performer at an international level since he took bronze in the long jump at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Besides emulating that achievement this year with a leap of 8.22m, he represented UJ at the IAAF Diamond League finals in Switzerland where he finished second overall by jumping 8.32m. One of his best performances came in the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, when he walked away with the gold medal. His winning jump of 8.45m was just four centimetres short of his personal best of 8.49m. The 22-year-old Letsoso, a third-year sports psychology student, has been at the forefront of UJ's success on the soccer field. She showed her leadership skills by captaining the varsity team to first place in the University Sport South Africa tournament held in Port Elizabeth in July. Appointed captain of the Ussa team to compete in the Confederation of University and College Sports Association Games in . . .
South African cyclist Ryan Gibbons uses the premium Spanish brand of Luck cycling shoes, which will be available in South Africa from the beginning of November through the offices of local cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions. Photo: Supplied Cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions has added another string to its bow by setting up an agreement to distribute Spanish-produced Luck shoes to all countries in the Southern Africa Development Community. The SA company has embarked on a policy of providing quality sports equipment at an affordable price to local consumers and this is the latest deal they have signed. Already, premium brands such as HEAD bikes, Gipiemme wheels, Westfalia bike carriers and Controltech products are available through Positive Sports Solutions. In tandem with Cheristar under businessman Wihan Snyman, which imports the brand from Spain, the Luck shoes will be available from the first week in November. Snyman said the Spanish firm, which was established in 1990 by Juan Jose Pascual, had developed a reputation for producing highly rated cycling shoes. "There's an interesting background to the company because the production of the cycling shoes was first started by Pascual's father, who worked in a footwear factory," he said. "An avid cyclist who had knowledge of shoe production, he started making cycling shoes in his spare time but never developed further than opening a small shop. "The young Pascual, inspired by his father's efforts, expanded the operation to the Luck brand which has become highly popular among cyclists around the world." Positive Sports Solutions spokesman David Pieterse said the imported products covered a variety of disciplines, including track and road racing, mountain-biking and enduro, plus road and mountain-bike triathlons. "Cyclists who would like to inquire about the Luck shoes and other sports brands available can visit the Positive Sports Solutions website . . .
Nolan Hoffman says he is always motivated to prove others wrong and that will be his goal when he defends his title in the Bestmed Satellite Classic cycling road race on Saturday. The 110km feature event near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province will see cyclists from around the country testing their fitness on a challenging route which includes the infamous Hekpoort climb towards the end of the race. Renowned as a sprinter, the 33-year-old BCX rider showed he could handle a race such as the Satellite Classic by surging first across the finish line last year. "At this stage of my career I always have a lot of motivation for these sorts of races," said the Cape Town Cycle Tour champion. "I'm not necessarily the favourite on the bookies' list, but I like to prove people wrong. "That gives me motivation to do well again and this is a big race in our programme. "It's a hard route and provides a very good indication of where you are at this stage of the season. "If you can get a good result here, it's confirmation that you have done the hard work and are on track for this period of the road-racing season." Hoffman recently won the Tour de Windhoek and although he said that was something of a surprise, he added he always liked to be in good shape at the start of October. "I will be aiming to push hard in the Satellite to see where I am. A win would be good for the confidence and that is a key element for sprinters." While naturally keen to retain the title, Hoffman said BCX had a powerful unit and they would assess the situation on the day. "All of us will be putting our hands up, but the guys are there to help each other. "We have a young guy like Chris Jooste, as well as Steven van Heerden, so we definitely have a few cards to play. "Deciding who is going to be the race leader is always better than just one person having to take responsibility, and we have a number of title contenders." He felt an outfit such as ProTouch, . . .
The University of Johannesburg outfit intend to hit the ground running when the inaugural Varsity Basketball tournament continues at the Wits University Sports Hall on Friday. UJ had a satisfactory opening weekend in the Johannesburg event, winning three of their four matches to leave them second on the log. There are three rounds left and UJ basketball manager Anton van Rooyen said they would be taking each game at a time, with their initial focus being on Friday's clash with Vaal University of Technology (VUT). "As we approach the second half of the tournament we will not look further than our next match," he said. "The first game against VUT is vital to our chances of making the top four. If we can overcome that one it will make qualifying for the semifinals much easier. "That is the big challenge for us at this stage." The UJ squad have set themselves high expectations and while Van Rooyen was happy with their opening performances he said the players were disappointed at losing to city rivals Wits. "For them it is all about bragging rights, so they will want to show what they can do this coming weekend." He said the team's efforts during the power-plays had been integral to their success. The tournament features an innovative power-play period where for two minutes every point scored counts double. "The highlight was definitely doing so well in the power-plays where not a lot of points were scored against us," said Van Rooyen. "We had to dig deep during the game against UCT, but we managed to win comfortably [77-53] in the end. "Some of the lessons we learnt were that we need to be mentally prepared for every game and not to get ahead of ourselves." He added that they were preparing for more intense competition this weekend as the fight for places in the semifinals intensified. Besides VUT, UJ will be up against Tshwane University of Technology and UP-Tuks in their final two round-robin matches. The squad were . . .
Cape Town, 8 October 2018 - The Klapmutskop Trail Network Run, presented by FALKE, will be held at Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera farm near Stellenbosch this Sunday, 14 October 2018. This marks the second last race in the fun trail run series and offers access to one of the oldest and most iconic trail networks in the Cape, offering picturesque views from Klapmutskop. With an option of four distances to choose from, the whole family can join in on a lovely morning run in the winelands. Registration starts promptly at 06h45 at the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Staggered race starts will see the longest distance of 15 km runners set off at 08h00, 12.5km at 08h15, 7.5km at 08h30 and the 5km at 08h45. The long-distance runners will be competing for the coveted Klapmuts Cup trophy. Pre-entries can be done online at www.dirtopia.co.za until Thursday, 11 October. Prices start at R100 for the 5km, R120 for the 7.5km, R135 for the 12.5km and R150 for the 15km, while kids under 18 cost R50. Please note late entries, if available on event day, will be at an additional fee. Longer routes offer great climbing on the jeep track through the vineyards towards Klapmutskop, with rewarding singletrack trails and scenic winelands views from the waterpoint of Table Mountain in the distance. The longer distance will be turned around from the normal direction of previous runs. The 5km run, circles through the vineyards and around the farm dams with an abundance of birdlife. Timing for all events will be done with Amarider Trail Tags. No Tag, no time. Tags can be rented or bought from the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Medals will be awarded for the three longer distance finishers. Prize giving and lucky draw with wonderful prizes from FALKE will take place around 10h00. Dirtopia Café will be open all day for breakfast, lunch and coffee. The latest FALKE running, cycling and hiking sock ranges are available online at www.falke.co.za. Follow FALKE on Twitter @FalkeSA, on Instagram . . .
The University of Johannesburg team have their sights set on making the top four when the inaugural Varsity Basketball tournament gets under way at Wits in Johannesburg from Friday. The competition will take place in its entirety at the Wits University Sports Hall, with the opening weekend of matches being played from October 5 to 7. It will be completed the following weekend, with the final set to round off the event on October 14. UJ basketball manager Anton van Rooyen said there was a strong feeling of anticipation in the camp as they looked ahead to the historic tournament. "We have been waiting so long for this to happen. Now that it is finally here we are very excited about making the most of this opportunity," he said. "The exposure we will receive from a tournament such as this is good for the players. "For many years, the University Sport South Africa was the highlight, but now there is another competition comprising the top eight teams. That is a big thing for university basketball." Van Rooyen said their priority would be to make the top four teams after the round-robin phase of the event. "If we are able to do that then we will just take it game by game. We have always been in the top three sides in university tournaments and we want to push on from there. "Wits and Vaal University of Technology are usually the main contenders for the varsity titles, but we are looking forward to challenging them this time." He added that the extra preparation they had undergone earlier this month would stand them in good stead during the tournament. "We have also done a lot of gym work to ensure we are able to adapt to the strenuous demands of playing a number of matches in a concentrated period." Basing their strength on their fitness, speed and power, Van Rooyen said they would be focusing on a concerted team effort to make an impression. "All our players are important to our cause and we believe that even if the team does change . . .