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Happy 40th, Cycle Tour!

Happy 40th, Cycle Tour!

02 March 2017 - With some 35,000 avid cyclists looking to conquer the 109km route around the Cape Peninsula on Sunday 12 March, the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour looks set to be another classic in a long history of wo...
Solo Ride Through Tuscany

Solo Ride Through Tuscany

16 February 2017 - A spontaneous decision to start ticking things off my bucket list saw me fly northwards and spend a week guiding myself on a cycling trip through Tuscany late last year, and what an adventure it wa...
Munga Marvel

Munga Marvel

16 February 2017 - The experts will tell you that female long distance endurance athletes actually get stronger and more competitive versus men as the distance increases, but it is still unusual for a woman to leave ...
A Journey Like no Other!

A Journey Like no Other!

12 January 2017 - Having won the competition in Modern Athlete for a team entry to the FNB Wines2Whales three-day stage race, I found myself riding this incredible event with my mate Devin Atherstone. It truly was a...
SA’s Golden Boy

SA’s Golden Boy

13 October 2016 - When he started riding at the age of 14, Louis Meintjes never knew his cycling would take him across the world, but today he is considered the Golden Boy of South African cycling, a mere six years ...
Going for Gold

Going for Gold

11 August 2016 - Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio didn’t grow up dreaming of success in a professional cycling career. In fact, she only took up competitive riding in her second-last year at varsity, yet she is now ran...
I Am An Ironman

I Am An Ironman

04 May 2016 - “You’re not dying here; You’re not dying now!” Those are the last words Kristian Fesel remembers saying to himself before the world went black. A 12-time Ironman finisher, K...
Diepsloot Academy Go For Green

Diepsloot Academy Go For Green

16 March 2016 - Five years ago, the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy faced an uncertain future. All their bikes had been stolen, dreams were crushed, and riders were left without the chance they so desperately want...
Riding for the deaf

Riding for the deaf

07 December 2015 - The numbers sound impossible. Five hundred kilometres over four days, teams of five runners and cyclists vying for the first to get to Pietermaritzburg. But cyclists did it, and the St Vincent Scho...
Clowning around

Clowning around

25 November 2015 - He is a comedian … No, I’m serious … he is a stand-up comedian. He is a tattoo artist, and super bike racer too, and he runs ultra-marathons and will now try riding the Momentum...
The dynamics of women’s teams

The dynamics of women’s teams

09 October 2015 - South Africa has no shortage of stage races and, at some point, you going to want to ride one. But how do you choose a partner, especially if you are a woman? Experienced mountain bike stage race ...
Cycling for Go Purple

Cycling for Go Purple

07 September 2015 - A young, sporty, enthusiastic and pretty girl got an opportunity to be coached by a tennis star three decades ago. What could be more exciting? But then her life was shattered ... Nobody believed ...
What a Tour de Team!

What a Tour de Team!

24 August 2015 - With praise, congratulatory messages and huge publicity given to MTN Qhubeka p/b Samsung, you could be forgiven for thinking that one of the riders from “Africa’s team” actually w...
Conquering SA’s highest peaks

Conquering SA’s highest peaks

24 July 2015 - The act of climbing the highest mountain in each of South Africa’s nine provinces is on many endurance athletes’ bucket list. Called the Nine Peaks Challenge, hikers and climbers who ha...
Cow rides the beloved country

Cow rides the beloved country

10 June 2015 - Without thinking twice, Modern Cyclist’s own resident Cow, Richard Laskey grabbed his 26 inch hardtail, donned his full Cow suit and took on one of South Africa’s longest and most chall...
Cycling on Track!

Cycling on Track!

06 May 2015 - Wind, rain and more than 200 cyclists converged on the Hector Norris Park Track during April for the 2015 South African National Track Championships. In spite of the conditions, a world and 14 Sout...
Nolan Rules The Waves

Nolan Rules The Waves

30 April 2015 - If you’d asked any cycling expert who’d win the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, chances are he or she would’ve pointed at former world champion and multiple Tour de France stage winner...
Riding for Big Air

Riding for Big Air

10 April 2015 - So what does riding the Nedbank Sani2c and “Sick” Nick de Witt, South Africa’s best known freestyle motocross rider, have in common? Raymond Travers went to “Sick” Nic...
Alp assault after death

Alp assault after death

12 March 2015 - Grant Lottering will take on yet another challenge this year. He will attempt to ride over 400 kilometres of gruelling Alpine road in 24 hours for charity. Raymond Travers caught up to him in Randb...
All Biked Up and No Kit To Ride

All Biked Up and No Kit To Ride

12 November 2014 - In spite of a disastrous build up, Paul Furbank, who was the reigning world champion until that date, managed an eighth place in the 55-59 age category at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Masters World C...
Aiming at Mission: Vin Possible II

Aiming at Mission: Vin Possible II

12 November 2014 - And this little boy’s chances have increased considerably now that he is one of the children at Botshabelo Children’s Home in Midrand, which has been carefully selected by Vin Deysel as...
Alien Cyclist Interviewed

Alien Cyclist Interviewed

28 October 2014 - We all remember when a feisty little girl in Audi’s television advertisement convincingly declared “My father is a space alien”. So Modern Cyclist took on the challenge to track d...
Building Bling Bikes

Building Bling Bikes

01 October 2014 - If your top of the range bike just isn’t good enough for you any more, there are bikes out there built with uncompromising purpose. And with Christmas just around the corner, perhaps you can find th...
Trailing Avianto

Trailing Avianto

28 August 2014 - Known simply as Avianto in the cycling world, this Muldersdrift facility recently revamped its trail network to include a further 15 kilometres. Modern Cyclist has regularly visited Avianto and found ...
Team TIB monsters dusi2c

Team TIB monsters dusi2c

28 August 2014 - Having negotiated some bitterly cold conditions early in the day, riders once again had clear skies and dry trails for the second day of the 2014 BSi Steel dusi2c. And it was the Team TIB pair of A...
Racing for others

Racing for others

27 August 2014 - Riders from MTN Qhubeka powered by Samsung have made history by being part of the first South African registered pro continental team to race at a grand tour, the 2014 la Vuelta a España. Bu...
Cycling becomes SCHOOL SPORT

Cycling becomes SCHOOL SPORT

27 August 2014 - “We need to address the fitness, health and well-being of the children in my school.” So says Hennie Strydom, the principal of TrinityHouse Preparatory School in Little Falls. “Because if ...
Fair enough

Fair enough

27 August 2014 - You might be trying to get your wife into cycling? Or perhaps you have heard about a new full carbon, full suspension super mountain bike and you would like to test ride it? Or even if you just want t...