24 Aug, 2015

News Items that you simply need to know

The Fedhealth MTB Challenge will take place on Sunday, 6 September at the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville) as part of the action packed ISUZU MTB Festival.  Photograph by Cherie Vale/NEWSPORT MEDIA
The Amorello Challenge is open to cyclists of all ages.
Last year, 37 cyclists rode the distance from Clarens to Johannesburg.

Going nowhere fast

Those crazy Choc Cows are at it again!

This time, 150 Durban-based Cows will cycle 100 miles (about 160 kilometres) on stationary bikes at the five Cadence Studios in KwaZulu Natal for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

Called the 100 Miles to Nowhere, this fund raising event started in 2007 by a cycling blogger known only as Eldon who lost his wife to breast cancer. While nursing her and looking after his four children, the only time he had to cycle was on his stationary bike between 02:00 and 04:00.

Situated in Ballito, Durban North, Westville, Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg, the Cadence Studios concentrate on training with power meters which accurately tests cyclists and controls training intensity.

New MTB challenge launched for the Cape

As part of the Isuzu MTB Festival, a new family-orientated mountain bike event will take place at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville on 6 and 7 September.

Called the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, the event will consist of an array of MTB events for the children on the Saturday afternoon and a marathon, a half marathon and a fun ride that Sunday.

For more information, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or visit

Gabran 2014 Conquered! Gabran 2015 Returns!

Organised by the Westville Cycle Club and the Durban Choc Cow Herd, the three day long Gabran sees cyclists ride from the ATKV Drakensville to Hillcrest on the outskirts of Durban, a distance of around 300 kilometres.

With stops in Winterton (for lunch), the Estcourt Bowling Club (for tea), Wagendrift Dam (the first overnight stop), Mooi River (Wimpy coffee), Bierfassl (for beer), Midmar Dam (second overnight stop) and then following the Amashova route to Hillcrest.

The Gabran is a non-timed, no podium event scheduled for 21 to 23 August. Entry fees are R1750 per rider with all profits donated to the Cows. Last year, the event raised R80 000 and this year’s target is R100 000.

Contact Corinne at the Westville Cycle Club for entries or more information on 031 767 4448 or

Raising hope in Alex

Rays of Hope, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that focuses on uplifting the township community of Alexandra, officially started the countdown to the 2015 Cycle Tour of Hope on 1 June.

The tour, which will see cyclists pedalling from Clarens in the Free State to Johannesburg, will take place from 23 to 25 October.

Last year, this tour had 37 riders and R660 000 was raised for this worthy cause. For more information or to take part in the Cycle Tour of Hope contact Andrea Dienst on / 0861 000 000 or visit

Jozi2Kozi smiles

If you are planning to ride the Jozi2Kozi Cycle Challenge from 22 to 28 August, why not ride it for the Smile Foundation?

Your entry will cost you R24 000 per couple, and you’ll receive a whole bunch of Smile Foundation goodies because “every child deserves to smile”.

To sign up as a Smile Foundation team member, visit and select “Ride for the Smile Foundation”.

New fun challenge for Zululand!

Now mountain bikers and trail runners can follow an ancient trail along the southern bank of the Mzinene River towards the Isimangaliso Wetland Park as part of the Amorello Challenge MTB and Trail Run hosted by Amorello Safari Park in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Amorello Challenge MTB and Trail Run will kick off on 8 and 9 August and includes a 25 kilometre or 50 kilometre MTB Safari, a five kilometre or 10 kilometre Trail Run Safari, a 10 kilometre MTB Safari time trial (leader board), a five kilometre Trail Run Safari time trial (leader board) on Saturday as non-competitive guided rides on Sunday, 9 August.

Entries are limited to 200 athletes for the weekend packages and the closing date for entries is Friday, 24 July. Enter at For more information contact Alecia on 087 808 6033.

Our cyclists at le Tour

The Tour de France will have a record number of South Africans involved when it starts on 4 July.

South African born or bred riders include: Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (MTN Qhubeka), Louis Meintjies (MTN Qhubeka), Daryl Impey (Orica Greenedge) and Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Former Tour stage winner Robbie Hunter will also be at the Tour de France as on of Team Canondale Garmin’s directors of sport and Gary Blem will take part as Team Sky’s chief mechanic.

Raymond Travers

Raymond Travers

Modern Cyclist Editor |