14 Sep, 2015

News items that you simply need to know

Supported by family and friends, Grant Lottering takes on the worst Alpine climbs in the aid of the Laureus Sport Foundation.
The iconic Solly’s Folly descent off the Drakensberg escarpment is currently getting a facelift ahead of the 10th edition of the Berg and Bush mountain bike stage race in October. Photo: Em Gatland/Nikon
Catherine Williamson and Robyn de Groot on their way to winning the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales women’s category.
Riaan Durand won the inaugural Amorello Challenge.
The Ride2Raise riders will attempt to wheelie the whole Momentum 947 Mountain Bike route.

Grant Lottering does the Im’possible… twice

South African survivor, speaker and ultra-endurance cyclist, Grant Lottering, recently became the first South African to complete a 418 kilometre solo, non-stop, ultra-endurance cycle through the French Alps in under 24 hours.

This was Lottering’s second Im’Possible Tour over the Alps, aptly titled, ‘Taking a Second Chance at Life to the Limit and Beyond’ which he finished in only 19:31, climbing a total of 9 864 metres, finishing at Les Saisies Ski Resort on Tuesday, 4 August.

 SA girls riding in Europe

Cycling South Africa’s Women’s Commission is proud to announce the following riders have been chosen for the Women’s European Racing Programme.

Cherise Stander, An-Li Kachelhoffer, Charlene du Preez, Carla Oberholzer, Candice Neethling and Heidi Dalton.

The programme will provide some of South Africa’s top women cyclists a chance to compete against international riders in selected European races in order to accumulate valuable UCI points so that South Africa can qualify more women riders for the road race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“This is a new start to what we are hoping will be an annual programme,” said Cycling SA Women’s Commission Director, Lise Olivier.

Solly’s Folly now not so folly

The iconic Solly’s Folly descent off the Drakensberg escarpment will be “just as exciting but not as technical or terrifying as before”.

Named after landowner Solly Prinsloo, the spectacular drop-off – which takes more than 2 000 riders from the Free State across the provincial border into KwaZulu-Natal – is one of the highlights of the three-day Descent and Great Trek races of the Berg and Bush.

The anniversary edition kicks off with the Descent from 9 to 11 October. The Great Trek is next from 13 to 15 October, with the two-day race bringing the event to a close on 17 and 18 October. Visit Alternatively, find the race on Facebook or follow @bergandbush and @FarmerGaryGreen.

 Raise your front wheel

Calling themselves Ride2Raise, 10 to 15 riders will wheelie the entire Momentum 947 Mountain Bike route to raise awareness, raise funds and raise hope.

This Ride for a Purpose aims to raise awareness, raise funds and raise hope for Surgeons of Little Lives.

The Momentum 947 Mountain Bike Challenge takes place on 7 and 8 November 2015 at Riversands Commercial Park.

 W2W winners get more money

The organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike stage race are excited to announce that the prize purse for the 2015 FNB W2W MTB Race has increased by R31 500, taking the overall total to a whopping R381 500.

In addition to the Prize Purse increase for the FNB W2W MTB Race, an additional R30 000.00 has been allocated to the ISUZU King and Queen of the Mountain.

Although the prize money only applies to the FNB W2W MTB Race, riders taking part in the FNB W2W MTB Adventure and Ride can look forward to winning awesome lucky draw prizes compliments of our sponsors.

 Riaan Durand wins inaugural Amorello Challenge

Riaan Durand (47) from Pongola was the first man home in the Amorello Challenge on 8 August.

Durand, representing the Men’s 40 60 plus category, with an average speed of 23.43 kilometres per hour, rode exceptionally well, keeping his pace the entire distance and crossed the finish line for the 50 kilometre mountain bike event in only 02:08:04.

The first woman to complete the 50 kilometre race was Daniella Lahav (31) from Ladysmith, in a time of 02:29:12. Lahav placed first in the Ladies 19-39 Category and third overall.

 Stage race for women only

With more than 60 events annually, South Africa is undoubtedly the mountain bike stage race capital of the world. It was only a matter of time before a ladies-only stage race was established; and in 2016, Titanium Sports Events will present the inaugural Tour de Femme.

The Tour de Femme is a three-day mountain bike stage race, based in the Western Cape, in the beautiful Cape Winelands region. For ladies only. According to the organisers, who are women, too often the men are given the ‘pink ticket’ to go out for a weekend with the boys. This time, it’s the ladies’ turn…

It will go ahead in 2016 and will be purely focussed on what women want in a mountain biking getaway. For now, women should visit the Tour de Femme website at where they can request being added to the database for regular event updates and announcements.