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  1. Entries are now open for the 2017 Bestmed Jock Tour and Classique. The One-Day, 3-Stage Bestmed Jock Classique takes place on 15 July 2017 while the 3-Day, 3-Stage Jock Tour takes place over the weekend of 15-17 September 2017. ASG Events is offering a 15% early bird entry discount for riders who enter for either event before 30 November 2016. The individual entry fee for the 2017 Jock Tour is R4 100, which means early birds will pay R3485. The Amateur Teams entry fee (teams of 8 riders) for the 2017 Jock Tour is R32 800, which means early birds will pay R27 880 Jock Tour riders also have the option of doing a budget entry, which includes meals but excludes all race pack items. The budget entry cost is R2 800, which means early birds will pay R 2380. The entry fee for the 2017 Jock Classique is R885, which means early birds will pay R752. The Jock Classique will be limited to 800 riders while the Jock Tour will have a rider limit of 500. Click here to view the Jock Tour entry package Click here to view the Jock Tour budget entry package The Jock Classique package consists of the following: Jock long sleeved shirtBreakfast and lunchTog bag vehiclesHigh 5 nutritional supplements FOR EVERY JOCK MEDAL WORN AGAIN A CYCLIST IS BORN!
  2. TransCape participants traverse some of the most scenic and rugged mountain biking terrain in South Africa. Photo: Jacques Marais The seven-day event across the width of the Western Cape will be added to the company’s repertoire of partnership events, which include flagship races such as the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, Liberty Encounter Series and Sanlam MTB Invitational. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they were looking forward to building on the success story of the 675km endurance event. “It fits in nicely with our current offering for high net worth individuals in the mountain bike stage race sphere. “We believe strongly it will set the benchmark for seven-day stage races on the African continent.” With stages ranging between 70 and 130km, the event targets riders who have a measure of technical ability and who are looking to enjoy the experience. De Villiers said the route took in some of the most scenic but notoriously rugged and challenging mountain biking terrain South Africa has to offer. “It really is an incredible journey that will test your limits.” He said the TransCape was a full-service tour, which meant participants’ on and off the bike needs would be met throughout. “This includes on-road nutritional, technical and medical support, three meals a day, hotel and guest house accommodation and transfers between stages.” Race founder Lenore Collett said she started dreaming of a mountain bike event that would capture the incredible journey through what she termed “the most spectacular corner” of the country. “My vision was to create a premium event that delivers a stern challenge on the bike and a luxury experience off it. “We are proud of what we have achieved with our first two events, but we realised that we needed to partner with likeminded businesses to take our vision to the next level. “This is why I’m excited about the partnership with ASG. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience in event management and share our vision for the future. “I have no doubt that the TransCape is now well positioned.” The race, which starts in Knysna and finishes in Franschhoek, takes in the Garden Route, Klein Karoo, Overberg and Winelands regions. For more info, go to http://www.transcapemtb.co.za.
  3. ASG Events have acquired a controlling stake in the TransCape multistage mountain bike race, it was announced this week. Click here to view the article
  4. First of all, thanks to everyone joining us for what was a special, but massively straining week on a crew of 160 people that worked tirelessly on the event without much sleep for the entire week. Some of the positives we took out of this year’s tour included the venue, race packs, catering, general set-up and, in particular, route control. Municipal buy-in was fantastic which, amongst other special moments, enabled us to summit Bains Kloof (for the first time in many years in a cycling tour), Du Toit’s Kloof and Franschhoek Pass as well as being afforded wonderful traffic control to take the race through the centre of Paarl – 3 times! Next year’s route will be evidently less busy with the road works on all the ring roads around Paarl being completed. A huge thanks to our 8 marshal captains with their 120 marshals (30 of whom are our upcountry ASG crew who were bussed down for the event) and to the road rangers (14 of you), police escorts (8 in total) and metro police pointsmen (120 in total for the week). After witnessing all the tired and suffering bodies towards the end of this year’s tour, our decision to replace the first stage Four Passes route with a gentler start turned out to be a blessing, and we will think carefully before embarking on the process to replace the current first stage. It doesn’t happen often, but temperatures in the Winelands can still climb to 40 degrees at this time of the year, which happened on stage 1. The balance of the tour would have been under pressure and we would have probably had to cut up to half of the field on the first day. As far as reported varied distances are concerned. Please note that distances are calculated from the end of the neutral zone on stages and only up until the finish line. Stages 1, 3 and 4 had neutral zones that varied between 10 and 7km. To access special mountain top finishes – a crucial element in staging a tour of this nature - it means stages will finish away from the venue. In this case we felt it was a fair compromise on stage 3 to have a predominantly downhill section back to the venue for riders whose loved ones couldn’t collect them on the pass, or adjacently below. The finish at the Taal Monument is iconic and my only response to riders who complained about having to ride back to the venue is that this stage, as well as stage 3, was published well in advance and it was underlined in all communication that the tour is self-service before stage starts and after stage finishes. We tried to take as many of the usual logistical hassles out of the tour by basing at one venue, but one can’t have all the stages finish in exactly the same fashion at exactly the same spot – I’m sure everyone will agree such a model won’t be attractive to any true road rider. Riders must please look at the stages carefully for next year and ensure that they are aware of neutral zones and stage finishes that aren’t adjacent to the race venue. These finishes will always be in the vicinity of Paarl. I can appreciate that a 20km ride back to the venue feels like a 100km ride on its own after completing a stage in the event, but riders need to plan in advance for this. I’ve addressed the timing and results issue in detail below, but the short answer to our timing/results challenge is that this event is unique in the sense that no timing/results company in South Africa has had to deal with such a vast field of cyclists on a multi-day ROAD stage race, amalgamating amateur and pro, which we run strictly in accordance to UCI guidelines, which also includes timing and results according to the UCI stage race prescription. CSA racing cyclists are enlightened to the responsibilities a rider carries when racing in a UCI tour, but the majority of the open/seeded riders don’t carry knowledge thereof. To this end we are going to do much education in the lead-up to next year’s Tour, but also be strict on a rider’s ability to be able to enter the Tour, daily starts following DNF’s the previous day and riders swopping bikes and chips – and even swopping riders (getting a complete stranger to ride a stage in your place!). On one day we had traffic officials do duty in Paarl CBD from 09h00 – 16h00, which can’t be instituted in years to come – it’s simply unfair to these officers, so we will look at qualifying criteria carefully for next year. This means those of you that frightened the cut-offs this year, will have some training to do if you’d like to take part again next year. We will put down clear criteria for qualification based on seeding for next year. Regarding the waterpoints. We went through 15 000 bottles of 500ml bottled water as well as countless thousands of litres in dispensers at waterpoints. We also went through 3 tons of ice during the week. Unfortunately some riders had a bad experience when more water for refuelling didn’t reach waterpoints in time for their particular stop over. We apologise to these riders. Of course, more water and ice is always on the way and never far off, but most riders are understandably impatient when they’re taking strain. In one instance our crew were busy refilling dispensers at a wine cellar across the road where they were stationed, but riders couldn’t wait 5 minutes for the crew to walk across the road and back to the waterpoint with refilled dispensers filled with cold water. Our biggest challenge was the way in which riders wasted water and the rate at which ice melted in the 35-38 degree heat. Countless riders would use two bottles of water to pour over them, drink three more and even pop another two in their back pockets, or, as was the case of the finish line waterpoints, do the same and then even take a four bottles home. For this reason we asked waterpoint personnel to become strict at waterpoints to avoid this abuse as it’s disrespectful to other riders and wasteful. The points were nicely stocked throughout with enough eats, Coke and High 5 tablets. Of course, when the water runs out a rider can’t dissolve his/her tablet and this was a problem for riders who couldn’t wait a few minutes. The Cycle Tour ran out of water over the weekend (my wife can testify to that) and it happens in the Epic too (a friend of mine who rode last year experienced it). Waterpoints run out of water, but riders must rest assured that the refuelling crew are never far away. For next year we will beef up logistics to increase accessibility and turn-around times at the points and add one more waterpoint on the long stage, but we will still ask of riders to not be wasteful and think of others. Regarding registration ASG was well prepared for registration – we have registered up to 8000 cyclists at a time in our mass participation road events consistently over the past 12 years without a glitch. The back-ups caused were due to CSA implementing (for the first time at one of our events) a system where they required even normal CSA membership riders to produce proof of affiliation. And upon not producing proof every riders had to purchase a day license. This was and is a foreign concept to “fun riders” and created the bottlenecks. If CSA had alerted us to the fact that they were going to implement this system, we would have communicated this to riders in the lead-up to the event. This also directly led to the timing and results queries later in the tour as some riders simply jumped the queue and grabbed their race boxes without even receiving timing chips – thankfully we had cameras at the finish line which Grevile has been studying the entire week to ensure all riders receive times and positions. I am sure you will agree that a lot of effort was done in packing the race boxes individually with all the considerable goodies well as each rider’s personal race numbers and personalised top tube ID stickers. If the CSA requirement is the same for next year, we will have a strong awareness campaign for “fun riders” to purchase their licenses well in advance and bring their license card with to registration. Timing and results challenges explained The results and timing challenge at the Tour had the two Open/Seeded bunches at its core and were brought about by a myriad of elements explained below. The StageRace program, prescribed to international stage races by the UCI, is designed to manage the results for riders participating in a multi-day road stage event. This is to track overall performance and reward top performing riders with bonus seconds and points. One of the features of the program is that it doesn’t allow a rider to participate in the remainder of the tour if he/she did not complete the previous stage. In a lot of instances we had cyclists riding, for example, on the third day, when they did not ride on the second, or we did not have a time for them due to the technical difficulties we had with regard to the transponders not registering their times accurately or at all. This is caused by riders swopping bicycles, using incorrect numbers and transponders, or transponders not being properly affixed to their bicycles. The only way our timekeepers could deal with these was on a trouble-shooting basis upon receipt of queries from the relevant riders. In any given situation where a rider did not have a time for the previous day our timekeepers inserted a dummy time in order to keep him/her in the Tour. These riders were added onto the arrival list after the last rider for whom we had a time, and will explain the times of 5 or 6 hours allocated to a number of riders. This process took a very long time as it is important for the timekeepers to provide accurate times; in all instances the judges, timekeepers and the timekeepers searched through all sources of riders’ times to ensure that we only give a rider a dummy time when they REALLY did not have a time for him/her. Riders affected in this way had their times adjusted when we received a proper time for them, in all cases upon query. The complexity of all the open/seeded groups becomes a real challenge in this event, especially when they don’t ride every day, or change group on different days, which happened in various instances. When the timekeepers can’t find a result for them, you don’t know if they were missed or not, -and the majority don’t inform anyone. As stated, there were a vast tally of swopped numbers and substitutions done without informing the organizers or timekeepers. While some chips can miss, this is covered by the backup video, so this does not constitute a big challenge. Our timekeepers are meticulously working through every query and updating their sheets as they go along. With all changes having a snowball effect with all positions in all five stages changing with every update, it’s a time consuming process. In this instance, the timing system was used to produce the raw data which is then loaded into the road stage race program, from which final results, in line with road cycling requirements, are published. These will then include any bonuses and-or penalties, DNF’s and so on, as allocated by the system Any riders who have queries once the new set has been loaded, please email grevile@iafrica.com In conclusion, the unique and most challenging aspect of this tour is that we try and integrate the pro and amateur into one racing concept on a significant scale – something which no other tour does. We will carefully consider measures to make this integration as seamless as possible for next year’s edition. We learnt an immense amount this year and will remain committed and consistent to the event, and try and raise the bar with every year’s presentation.
  5. Looking for some new kit? We are having a SALE on a bunch of kit - including events kit We offering cycling jerseys, bibs and kit sets from various different events. To view what we have to offer follow this link: http://onlineshop.asgevents.co.za Some of the kit on offer is shown in pictures below:
  6. Finishers in the 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope will be rewarded with a pair of Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear as part of a R3.5-million product partnership with South Africa’s premier road tour. Photo: Supplied The product sponsorship, which is the largest endorsement of its kind in the history of African road racing, will see every finisher in the five-day tour rewarded with a pair of the latest Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear. The Tralyx debuted at this year’s Tour de France, where it was sported by riders from, among others, the Lotto-Jumbo, Astana, EuropCar and Cofidis teams. With professional teams and events now catapulting South Africa onto the global stage, the Italian eyewear manufacturer has set its sights and support on the local market. Southern African agency for Rudy Project, ASG Sport Solutions, has targeted the high-profile, CSA-sanctioned Tour of Good Hope as a fitting platform for bringing the brand experience to a wider audience. “Much as Rudy Project represents the pinnacle of sportswear technology, the Tour of Good Hope equally represents the very best of South African road racing,” said ASG chief executive Steyn du Plessis. “The tour is set to become an iconic cycling event, which Rudy Project can easily associate with.” Starting on February 29, the race follows a challenging 515km cloverleaf route through the heart of the Cape Winelands. It comprises a time-trial plus four road stages for pro and amateur teams. Du Plessis said this unprecedented investment in South African cycling was testament to the fact that the Western Cape was fast becoming a favourite destination for cyclists from all over the world. “The Tour of Good Hope has captured the imagination of cyclists from across the globe, and with good reason. “The event has set a new benchmark in road stage racing, offering an array of different categories from elite all the way through to the Grumpy Old Men in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.” Du Plessis said the tour also provided one of the most competitive amateur team contests on the local cycling scene. “That’s why the Rudy Project Tralyx is the perfect fit as these glasses are revolutionising the face of competitive eyewear.” He said features included a light and flexible frame to ensure aerodynamic efficiency and a unique ventilation system to reduce fog and provide visual clarity in all riding conditions. “A comfortable custom fit for every wearer is made possible by the bendable steel core, which allows the front portion of the tip to be easily adjusted.” Go to www.tourofgoodhope.co.za for more info or to enter. Get live updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  7. Leading global sports brand Rudy Project celebrated its 30th birthday this month with the announcement of a R3.5-million investment in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. Click here to view the article
  8. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i1.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/EventsTralyxBanner.082127.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. RUDY PROJECT ANNOUNCES BIGGEST PRODUCT SPONSORSHIP EVER FOR A ROAD CYCLING TOUR IN SOUTH AFRICA http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/NewPicture6.080520.png Leading global sports brand Rudy Project has made an incredible sponsorship commitment to South Africa’s flagship road cycling stage race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Italian eyewear manufacturer has made a phenomenal pledge of R3.5 million in product sponsorship to the event, which represents the ultimate event endorsement and the largest of its kind in road racing on the African continent. The Rudy Project sponsorship will directly benefit all riders who complete the race, which takes place from 29 February to 4 March 2016, with every finisher being rewarded with their own set of Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear - and the privilege of becoming part of cycling event history. To join the ranks of the most exciting race of the year, make sure to enter before November 30th 2015. The field is limited to 1000 riders and 550 riders have already signed up. Event info is on www.tourofgoodhope.co.za. Click here to view the new Tralyx! With our pro teams and events catapulting onto the world stage, South African cycling is gathering momentum and a global reputation for excellence. This unprecedented investment into South African cycling by Rudy Project is a testament to the fact that the Western Cape is fast becoming a favourite destination for cyclists from all over the world and underlines the prestige of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope has captured the imagination of cyclists from across the globe, and for good reason. The event has set a new benchmark in road stage racing, offering an array of different riding bunches from elite all the way to the Grumpy Old Men bunch in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The event also provides for one of the most competitive amateur team competitions in the sport, encompassing a team time trial (limited to participants in the amateur team competition) and four road stages. Having celebrated its’ 30th birthday earlier this month, Rudy Project boasts with three decades of experience in creating top-of-the-range sports products worn by elite athletes in events across the globe. Their latest groundbreaking invention, the Tralyx sports glasses, debut as the eyewear choice of victorious athletes at the Tour de France and in Iron Man competitions earlier this year. These glasses are revolutionising the face of competitive eyewear. About Rudy Project Tralyx: Bringing together a wealth of experience in optical and sports technology, the Tralyx represents a new standard in optical design. Literally “sculpted by the wind”, the cutting edge design - created using a light and flexible grilamid frame - ensures the ultimate in aerodynamic efficiency. The new and unique PowerFlow™ ventilation system reduces fog and provides visual clarity in all conditions. Comfort for the wearer is assured thanks to breakthrough Adaptive Tips™ which benefit from an inner bendable steel core, allowing the front portion of the tip to very easily adjust and create a custom fit. Moreover, the addition of a unique safety fold-in-hinge eliminates any sharp edges builds on the safety prioritization, which is so integral to Rudy Project products across their ranges. The Tralyx also utilises tried and tested Rudy Project features such as Ergonose bridges and ImpactX™ shatter-proof lenses resulting in the ultimate mix of new and old innovations for a product guaranteed to stand the test of time. Race Office: Call 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. PAARL MTB CLASSIC FINAL EVENT OF BESTMED NATIONAL MTB SERIES http://i4.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/PaarlMTB_500x740mm-page-001.080825.jpg CONQUER THE PAARL MOUNTAIN! THE PAARL MTB CLASSIC, WHICH TAKES PLACE ON 22 NOVEMBER, IS THE FINAL EVENT IN THE BESTMED NATIONAL MTB SERIES. FOR SERIES INFO, CLICK HERE FOR EVENT INFO. CLICK HERE .............................................................................................................................................................. SOUTH AFRICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL RACE The second edition of the Liberty Cape Winelands Encounter is scheduled for 15-17 April 2016. To view a preview video of the race, click here. For more info go to www.capewinelands.capetown. http://i5.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.122823.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i6.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/pagina2.123442.jpg TOUR OF GOOD HOPE FEVER! CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TOUR OF GOOD HOPE REPLICA JERSEYS! http://i7.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/BergenDalelogo.081436.jpg ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE WEST RAND'S BIGGEST CYCLING WEEKEND! CLICK HERE TO ENTER. http://i8.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/SondelaSuperClassic.081706.jpg BELA BELA, SITUATED JUST 45 MINUTES FROM PRETORIA, PRESENTS THE BACKDROP FOR ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA'S FASTEST GROWING ROAD RACES. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR MORE ABOUT THE SONDELA SUPERCLASSIC. .............................................................................................................................................................
  9. Now offering a Tour of Good Hope Limited Edition Tralyx!! The ultimate Event Endorsement Good Hope GOLD The latest feather in the BestMed Tour of Good Hopes’ race cap is a record-breaking sponsorship deal with global sports brand Rudy Project. Having celebrated its’ 30th birthday earlier this month, Rudy Project had 3 decades of experience creating top-of-the-range sports products worn by elite athletes in events across the globe. The BestMed Tour of Good Hope has been grabbing the attention of cyclists from across the globe, and for good reason. Offering unique opportunities for riders of every level and style, such as the brand new amateur teams time trial; fantastic individual and team prizes from a range of sponsors; a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour; and a location in one of the most beautiful and most esteemed cycling regions in the country; it’s not hard to see why this race is being considered the golden cycling event of the year. Entries still available>> Not participating? You can also BUY your very own pair!>> Fuel for champions. Now train with them! Celebrating their role as a sponsor for the upcoming Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, High5 is giving you a chance to win a weekend away with the infamous Team MTN Qhubeka at their spring training camp. That’s 3 stunning days of cycling alongside the pro’s, taking place in Clarens from 23-25 October 2015. To be entered into the draw simply enter the Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, and purchase a High 5 Racepack on the ASG Events website. Entries for the competition close on 6 October 2015 (the same day as entries close for the race). Enter Today!> BUY HIGH5 ONLINE> Get a bike to go with that training camp... Buy your Gran Fondo K8 in the next 30 days and get Spring MTN training Camp in Clarens free. There has never been a better time to purchase a Dogma K8, LIMITED STOCK OF SPECIAL GRAN FONDO K8’s are still available, however only a few are left. To be entered into the draw you need to purchase a PINARELLO K8 Gran Fondo at R159 000 incl. through participating Pinarello Dealers. Entries for the competition close on 11 October 2015. Find your nearest dealer>> Tour of Good Hope Rider Exclusive Free bike transportation with the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag. With the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag, you are entitled to the exclusive bicycle transport service facilitated by Scicon. All you need to do is to pack your bicycle, book collection and we will take care of the rest, making sure your bicycle is assembled at the event. Let Scicon provide you with ease of mind, so that all you have to do is to worry about the finish line. Scicon provides all ASG Events participants with complementary bicycle assembly assistance (if required), no matter how you transport your bicycle to the event. Dedicated Scicon staff will provide you with mechanical support to get your bike assembled. Bicycle stands will be available for your own bike maintenance needs on site. Read More>> #PackSafeRideFast. Visit SciconOnline>
  10. Leading global sports brand Rudy Project has made an incredible sponsorship commitment to South Africa’s flagship road cycling stage race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Italian eyewear manufacturer has made a phenomenal pledge of R3.5 million in product sponsorship to the event, which represents the ultimate event endorsement and the largest of its kind in road racing on the African continent. The Rudy Project sponsorship will directly benefit all riders who complete the race, which takes place from 29 February to 4 March 2016, with every finisher being rewarded with their own set of Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear - and the privilege of becoming part of cycling event history. To join the ranks of the most exciting race of the year, make sure to enter by November 30th 2015. The field is limited to 1000 riders and 550 riders have already signed up. Event info is on www.tourofgoodhope.co.za. With our pro teams and events catapulting onto the world stage, South African cycling is gathering momentum and a global reputation for excellence. This unprecedented investment into South African cycling by Rudy Project is a testament to the fact that the Western Cape is fast becoming a favourite destination for cyclists from all over the world and underlines the prestige of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope.
  11. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE WEST RAND'S BIGGEST CYCLING FESTIVAL http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/55/792/5ED/csimport/BergenDalelogo.121441.jpg The 2016 Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services on 6 February 2016, is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, presenting distance options of 102km and 55km. TO GO TO THE EVENT SITE AND TO ENTER, CLICK HERE The state-of-the-art Cradlestone Shopping Mall on the R28 in Krugersdorp provides the venue for the event, presenting a user-friendly experience with ample parking and lots to do once the race finishes. The event attracted 5 000 cyclists in the 2015 edition and the 2016 venue remains unchanged with the only change on the race route that cyclists will be going directly onto the R28 off Beyers Naude Drive without having to descent down and through Muldersdrift. R10 of every race entry will be donated to the South African Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa. Please look out for the tick box during the on-line entry process if you would like to make an additional donation. Race Office: Call 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. BESTMED BALLITO EXPEDITION PEN-ULTIMATE STOP-OVER FOR BESTMED NATIONAL SERIES http://i4.cmail2.com/ei/j/55/792/5ED/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_3.122522.jpg The Bestmed Ballito Expedition is in its third year now and takes place at the Sugar Rush Adventure Centre on 14 November 2015. It's the pen-ultimate event of the series with the Grand Finale at the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic a week later on 22 November. For info on the Series, click here. For info and entries click here. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i10.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_01.jpg http://i3.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_03.jpg http://i1.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_04.jpg http://i2.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_06.jpg
  12. http://i9.cmail19.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i1.cmail19.com/ei/j/28/087/CD9/csimport/FacebookBanner_TrainingCamp.161433.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. WIN A SPOT ON THE MTN QHUBEKA SPRING TRAINING CAMP http://i2.cmail19.com/ei/j/28/087/CD9/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.140816.jpg Celebrating their role as sponsor for next month's Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, High5 is giving entrants the chance to win a weekend away with Team MTN Qhubeka at their Spring training camp. That’s three days of stunning cycling in Clarens alongside the MTN Qhubeka riders from 23-25 October 2015. Click here to read all about what's in store for the lucky winner. To enter into the draw simply enter the Bestmed Satellite Road Classic and purchase a High 5 Racepack on the ASG Events website during the on-line entry process. Entries for the competition close on 6 October 2015 (the same day as entries close for the race). Already entered for the race? No worries, just go onto our entry website, log in with your profile, purchase a High 5 Racepack and you are automatically entered. FOR ENTRIES AND INFO, CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE EVENT WEBSITE The 2015 Bestmed Satellite Classic features a whole weekend of cycling activity with the Road Classic taking place on Saturday 17 October and the Mountain-bike Classic on Sunday 18 October. The Bestmed Satellite Road Classic (both long road distances; 106km and 80km) is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and R10 of every race entry goes to the Cancer Association of South Africa. For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807. .............................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................
  13. http://i9.cmail20.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................................... BIG SCREEN, BIKE PARK, BALLISTIC TRAILS http://i3.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/2015Silverstarlogo.113542.jpg Silverstar Casino, "the West Rand's favourite entertainment destination", is bracing itself for the onslaught of a huge field of mountain-bikers who are ready to take on the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge next Saturday (5 September 2015). Entries are still streaming in for the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge, which will follow a new route along the Krugersdorp Ridge and boast a wonderful atmosphere at the revamped Silverstar Casino on September 5. Those riders who dine out at the venue in the week leading up to the event (next week) will be able to sit and watch the highlights of last year's event on the massive big screen in the Piazza area. The big screen will also broadcast the prize giving function live on the day, hosted by Johnny Koen, which will enable everyone who is having lunch after their ride to be a part of the action. The event starts in the new top-end open-air parking lot at Silverstar and finishes inside the big white Super Dome, adjacent to the Piazza area. A supervised bike park will be set up inside the Dome so that riders can leave their bikes in a secure area if they'd like to go and get a bite to eat, and, as per usual, the bike wash will also be set up. Riders who would still like to get on the start line, need to get their entries in at www.asgevents.co.za The Silverstar Challenge route has always been known as a challenging task and this year will be no different, although the 20km ride doesn't have major technical obstacles. Route director, Darren Herbst, said riders could look forward to beautiful forested sections, open fields and rocky trails with some spectacular views over the West Rand. “On a clear day, you can see all the way to Pretoria.” From the top of Protea Ridge, participants plunge down through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden en route to the finish. “The last three kilometres will hair-raising for a few but exhilarating for most,” laughed Herbst. He said the casino finishing area, with its surrounding restaurants and children’s zone, would keep the whole family entertained for the day. Enter at www.asgevents.co.za. Alternatively, find Silverstar MTB Challenge on Facebook or follow @silverstarMTB. Broadcast by SuperSport Medals to all finishers. Timed by Spectrum Sport Start times: 40km - 08h00; 20km - 08h15 Entry fees: 40km - R210; 20km - R160 Results will be published on www.spectrumsport.co.za For further information, go to www.asgevents.co.za or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i4.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.055748.jpg FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC, CLICK HERE. THE SATELLITE CLASSIC IS AN OFFICIAL SEEDING EVENT OF THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i5.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/TOGHofficiallogo2016.081324.jpg BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, CLICK HERE http://i6.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.081438.jpg LIBERTY CAPE WINELANDS ENCOUNTER TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST, CLICK HERE
  14. Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge participants could strike gold when they cover a historical mining route during Saturday’s feature race in Krugersdorp. Click here to view the article
  15. Riders like defending champion Pierre Smith will be on the hunt for gold when the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place in Krugersdorp on Saturday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo Mountain bikers will follow a revamped 40km route from Silverstar Casino up onto the Krugersdorp Ridge and then down the old Pretoria-Krugersdorp road through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens en route back to the casino.According to local historian Rod Kruger, the area is famous for being right in the middle of the early hunt for gold, with old mines and prospecting cuts found all over. “We found one right below the botanical gardens waterfall.” Krugersdorp was established as the main town on the West Rand in 1887 after the discovery of the main gold reef on the Witwatersrand the previous year. Over the next few decades the entire area changed dramatically from a scene of peaceful farms to tented mining camps and then the bustling City of Gold, Johannesburg, and its satellite towns. Kruger said the old Pretoria-Krugersdorp road was built around a century ago to accommodate the first motorcars in the area but that, while it shortened the distance from Krugersdorp to Muldersdrift, it proved too steep and difficult for those early vehicles. “Later they changed it by building the existing Krugersdorp road from Silverstar, which includes the famous Hill Snacks climb.” According to route director Darren Herbst, the well-known ascent will be the only part of the race route remaining from previous editions of the event. “This year, we’ve decided to change everything and take riders up Hill Snacks and then through the new Hero Adventure Hobby Park.” Herbst said riders could look forward to good technical riding up on the ridge, featuring floating bridges over the dams, little drop-offs and jumps, forested sections and rocky trails. “Those who aren’t racing for gold can stop and enjoy the views over the West Rand.” The race, which is presented by ASG Events, finishes inside the spectacular Super Dome adjacent to the piazza at the casino resort. Finishers will be able to get their medal, use the bike wash, leave their bike in the secure bike park and enjoy a well-deserved meal at one of the restaurants lining the piazza. “The event also offers a 20km racing option for those looking for a more manageable but still exciting day on the bike,” said Herbst. Entries for the event close at midnight on August 31.Enter at www.asgevents.co.za or go to Silverstar MTB Challenge on Facebook or @silverstarMTB.
  16. According to organiser Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events, there has been a dramatic increase in interest from mountain bikers, with a field of 800 riders already entered. A capacity field of riders is expected for the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge in Krugersdorp on September 5. Photo: Jetline Action Photo “It seems some of our new initiatives, such as the 150-metre floating bridge and our revamped venue, have been attracting a bit of attention.” De Villiers said route director Darren Herbst and his team had been building trails for the past six months inside the bounds of the new Hero Adventure Hobby Park. “The park has been open for two weeks and race participants will be the first to try out the floating bridge.” Herbst said the route was almost entirely changed from previous editions. “The only part that will be familiar to guys who’ve ridden before is the old Hillsnacks climb up from Silverstar Casino. “It’s always been known as a pretty difficult and technical race but I don’t think it’s any more so than in previous years. If anything, we’ve just added more variety to the types of trails on offer.” Good technical riding, drop-offs and little jumps would add to the overall rider experience in both the 40km and 20km events, he said. “Even for the short course, we want the riders to enjoy a proper mountain biking experience and feel like they’ve really achieved something.” Herbst said riders could look forward to beautiful forested sections, open fields and rocky trails with some spectacular views over the West Rand. “On a clear day, you can see all the way to Pretoria.” From the top of Protea Ridge, participants make a final plunge down through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden en route to the finish. “The last three kilometres will hair-raising for a few but exhilarating for most,” laughed Herbst. He said the casino finishing area, with its surrounding restaurants and children’s zone, would keep the whole family entertained for the day. Enter at www.asgevents.co.za. Alternatively, find Silverstar MTB Challenge on Facebook or follow @silverstarMTB.
  17. Entries are streaming in for the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge, which follows a revamped route along the Krugersdorp Ridge on September 5. Click here to view the article
  18. Defending champion David van Straaten will be striving for his hat-trick when he lines up for the 60km Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, presented by ASG, near Bela-Bela on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  19. This year, the feature race has been added to the line-up of seven events that make up the mountain biking arm of the new Bestmed National Cycling Series. Defending champion David van Straaten will be striving for his hat-trick when he lines up for the 60km Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic, presented by ASG, near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on Sunday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo. Van Straaten has dominated the event, which traverses the 4 700-hectare Sondela Game Reserve in Limpopo, for the past two years. A former road rider, he has proved himself unbeatable on the flattish course that features testing sandy stretches of what route designer Melgard Meyer refers to as “horizontal climbing”. “It’s not too technically demanding and I’m strong on sand, so I’d say it suits me very well,” said Van Straaten. He said the major challenge would come from within himself, as he had been battling flu in the lead-up to race day. “My fitness is not what it was in previous years but I will still give it my best shot to try and win.” As team mechanic to the South African national cycling squads, Van Straaten has had his hands full off the bike this season. “I’m not on top form at this stage as I was more focused on this and opening a cycling shop as well.” He will be looking forward to testing his legs in the 40km warm-up race on Saturday. Van Straaten’s wife, Ronel, also has her sights set on a third consecutive victory in the women’s race to complete a dominating double-header for their family. “My wife will be participating in both the 40km and 60km races but she is also sick with the flu. She really wants to make it a hat-trick too.” He said the family-oriented nature of the two-day cycling festival kept them coming back. “We’re proud of our results here as it’s a sport we enjoy doing as a family; our 10-year-old son is also cycling. “It also gives us a chance to camp and enjoy time with friends and family.” More than 1 400 riders of all ages are expected to participate in the Bushveld’s biggest mountain bike bash. Saturday is devoted to the family events, which include the 20km and 40km races. In addition, there are two kiddies’ races on the menu – a 500m circuit for three to five-year-olds and a 5km single-track loop for children up to the age of eight. The weekend draws to a close with the 60km feature race on Sunday. There will be live music, a beer garden, restaurants and loads of nature-based entertainment for the children, including a chance to feed the farmyard animals and interact with cheetahs in the wildlife rehabilitation centre. Contact ASG Events on 076 621 1807 or eventsupport@asgworld.co.za for more info. Join Sondela MTB Classic on Facebook or follow @SondelaMTB.
  20. We are VERY proud that our second Sanlam MTB Invitational (Gauteng Chapter) was such a roaring success! If you want to see what went down, view the highlights video here: or visit the official website www.sanlammtbinvitational.co.za
  21. ATTENTION all Emperor's entrants. We are a little embarrassed to say that a gremlin got into the print-work for your vouchers! Please take heart and know with 100% surety that the vouchers you received in your goody bags are definitely valid, and will only expire end of 2016. ASG
  22. All roads will lead to Pretoria once more when the capital city plays host to the inaugural Bestmed Capital Classic road race on May 17. Click here to view the article
  23. Organisers ASG Events believe the new 99km race, which rolls out from SuperSport Park in Centurion, is set to become the city’s signature mass participation cycling event. Pretoria will play host to the inaugural Bestmed Capital Classic road race on May 17. // Photo: Supplied. Rider safety is of paramount importance on the busy Gauteng roads; therefore there will be partial road closures in effect along the Ben Schoeman highway and N14 freeway to Muldersdrift near Krugersdorp. The Tshwane, Mogale City and Johannesburg metropolitan police departments, provincial traffic authorities and ASG officials will patrol the out-and-back route, which features minimal road crossings and right turns for maximum safety. Race director Wynand de Villiers said the event had been four years in the making and the official support of all relevant state departments and national agencies such as Sanral meant that riders could look forward to the safest possible riding environment. “This event will be a much needed addition to the Pretoria cycling calendar and gives Gauteng cyclists a fantastic challenge as we head towards the colder months.” De Villiers said his organisation presented several national road classics around the country, including the Action Ford Berge en Dale, Emperors Palace Classic, Bestmed Satellite Classic, Sondela SuperClassic and Jock Cycle Classique. “Pretoria doesn’t have any significant long-distance road events, so we believe this has the potential to become the big one-day ride.” He said the race, which features just 800m of climbing, would start at 7am and allowed plenty of time for social riders to finish before the 2pm cut-off. “At the race village, massage therapists will be on hand to soothe tired leg muscles, while bike mechanics will be there to handle any technical problems.” De Villiers said the event was well timed to coincide with the Pretoria Family Festival at the same venue. “So it’s a great day out for the whole family, with something to keep everyone entertained.” Enter at www.justevents.co.za or www.cycleevents.co.za before May 8. No registration or late entries will be accepted on the morning of the race. Late entries and official registration will be done at Cycle Lab Fourways from 9am to 6pm on May 15 and at Solomons Cycles in Lynnwood between 9am and 3pm the following day. For more information, contact the race office on 076 621 1807 or eventsupport@asgworld.co.za.
  24. Herman Fouché held his line on a twisting and technical closing stretch through the streets of Worcester to claim the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, on Monday. Click here to view the article
  25. Fouché, riding in the colours of Bonitas, took advantage of a lead-out train driven by the Australian Drapac team to take the 114km stage from Paarl in a time of 3:10:30. Bonitas’s Herman Fouche (second from right) hits the finish line ahead of Drapac’s Brenton Jones (far left) and Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman (right) to claim the first stage of the 2015 Bestmed Tour de Boland in Worcester on Monday. // Photo: Capcha Photography. Drapac’s Brenton Jones grabbed the runner-up spot with Team Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman – who will aim to defend his Cape Town Cycle Tour title on Sunday – third. “As we came into the corners I started calling my teammates and they did exactly what I wanted them to do and we pulled off a fantastic win,” said Fouché, who also won the opening stage of the 2011 tour. “That was unbelievable, a great fight by the team.” The racing got off to a muted start as a strong headwind and searing heat dampened any early efforts by the bunch as they headed out of Paarl after the neutral zone through town. Europcar SA’s Bradley Potgieter made a daring solo escape within the first 10km and his efforts paid off as he held the bunch at bay to claim the first Compendium sprint prime outside Franschhoek. Just before the 30km mark, a four-rider breakaway caught Potgieter but they were reeled in as the peloton powered their way up Franschhoek Pass. Strong gutter winds helped splinter the bunch on the 7km climb, with former African road champion Tesfom Okubamariam coming to the fore to win the Aramex king of the mountains title for the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team. The bunch came back together after the pass, with Abantu’s Nolan Hoffman taking the second hotspot just outside Villiersdorp. A series of attacks followed over the final 25km but were quickly nullified as the riders headed towards the finish. “We couldn’t really go anywhere because of the wind but the guys kept trying,” said Fouché. As they turned into their destination, the fastman’s teammates sprang into action with team captain Luthando Kaka giving him and Shaun -Nick Bester the lead-out into the first corner. “Shaun -Nick went a bit too early but he went and caught the two guys in front. “I waited for Drapac to come past and jumped onto their train, while Shaun-Nick bumped into their train in front of me, setting me up perfectly.” The former Cape Town Cycle Tour champion demonstrated his well-known turn of speed to snatch the win from the visitors from Down Under. The West Rand-based sprinter said however that the overall outcome of the tour would be decided on the climbing and time-trial stages. “So don’t be surprised if you see the yellow jersey pacing for the climbers tomorrow.” In the women’s race, Lise Olivier of Time Freight E pipped RECM’s defending champion Ariane Kleinhans to the post, with Anriette Schoeman of Africa Silks-Bestmed rounding out the day’s podium. Lise Olivier being interviewed by Johnny Koen after winning the first stage of the 2015 Bestmed Tour de Boland in Worcester on Monday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Olivier, who missed the overall win by a matter of seconds last year, said the racing was always going to be tough because of the windy conditions and starting with the veteran men. “The racing really happened on the climb, with myself and Ariane making it hard. I went over the top first with Ariane a few metres back and then the men joined us on the downhill.” The two rode together until the finish with Olivier just managing to hold last year’s winner at bay. The second stage rolls out of Worcester on Tuesday and finishes 111km later in Op-die-Berg. It features two signature climbs – Mitchell’s Pass outside Ceres and Gydo Pass near Prince Alfred Hamlet. Visit www.tourdeboland.co.za, go to Facebook or follow @TourdeBoland.
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