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Bike and road race for mental wellness in South Africa

cycling---thumbTo mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group will hold mountain bike and trail run races in the Cradle of Humankind to raise funds for its national Suicide Crisis Centre, which receives over 400 calls a day.

Cape Epic – the tougher the better for endurance athletes

Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.

From Big Five to Little Five

Only the toughest survive the Berg River canoe marathon

The Berg River Marathon is probably the most gruelling way to spend four days in mid-winter. The canoe race sets off from Paarl and ends 240 kilometres away in Velddrif, in the Western Cape. Throw in howling wind, driving rain and lots of portage, and you've got a recipe for extreme sport.

Big money for SA mountain bike race

Big guns commit to Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

Though October is still a way off, the list of podium contenders for the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is already an impressive one, with national, continental and world champions committing to the international mountain bike stage race.

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

South Africa is world’s endurance race capital

Some of the world's most extreme races are held in South Africa, where elite athletes – and ordinary people – pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances. Perhaps the most well-known is the Comrades Marathon, a gruelling 90km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

Big money for SA mountain bike race

Big money for SA mountain bike race

The sixth edition of South Africa's Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is set to be the best yet in the history of the event. Now officially recognised by world cycling's governing body, the UCI, the race also features the richest single stage in mountain bike racing worldwide.
Grammy for Soweto Gospel Choir

Change a life with a bike

Once a year, business executives swop their suits for Lycra and helmets, and get on their bikes to raise funds for the Mike Thomson Change a Life Cycle Tour, an initiative to raise funds for victims of crime. This year the tour starts and finishes in Swaziland.
Improving lives with bicycles

The pain is soon forgotten

If you fancy a hard mountain bike ride through some of South Africa's most spectacular countryside, then the Freedom Challenge may be just the ticket. It's over 2 000km – but the man behind it has wilder dreams.
Getting to know a different South Africa

Following in Burchell’s tracks

A mountain bike ride along the route taken by the 19th century explorer and naturalist, William Burchell, led to some surprising discoveries, such as the hut where the sick adventurer was forced to take shelter while travelling through the wild frontiers beyond the old Cape Colony.
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