Entries Open for the 19th Hell of the South

The Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, continues to mature and evolve as South Africa’s toughest single-day mountain bike event. As the entries open for the 2025 event, which will be the nineteenth edition, Dryland Event Management have plans to reward the finishers and help newcomers conquer the Hell of the South. Vital…

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AVIS Partners with Dryland Event Management

AVIS Car Rental is arguably the most recognisable name in vehicle rental market, with its red and white logo easily identifiable at airports both in South Africa and around the world. From the world’s first airport car rental location in 1946 – at Willow Run Airport, Detroit, USA – to over 5,000 locations in 165…

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Conquering the Beauty and the Beast of the Klein Karoo

The beautiful and breathtaking prologue through the Cango Caves, the rocky trails of the Swartberg mountain range and numerous water crossings after an abundant rain season, summarizes the 2023 Dryland Traverse, hosted by Dryland Event Management at De Hoek Mountain Resort outside Oudtshoorn. Some suffered it, some loved it. They all survived it! The 2023…

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Dryland Traverse – A Festival of Trail Running

There is no better festival of trail running than the Dryland Traverse. It is unquestionably fun on and off the trails. From the Thursday evening Prologue to Saturday night’s fancy dress party and on to Sunday’s celebration of singletrack… the whole weekend is action packed from start to finish. It’s no surprise then that so…

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Seconds In It After Race With Soul Prologue

The opening day of the 2023 Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, came down to just 17 seconds, on Sunday, 3 September. The 26-kilometre-long Prologue, through the singletracks of Saasveld, was won by the Imbuko Giant A and Efficient Infiniti Insure teams, ahead of Valley Electrical – Toyota and Viviovita – Bell…

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Tankwa Trail Runners Undaunted by the Weather

Not even chilly temperatures and rain could dampen the spirits at the 2023 Tankwa Trail. Hosted at the Kaleo Guest Farm, on the Koue Bokkeveld Plateau outside Ceres, the weather did its utmost to disrupt festivities. Yet the trail runners were undaunted, running through cold conditions and braving buckets of overnight rain to revel in…

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Gearing Up for The Ultimate Race

The 36ONE MTB Challenge is unquestionably one of the toughest events on South Africa’s cycling calendar. Known as the Ultimate Race it circumnavigates the Klein Karoo, taking in 4 930 metres of climbing in 361 kilometres, between the 12th and the 14th of May this year. It does however also boast a half-distance option, measuring just…

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Beers and Hill Victorious at 2023 Hell of the South

Matt Beers and Sarah Hill won the 2023 Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, in very different ways on Saturday, 21 January. The Toyota Specialized rider beat PYGA Euro Steel’s Alex Miller in a sprint. While Hill broke away from Elrika Harmzen-Pretorius on the climb towards the Queen of the Mountain hotspot and…

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Attakwas Extreme: The 2023 MTB Season Starts Here

The traditional mountain biking season opener, the Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, will once again feature a stellar elite field. Headlined by the record holder, Wessel Botha, and the 2020 winner, Matt Beers, the men’s race is sure to be fiercely contested. The women’s race is likely to be a battle between…

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2023 Race With Soul Entries Open

The 2023 Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, is set to take place from the 3rd to the 9th of September next year. Entries to the thirteenth edition have opened hot on the heels of the highly successful 2022 race. Calling upon those who took part to relive the challenges and thrills…

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Nino Schurter Headlines Superb Tankwa Trek Elite Line-Up

The Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, is undoubtedly among the world’s premier stage races. Boasting four challenging days of racing, through the Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape, it features a late afternoon Prologue and three marathon stages. For 2022 the route has been dramatically refreshed. It is fitting then that…

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Long-Term Partnerships Help Dryland Stage World-Class Events

Dryland Event Management have been staging world-class mountain biking and trail running events for over 15 years. Currently they stage 11 events– across Gauteng, the Northern-, Western- and Eastern Cape provinces – attracting 7 000 athletes annually. Dryland have built a reputation for a participant focused approach and as an organisation they pride themselves on providing…

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Tankwa Trek Announces Exciting Route Refresh

Since the inaugural edition in 2013 the Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, has forged a reputation for its superb route. Filled with singletracks, challenging climbs and thrilling descents the four-day, UCI, stage race is a mountain bikers’ mountain bike race. An event which demands skill and fitness in equal measures. In 2022…

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The Season Begins Again with the #HellOfTheSouth

The 2021 South African mountain biking season may have only just concluded, but the attention is already shifting to next year. With an easing of restrictions expected the 2022 season should be the first in two years to follow the usual rhythm. This means a return of South Africa’s premier one-day race and arguably the…

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Rorich repeats as Dryland Traverse reopens

Oudtshoorn – After a temporary hiatus forced by the COVID pandemic, the Rhodes Dryland Traverse returned to the trails of the Klein Karoo near Oudtshoorn this past weekend for the 10th edition of one of South Africa’s favourite multi-day adventure trail events. The four-day event is based at the remote De Hoek Mountain Resort, just up the…

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Botha Shatters Attakwas Record to claim maiden win

South Africa’s Wessel Botha confirmed his status as a new marathon-racing star when he won the 2021 Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen in a new record time on Saturday. The Team Type Dev NanoTime racer had to contest a tight three-way sprint to claim his maiden victory in South Africa’s toughest one-day…

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This is why sports events will never be the same again

How do you make the best mountain bike and trail running events in the world even better? You acknowledge that they’re world class and shift your focus to giving your entrants something back in exchange for their loyalty. A South African events company is challenging the status quo with an innovative loyalty rewards program that’s…

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Anderson Transport and General Tire Continue their MTB Support

Dryland Event Management is proud to announce that Anderson Transport and General Tire have extended their partnership. The transport firm has renewed their long-term relationship, with the aim of further developing women’s mountain biking in particular. While the locally produced Brand of Continental Tyre SA, will continue to showcase their robust and durable General Tires…

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A letter from the Dryland team: Covid-19

To our Dryland Family   We’re all in this together. While we’re mindful of the fact that the current situation and prohibition of large gatherings have a direct impact on the events industry, we thought it necessary to inform you of the current developments within Dryland and what our plans are to mitigate the current…

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The e-volution of mountain biking

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2019 Dryland Event Management have announced the inclusion of an E-Bike category for a selected few of their mountain biking events. As one of South Africa’s leading event companies, this comes as monumental news as a new door of opportunity opens for all riders – irrespective of their fitness or ability. “We…

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General Tire is the brand of choice for Dryland Events

General Grabber AT3 and X3 provide dependable, robust performance in the harshest of environments, from the Karoo to Lesotho PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 27 September 2019 – General Tire is renowned for its dependable, robust performance in the harshest environments, as well as its adventurous spirit. It’s not surprising then that the legendary brand, which…

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MOMENTUM HEALTH AND BIOGEN REMAIN COMMITTED TO MOUNTAIN BIKING

The widely publicised current downturn in the economy and general tightening of the belt has seen a massive decline in race numbers throughout the mountain biking and event fraternity. Combined with an oversupply of endurance and outdoor events, this has spoilt athletes for choice and caused numbers to dwindle in even the most established races on…

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Tankwa Trek adds an Additional Stage

Dryland Event Management – the organisers of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, the only UCI S1 category stage race in South Africa – are proud to announce the addition of a 4th stage to the 2019 Tankwa Trek. The new stage will take place on the afternoon of Thursday the 7th of…

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36ONE MTB Challenge 2019 Entries Open

General entries to The 36ONE MTB Challenge 2019, which will take place from the 17th to the 19th of May next year, will open at 12:00 midday on Friday the 1st of June. Following the release of 100 The 36ONE Challenge – Solo entries being made available in late April and throughout May, the opening…

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Bekkenk and Dreyer Race to 36ONE Success

Ramses Bekkenk and Jeannie Dreyer rode to dominant victories at the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, the 21st of April. While Bekkenk started fast and missed out on the course record, Dreyer paced her race to perfection; finishing strong to smash her 2015 record by half an hour. In the other categories,…

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Champions Return to The 36ONE

This Friday, the 20th of April, the defending 36ONE MTB Challenge champions, Ramses Bekkenk and Jeannie Dreyer, will line up alongside 781 fellow mountain bikers to take on the 361 kilometre long circumnavigation of the Klein Karoo. The pair will no doubt be out to break their own course records, but will not have it…

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Ramses Bekkenk ready for The 36ONE MTB Challenge

Just like last year Ramses Bekkenk will be at the start line, in Oudtshoorn, for the 36ONE MTB Challenge on the 20th of April. Last year he debuted and managed to win this race over 361 kilometers in a record breaking time of 13 hours 59 minutes and 55 seconds. This year the KMC-Fruit to…

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Q&A with Kevin Benkenstein

Social Media Handles: Twitter: @KevBenky | Instagram: @kevinbenky Best 36ONE Result: 2017 Mixed Team Champions (18:34:08) Best other MTB Race Results: 3rd Place 2017 Munga MTB Goal for 2018 36ONE: …   The 36ONE: It’s probably too late to make any real difference to your fitness ahead of the 36ONE now, but what mental/psychological preparations…

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Entries to the 2019 Tankwa Trek Open

The 2019 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, is set to take place from the 7th to the 10th of February next year and the entries for the event open on the 9th of March 2018 at 12:00, mid-day. Based in the Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape the Tankwa Trek boasts UCI…

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Follow & Watch the Tankwa Trek Live

The 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, gets underway this Friday and cycling fans will be able to follow the action live throughout as some of the world’s best mountain bikers race for stage and general classification honours. The event will boast live coverage on Twitter, with highlights on Facebook and YouTube for…

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Battle Lines Drawn for 2018 Tankwa Trek

The 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen – which takes place from Friday the 9th of February to Sunday the 11th – will pit some of the world’s best mountain bikers against one another on the mountain biking battlefields of the Koue Bokkeveld. Local and international elite riders, lured by significant prize money and UCI…

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Largest Ever Field to take on 2018 Attakwas Extreme

The 2018 Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, boasts the event’s largest ever start list – with 1 400 intrepid riders signed up to take on the Hell of the South on the 20th of January. 11 of those riders have completed 10 or more traverses of the Attakwaskloof, while 511 individuals are signed up…

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Festive Training the Key to Attakwas Extreme Success

As South Africa gears down for the annual summer holidays the country’s mountain bikers ramp up their training ahead of the infamously tough Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen. Taking place on Saturday the 20th of January 2018 the Attakwas Extreme is the traditional season opener and is bound to test the legs of…

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Route changes and updates for the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge

The 36ONE MTB Challenge route has been updated for 2018 to make the riding experience more pleasureable by removing the dust kicked up by the 1 000 odd vehicles making their way along the route to Checkpoint 1 at Scheeperskraal. The Checkpoint 1 has been brought forward to the 64km mark at Dysselsdorp, while Scheeperskraal becomes…

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2018 Dryland Traverse Entries Open

Entries to the trail running adventure, that is the 2018 Dryland Traverse, open on Thursday the 30th of November. The event, which will take place from the 1st to the 4th of November next year, offers four days of scintillating trail running and a famously festive atmosphere in the De Hoek Mountain Resort race village. In celebration of…

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The Race with Soul Adds Adventure

The Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, continues to evolve and it its tenth edition it will undergo arguably its biggest change yet as Dryland Event Management introduce a four day taste of the Race with Soul the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure, presented by Biogen. Running concurrently to the main event the Cape Pioneer…

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Entries Open for 2018 Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Challenge

Entries to one of the iconic one day events on the Western Cape mountain biking calendar, the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge open today at 12:00. The 2018 event will take place on Saturday the 29th of September with title sponsors, Ladismith Cheese, and organisers, Dryland Event Management, adding a festive race village and a…

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2017 #DrylandTraverse Prologue | Report

The 2017 Dryland Traverse, adventure trail run, got underway in sweltering conditions from the Cango Caves, near Oudtshoorn, on Thursday afternoon. The 8km long Prologue featured a 1.2km trot through the Cango Caves, which adds a truly unique aspect to the Dryland Traverse experience. The Cango Caves are one of two World Heritage Sites the…

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Dryland MTB Events Move Up in the UCI Categories

Dryland Event Management’s premier racing events – the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen, the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, and the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen – will once again boast Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2018. For next year though the traditional South African season opening…

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Gearing Up for the Cape Pioneer Trek

The 2017 Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, is nearly upon us and this year’s edition promises to be one of the most exciting yet. The seven day Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) accredited stage race boasts a field of riders from nineteen nations and takes place from Sunday the 15th to Saturday the 21st of…

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Continental Tyres Partner Dryland Event Management

Famous for its challenging mountain bike events, through South Africa’s most rugged terrain, Dryland Event Management’s mountain bike races place an inordinate burden on the competitors’ bicycle tyres. With this in mind, Dryland have partnered with Continental Tyres to provide race entrants with access to tyres proven to be able to thrive in the Klein…

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36ONE Q&A: Mikayla Webb

Name: Mikayla Webb Occupation: Apparel Business Manager Specialized Bicycles Africa Years of Riding: 7 Toughest Race: Absa Cape Epic Social Media: Instagram @Webbmikayla  | Twitter @Mikaylawebb Dryland: Hi Mikayla, tell us about how you came to ride the 36ONE MTB Challenge this year? Mikayla: It was after Kevin rode the Munga and I was inspired…

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Southern Cape Locals to Race the 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge

The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge is one of the Western Cape’s oldest and largest single day mountain biking events. Each year, for the last thirteen years, nearly one thousand riders descend on the small Klein Karoo town of Ladismith for a typically South African marathon mountain bike race. This year’s edition takes place this…

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Diarise the 2018 Glacier Storms River Traverse

Save the date for the 2018 Glacier Storms River Traverse which is set to take place from the 9th to the 12th of August 2018. Entries to next year’s event open on the 19th of September for past participants and Glacier by Sanlam invited guests while general entries open on the 26th of September 2017.…

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Entries Open for the second Glacier Cradle Traverse

Glacier by Sanlam, Dryland Event Management and Avianto were thrilled by the success of the inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse mountain bike stage race, which took place in May this year. For 2018, the event has been moved to a more favourable slot on the calendar and entries to the event, which takes place from 5…

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The 36ONE MTB Challenge Partners with Extreme Lights

The 36ONE MTB Challenge is not only longest single stage mountain bike race in the country but it is also one which places an extraordinary burden on rider’s equipment, especially their lights. Which is why Dryland Event Management have partnered with industry leaders, Extreme Lights to light up your 36ONE MTB Challenge adventures for 2018…

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Dryland Ambassadors: Jade de Hutton

Name: Jade Jon de Hutton Occupation: IT Business Analyst Home Town: Cape Town Years of Riding: 4 Favourite riding terrain: Long climbs and flowing singletrack Dryland Events Completed: Attakwas x 2 Cape Pioneer Trek x 1 Dryland Traverse x 1 Social Media Handles: Twitter @jadedpiglet | Instagram @jadedpiglet Dryland: Tell us a bit more about…

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Entries Open for 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge

Entries for the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge, which takes place from the 20th to the 22nd of April are now open. The 361 kilometre long single-stage race, which marks its seventh edition next year is undoubtedly one of the toughest mountain bike races in the country. The route takes in 5 250 metres of altitude gain…

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Diarise the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge

South Africa’s longest single-stage mountain bike race, The 36ONE MTB Challenge, has grown steadily in popularity over the last few years as the ultra-endurance racing bug has taken hold of the South African mountain biking community. But despite its 361km distance and 5 200m of climbing The 36ONE is infinitely achievable for all mountain bikers; with…

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Diarise the 2018 Glacier Cradle Traverse

Entries for the Glacier Cradle Traverse open in August 2017, eight months ahead of the 2018 Glacier Cradle Traverse; which is set to take place from the 5th to the 8th of April. The second edition of the event – which is based at the beautiful Avianto, in rural Muldersdrift on the outskirts of Johannesburg…

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DRYLAND EVENT MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES FIRST ASCENT PARTNERSHIP

Leading South African outdoor and sportswear company, First Ascent, has committed to a partnership with Dryland Event Management, the company that organises many of South Africa’s most prestigious mountain biking and trail running events. First Ascent is owned by Performance Brands, along with other sporting and outdoor brands such as Capestorm, Second Skins and African…

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Fred van Zyl’s 36ONE Experiences

We recently received a photo from Steven Liptz, of 36ONE Asset Management, which he’d been sent by Fred van Zyl. Fred is a 70 year old retired Karoo farmer, who now lives in Mossel Bay, and has ridden all six of The 36ONE Mountain Bike Challenges to date. Fred sent Steve this photo, of his…

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Monster Mountain to Feature in 2018 Tankwa Trail

Entries to the 2018 Tankwa Trail, three day trail running stage race which takes place from the 15th to the 18th of February next year, open on Wednesday the 7th of June at 12:00. But perhaps more importantly the route for the event has been revealed too, and after two years of shying away from…

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Celebrating the Spirit of the Dryland Traverse

The Dryland Traverse trail running stage race may be dubbed an “Adventure Trail Run” and it certainly is, but the true differentiator between the Dryland Traverse and other events is the amazing spirit which prevails in the race village. Starting with registration on Thursday and continuing through until everyone departs after prize giving on Sunday…

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Dryland Traverse Party: Cirque du Karoo

The circus is coming to the Klein Karoo and if you love to get into the fancy dress spirit as much as you love trail running you’d better enter the Dryland Traverse. The Dryland Traverse is almost as famous for its themed party on the Saturday night as it is for the amazing trail running,…

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Entries Open for Refined Attakwas Trail

Entries to the 2017 Attakwas Trail opened at 12:00 on Monday the 15th of May and Dryland Event Management are confident that the third edition of the event will capture the imagination of trail runners like never before. The event date has been brought forward from December to 25 November and the logistics have been…

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All Systems Go for Sixth 36ONE MTB Challenge

The sixth edition of The 36ONE MTB Challenge is set to get underway on Friday the 21st of April and along with near perfect weather conditions the event looks set to be the most competitive yet. Dutch ultra-marathon stars Jean Biermans and Ramses Bekkenk are set to go head-to-head in the men’s race while Hannele…

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The 36ONE MTB Challenge | Split Calculator

With The 36ONE MTB Challenge rapidly approaching and one of the riders asking for a split calculator via the event’s Facebook page we did some quick calculations for you to help you plan your race. Remember though; you’re likely to slow as the even progresses so start conservatively, eat and drink regularly, and don’t become…

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Rhodes brings Quality to Dryland Events

Rhodes Quality’s range of 100% fruit juices – made for people who love great tasting juice, the comprehensive range consists of 13 flavours – is the official refreshment of choice of Dryland Event Management Stage Race, thanks to its delicious taste and rehydrating properties. Mountain bikers and trail runners will be happy to know that…

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The 36ONE Advice

Ahead of the 2017 The 36ONE MTB Challenge we spoke to last year’s champion Hannele Steyn (Follow her on Twitter: @Passion4Whole) and 2016 Tour d’Afique winner Katja Steenkamp (follow her on Twitter: @KatjaSteenkamp) for their ulta-marathon advice. The 36ONE MTB Challenge is 7 weeks away, what training can you still do to ensure you’re physically…

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NEW SPONSORS GIVE ATTAKWAS A BOOST AND A FACELIFT

The Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge, South Africa’s most prestigious one-day mountain bike race, has received a significant boost with the announcement that Momentum Health and Biogen are the new title and presenting sponsors respectively. The 121km race, which will hold its 12th edition in January 2018, will be known as the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme,…

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Entries Sold Out for The 36ONE MTB Challenge

Growth in demand for The 36ONE MTB Challenge entries has exceeded all expectations to the point that Dryland Event Management have decided to close entries early for the 2017 event. Not only are there over 1 000 riders already registered to take part but over half of that number are set to undertake the full 361…

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Cape Pioneer Trek Enters New Era with Top Sponsors

The 2017 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race, to which entries opened on 14 December 2016, will offer a refined rider experience, a Queen Stage and a fresh look, thanks to the investment of new sponsors, Momentum Health and Biogen. The ninth edition of the annual seven-day mountain bike stage race, which is…

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Glacier Cradle Traverse – Gauteng’s New MTB Stage Race

Gauteng mountain bikers can look forward to a brand new mountain bike stage race. The inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse will take place from 4-7 May 2017 and will be aimed at giving Gauteng mountain bikers a high-quality multi-day experience. “We are very proud to initiate and sponsor the Glacier Cradle Traverse in partnership with Dryland,…

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