chris hitchcock

All Mountain Enduro May 2016

Based on the successful Mavic Trans Provence concept the idea is to bring riding and the results linked to it back to mountain biking and away from the current endurance-only formats. That said, it is not the idea to make the race highly technical as per downhill racing, but simply to focus the competition on the trails component of the sport. And yes, perhaps your skinny tire 29’er carbon hardtail is perhaps not the best choice of bike, although the course will certainly be rideable on it!

More info at the Dirtopia Website

All of the images are available to download at Photosport.co.za

Scorpio Trail Run

Athletes compete in the Scorpio Trail Run held at Delvera Farm, near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape of South Africa on 8 November 2015.

More images are on the PhotoSport web site

Dragon Boat Racing

Images from the Dragon Boat exhibition held at the SA Ocean Festival, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town South Africa, on 31 October 2015

Slanghoek Triathlon

The Slanghoek Triathlon in pictures…..

Triathletes compete in the Slanghoek Triathlon organised by Iqela Events in the Slanghoek Valley, near Rawsonville in the Western Cape of South Africa

Spur MTB Classic

Hosting the 2015 version of the Spur Mountain Bike classic at Nooitgedacht Wine Farm was an organisational masterstroke.

The venue is more than big enough, and the grounds and gardens are just stunning. Add a really great ride into the mix, and you have a very successful race on your hands.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

A marathon is a funny thing. It’s not a particularly exciting spectator sport, yet there is so much to see and do, both on and around the route.

I have to say, as a local resident, that I’m totally impressed, and more than a little proud with what the people of my City managed to showcase to the world with the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge

The Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge race and the single-track that it runs on, has to be the best kept secret in South African Mountain biking. (at least it was until today)

Based 13 km the other side of Piketberg (turn left at the circle) it is only 75 minutes drive from Cape Town. Closer even than the trails of Esselsfontein in Ceres.

The race itself is held entirely on a private farm, and the single-track is open to the public only once a year. The event is held to raise money for local charities and it is a massive community event.

I have never before shot a race where the competitors are stopping to tell me how amazing the single track and scenery is. And it really is, from hidden canyons, to water bridges and the most mind blowing, smooth and flowing trail you can dream of riding.

If you missed it this year then make a massive note in your diary to enter for next year, because the trails are closed until then.

Dirtopia All Mountain Enduro

Cyclists compete in the Dirtopia All Mountain Enduro held at Helderberg Farm, Somerset West, Western Cape South Africa.

Wine Adventure Trail Run

It seems that the secret of the Dirtopia Trail Run Series is out. Over 600 runners took on the Wine Adventure Trail Run at the gorgeous Warwick Wine Estate, and the wait list for entries was a mile long.Gourmet burgers at the finish, and quality wine at the water stops were just a couple of the ‘little extras’ laid on by Warwick.

These images capture the fun of the event and the beauty of Stellenbosch, and hopefully will make you want to enter the next race on the 19th of July. I’d seriously advise anyone wanting to enter to do it online today, as in RIGHT NOW, because it IS going to sell out.. Go to www.dirtopia.co.za for more info.

All the images from the event are available to download at www.photosport.co.za

Durbanville Triathlon 2015

Durbanville Triathlon 2015

The Durbanville Triathlon is traditionally the season ending tri in the Western Cape. Mother nature played along with perfect wind-free and cool conditions, and the event proved to be a fitting finale to the season.

Enjoy the photos