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Rory Mapstone and Rex Benson won their second stage on the trot to take overall honours in the men's section of the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race at Sondela Nature Reserve near Bela-Bela in Limpopo today.

The Bestmed Masters team completed the 59km final stage, which included 920m of ascent, in 2:19:52 to lift the title in 7:36:27.

Gauteng Dairy's Charles Steyn and Ian McLeod, who won stage one, finished runners-up on the final day in 2:24:11 to consolidate their second place in the standings in 7:41:38.

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After his strong start to the season was derailed by illness, professional mountain biker Pieter Seyffert will be searching for his best form at the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from Friday.

The 30-year-old set the tone for his season when he teamed up with Travis Walker to steamroll the opposition at the seven-day TransCape in February.

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Three years after his official retirement, the competitive juices will once again flow for Neil MacDonald when he takes to the start line of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race from Friday.

MacDonald, whose professional cycling career spanned a lengthy 15 years, said he was looking forward to the challenge presented by the three-day event near Bela-Bela.

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Self-confessed adventure addict, Letshego Zulu, has earmarked the three-day Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain bike race as her next personal challenge.

The former Survivor South Africa contestant from Johannesburg said she was amped for her debut in the Waterberg event, which takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 9 to 11.

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Organisers of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter have slightly shortened the overall distance of the three-stage race, but route director Mel Meyer has promised it will still be a rigorous test for the entrants.

Taking place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, the mountain bike race from June 9 to 11 is the second in the Encounter Series, following the successful Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape last month.

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The 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Rudy Project, is the biggest and only Western Cape road tour to be officially sanctioned by Cycling South Africa for next season.

The three-day race is the second event in the Encounter Series, the country’s first multistage mountain biking series, and follows the highly successful staging of the Winelands MTB Encounter in the Western Cape over the past two years.

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