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Must Reads: Fly Mellow Johnny’s Aviation, South Africa and Bahamas tours set

Fly Mellow Johnny's Aviation, South Africa and Bahamas tours set

Cycling South Africa: Inaugural Tour of South Africa gets title sponsor

The first ever Tour of South Africa  (february 19-26) will be sponsored by Internet provider Cell C. The UCI-sanctioned 2.2 category, 8-day, 7-stage road race will start in Pretoria and finish in Paarl, covering more than 1200km in total.

Otago Daily Times: Mellow Johnny’s Aviation comes to Queenstown

Lance Armstrong and family are vacationing in New Zealand’s Queenstown Lakes district. The local paper is running a photo of Armstrong’s Aerospace G-IV private jet parked at Queenstown Airport. The paper says the plane is registered under the name Mellow Johnny’s Aviation.

Nassau Guardian: Tour of the Bahamas set for this weekend.

8th Annual Tour of The Bahamas, a two-day, three-stage event, is slated to start Saturday in New Providence. Registered teams include Team Chempstar, Florida Velo, Hot Tubes and the Hincapie Development. The race includes a 3-mile time trial and a circuit race on Saturday and a road race Sunday.

Stuff.com: Jesse Sergent heads to Europe with national silver

Team RadioShack’s young recruit Jesse Sergent, fresh off a silver medal in New Zealand’s national time trial championships, is headed to Europe for the Mallorca Challenge and the Vuelta ao Algarve. The 22-year-old, who rode for Trek-Livestrong last year (and pipped Levi Leipheimer in the Tour of the Gila time trial), has mixed feelings about his performance at nationals. “It was pretty good,” he said. “At first I was a bit disappointed. It’s one of those things – at the time it feels like the world champs … At the time I wished I’d trained a bit harder over summer, but after a few weeks everything goes into perspective and I realized there’s still 10 months of racing to go.”