A lot of bundu was bashed

2007-11-24 00:00

THE tough just got tougher. Last weekend saw the inaugural Subaru sani2c Non Stop take place along the popular three-day route, but with only 24 hours provided to complete the 205-km route between the start in Underberg and the finish at Scottburgh main beach.

In fact, the first team home — Team Bundubashers, comprising SA champion Burry Stander, Jonathan Downham and Justin Porteous — broke the tape in an impressive 10 hours 43 minutes, and were home in time for morning tea after their midnight start last Friday night. Team Subaru Energy arrived home in second, 22 minutes behind the winners, followed by Team Rat Pack in 11hr 28min.

The first mixed team home — The Barnes Wobblers, comprising sub-veteran champ Shawna Thunder with Kim Phillips and Andrew Barnes — placed fifth overall while Pietermaritzburg-based team Orthomedics Landy and Alberto Puddu and Neil Cable took second ahead of the Sales and Merchandising Specialists team from Durban.

A downpour an hour before the start may have dampened spirits but there was no shortage of enthusiasm amongst the 35 teams who lined up for this testing adventure.

Route designers Nick Floros and Glen Haw were praised for the superb course design, laminated maps to each team and the optional use of GPS tracking, which added an element of technology and fun.

Integral to the team formation was the inclusion of at least one second per team. The second played a vital role in providing logistical support, encouragement and backup to the team and brought a new dynamic to the event, which looks set to soar, like it’s parent event — the Subaru sani2c, in the next few years.

Full results and photos available on www.sani2c.co.za.

RESULTS

Men’s Teams: Bundubashers (J Porteous, J Downham, B Stander) 10h43.11, Subaru Energy (N Floros, C Stone, R Mann) 11h05.13, Rat Pack (A Currie, G Willliams, R Lombard) 11h28.33. Mixed Teams: The Barnes Wobblers (S Thunder, K Phillips, A Barnes) 11h50.10, Orthomedics (L Puddu, A Puddu, N Cable) 12h25.22, Sales & Merchandising Specialists (R Adendorff, S van Heerden, S Manzie) 12h31.01.

Hugo, Erdelyi win Buffelsport Xterra

The second event in the DueSouth Xterra Series took place at Buffelsport Dam in Gauteng last weekend.

Living up to expectation as the toughest event in the four-part series, athletes were tested to the extreme, racing in hot and dry conditions and over a course true to Xterra tradition. Stellenbosch’s Dan Hugo again underlined his status as the top elite multisporter in the country with a solid victory over second-placed Lieuwe Boonstra and Charl Keet in third.

European Xterra Champion Eszter Erdelyi (Hungary), who has based herself in South Africa for the summer, took the win in the women’s race after a tough battle against Gauteng’s Carla Germishuys. Mandy Nel was the third women home.

Rudolf Naude obtained a first-place position in the individual men’s category when he crossed the finish line in 1hr 27min 20sec. Dreyer van Huyssteen came in second, while Guy Close finished third.

Nicky Booyens obtained a first place position in the individual women’s category 1:49,56. Wilmarie du Plessis came in second, while Colette Fourie finished third.

The third leg of the 2007/2008 Xterra will take place in at Shongweni Dam on February 10. For information contact Stillwater Sports Management on 021 883 2413, email info@stillwatersports.com or vist www.duesouth.co.za.

RESULTS

Men Overall: D Hugo 2h27.02, L Boonstra 2h34, C Keet 2h42.30, R Hadiene 2h45.09, M Price 2h45.59. Women Overall: E Erdelyi 2h53.09, C Germishuys 2h56.26, M Nel 3h31.18.

94.7 Cycle Challenge glory goes to Fouche, Schoeman

High drama unfolded moments after the leading group of ten riders flashed across the finish line at the Pick ’n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge last weekend, which in the end saw Konica Minolta’s Herman Fouché declared the worthy winner.

Spectators at the Waterfall Equestrian Estate were treated to a dazzling sprint finish between Nolan Hoffman (Neotel), Fouché (Konica-Minolta) and Daryl Impey (MTN/Microsoft). It was so close that the officials weren’t prepared to call it without studying a slow motion video of the finish. Eventually it was announced that Hoffman had beaten Fouche, but then the next twist in the tale presented itself.

Within seconds of Hoffman being declared the winner the team managers of MTN/Microsoft and Konica-Minolta lodged an official complaint against Hoffman.

They were unhappy with the way Hoffman got back to the main group after puncturing at the 87 km mark. He rode in the slipstream of his team car and a few other vehicles to catch up with the group.

The complaint led to Hoffman being relegated to 10th place. Fouche was declared the winner in a time of 2hr 13min 57sec with Impey second in the same time and Ian McLeod (FDJ) third.

In the women’s race, there is no stopping Anriëtte Schoeman (Proline). The “Pocket Rocket” from Port Elizabeth won in spectacular style when she outsprinted teammate Marissa van der Merwe and Cherise Taylor (Konica-Minolta).

Schoeman’s winning time was 2:43,47.

Minnaar signs with Santa Cruz Syndicate

Greg Minnaar, the 26-year-old former World Champion and two-time World Cup champion, has signed with the Santa Cruz Syndicate for the next two years.

After four years of racing for Team G Cross Honda, Minnaar has decided to race the Santa Cruz V10 next year, alongside fellow World Cup race legends Steve Peat and Nathan Rennie. Honda announced the end of its G Cross program last month.

Much speculation has been brewing over the past five weeks as to where Greg would race next, but for the South African, the decision was logical.

MULTISPORT

For the best fun and adventure on offer this weekend, head to Midmar Dam for the Bonitas Sunday Tribune Midmar Multisport Festival, which includes the Penguins Capital K Swim tomorrow morning.

Multisporters will indulge in a feast of action this morning, kicking off at 9 am with the individual long paddle event (seven-kilometre paddle/

30-km MTB/10-km trail run) with a team option starting at 9.10 am followed by the individual long swim (one kilometre swim/30-km MTB/10-km trail run) at 9.20 am and team option at 9.30 am.

The multicross (five-kilometre trail run/30-km MTB/five-kilometre trail run) individual and team events will get underway at 9.40 am. Half-distance events (3,5-km paddle or 500-metre swim/15-km MTB/five-kilometre trail run) will start at 10 am and the final event of the day is the Kids Multisport Race at 12.30 pm.

Late entries will be taken at registration between 7 am and 10 am. The prize-giving is scheduled for 1 pm.

Tomorrow sees the Penguins Capital K Swim getting underway at 7 am with the three-kilometre swim (held under Fina rules) followed by the one-kilometre swim.

The Mountain Splendour Mania takes place next weekend at Mountain Splendour. Saturday offers a off-road duathlon comprising a five-kilometre trail run/20-km mountain bike ride/five-kilometre trail run.

Open to individuals or teams of two or three. The 40-km MTB Classic takes place on Sunday with a shorter 20-km ride also on offer. Racing starts at 8 am both days. For further info contact Dave Ward on 082 492 1995.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Sani Pass Transfrontier MTB Challenge takes place next Saturday in Underberg. Last year’s event had to be canceled due to extensive road works.

These are not yet completed so the organisers have decided to move the start to the new Underberg Farmer’s Association facility, which is a kilometer down the Sani Pass road from the crossroads outside Himeville.

All the rides will start at 8 am sharp. Prizegiving will take place at 1.30 pm at the start/finish.

Entries and Registration will take place at the start/finish on Friday afternoon (November 30) from 2 pm to 6 pm and again from 5 am to 7 am on Saturday, December 1.

No entries will be taken after 7 am on race morning. There will be full catering and pub on both days. Passports are no longer necessary as the race does not cross into Lesotho.

Participants are encouraged to pre-enter to assist with logistics and planning. Log onto www.drakensbergmtb.co.za for entries and further race info.

DUATHLON

The Compendium Duathlon Series takes place at the La Lucia Mall tomorrow morning. The event offers three different races, providing one for each member of the family. The first event is the Rookie Duathlon, which is open to anyone over the age of 10.

This event consists of a 2,5 km run, followed by an eight-kilometre cycle and then a final one-kilometre run. It will be open to teams or individuals.

Contact the B-Active Office on 031 5644062 or email info@bactive.biz/Website: www.bactive.biz.

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