All ready for Amashova

2012-10-13 00:00

IT’S time for the Amashova Pietermaritzburg-Durban Cycle Classic which starts outside the city hall in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow morning.

The Amashova is an annual mass participation cycle event and one of the most popular events on the KZN calendar. It attracts over 10 000 cyclists nationally. Having full road closures on the cycle route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, it is regarded as KZN’s safest cycle race.

This year, the Amashova will celebrate its 26th race, making it the oldest “classic” cycle race in the country. The 106 km race has a cash prize of over R98 000 up for grabs. Cyclists taking part in the event will need to be at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at least 30 minutes before their official start time.

The 40 km fun riders will need to be at Builders Way, Lillies Quarter in Hillcrest at 5.15 am with the race ending at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The fun ride will be complete and everyone relaxing in the stadium by the time the “racing snakes” get there! Be sure to find a good vantage point on the finish line to watch the pros in action. Further info on www.shova.co.za.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Gears for Ears MTB Fundraiser event takes place from Holla Trails (Ballito) on October 28. There is a 50 km Challenge and 19 km Fun Ride. Prizes and goody bags (first 400 entries), golf caps to the first 200 entries and medal to all finishers. Kids entertainment, food and beverages available on site. Entries and further info on ww.roag.co.za.

MULTISPORT

Ideal, cool racing conditions greeted over 400 participants in the Complimed Midlands Ultra and Sprint distance triathlon events at Midmar Dam last weekend. Veteran endurance racer Donovan van Gelder powered ahead on the 90 km bike leg and went on to run a fast run split of 1:26:54 for the 21 km run to take the race honours in a time of four hours, eight minutes and 23 seconds. Second place went to Bradley Weiss (4:12:31) who took the sprint finish from Gerhard de Bruin with just two seconds to spare (4:12:33).

Daniel Feldman was the first women home in four hours, fifty-five minutes and 45 seconds with Lindy-Lee Folscher taking second (4:46:06) and Jodi Zulberg third (5:06:14).

The sprint distance event was won by Henri Schoeman in one hour, three minutes and 20 seconds while Lauren Dance was the first women home (1:12:31).

The St Dominics Bundu Bash in Utrecht takes place on October 20. Various events include a 40 km MTB, 10 km Trail Run and four kilometre amble (walk) as well as the various multisport events. Entries and further info on www.roag.co.za.

Entries are now open for the Triple Challenge which takes place on November 4. This truly African experience takes athletes and teams on a multisport journey through some of South Africa’s most breathtaking scenery as they trail run 20 km from Pietermaritzburg to Camperdown through three game reserves, then mountain bike 52 km from Camperdown through the beautiful valley of a Thousand Hills to Inanda Dam and end-off their race with either a paddle of 18 km (with two short portages) for the Multisport event or a seven kilometre Trail Run for the MultiX event. Athletes may enter as an individual or in a team of two, three or five people with various options.

Trail runners and mountain bikers wanting to race these specific legs may enter the Challenge Trail Run (10 km or 20 km option) or the Challenge MTB (53 km) as stand-alone events. It’s a great challenge for clubs, schools or corporates and individuals that want to “race themselves” over this testing and scenic course in the heart of KZN. Further details on www.triplechallenge.co.za.

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