Andrew Hill in top form

2010-11-20 00:00

ANDREW Hill (TIB) claimed another fast and technical race through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, out-riding on-form Shaun Pechl (Marshall World of Sports) and technical riding whizz Tyron White in the third Outsurance Expedition last weekend.

The defending champion rode a solid race from start to finish and used his local knowledge of the route to his advantage, taking control of the race up the first climb, sitting within a big group of riders until the right time came to make his move.

The field was not without the top names in the local and national scene, with the likes of Craig Paul (Team Jeep) and Roan Exelby (Thule/Morewood), both of whom have claimed national podiums in the past.

The first move came from Hill who was tightly marked by White. This came early on the 12 km climb out of Giba Gorge towards Hillcrest. The overnight rain had played its part by providing the riders with some tricky muddy riding in patches.

But owing to the diversity in terrain the track became sandier as the riders hit the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Luckily the course designers didn’t take the Thousand Hills name to heart and only subjected the athletes to a couple of the valley’s monster inclines.

It was here where Hill made his move from White and pushed hard to break the proverbial elastic band. The pair split with Hill, moving into the lead with 50 km to go. White suffered a slit tyre, allowing Pechl to move into second place, but there was no catching Hill, who went on to win in 2:46:52.

Pechl claimed second some four minutes back with White holding on for third ahead of Paul in fourth and Exelby in fifth.

Samantha Oosthuizen claimed over-all victory in the second year running in the women’s race with Amy Jane Mundy second and Tamryn Taylor third.

Porteous tops at UmkoMTB Challenge

Fresh off his victory at the Triple Challenge the previous weekend, Justin Porteous (Future Life) continued his good form to win the inaugural Umko Valley 45 km MTB Challenge last Sunday.

Porteous was the only rider to break the two hour mark, taking the win in a time of one hour 59 minutes 57 seconds. Darryn Purtell placed second just over a minute back (2:01:09) with Murray Craib (2:06:01) third. First home in the women was Kristy Glass (2:31:41) with Tracy Ibbetson second (2:38:54) and Nikki Coates third (2:44:14).

The humble start amidst a bush clearing in the Umkomaas Valley indicated the route would involve a fair degree of hill riding. Two climbs of 4,5 km and 6,5 km respectively tested rriders’ stamina, while the reward of some exhilarating downhills and single-track along the banks of the Umkomaas River made the effort worthwhile.

The 25 km Nkonka Wilderness race was won by Callan Deacon, while Brenda Janssen won the women’s race.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Hewlett Packard Urban Rage MTB Assault Race is set for the weekend of 11-12 December at uShaka Marine World in Durban. The event moves into its third year and continues to evolve as one of Durban’s showcase events with a distinctive flavour.

An exciting introduction this year is the two-day format to allow participants to make maximum use of the purpose-built course. Saturday’s events include the new Enduro open to individuals and teams of 2 or 4. The Enduro caters for individuals over a two-hour format and teams over a four-hour format and will be the perfect opportunity for the competitive riders to get in tune with the course ahead of Sunday’s all-out racing for the grand Super-Cat title.

In the afternoon look out for the all new Urban Jump “Expression Session”, in which those who dare will jump off a ramp into the canal. Entrants will be provided with a standard BMX to perform the jump. The top five voted by the public and sideline judges will qualify for the final jump-off and grand prize.

Sunday sees the teams of two (Cool Cats) and individuals (Alley Cats) competing in a heat format to qualify for the finals. This is a high- energy, very spectator-friendly event with easy access points throughout the course. Riders can expect a course similar to last year, which comprised nearly 40 obstacles over the two kilometre route. There will be some minor logistical changes and a few surprises thrown in, including some more water obstacles and technical sections as well as a new start area.

The ever popular Kitty Cat Race, especially for the youngsters (U10) takes place first thing on the Saturday morning and offers a value for money package with a full day of entertainment for parents and children at uShaka Marine World.

The prestige and unique nature of the Urban Rage appeals to a wide spectrum of cycling disciplines and is the only format in which the downhill, cross-country and marathon mountain bikers, BMXs and even the odd (daring) road rider, can get together and compete against each other on the same stage. So mark it down in your diaries — it is going to be unplayable … You could not find a better way to end off the cycling calendar than this event.

Entries are now open on www.urbanrage.co.za.

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