Beukes wins top-level race at Cascades

2010-04-17 00:00

MATTHYS Beukes (Scott) dug deep to record his first victory in the pro- elite race against the country’s best riders at last weekend’s second MTN National Cross-country Series at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg.

Eighteen-year-old KwaZulu­ Natal rider Rourke Croeser (DCMchrome) took second place overall, while taking the U23 crown. The remaining podium positions went to Garmin Adidas riders Marc Bassingthwaighte in third, Philip Buys and Mannie Heymans (pro- elite category).

KZN riders Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness), Roan Exelby (Thule Morewood) and Craig Paul (Team Jeep) placed eighth, ninth and 10th.

Racing was equally exciting in the women’s pro-elite field, with top honours going to 18-year-old Mariske Strauss (MTB Energade) ahead of team-mate Yolande Speedy, with Eszter Erdelyi Cluer (Multigirl Jeep) taking third.

Cluer went out hard and held the lead for the first three-and-a-half laps before Strauss and Speedy closed in.

Speedy, South Africa’s top woman MTB racer, unfortunately crashed, but she regained her composure to hold on for second place.

Pietermaritzburg-based Cluer was pleased with her performance and has now left to race in four World Cup MTB races in Europe in the next month before returning for the third SA National in George.

RECORD pre-entries have been received for tomorrow morning’s 2010 Cumberland Super Classic.

Organiser Gary Behn says the facilities and logistics have been improved to handle the interest in this event.

“Last year we were swamped with about 1 250 entries. This gave us a wake-up call, and this year we have made arrangements for at least this number of riders,” said Behn.

Cumberland will be using the proven Roag batching system for the first time. This will alleviate any congestion over the first 10 km of the route. It will also spread out registration and traffic.

Mr Price will be doing the timing, so timing chips are essential. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with the gates opening at 6.30 am. For further information, visit www.roag.co.za

 

 

 

 

THE fourth and final event in the aQuellé Mudman Series takes place at Thornlea Dam, near Eston, tomorrow morning.

The straightforward course has been approved by ­experts and novices alike. The Mudskippers route ­involves a giant slide, a slippery slide and laps on the ride according to ability level, with a short run. Parents are welcome to participate with their children. Pre-entries can arrive half an hour before the event.

Camping is available at the venue for R30 per ­person. Contact George at 082 774 7530 for bookings and details.

Entrance to the venue is R25 per car. Allow sufficient time to get there as the road is narrow, only allowing for one-way traffic.

For details, visit www.mudmansa.co.za

THE annual Tour Durban Cycle Road Race takes place on May 2. The main race covers a distance of 105 km, while for the less energetic there is the 40 km option.

For all the racing juniors, there is a new competition within the Tour Durban — the Louter Junior Trophy. This floating trophy dates back to 1993 when the winner was Gary Beneke, who also won in 1994.

Entries close on April 19 on www.tourdurban.co.za. There is also an MTB race on May 1 offering 55 km, 25 km and 10 km events.

Registration is on April 30 and May 1, from 10 am to 5 pm. Mountain bikers can register on Friday at Westwood Mall, and on Saturday from 7 am to 8 am at the start. Registration has moved to Westwood Mall (www.westwoodmall.co.za). For details, call Margie at 082 714 2471.

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