Brown wins 94.7 Challenge in a tough team battle

2011-11-26 00:00

AARAN Brown (MTN-Qhubeka) lived up to expectations by winning the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg last weekend.

Brown outsprinted his team-mate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg to win the 15th edition of the massive event in 2:11:47. He led a field of 25 000 cyclists across the finish line. Janse van Rensburg was second and Tyler Day (Bonitas) third.

The race was an immense battle between the teams of MTN-Qhubeka and Bonitas. In a close repeat of last year, the race split up at the Nelson Mandela Bridge and soon afterwards a group of eight riders escaped, Brown accelerating at just the right moment to be the first rider into the last traffic circle. Janse van Rensburg and Day followed him into the circle, and that’s the way it stayed to the finish line.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Nashua-Toyota) won the women’s race by outsprinting Cherise Taylor (USN). Jo van de Winkel (Nashua-Toyota) was third and Lise Olivier (MTN-Qhubeka) fourth. Moolman-Pasio’s winning time was 2:43:10. The quartet raced in front on their own for close to 80 kilometres. Moolman-Pasio didn’t expect to win.

“I really suffered for most of the race. Luckily when it mattered I found some strength to contest the sprint,” she said.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

As the MTB calendar winds down ahead of the festive season, mountain bikers will be out in force to enjoy the popular Mr Price Karkloof Trail Blazer. It takes place from the Karkloof Country Club tomorrow morning. This year includes a 12 km trail run. The event, held in the stunning Karkloof Valley, aims to provide riders and families with an experience of superb trails in the surrounding Sappi forestry plantations.

No prizes, no race packs, no complications, just darn good single track riding. Social beginners and families, do not fear: as the 20 km route allows you to enjoy the area without technical riding. The 40 km route allows participants to start anytime between 8 am and 8.45 am. The 12 km trail run starts at 8.45 am, followed by the 20 km MTB ride start between 9 am and 9.30 am. Enter on www.mrpriceheroes.co.za or for further information e-mail Gregg@impiconceptevents.com.

The Sani Transfrontier MTB Epic takes place on December 3 from Sani Pass Hotel in Underberg. This unique event gives riders the opportunity to ride the scenic Sani Pass with the choice of a 42 km ride (to the top) or 26 km ride (to the first border post). Entries at www.roag.co.za

The Virginia Trails Xmas Fun Ride takes place on December 4 and promises to be a great day out for the entire family. Prizes will be awarded for the “best-dressed” festive rider. So forget about timing and racing, and enjoy a ride through spectacular MTB terrain.

Virginia trails has 60 km of farm trails with eight kilometres of single track that incorporates all the mountain biking enthusiast could ask for. Safe and fully marked, the trails accommodate all ages and fitness levels. Catering and bar facilities will be available. The start and finish are about 300 m from the administration, food and toilet facilities, so spectators should bring deck chairs. There will be no vehicle access to the start/finish area. Entries and further details at www.roag.co.za or call Pete Stainbank at 083 781 1042.

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