Davids, Buys set frantic pace

2013-04-20 00:00

PHILIP Buys and Brendon Davids set a cracking pace in the Pro-elite category of the Cycling SA-MTB XCO series round 2 that took place at Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg last weekend. Buys (Scott), racing in the elite category, and Davids (Jeep-Specialized), in the U23 class, rode hard and fast setting lap times of little over 11 minutes on the course exceeding four kilometres per lap. Davids kept pace with Buys in the first four laps at which point Buys showed the form he found in the London Olympics, and more recently the Absa Cape Epic, giving himself a very comfortable gap for the balance of the race. David’s team-mate, Travis Walker (U23), showed good form to claim third place in the Pro-Elite category.

The youth category presented an exciting race between two riders, Matthew Lombardi (Giant-Mavic) and Julian Jessop (Team Jeep), who seemed inseparable as the race progressed. Lombardi, who is one month away from 16, has focused on XCO racing this season. “The start was hard. Marco [Joubert] put in a very fast start, we didn’t know how long the pace would last, but eventually he tapped off and Julian and I just were neck and neck, just fighting backwards and forwards and no-one seemed stronger than the other. I knew from lap three already that I wouldn’t beat this guy anywhere else but in a sprint finish.”

In the junior race, 17-year-old Alan Hatherly (BMC-SA) maintained a strong pace to take the win comfortably, despite recovering from a recent bout of bilharzia. Carlo Marzoppi took the silver medal with Nicholas Popich third in the Junior men.

The women’s racing showed Mariske Strauss (Team Contego 28E) in charge from the outset as she took complete control of her five-lap race right through to the finish line, proving her complete dominance over the entire field. Having just returned from London whilst on her varsity break, Strauss is now preparing for the first two UCI XCO World Cups of the 2013 season.

Hayley Smith [Bell], in her last year of school, finished third in the U23 race. Samantha Sanders [Valencia] took the win in the Elite women category. Single Speed World Champion Amy Mcdougall was second Elite women home ahead of Cherie Vale. Epworth scholar Bianca Haw was a clear winner of the Junior women’s category.



Pro-Elite Men (7 laps): 1. Philip Buys 01:27:25 (Elite); 2. Brendon Davids 01:28:05 (U23); 3. Travis Walker 01:31:57 (U23); 4. Arno du Toit 01:33:06 (U23); 5. Gert Heyns 01:34:46 (U23).

Junior Men (5 laps): 1. Alan Hatherly 01:05:57; 2. Carlo Marsoppi 01:09:25; 3. Nicholas Popich 01:09:55.

Youth Men (5 laps): 1. Matthew Lombardi 01:08:02; 2. Julian Jessop 01:08:04; 3. Marco Joubert 01:10:42.

Elite Women (5 laps): 1. Samantha Sanders 01:18:39; 2. Amy Mcdougall 01:21:57; 3. Cherie Vale 01:25:19.

U23 Women (5 Laps): 1. Mariske Strauss 01:15:46; 2. Vera Adrian 01:20:45; 3. Hayley Smith 01:26:15.

Junior Women (4 laps): 1. Bianca Haw 01:04:18; 2. Catherine Colyn 01:14:06; 3. Marne Botha 01:14:50.

Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg provided perfect conditions again for the second round of the Cycling SA-MTB National Downhill Cup Series, leaving the deciding of the final outcome to the performance of the riders with the track in pristine condition.

With a field of 60 riders participating, it provided for a solid day of racing action.

The qualifying times of the elite men were just outside of the four-minute mark and the pressure of the race produced a number of times in the top five below four minutes.

Cape Town rider Jonty Neethling, sponsored by Monster Energy, Fox and Morewood, qualified outside of the top five and confessed to have taken a cautious approach to the seeding run. He certainly held nothing back in the race final.

He posted a winning time of three minutes 56,34 seconds.

It wasn’t all plain sailing as fellow Capetonian Stefan Garlicki (Investec), who was top seed for the race, was given a clear run after second seed Timothy Bentley (brand ambassador Specialized/Fox) went out with a crash, injuring his shoulder. Garlicki, who leaves next month to start his overseas racing campaign, looked in great form, missing out on the top spot by less than a second.

Tiaan Odendaal snatched third place ahead of 14th placed Alasdair Fey and fifth placed Hayden Brown, who all finished within half-a-second of each other.

Pietermaritzburg-based rider Nadia Botha (Velolife) won the women’s race by just over 10 seconds from Kathryn Fourie, claiming the top spot in 00:05:29,38.



Elite Men: 1. Jonty Neethling 03:56.34; 2. Stefan Garlicki 03:56.59; 3. Tiaan Odendaal 03:59.38; 4. Alasdair Fey 03:59.56; 5. Hayden Brown 03:59.81.

Junior Men: 1. Theo Erlangsen 04:09.26; 2. Andrew Martin 04:10.41; 3. JP du Plessis 04:13.06.

Elite Women: 1. Nadia Botha 05:29.38; 2. Katherine Fourie 05:39.69; 3. Kate Stephenson 05:51.31.

The Sappi Karkloof MTB Festival takes place this weekend at the Karkloof Country Club and promises to provide some of the best riding in the province for decades.

The PERI night race took place last night while today sees the all-new Stihl Karkloof Enduro, which starts at midday.

Tomorrow is the big day, with the 60 km, 40 km, 20 km and 10 km distances — which caters for all riders. Superb organisation and a wonderful venue that is very family friendly attracts riders back every year.

All details can be found at www.kar­kloofmtb.co.za.

Registration is open today from 11 am to 1.30 pm and tomorrow morning from 5.30 am to 9.45 am.


Tyronne White claimed his third win at the fourth and final event of the aQuelle Mudman Series that took place near Richmond last weekend. White’s winning time of one hour, 18 mins and 17sec saw him finish over four minutes clear of second placed Darryn Purtell (1:22,33). Justin Porteous took third (1:23,43).

Su Don-Wauchope continued to head-up the women’s long-course swim race, taking the win in 1:32,12. Landy Puddu placed second (1:39,43) with Catherine Pellow-Jarman third (1:44,54).

Veteran Ewan Cochran raced to honours in the full distance paddle event (1:38,40) with junior Damon Stamp placing second (1:41.20) and Jedson Tooms third (1:43,21).

In the short course races, Dean Wortmann (48,19) and Asanda Zama (57,15) were the respective winners of the swim event while Cayde Muldoon (1:02,17) and Amy Peckett (1:14,13) took the wins in the canoe event.

Full results on elitetiming.co.za.

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