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2010-09-04 00:00

TOP KwaZulu-Natal rider Craig Paul (Team Jeep) set out with clear intentions to defend his title at the Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander event last weekend. He raced hard to take the title for the second year running.

His winning time of one hour 40 minutes 12 seconds was only one second clear of runner-up Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness), while Tyronne White was placed third 1:44:26. Team-mates Landy Puddu and Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) had a close tussle, with Puddu taking the win 2:07:41 ahead of Hackland 2:09:56. Nataschka Mowat was placed third: 2:16:10.

The 25-kilometre sub-junior series girls’ race was won by Savannah Schuit. The sub-junior boys’ race was won by Alan Hatherley in the fastest time on the day of 1:00:12. The 25 km overall women’s and men’s race was won by Liz Alexander and Dani Jensen.

The men’s 20 km Bush and Bundu trail run was won by Ian Don-Wauchope in 1:00:20, a time that would make mountain bikers proud. The women’s race was won by Lisa Bohman in just over 1:00:30. The 10 km trail run was won by Richard Roberts and Lisa Bohman. Full results are available atwww.elitetiming.co.z­a

City triathletes are gearing up for World Champs. Pietermaritzburg triathletes Ken Curr, his daughter Gill Curr and Sonja Boyd will be representing South Africa at the World Triathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary, next weekend.

Curr will be racing in the 60 to 64 age group and more remarkably, it is his 16th World Championship.

The biggest duathlon seen in eight years took place last weekend. The duathlon attracted over 270 athletes from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bloemfontein to battle it out at the second event in the Compendium Multisport Series.

The Pro/Am Duathlon provided a race within a race from the start, with long-time buddies and rivals Donavan van Gelder from the highway area and international duathlete Jason Spong from Ballito battling it out over the first five-kilometre beachfront run route. Spong blitzed the first five kilometres in 15:27. Van Gelder was close behind in a time of 16:03. Van Gelder managed to close the gap on the first lap of the bike and overtake Spong, to get a one-minute lead on to the second 2,5 km run. The lead was too much for Spong and Van Gelder romped home in 57:36. Spong finished in 57:51.

The women’s race was hotly contested with two top Gauteng athletes Lauren Dance and Samantha Ferreira taking on local girls Kim Watchurst, Samantha Spong, Gillian Curr and Tayla Glover. But it was the strength of Curr that saw the girls grappling for positions on the 20 km bike course. Curr managed to hold off a strong five-women chase pack and clinched victory in 1:03:12. Second was Glover in 1:03:30, followed by Watchurst in 1:03:47.

The final event in the Time Freight Multisport Series takes place at Albert Falls Dam tomorrow morning.

The men’s racing promises to be exciting with series leader Andrew Birkett (Team Jeep) out to claim his fourth consecutive win in the Multisport long course. He will be up against Change A Life athletes Erik Zondi and Kwanda Mhlope.

The women’s race will be fought out between Jeanne Bomford, Jean Hackland and Landy Puddu.

More information and entries at www.maxcluer.com

The much-loved Lynford MTB Super Classic takes place on September 12. The notorious backbreaking climb out of Lynford School has been replaced by a more gradual, picturesque ascent.

The 40 km classic and the 20 km intermediate routes are designed to please advanced riders and challenge intermediate riders.

The first Spur Steak Ranches KZN High School Mountain Bike Championship takes place this afternoon at Kearsney College. The event caters for sub-juniors (13-14), youth (15-16) and juniors (17-18). Registration takes place on the day at Kearsney College from 10 am to noon with the first race starting at 1 pm. The entrance fee is R50 and free for development riders.

Inquiries: Kate at 079 573 2247 or kate@kznmtb.co.za

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