Ding-dong fight in Time Freight

2010-09-11 00:00

BIRKETT conquers, Bomford dominates, Ten Napel and White tie, Scott home free.

That’s how it ended at the fourth and final event in the Time Freight Multisport Series at Albert Falls Dam last weekend.

A glorious spring morning greeted the multisporters as they lined up to take on the perfectly prepared course through Msinsi Reserve’s dry and dusty bushveld terrain. With the Multisport and Multi-X Long Course starting together, it was Jean-Pierre ten Napel who set the pace over the first five-kilometre trail run leg. On to the 20 km mountain bike leg, the pace was furious as the leaders burnt up the fast-flowing course over thrilling single-track riding. Andrew Birkett hit the water running, not giving any seconds away on the final five-kilometre paddle leg as he went on to clock an impressive win nearly nine minutes clear of his closest rival. Xterra specialist Justin Porteous was a worthy second-place finisher ahead of the ever-consistent Trevor Hellens.

Jeannie Bomford was kept under pressure in the women’s race by paddling ace Robyn Kime. However, it was Bomford’s strength on the bike leg that gave her the edge to take the win ahead of Kime. Jean Hackland concluded a successful series campaign in third place.

The men’s Multi-X Long Course evolved into a ding-dong battle between Ten Napel and Tyronne White. After Ten Napel’s blistering first run, White showed his true colours as he ripped through the bike course and the two athletes exited the second transition neck and neck to end in a dead heat and share the honours. Gareth Harrington placed third.

With Kerry Koen out of action due to injury, the women’s Multi-X was dominated by Kirsty Scott, who took the win comfortably ahead of Marie du Toit in second and Cindy Marquiss in third.

Craig Jarrett took a clear win in the Multisport Short Course with Jordon Peek claiming the women’s title. The Multi-X Short Course was a repeat of the previous event with Alan Hatherly taking a solid win ahead of rivals James Damant and Hayden Dowdall. Gena Lofstrand continued to dominate the women’s race.

With the conclusion of the Time Freight Multisport Series, multisporters can now gear up for the big daddy of multisport racing in KZN — the Triple Challenge, which takes place on November 7.

RESULTS

Multisport Long Course (five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB, five-kilometre paddle)

Men overall: A Birkett (Jeep) 1h30.56, J Porteous (Future Life) one hour, 39.42, T Hellens (Jeep) 1:39,55.

Women overall: J Bomford (USN) 1h47.14, R Kime (Jeep) 1:49,41, J Hackland (Jeep) 1:54,49.

Teams of two, mixed: Jarah 1:55,02. Men: Team Oz 2:06,12.

Teams of three, men: Team Pank 1:45,47

Multi-X Long Course (five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB, 2,5 km trail run)

Men overall: JP ten Napel (Jeep) 1:20,35 / T White (CoachRussRacing) 1:20,35, G Harrington 1:24,30

Women overall: K Scott (Scotty’s) 1:39,10, M du Toit 1:56,09, C Marquiss 1:58,28.

Teams of two, men: Blue Bull Supporters 2:05,50, Mixed: Faster Forsters 1:48,35.

Multisport Short Course (2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB, 2,5 km paddle)

Men: C Jarrett (Jeep Multisport School) 54.23, R Starr (Jowetts) 57.37, P Mackenzie 1h01.49. Women: J Peek (Epworth) 1:01,56, J Starr (Epworth) 1:05,22, S Peckett (Epworth) 1:05,37.

Multi-X Short Course (2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB, 1,25 km trail run)

Men: A Hatherly (Jowetts) 43.58, J Damant 47.22, H Dowdall 48.52. Women: G Lofstrand (Jeep) 48.49, M van Deventer 55.19, L Everson 56.16.

Hill wins Weenan Classic

Racing in the heart of the Weenen Game Reserve is enough to get anyone’s heart pumping. Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) rode home to victory in the Husqvarna Weenen MTB Classic last weekend.

He commented after the race: “The natural flow and continuity of the game paths were a pleasure to follow. Aside from the ubiquitous acacia thorn or 10, the route was well groomed. I think that the title sponsor Husqvarna had some help from the browsers in the bush-clearing department.

“Notably with a wide diversity in jeep track and rhino and other game track the paths were outstanding and riders we treated to a truly African experience in a picturesque setting.”

Second place went to Iain Don-Wauchope (Mountain Splendour) with Hilton Frost (Greg Minnaar Racing) third.

In the women’s race it was Rachel van Eck home in first place, followed by Debbie Dick and Jenny Reynolds.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

It’s the Lynford MTB weekend this weekend. It’s packed with all sorts of activities, and mountain bikers will look forward to the 40 km Classic and 20 km Intermediate events, while the 10 km Adventure Ride promises a varied and exciting course. The race is also a perfect warm-up for Hill2Hill next weekend. A new event at 1.30 pm ttoday is a guided historical mountain-bike tour (about 20 km) through the King’s Grant area, which is suitable for the whole family.

For more information go to www.lynford.co.za or phone 039 834 1927.

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