Dramatic win for Croeser

2013-08-10 00:00


AS the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships draw nearer, South African U23 star Rourke Croeser claimed a major morale-boosting victory when he edged out James Reid and Brendon Davids in a dramatic sprint finish to win the 60 km Illovo Marathon last weekend. Jeannie Dreyer cruised to victory in the women’s race.

The three top men’s competitors rode the entire race with each other. This left little room for anything else but a sprint finish to decide the winner in which Croeser (Kargo Pro MTB) gained the ascendency and the inside line with just a couple of hundred metres to go, giving him the edge over Reid (Craft/Trek) and Davids (Team Jeep) at the death.

Being in the top three within the last kilometre was something that Croeser had been working towards all race and felt that he would have enough power to claim the title should it come down to the likely sprint finish. “I had a really good race and James [Reid] rode really well too,” Croeser said.

“I just had to make sure that I was with the other guys at the end of the final climb because I backed my sprint in the final kilometre and I felt confident I could win it if I was there.”

In the women’s race, Dreyer cruised to victory.

Having taken the lead early on, the USN/Hi-Tec star was always aware of the chasing women, but managed to hold off the chasing pair of Kendall Ryan (Team Jeep) and Bianca Haw (BMC-SA).

“Once I got to the front and got away from Eszter [Erdelyi], I rode with a bit of fear that someone could come past me, but I felt pretty good and was hugely relieved to have crossed the line in first place,” said Dreyer.

The 40 km aQuellé Half Marathon saw the rapidly developing Julian Jessop (Team Jeep) claim a comfortable victory in the men’s race while Nedene Cahill (Pure Adventure Gear) claimed the women’s title.

• Hundreds of local mountain biking fanatics flooded the start line of the 19 km aQuellé/Tala Family Ride as they took to Tala Game Reserve’s twisting and scenic trails for their dose of adventure while many of the region’s future stars enjoyed the clear skies and sunshine as they tackled the 10 km Stihl Kids Ride.

• The aQuellé Tour de Krantz MTB race takes place today in Harburg. The race, which is the sixth event in the prestigious Quattro ROAG series, promises to once again provide participants with a memorable race experience that encompasses unique scenery and challenging courses, and a range of track variations.

Race organiser Rolf Lütge said the famous climbs on the 45 km and 25 km races will be sure to test rider endurance, while the attractions of the Fest activities at the finish line will inspire the legs to keep pumping.

“The races cater for a wide range of cycling enthusiasts and will ensure an enjoyable day for all. Included as an option is the 10 km fun ride — popular among the less ambitious riding enthusiasts,” Lütge said.

The Harburg Fest will as always be held on race day, and it will provide family and non-riders with entertainment both during and after race times. The farmers’ market, craft market, beer tent and “Kaffee­stube” will cater for your lunch time and shopping needs while the German Oompah Band will provide for the thirst-quenching rhythm.

“Mom or dad can enjoy a break while the kids are entertained in the children’s play area. For more information, please visit the Tour De Krantz website at www.tourdekrantz.co.za,” said Lutge.

• The Halfway Toyota Illovo Sugar Challenge takes place from Ugu Sports & Recreation Centre tomorrow morning. The 45 km, 25 km and 12 km riders will still be pumping on the same track through sugar cane, over rivers, around dams, bananas and mighty hills. And yes the notorious “Afkak” hill has remained to challenge riders! Further info on www.roag.co.za


The third and final event in the Varsity College Multisport series takes place at a new venue at Eston Club tomorrow morning.

Participants should note this has changed from Albert Falls Dam as originally advertised. The full course Multi-X comprises a five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and one-kilometre trail run.

The stand-alone trail run options (five-kilometre/15 km) and mountain bike races (40 km/20 km /10 km) are again on offer for those individuals who prefer to concentrate on one discipline.

Late entries will still be taken at registration from 6.30 am to 8.45 am. The racing starts with the 15 km and five-kilometre trail runs at 8 am, followed by the mountain bike races and the Multi-X events.

A day of guaranteed fun and further attraction as the event ties in the with the Landy Festival. Further information on www.maxcluer.com.


1. Rourke Croeser 2:12.32

2. James Reid 2:12.32

3. Brendon Davids 2:12.33

4. Andrew Hill 2:14.07

5. Neil MacDonald 2:18.30


1. Jeannie Dreyer 2:37.09

2. Kendall Ryan 2:43.37

3. Bianca Haw 2:43.39

4. Eszter Erdelyi 2:43.56

5. Ashleigh Moffatt 2:47.14

40 km Half Marathon


1. Julian Jessop 1:33.33

2. Wayde Finch 1:35.42

3. Matthew Wilkinson 1:37.11


1. Nedene Cahill 1:44.18

2. Tessa Hesse 1:58.47

3. Catherine Pellow-Jarman 1:59.54

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