Endurance frenzy month

2011-04-02 00:00

MUDMAN athlete’s were out in force at the eighth running of the Cordwalles aQuelle Mudman event at Orient Park, Midmar Dam last weekend.

Despite overnight rain conditions were ideal for an energetic Sunday morning’s competition between over 1 500 participants.

Racing at the front of the field saw the big names of multisport out to play. The usual players Tyronne White, Justin Porteous and Daniel Carleton tussled it out over the full distance swim, while a new face to Mudman, Gareth Harrington with triathletes Henri Schoeman and Glen Gore made for a competitive race.

White dashed home to victory in 1:20:27. Porteous claimed second (1:21:40) ahead of Carleton in third (1:24:54). It was unusual to see a team take the fastest time of the day but Team Jeep’s Ryan Redman, with brothers Elmo and Evan van der Spuy proved a strong combination as they broke the tape in one hour, 20 minutes and 27 seconds.

Schoeman sadly crashed out during the bike leg with a broken collarbone.

Racing was equally competitive in the women’s field with Su Don-Wauchope making a strong comeback to take the honours in one hour, thirty-two minutes and 20 seconds. Jeannie Bomford was second (1:34:50) with Sarah Gray third (1:36:16).

Jedson Tooms made use of his strong mountain biking background to gain the lead in the full distance canoe event, taking the win (1:36:59) from young Murray Starr in second (1:37:12) with Derrin Smith third (1:38:05). Keren Worlock took the women’s win in two hours, seven minutes.

The half distance swim event attracted the biggest field of the four events on the day. Ryan Landsberg won in a quick 47 minutes. Michael Parkinson placed second (49:03) and the first women home, Julia Colvin, also claimed third place overall (49:31).

Mikaela Jonsson continued to dominate the sub-junior girls, placing second overall (51:27) in the women’s race with Catherine Pellow-Jarman third (56:53).

The respective men’s and women’s winners of the canoe half distance were Bruce Brayshaw and Ashleigh Prinsloo.

The Cordwalles staff, parents and scholars can take credit for presenting a flawless event and maintaining the aQuelle Mudman Series’ high standard. The fourth and final event will be hosted by DPHS and takes place at Thornlea Dam, Eston on Sunday 17 April.

Further details available on www.mudman.co.za

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

April is the month of cycling and mountain biking frenzy in KZN. The Mr Price Karkloof Classic takes place next weekend (8-10th April); the race is a month earlier to fit into an insane build-up to the 2011 UCI MTB World Cup to be held at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg on the 22-24 April.

In between is the CSA MTB National Super Cup Series #1 — on the same course which will be used for the World Cup the following weekend.

To keep the crowds entertained, the UCI BMX SuperCross World Cup takes place at Alexandra Park on a purpose-built track on April 8 to 9.

Another epic addition to the Mr Price Karkloof Classic is the allocation of UCI points to the Cross Country and Downhill events, upping the stakes for this year’s competitors.

The Downhill race is also new to this year’s event and promises some thrilling entertainment for spectators, as well as drawing some of the top mountain bikers from around the world as they battle it out in the Karkloof Valley in these UCI sanctioned events.

For further info log onto www.karkloofclassic.co.za

The Boxlee Golovane X-Plore MTB race takes place tomorrow morning and provides an ideal opportunity for sani2c competitors to test themselves, their equipment and, probably most importantly, their team-mates. The date moved from February because the sani2c has moved later to 19 May.

This 84 km event may be entered as an individual, two-man or three rider team. There is also a 50 km race on offer. The race course includes a combination of climbing, single track, jeep track, district road and cane break riding on the superbly manicured routes of Holla Trails.

To avoid the heat, the 84 km race will start at 6.30 am and the 50 km race at 7.00 am, with registration opening from 5.15 am. For further details log onto www.golovane.co.za

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