Fast finish from Davids

2013-03-30 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

THE Nedbank Intaba Ridge Classic took place just outside the city in the Bisley Nature Reserve last weekend.

Being staged close to Pietermaritzburg on a perfect sunny morning, the race attracted more than 800 participants in the mountain bike and trail run events.

Brendon Davids (Team Jeep), recently crowned All African U23 MTB Champion, won the 40 km Classic in a super-fast time of one hour, 30 minutes and 24 seconds.

Team-mate Travis Walker claimed second place (1:32:55) with Youth rider Julian Jessop (Team Jeep) taking third place overall (1:39:11).

Davids said after the race: “A fast course on rolling terrain made for ideal training for cross-country racing. It was great to see so much game out there. We raced pasted giraffe, zebra and plenty of buck. It being so close to town, I will definitely be making more use of the trails out here at Intaba Ridge for my weekly training sessions.”

Multisport queen Jeannie Dreyer held off a strong challenge from Roag Series champion and top veteran racer Natalie Bergstrom (CoffeeBerry Café) to take the win in one hour, 49 minutes and 46 seconds.

Bergstrom was second (1:50:53) with U.S. rider Kendall Ryan (Team Jeep) claiming third place.

The race enjoyed the support of Martin Dreyer and his Change A Life squad. John Ntuli, an SA Duathlete, finished an impressive seventh place overall, while Dreyer took a worthy win in the veteran category.

Frederick Rossouw (CoffeeBerry Café) was first sub-veteran home with team owner Con Malherbe taking the win in the masters category.

Junior Axel Collyer raced hard for his win in the 20 km MTB race in 56 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sprog rider Travis Stedman rode a cracking race to place second overall (58:04) while an equally impressive ride from the first girl home, Tiffany Keep (58:21) who won the sub-junior girls category.

Great racing from the girls saw sub-junior Courtney Smith placing second overall (1:03:21) and sprog Sabine Thies third overall (1:05:09).

In the 10 km fun ride, Dustin Starr took the win in a fast 18 minutes, while second place went to the first girl home, Kelly Tam in 21 minutes and nine seconds.

The five-kilometre and 10 km trail runs were well supported with several athletes going on to do the mountain biking events which started later.

Ironman tri-athlete Andre Booyens clock the fastest time over the 10 km run of 41 minutes and 49 seconds and then went on to race the 40 km mountain bike race.

Second place went to Glen Morgan (43:00) with Devon van der Merwe third (45:39). Roxanne Dovey won the women’s 10 km (41:49). James Murray (25:52) and Abbey-Lynn Haswell (30:49) were the respective winners of the five-kilometre trail run. Full results are on www.elitetiming.co.za.

Cool weather and warm smiles welcomed competitors to the picturesque Karmichael Farm for the start of the Safire Notties-Himeville 100 km.

More than 400 cyclists lined up to take on this amazing endurance event through the uKhahlamba World Heritage Site and take in the majestic views of the Drakensberg.

After some gentle rolling district road, the first big descents of the day started, with accompanying climbs out of the Umkomaas and Loteni Valleys.

As the race progressed Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) and Derrin Smith (Team Jeep) pulled ahead in the solo men’s race to work together and build a solid lead.

In the women’s race, Jackie Moore (Salomon) worked hard early on to establish a comfortable lead in the woman’s solo event.

In the pairs category, team Echo Green was charging hard and leading the pack. After smashing the previous record with a time of three hours and 35 minutes, Hill crossed the finish line in first place, followed by Smith and Kyle Dorkin in third.

Moore claimed the honours in the women’s race in a credible 35th overall, followed closely by Robyn Mare and Hayley Smith.

In the teams race, Echo Green (Matt Goetsch/Rowan Tyler) won ahead of Bring it on Cycles (Liam Gordon Paterson/ Darrell Seed) and Healthy Pigs (Grant Lavers/ Gert Baum).

MULTISPORT

Now in it’s 10th year, the Varsity College Multisport Series has grown and developed in the past decade, and today offers a multitude of options for not only multisporters, but specialist trail runners and mountain bikers alike.

The first event starts next Sunday, April 7 at Albert Falls Dam.

“It’s really all about having fun in beautiful environments with your friends and family and like-minded energetic outdoor people.

“The first event takes place on April 7 at Albert Falls Dam,” said Event Organisers Max Cluer Sports Marketing. Participants may choose between the MULTISPORT and the MULTIX events. The full course MULTISPORT comprises of a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and five-kilometre paddle, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km paddle.

The MULTI-X caters for the non-paddlers and comprises of a five-kiloemtre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run and also offers a half-distance event.

The stand alone TRAIL RUN options (five km / 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.

With full catering and beverages on offer, ablution facilities, medical and safety standards to spec and fantastic giveaways, Max Cluer Sports Marketing strives to offer their participants a value for money package and a “feel good” experience.

Pre-entries close on Thursday, April 4 with t-shirts up for grabs to the first 200 entrants (in selected events).

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