Frost wins five-event race in Enduro Series

2013-11-02 00:00

CYCLING

AS The Witness reported this week, Francois Geldenhuys (Port Elizabeth) produced the fastest overall time in the road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge last Sunday, after winning the time trial on Saturday in gloomy conditions in Noodsberg.

With qualification for the 2014 UCI World Cycling Tour Final up for grabs, everyone was keeping their cards close to their chests and jostling for places in their age groups as opposed to overall positions.

Adolf Krige took second place 47 seconds behind Geldenhuys with local rider Kevin Benkenstein taking a deserved third place.

In the women’s race, Junita Venter produced a dominant display to claim the fastest time when she came home in 03:09:49, which gave her the double after she was the fastest during the time trial on Saturday. Former world champion and future mother-in-law to Chris Froome, Pauline Cound, managed a second place in the combined women’s 109 km race.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The second event in the Enduro Series South Africa took place at the Cascades MTB Park last Sunday. Hilton Frost recorded the fastest accumulated splits of the five-event race with a time of 16 minutes and 26 seconds. Sam Bull was next fastest (16:54), followed by Tiaan Odendaal (17:20). In the women’s race, it was Elja van Urk from Gauteng taking the win ahead of young Tiffany Keep with Ashleigh Moffatt third. Jacques Dreyer took the win on the three-stage event.

Enduro Racing is gaining popularity amongst the mountain bikers as it appeals to a cross-section of disciplines from BMX, downhill and cross-country racers. The basic concept is to only get timed on the downhill portions of the course but the rider needs to pedal to the start of each timed section. The timed portions are predominantly downhill and are not super technical so even a regular hard-tail mountain bike will handle the course.

• Despite a gloomy, damp, and overcast early start, the Pam Golding Properties Sani Transfrontier Epic welcomed a field of over 100 mountain bikers to the foot of the Sani Pass in KwaZulu-Natal to enjoy one of two unique and challenging mountain bike rides. The race for the honours went down to a sprint, which saw Bryce Jackson take the win in a time of two hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds, just one second ahead of Dumisani Kheswa (2:41:36). Third place went to 16-year-old Kyran Kraupner, who crossed the line just a few minutes behind (2:44:07). Underberg rider Laurin Mingay took an impressive win in the women’s race in 3:21:28. Cally da Costa placed second (3:29:37) with Janine Louwrens third (3:31:12).

• The KZN MTB Classic, which was scheduled to take place at the Cascades MTB Park tomorrow morning, has been cancelled.

• The BestMed Ballito Expedition (formerly the KZN Expedition) has moved to Ballito to accommodate out-and-back routes and now offers a challenging 50 km race and a 25 km race on November 9.

• Mountain bikers can look forward to a weekend of riding at Mountain Splendour in the Central Drakensberg over the weekend of November 15 to 17. The action starts on Friday evening with a 15 km night ride, Saturday includes 20 km and 7,5 km trail runs and Sunday is the 40 km, 20 km and 10 km MTB races. Entries and further info on www.roag.co.za

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