Fun endurance at Cascades to help MTB Trails

2012-01-14 00:00

TRIATHLON

RECORD numbers turned out for the Suncoast Multisport Series final at Suncoast beach in Durban last weekend. Nearly 180 Olympic distance triathletes took to the sea for the 1,5 km swim, before challenging the 40 km cycle route and the 10 km run route.

Henri Schoeman won the men’s race, beating Glen Gore and Gilbert Quevilliers into second and third respectively. Lauren Dance travelled from Gauteng to win the women’s race, beating Janine Carey and Kim Watchurst.

In the sprint distance event, 130 athletes took part over the more manageable distance.

SA Duathlete John Nthuli won the Duathlon ahead of Juan Botsis while Annette Hoyer won the women’s race ahead of Gay Anderson. Fifty rookies entered, racing over a 200m swim, five kilometre cycle and 1,25 km run course.

The first event of the 2012 Suncoast Multisport Series takes place on the March 25. Entries will be open from the February 13 on www.bactive.com.

Triathletes will gear themselves for the Midlands ULTRA Triathlon Series taking place at Midmar Dam on March 4.

The event comprises a series of two events, the second on October 7. Although a series, both events will have separate prize money allocations and will be run independently.

At each of the events, an Ultra and Sprint race will be staged.

The Ultra race will consist of a 1,9 km swim, 90 km cycle and a 21km run. The Sprint race, will consist of a 600m swim, 20 km cycle and a five kilometre run.

This “Tri-Series” will give competitors an exciting long distance tri-series to work towards throughout the year.

All levels of athletes will enjoy this unique race set in a spectacular and beautiful environment.

A broad range of categories are open that cater for top athletes, weekend warriors as well as relay teams.

With a healthy prize purse of R35 000, all of SA’s top triathletes will be battling it out. For more information on the event and to enter, go to www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports at

info@midlandsultra.com.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

KZN-MTB will be hosting the KZN MTB Endurance Team Relay (a fun Cross Country event) next Sunday (January 22) at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg.

The course is about five kilometres long and easy to moderate in difficulty, making it an event for the whole family. Its also a great way to get into the swing of cross country before the season starts.

Teams of two or three will have a time limit to complete as many laps as possible. For U14 and younger this will be four hours and for Juniors and above, eight hours.

This will be easy to do as riders will do a lap and then rest for one or two laps, depending on how many in the team. There will be multiple detours, shortcuts, road blocks and pit stops along the route, these features being “engineered” to help level the playing field between the racing snakes and the fun riders.

Participants are encouraged to improve their general knowledge and bring a sense of humour on “race day”. The emphasis is on having a fun day outdoors and riding our bikes with friends and family. Funds raised at this event will go towards maintaining the Cascades Trails in 2012.

For more info please contact Nick on 082 776 1101. Entries on www.roag.co.za.

The first MTB classic of the season is the Subaru MTB Classic taking place on Sunday, January 29 from Cedara College in Hilton.

Entries on www.roag.co.za.

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