Fun in the sun and tumble in the rocks at Cascades Eliminator

2011-02-26 00:00

FUN in the sun (and a few tumbles in the rocks) were the order of the day at Cascades last Sunday morning, when more than 30 riders turned out for the first MTB XC Eliminator event.

In the preliminary heats, the top four and bottom two riders went through to the grand final, which resulted in James Reid taking line honours, followed by Andrew Warr and Luke Roberts. Among the women Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt, Alexis Zorab and Mikaela Jonsson thrashed it out for the takings.

This was the first official opportunity for riders to get a taste of what’s in store for the CSA National Cross-Country Cup on April 16, which leads on to the UCI MTB World Cup on the same course from April 22.

SA’s top Triathletes head for Midlands Ultra triathlon

Pre-entries have closed for the 2011 Future Life K-Swiss Midlands Ultra Triathlon at Midmar Dam next Sunday. Six hundred athletes have entered for the gruelling race.

Past winning couple Claire and Kent Horner have secured their place in the starting line-up, but will have tough opposition from Gerhard de Bruin and KZN’s Brad Storm and Glen Gore.

Claire Horner won the 2009 and 2010 events, with her training partner and husband Kent winning the event in 2009.

The 2010 men’s winner Brad Storm will be looking to defend his title against Horner and De Bruin.

There are two races on the day, the Ultra race or half-Ironman distance race, which consists of a 1,9 km swim, a four-lap 90 km cycle and a two-lap 21 km run. The second race, will be a sprint distance race, consisting of a 600-metre swim, 22,5 km cycle and a five-kilometre run.

Although entries have closed, athletes wishing to compete in a team or individually can do a late registration next Saturday at Midmar Dam between 10 am and 3 pm. No late entries will be taken on the day of the event.

For more information visit www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports at 031 764 1885.

Xterra SA Champs at Grabouw today

Top local and international Xterra athletes will be lining up for the Duesouth Xterra SA Champioships at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club near Stellenbosch today.

South African Xterra legend Conrad Stoltz made history in October 2010 when he became the first athlete to be crowned Xterra World Champion for the fourth time.

According to Stoltz, he is in good form and looking forward to competing at Grabouw.

“All-rounders will love the mountain bike course in Grabouw as it features a bit of everything from climbs, to flats, single track, rocks and sand. Personally, I love the technical single track. The run route is tough and features an enjoyable river crossing followed by a huge mountain climb that always keeps me humble. Xterra is such a great sport.” Stoltz said.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain biking action is out at Wartburg this morning with the Cyclelab Wartburg MTB Classic.

ROAD CYCLING

The Ryan Maullin Cyclelab/Battery Centre Midmar Notts Cycle 80 km Challenge takes place tomorrow morning from Midmar Dam.

There is also the 30 km ride for the younger categories and fun riders.

Entries and registration are at Midmar Dam between 5.30 am and 6.45 am. Contact Wayne Bryant on 083 310 4258.

MULTISPORT

The aQuellé Epworth Mudman is the next stop in the aQuellé Mudman Series next Sunday.

The event offers the usual full distance (750-metre swim or four-kilometre paddle, 20 km mountain bike ride and a five-kilometre trail run) and half-distance (375 m swim or two-kilometre paddle, 10 km mtb and 2,5 km trail run), open to teams and individuals.

The full distance race begins at 9 am, followed by the half-distance at 9.30 am, U10s at 11.30 am, U9-U7s at 11.45 am, and U6-U4s at noon. Enter the race at www.roag.co.za by Wednesday, March 2.

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