Gauteng riders dominate Amashova Cycle Classic

2011-10-22 00:00

LAST weekend’s Amashova Cycle Classic came down to a head-to-head confrontation between Johannesburg-based Nolan Hoffmann and Herman Fouché, with Hoffman coming out tops after a sprint to the finish.

Hoffman dominated the sprint to the finish, winning in a time of 2:24:08.

The leading woman was Ashleigh Moolman, who took top honours in a time of 2:49:06 ahead of Joanna van de Winkel and Lisa Olivier in third place.

The race celebrated its 25th anniversary this year on the famous route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

This year’s race proved a difficult one in the wet conditions at the start, which resulted in the riders completing the 106 km route in slightly slower finish times.

Cyclists went to interesting lengths to “Help start a new story”. After 38 km, during the East Coast Radio family fun ride, riders dropped all sorts of shiny new toys into the ECR Toy Story boxes at the finish line. As part of the station’s initiative the toys will be distributed to children in need across the province

With over 10 000 riders participating in this year’s event and R100 000 in prize money, the Amashova Durban Cycle event certainly ended on a high.

The organisers of the Msunduzi Road Challenge cycle race, which takes place in Pietermaritzburg next weekend, have expanded the masters’ age categories for the event to accommodate demand for recognition in the UCI World Cycle Tour event.

Cycling South Africa has agreed to expand the individual age class for men and women to include separate classes for riders older than 50 years of age, in five-year batches.

The oldest age groups will range from 65+ up to 85-89 years.

The Lake Eland Super Classic takes place next weekend and offers a full weekend of races with five kilometre, 14 km and 21 km trail runs on offer on Saturday and 45 km, 25 km, 14 km and five kilometre MTB races on Sunday.

The Triple Challenge celebrates its 10th year on Sunday, November 6. This multisport ultra offers a 20 km trail run between Pietermaritzburg and Camperdown, followed by a 53 km MTB leg to Inanda Dam and either a

18 km paddle (multisport race) or seven kilometre trail run.

The event is open to individuals and team combinations.

New this year is the stand-alone challenge trail run and challenge mountain bike which allows individuals to take on the challenge of these legs on their own.

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