Greytown rider takes All African MTB junior title

2012-05-12 00:00

IT was a dream come true for Patrick Belton as he was crowned All African Junior MTB Champion at the UCI All African Championships in Mauritius last weekend.

Belton, who hails from Seven Oaks near Greytown, has come of age this season, showing steady improvement and consistent form to culminate in a fantastic performance by winning the Junior Men’s race in 1:5:15, followed by Hillcrest pupil Kyle Dorkin (1:08:36) and the Paarl Valley’s Paul Rodenbach third (1:08:52).

South African riders dominated all the categories, with Philip Buys winning the Elite Men’s title, Candice Neethling the Elite Women and Linda van Wyk the Junior Women’s title.

Results on www.cyclingsa.com.

In the Starke Ayres Greytown Classic last weekend, Tyronne White showed great form to win in 1:57:39. The top South African multisporter finished about one minute, 30 seconds ahead of Carl Calverley (1:59:14) with Mark Malherbe third (1:59:15).

Angela Egeland claimed the women’s honours in a time of 2:25:33, with Tamryn Taylor second (2:33:43) and Shale Biggs in third place (2:34:33).

The 25km race was won by Daniel Carleton (59:34) with Junior Thomas Jessop second (1:00:27) and Mark Walker in third (1:4:03). Sue Malherbe was the first woman home.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Boston MTB Challenge takes place tomorrow morning from the Boston Club. This event is not timed and is not a race, but it is a fantastic opportunity for riders to enjoy some great riding about a 30-minute drive from Pietermaritzburg. Riders can choose a 50 km, 26 km, 10 km or five kilometre rides. Late entries will be taken between 6 am and 8 am, with the first riders starting from 8am.

More info at www.roag.co.za

Next up is the Husqvarna MTB Classic, which takes place on Sunday, May 20, from the Mid-Illovo Club. The following events are on offer: the 40 km Husqvarna Classic; 18 km Gwahumbe Family Fun Ride; 10 km MTB Kids race; and 18 km and eight kilometre iNsingizi Trails Runs. Entries and details at www.roag.co.za.

A new and exciting event on the MTB calendar is the Intaba Ridge MTB Classic and Trail Runs on Saturday, May 26.

Intaba Ridge is a private game estate just outside Pietermaritzburg in the scenic Bisley Valley. Mountain bikers and trail runners have the opportunity to discover some virgin trails, freshly prepared by master track builder Jan Abbott of Clearwater Trails.

Participants have the choice of a trail run of 10 or five kilometres starting at 7 am or the 40 km, 20 km or 10 km MTB rides, which start from 9 am.

Salomon T-shirts to the first 100 entries received in the 20 km or 40 km MTB races. Entries at www.roag.co.za and more info at www.maxcluer.com

Sunday, May 27, is the Compendium MTB Derby, which takes place from the Shongweni Polo Club in Hillcrest.

The standard three events are on offer — 40 km, 20 km and 10 km. No late entries will be accepted on the day and pre-entries close on May 23. Those entering before the May 18 will pay a reduced entry fee. Details at www.roag.co.za.

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