Heidi (17) wins all five stages of Women’s Tour

2012-04-07 00:00

CYCLING

RICHARDS Bay cyclist Heidi Dalton (Toyota CSA Junior women’s team) has successfully defended her title to win the Trac N4 National Junior Women’s Cycle Tour in the Lowveld, Mpumalanga recently.

Dalton claimed the KZN Women’s title earlier this year.

Lynette Burger, her team manager, is not at all surprised that the 17-year-old Dalton again managed to win all five stages of the tour.

“Heidi is a class act. With the right guidance she has the ability to become one of South Africa’s best ever female cyclists.

“For me it is exciting that she already gets opportunities to race internationally.” Last year Dalton impressed by finishing second in a major race in Europe where she shared the podium with the current Junior Girls’ world champion.

Cycling has always been her passion. “It is a sport that our whole family enjoy,” Dalton said.

“My older sister, Danielle, is also a member of the Toyota CSA U23 girls’ team and my parents own two cycling shops. I was about eight years old when I started competing in events. My first race was the Spar to Spar in Richards Bay, which I rode on a mountain bike and won.

“I still remember how excited I was about winning my first medal”.

When asked what she enjoys most about cycling, Dalton said it’s being outdoors. “Cycling has taught me that discipline and hard work pay off, as well as the joy of winning and how to cope with losing.”

Cyclists and mountain bikers can look forward to three days of scenic tour riding at the Midlands Cycle Tour taking place from Nottingham Road next weekend April 13 to 15.

The three-day tour comprises four stages, all out-and-back from the Notties Hotel.

The event is open to the following categories: U16 boys to veteran men and women (elite and veteran women). No CSA racing licence is required. Visit www.midlandstour.co.za for more information.

MULTISPORT

The fourth and final event in the aQuelle Mudman Series takes place at Beaulieu Dam, Richmond next Sunday (April 15). The standard format of the full-distance swim/paddle or half-distance swim/paddle will be on offer. Racing starts at 9 am with registration open between 7 am- 9 am. The Mudskipper race starts at 11.30 am. Entries and further information on www.roag.co.za.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Notties-Himeville 100 km is a new event on the calendar aimed at attracting intermediate to competitive mountain bikers on a truly scenic ride along mostly district roads while taking in the beauty of the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site.

Starting in the iconic Midlands village of Nottingham Road at Clifton School, this route starts off through picturesque farm and forest lands before joining the gravel district road bound for Loteni.

The Umko Valley will prove testing, but the reward of a 13-km downhill and riding through the foothills of the southern Drakensberg more than makes up for this.

Four water tables along the way will keep you fuelled and charging all the way to the finish. For further information and entries go to www.roag.co.za or www.notties-himeville100.com

The Mr Price Karkloof Classic, takes place on the weekend April 20-22. The race is one of the most established MTB events in South Africa, having been around during the transition of the sport from a small, recreational sport, through to the current day mass participation, professional sport.

Karkloof has become known as one of the top mountain biking destinations in the country. Some 200 km of single track and manicured trails have been developed for the race.

In short, Karkloof is the most progressive mountain biking destination in South Africa.

Be sure not to miss out on the action. For further details go to www.karkloofmtb.co.za or entries on www.roag.co.za.

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