Hill fights hard for victory

2013-08-17 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

DESPITE showers the night before the annual aQuelle Tour de Krantz race in Harburg last Saturday, scores of riders still showed up for the sixth race in the Quattro ROAG Series to fight for their positions. Winning overall and holding on tightly to his number one overall male position in the series, last year’s winner Andrew Hill fought hard to claim his victory.

Hill’s winning time of one hour, 57 minutes and 52 seconds was a mere two seconds clear of Travis Walker with Tyrone Bird claiming third.

Brenda Potts, who claimed fourth place overall at the race, held onto her number one overall women’s position in the Quattro ROAG Series. Jeannie Bomford claimed the top spot in a time of 2:18,48, and is currently sitting second in the series, while Eszter Erdelyi came second and is currently coming third in the series.

Young Timothy Nefdt rode out of C batch to claim the honours in the 25 km race, while second place went to Dylan Williams with Aaron Wood third. Tiffany Keep was the first woman home ahead of Sabine Thies with Courtney Smith taking third.

• With this past weekend’s action from the Mont-Sainte-Anne leg of the UCI MTB World Cup season having now wrapped up in Canada, all of the world’s MTB fraternity’s attention has now turned to Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, as the region prepares to host both the UCI MTB Masters World Championships and the premier MTB event on the calendar, the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships. For many local amateur over 30s, the Masters spectacle will be the greatest stage they ever take to and with the heightened chances of the various age groups’ world champion striped jerseys going the way of South African riders, the buzz among the local MTB community has risen exponentially in recent weeks.

However, despite the bulk of the mammoth 581 entries coming from local riders (424), the entry has not only caught the attention of local authorities, but the International Cycling Union (UCI) as well. With 157 riders from 29 nations set to join the local competitors in South Africa’s “Bike City”, it would appear the sport’s international body is greatly satisfied with the number. With South Africa contributing the most entries, other African entries come from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. Other nations include the Phillipines, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

The UCI MTB & Trials World Championships take place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from August 26 to September 1, and are preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from August 21 to August 25. Tickets for the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships can be purchased via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za

MULTISPORT

The weather could not have been better for the third and final event in the Varsity College Multisport Series, which took place at Eston Club on Sunday.

The trail runners were the first to break the tracks as they set off to a chilly start. Fresh off winning the junior women at the KZN Cross-Country Championships the previous afternoon, the talented Gena Lofstrand was first home overall in the five-kilometre trail run, while Jody Taylor led the men home.

The regulars were back in action in the 15 km trail run with Mdu Zondi and Owen Bengo taking their third successive one-two positions, while respected triathlete Donovan van Gelder placed third overall. Wendy Morgan was first woman home ahead of Nonsikelelo Mbambo (who is recovering from a dog bite) and Babongile Memela in third.

With the change of venue from Albert Falls Dam to Eston Club, the multisport race had to be cancelled due to the lack of water facility. However, the Multi-X athletes were out in force to take on the fast tracks and trails through the sugar cane lands.

It was none other than Xterra racer Tyrone White who held off a strong challenge to win the Multi-X Long Course over a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run. The women’s race was a copy-paste from the previous event with Kim Westbrook claiming her second successive win. In the Short Course Multi-X, Dean Wortmann claimed a solid win ahead of Campbell van Rooyen while Tiffany Keep was a worthy winner in the women’s race ahead of her rival and friend Courtney Smith.

The fast winning time for the 40 km Mountain Bike race was indication not only of the fast open course, but also the quality of the winning rider in Luke Roberts, who was obviously putting in some last-minute speed training ahead of the UCI MTB World Championships. Linda Potts was the winning woman.

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