In a league of his own

2011-02-05 00:00

FOUR-TIME Xterra World Champion Conrad Stoltz proved in a league of his own when he won the Due South Xterra at Buffelspoort, Gauteng in an astonishing two hours, 14 minutes, two seconds.

Defending SA Xterra champ Dan Hugo came in second, while Lieuwe Boonstra finished third.

Carla van Huyssteen took a convincing win in the women’s race.

Said Stoltz: “I really enjoyed the Buffelspoort route as it featured a bit of everything. I had a good swim followed by a quick transition onto the mountain bike discipline.

Van Huyssteen led the individual women’s race from the start, crossing the line in an impressive 2:40:58. Riana De Lange came in second, while Carla Rowley finished third.

Craig Andrews took gold in the individual men’s category of the Duesouth Xterra Lite in 1:25:33.

Dylan Pivo came in second, while Thomas Dreyer finished third. Bernelee Swart took the women’s race in 1:49:18, with Lezette Nortje second.

 

BARBERTON MTB CLASSIC

Max Knox (DCM) proved that hard work pays off when he won the MTN Barberton ultra-marathon (120 km) for the third consecutive year on Saturday.

The manner in which Knox completed his hat-trick of victories was uncanny and almost a carbon copy of the year before.

This time round, though, it was no surprise when Knox made his attack at the foot of the second serious climb of the day, at about 40 kilometres from the finish.

His acceleration up the mountain was so severe that nobody could stick to his wheel. Only David George (360Life) attempted to catch up with Knox, but it was soon clear that he did not have the legs to do it. Knox won in 5:6:0, George hung on to finish second and Mannie Heymans (Garmin-adidas) was third.

Eszter Erdelyi-Cluer (MTN-Qhubeka) won the women’s marathon with team-mate Yolandé Speedy finishing second and Ariane Luthi (Contego) third.

 

CYCLING

The second event in the KZN Lassen Series takes place from Camperdown tomorrow morning. The first race (U10 to U16, women, vet men 50+ and tandems) starts at 6.30 am and the second race (elite men, junior men, U23 men, vet men 30-49) at 8.30 am. All timing by Mr Price timing, no chip — no time.

For information contact Michelle Matthews on 084 407 5566).

 

MULTISPORT

The aQuellé Mudman Series gets underway today at Hermannsburg School this afternoon.

This exciting series includes a 750 m swim or four-kilometre paddle (venue dependent), a 20 km mountain bike ride and a five kilometre trail run through beautiful countryside. Athletes can compete as individuals or in teams of three.

The series is primarily a fundraiser for hosting schools Hermannsburg, Cordwalles, Epworth and Durban Preparatory.

Registration is opens between 10 am and 1.30 pm today and will close 30 minutes before each event.

The full distance race starts at 2 pm followed by the half-distance at 2.30 pm. Visit www.mudmansa.co.za for more information.

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