Knox wins second successive marathon

2012-09-29 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

MAX Knox underlined his status as SA’s top marathon racer when he took his second successive victory at the MTN Hilton Dirt Fest last weekend.

Racing over a distance of 110 km, Knox took a sprint finish win ahead of Kevin Evans, with Rwandan Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti third.

The women raced over the 75 km marathon distance with Olympian Candice Neethling taking the honours from Theresa Ralph and Nedene Cahill. In the men’s 75 km marathon, it was James Reid taking the win from Lourens Luus and Travis Walker.

Junior rider Dylan Rebello was first home in the 43 km marathon, followed by Mathew Schofield and the first youth rider Alan Hatherly.

USA rider Kendall Ryan, essentially a road cyclist, surprised herself with a win in the women’s race over the 43 km distance. Second was youth rider Bianca Haw, who added another title to her name, finishing second overall but being the first youth women home just six seconds behind Ryan. Junior rider Linda van Wyk was third.

Full race results are available at www.advendurance.com.

The final event in the MiWay MTB Big Five Series, the Kwambo Lion MTB Race, takes place in Kwambonambi tomorrow, with the 50 km starting at 8.30 am, followed by the 25 km and the 10 km at 8.45 am. Late entries will be taken at registration between 6 am and 8 am. Further info at www.roag.co.za.

CYCLING

THE Time Freight Wartburg Road Race, formerly the Midmar Notts race, is tomorrow, starting from the Wartburger Hof/Orien Hotel. The event offers a 82 km distance (for those preparing for the Amashova Cycle race on October 14) and a shorter race of 25 km for the youngsters and novices. Late entries will be taken at registration between 5 am and 7 am, with the first batch (tandem 82 km) starting at 6.50 am.

Durban’s inter-provincial track cycling is set to attract the sport’s top guns. The KZN track cycling fraternity hosts the KwaZulu-Natal inter-provincial and grand prix at the Cyril Geogehan track in Durban on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and13.

South Africa’s top track cyclists can be seen in action for honours in the various track cycling events, beginning with the 1 500 m, devil, scratch, keirin, team pursuit, points 7,5 km and points 10 km, scratch five kilometre, team sprint and madison 15 km on Friday evening. High-end action and excitement continues on Saturday across all the age categories, with men and women racing in the Junior to 60+ categories in the 1 500 m race, 15 km scratch race, sprint and devil and the 1 500 m race, individual pursuit, sprint and five kilometre scratch race.

Schools will also have their time to shine on Saturday when the U10 to U16 categories take to the track in the 500 m bunch race, 1 500 m bunch race and the five kilometre scratch race, with the para-cyclists taking part in the 500 m time trial and 2000 m pursuit.

Entries close on Friday, October 5 and no late entries will be taken. Registration for the inter-provincial takes place on Friday, October 12 at 5 pm, with racing starting at 6 pm. Registration for the grand prix is on Saturday, October 13 at 9 am, with racing from 10 am.

For more information, contact Bianca Kritzinger at 083 660 9172.

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