Large field honours Stander

2013-07-06 00:00


LUKE Roberts won the Burry Stander Memorial Sardine MTB Classic on the South Coast last weekend. His winning time of one hour, 42 minutes and 23 seconds for the 42 km race gave him a one-minute lead over second-placed Andrew Hill (1:43,21), with Andrew Warr taking third place (1:43,30).

The women’s race was won by young Hayley Smith, in a time of two hours, six minutes and 54 seconds. Eszter Erdelyi chased home for second place just 10 seconds back (2:07,04), with veteran Brenda Potts in third place (2:09.12).

Brian Sclanders (youth) and Courtney Smith (sub-junior) were the respective winners of their 20 km races.

The event enjoyed beautiful weather and a great venue (Port Edward Holiday Resort), but most importantly, the support of cyclists around the country for this inaugural MTB race in honour of Burry Stander.

As part of the Roag Series, event organiser Nicole Talbot said: “The Burry Stander Sardine Classic was the fifth race in the 2013 edition of the Quattro Roag Series. It was a huge success that generated a lot of interest from some of the top riders in KZN.”

It was weird, wacky and fun. It was anything but conventional, and everything that makes riding a one-geared mountain bike truly magnificient. It was the Single Speed South African Nationals, held at Cowan House in Hilton last Saturday. While the racing is not considered the top priority in single-speed racing, someone has to be first across the line. In this case, it was Gauteng rider Nic White who claimed the title of South African Single Speed Champion. Roan Exelby, who had a broken leg earlier in the year, made a notable return to claim second place, ahead of single-speed guru Kim Phillips. Everyone after third is considered fourth, true to single-speed rules. The women’s title went to Nedene Cahill, who upset the defending World Single Speed Champion Amy-Beth McDougall. Kim Westbrook was the third woman home.

The Creighton Aloe Festival MTB Fun Ride takes place tomorrow morning. “Join us on a scenic 15 km or 30 km meander through the stunning farming areas of Creighton and Underbush,” said event organiser Graham Carr. “See Marriot Falls, dairy farms, Mondi Hill and more. The first 100 entries get a free T-shirt.” Carr said that once riders get back to the clubhouse, they can enjoy lunch, drinks and market stalls with local produce and clothing. “Also available will be hot-air balloon rides, helicopter flips, a children’s area and an evening dinner party. The local steam train running in the morning is a sight that is not to be missed.

“See for more details,” he said.


The Hypersure Toti 69er Cycle Race will be a prestigious cycle race on the upper South Coast next Sunday. The race will start and finish at Hutchison Park, Amanzimtoti, and the route will use the R102 “coastal road” from Amanzimtoti, past Scottburgh, to Sezela and back. Typical South Coast winter weather brings temperatures of between 15º Celsius and 25º Celsius. The event was first hosted in 2002 and has become a firm favourite. The Amanzimtoti Cycle Club have built up an enviable reputation for rider safety on their races. The majority of the safety marshalls on the road are Toti Cycle Club members, who know the potential dangers inherent in a cycle race of this kind. The race is highly regarded by competitive riders as it has always produced exciting racing at the front of the field. Recreational cyclists are also well catered for, with safety marshalls keeping them safe on the picturesque route. For entries and information, log onto

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