MTB ‘raw and unplugged’

2013-06-01 00:00

IN a battle of the provinces, Cape Town’s Lourens Luus of RE:CM edged ahead on the final climb to claim victory from local rider and defending champion Andrew Hill at a closely contested Compendium MTB Derby held in and around Shongweni on Sunday.

Luus’s team-mate, Waylon Woolcock, claimed third with another local, Andrew Warr, fourth after experiencing mechanical failure during the second half of the course.

These four riders and Erik Kleinhans quickly built a lead over a field of just over 1 000 riders on the first climb of the race. Kleinhans crashed after about 14 km, injuring his knee, leaving the four to fight for line honours.

In the tight single-track section of Giba Gorge, Hill and Luus managed to get a small gap, and then on the final steep climb up to the finish, the 21-year-old Luus was able to make the race-winning break and set up his victory to take the win.

Jeannie Bomford continued her good run to take the women’s honours, while Eszter Erdelyi claimed second place just ahead of Brenda Potts.

In the 23 km event, Brian Sclanders claimed the victory over Aaron Michell, but the heroine of the day was young sub-junior Tiffany Keep, who showed the boys a thing or two by finishing third overall.

The Sappi Howick MTB Classic takes place tomorrow morning and is set to roll out its traditional challenging mountain biking routes, maximising its catch phrase, “Raw and unplugged mountain biking”. Howick Mountain Bike Club have delivered two longer race routes for those who thrive on challenging mountain biking with lots of single track.

For the younger set, the 10 km route provides a challenging race, along the Umgeni River conservancy area. Late entries will be taken at registration from 6 am with the 40 km race the first off at 8.30 am.

The third event in the Momentum Health Cross-country (XCO) and Greg Minnaar Downhill KZN MTB Series takes place at the Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, on June 8.

All entries will be taken at Information about the events can be found at Entries will also be taken at the venue on the day from 6 am. For queries, call Vicky Peddle at KZN Mountain Biking at 082 896 6864 or e-mail


THE second event in the Varsity College Multisport Series takes place on June 9 at Shongweni Dam. Participants may choose between the Multisport and the Multi-X events.

The full-course multisport comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and five-kilometre paddle, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km paddle. The Multi-X caters for the non-paddlers and comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and another 2,5 km trail run, and also offers a half-distance event. The stand-alone trail run options (five kilometres and 15 km) and MTB races (40 km, 20 km and 10 km) are again on offer for those individuals who prefer to concentrate on one discipline.

Shongweni Dam is almost midway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in an idyllic setting, with the tranquil waters of the dam flanked by steep hillsides. The course provides some challenging hills and thrilling single tracks, but is negotiable for all abilities at the right pace. Details at

South Africa swept both the men’s and women’s podiums at the ATU African Championships in Agadir, Morocco, last weekend.

Despite exiting the water more than a minute down on the leaders, Olympian Gillian Sanders posted an impressive bike leg and even stronger run to earn the continental title. Anel Radford led the contingency of women on the swim, but her head start slipped away from her on the run. Radford finished as the runner-up, while Carlyn Fischer rounded out the podium in third.

Henri Schoeman, who recently broke into the top 10 in a World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama, claimed the men’s African Championships title with a wire-to-wire win.

Schoeman and Junior World Champion Wian Sullwald went head-for-head until they hit the run, when Schoeman gained an insurmountable lead, leaving Sullwald with silver. Wikus Weber also stayed with the leaders until the run, when he faded slightly behind for bronze.

Sanders and Schoeman are both born-and-bred KZN athletes, who are from a culture of triathlon and multisport racing. Pietermaritzburg’s Kenneth Curr, Sanders’s father, one of South Africa’s most respected and highly acclaimed triathletes, took the honours in his age group.

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