Mountain biking splendour

2010-08-28 00:00

MOUNTAIN Splendour Eco-Resort in the Central Drakensberg provi­ded the ideal venue for a fabulous weekend of spectacular mountain biking.

This was an event that catered for all ages, sizes and abilities.

The event kicked off with a 15 km night race on Friday. Spectators, who were able to see about 80% of the race, marvelled at the meandering bike lights weaving along the twisting track.

It was no surprise to see technically proficient Tyronne White (SAfindit) emerge victorious ahead of juniors Stefan van Eck in second place and last year’s winner, Travis Boden, in third. Savannah Schuit, a sub-junior, comfortably won the women’s race.

Saturday morning saw the introduction of cross-country lap racing for the first time. Youth rider Bradley Schuit convincingly won the three-lap race with local master Harko de Boer in second and sub-junior James Damant in third.

Schuit had a storming ride finishing fourth overall and winning the women’s race. Mikaela Johnson finished second and Rochelle van Eck third.

After riding together for almost the entire five laps, Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) pulled away on the last climb to narrowly win by 20 seconds over White. Carl Calverley (Subaru/Wsquared) had a strong ride to finish in third.

Andrea de Boer was the first women home.

Sunday morning saw the stan­dard races on offer — a 10 km Family Ride, a 20 km Intermediate race and 40 km Classic. The 20 km route was more demanding with some testing climbs and more technical single-track sections. Boden won this race with youth rider Carl Donaldson in second and sub-junior Matthew de Matteis in third. Schuit again dominated the women’s race. Van Eck and Candy Sclanders placed second and third respectively.

The 40 km event is known for it’s tough and challenging course and this year was no different. With a total climbing of 900 m over 40 km, the participants were in for a demanding day on the bike. The pace was set early by Hill with an attack up the first climb. This split the field with Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness) and White the only riders to respond. The three settled into a good solid pace with Hill driving the group.

The attack came at 10 km to go, with Warr making the first move. Hill was the only rider to respond and maintain the high tempo set by Warr. By the top of the big climb Warr had a 30-second lead on Hill who had dropped off slightly on the steep sections of the climb.

The time gaps stayed as is for the finishing time with the exception of White who had made an incorrect turn some nine kilometres to the finish. This resulted in his losing two minutes to the leaders, although he still maintained his third place on the podium. In the women’s race, Beverley Wood had a great ride to finish ahead of Andrea de Boer and Kirsty Scott respectively.

Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge

Durban hosted the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend.

Crossing the finish line in first place for the Elite Men and overall winner for the day was Team Medscheme hero Hanko Kachelhoffer, completing the race in two hours, 25 minutes and 56 seconds. Bradley Potgieter (MTN Energade) placed second in the sprint finish ahead of David Maree (Medscheme).

The winner of the Elite Women’s race was South Africa’s top cyclist Joanne van der Winkel along with Biogen Toyota team-mate Lynette Burger in second place. Claire Matthews placed third.

The highlight of the day was the participation of 40 Engen petrol pump attendants, all sponsored by Engen, to take part in the race. Each pump attendant was given a bike along with Engen racing gear; it was a picture perfect moment when all of them crossed the start line in unison.

Log onto www.edcc.co.za or www.cyclelab.za to view all the times and results. — SUPPLIED.

 

MULTISPORT

The fourth and final event in the Time Freight Multi-sport Series takes place next Sunday September 5. Enter early to secure your quality event T-shirt. Participants may choose between the Multisport and the Multix 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 Multix caters for the non-paddlers and comprises a five km trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run and also offers a half-distance event.

Further information, route maps, entries and more on www.maxcluer.com

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander MTB Adventure weekend is taking place in Howick this weekend.

Today’s programme includes the five kilometre, 10 km and 20 km Bush & Bundu trail runs with the 20 km MTB Night race this evening. Tomorrow offers the 45 km Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander MTB Classic, the 35 km Meander, 25 km Intermediate race, 10 km fun ride and two km family ride or walk

Entries and further information available on www.HowickHighlander.co.za.

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