Mudman Series: White shows his class

2012-02-11 00:00

MULTISPORT

THE aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman kicked off the aQuellé Mudman Series last weekend.

The event took place at the grounds of Hermannsburg School.

Top South African multisporter Tyrone White showed his class with a convincing win in the full-distance swim event. Second place went to Justin Porteous followed by Mitchell Ginsberg. Su Don-Wauchope was back at the front of the women’s race, taking a solid win to place seventh overall. Sarah Gray was placed second with Kristy Glass in third.

Jedson Tooms won the full-distance paddle event, while Devon Smith won the half-distance paddle.

The half-distance swim attracted the biggest entry with over 200 finishers and was won by Michael Parkinson, while Frankie du Toit was the first women home.

The next event in the series is the Epworth Mudman at Albert Falls Dam on February 26.

A reminder to triathletes still wanting to enter the Midlands Ultra Triathlon Series at Midmar Dam on March 4 that it’s time to get your entry in. With the event now comprising a series of two events, the second event is set for October 7.

Both events will have separate prize money allocations and will be run independently.

At each of the events, an ultra and sprint race will be staged.

The ultra race will consist of a 1,9-km swim, a 90-km cycle and a 21-km run and the sprint-distance race, will consist of a 600-metre swim, a 20-km cycle and a five-kilometre run. This tri-series will give competitors an exciting long distance tri-series to work towards throughout the year.

With a healthy prize purse of R35 000, all of South Africa’s top triathletes will be battling it out for overall line honours. For more information on the event and to enter, go to www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports at

info@midland sultra.com.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Momentum Health XCO Internationals gets under way with the first event at Giba Gorge next weekend. Comprising of three events in four weekends, this initiative is intended to bring the fun and excitement back into cross-country (XCO) mountain biking and to make it accessible to all skill levels.

The second event is at Karkloof Falls from March 3 to 4 and the final event at the Cascades MTB Park from March 10 to 11, in an ideal buildup to the Rocky Roads UCI MTB World Cup the following weekend on the same course.

With R40 000 in prize money at each event, the series will attract riders at the top of the field by providing the perfect platform for elite riders to fine tune their skills and gain some valuable UCI Points in the lead up to the MTB World Cup.

However, each weekend will cater for all levels of riders with the juniors, elites and U23 men and women racing on the Saturday, while racing on Sundays will be open for all other categories.

With master track builder Nick Floros in charge of the routes, riders can expect three world class XCO events right on their doorstep.

Spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the day and cheer on the champions as they blitz around the track.

For entries and further information, go to www.kznmtb.co.za

The Cyclelab Wartburg MTB Classic takes place on February 25.

This tried-and-tested favourite now offers trail runners a 10-km trail run so there is no excuse for the non-cyclists in the family not to participate. Events include the 45-km Cyclelab Classic, the 25-km BP SupaQuick race and the Spur 10 km Fun Ride. Entries are on www.roag.co.za. For further details contact Marie du Toit at 076 655 7080.

CYCLING

Cyclists will be eager to test their racing legs ahead of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour at the Battery Centre Ryan Maullin Memorial Midmar Notts Cycle Race on February 19.

Prize money will be give to the top three in each CSA (10-year) age-group as well as plenty of lucky draws. For entries, go to www.roag.co.za or for race inquiries contact Jill Edwardes at Burg Wheelers Cycling Club at 073 514 3436.

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