Off-road rendezvous

2008-05-02 00:00

The Juicy Lucy Mid-Illovo Off-Road MTB Challenge was off to an excellent start with the inaugural event last weekend boasting a field of 820 riders, which far exceeded the organisers’ expectations.

This race drew in riders from far and wide, who all enjoyed the day out in the beauty of the Mid-Illovo area.

A minute’s silence was held to honour Linda de Beer, who died tragically in a recent cycling accident.

The 40 km race provided a challenging course. Andrew Warr emerged the overall winner of the Classic ahead of David Leiman and Jedson Tooms. Well-known multi-sporter Jeannie Bomford was the comfortable winner in the women’s race with local Melanie Palframan second and Ursula Morris third.

A positive initiative by local farmers was the entry of 10 development riders who took part in both the 18 and 40 km routes. They fared well and will benefit from the experience of the ride.

The 18 km race, which was ridden mostly in the beautiful Gwahumbe Game Reserve, was a popular choice and there was a fast race between Murray Starr and David Krone to the finish, who agreed to a first place tie. The women’s race was won by Michell Crichton.

There was also a very good turn out for the Ola Milky Lane Kids’ race.

Race results: www.juicylucy.co.za

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