PMB’s Stewart wins Illovo Eston Classic

2011-08-13 00:00

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KZN’s biggest one-day classic, the Illovo Eston MTB Classic, was won by Pietermaritzburg-based pro rider Brandon Stewart in two hours, 13 minutes and 53 seconds.

Fighting to the finish, Philip Buys and Burry Stander raced across the line in the same time of 2:14:44 for second and third place. The first junior home was the talented Brendon Davids (2:21:22) and Namibian Mannie Heymans the first veteran (2:26:22). After Steward Mathew Goetsch was first sub-veteran home (2:29:53) and Greg Anderson won the masters (2:40:57).

Candice Neethling won the women’s race (2:41:33) ahead of rising junior star Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt (2:54:27) and Nedene Cahill in third (2:57:17).

In the 40 km race Luke Roberts stole the honours from over 500 competing riders, coming in at 1:26:41 ahead of Murray Starr (1:33:26) and Jedson Tooms (1:33:42). Bianca Haw crossed the line first in the women’s race, placing 19th overall to win in a time of 1:51:31. Then came Hayley Smith (1:52,08) and Savannah Schuit (1:56,56).

Michael Ferreira and Cathryn Doherty-Bigara were the respective winners of the huge field of over 800 riders who raced the 18 km.

At the 12th Imana Wild Ride, which took place on the Wild Coast last week, four-time defending champion Nick Floros and his partner Iain Don-Wauchope lost after a four-day battle to Tyrone White and Sean Merredew.

The Imana is SA’s only unmarked mountain biking stage race with simple rules — don’t stray more than two kilometres inland and keep the ocean on your right. The defending champs’ knowledge of this intricate route was not enough to top the powerful duo of White and Merredew, who dominated three of the four stages. Third-placed Craig Woods and Jan Schutte did their homework to pull two perfect sneaks on the third and fourth stages.

Keeping things in the family, the mixed honours went to Brenda Potts and Russell White (Tyrone’s father) who fought off a strong challenge from last year’s runners-up Lindsay Chicken and Bjorn Vye. Third went to a determined Ann Harrison and Paul Jacobs.

In conjunction with the Wild Ride Education Company, the title sponsor Imana Foods donated four new classrooms to Madakeni Junior Secondary School outside Coffee Bay, while the event raised more than R300 000 to improve educational facilities along the route.

More details at www.wildride.co.za.

Due to public demand organisers of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race have announced a special non-racing solo category. In a departure from the first two editions the 2012 event, which starts on April 27, will have a limited field of individual riders.

Said organiser Craig Wapnick, “We’ve had a lot of requests from international riders, media representatives and people in small towns who struggle to find suitable partners to commit to the challenge.

“Thanks to our easily accessible route and off-road rescue support, solo riders will have good back-up and assistance if needed.”

Enter at www.joberg2c.co.za, twitter on joberg2cjourno, or join on facebook.com/joberg2c.

Mountain biking

The aQuellé Tour de Krantz takes place next Saturday from Harburg and offers three events: 45 km Super Classic, 25 km Intermediate and Farmer’s Agricare 10 km fun ride. Entries close on www.roag.co.za on Wednesday. For details call Marie du Toit at 076 655 7080.

The Cowan House MTB Classic takes place from Cowan House School in Hilton tomorrow morning. It’s a must-do event for all single-track lovers because it takes in the best of Hilton’s famous tracks. The 40 km classic starts at 8.30 am followed by the 20 km at 9.15 am and the 10 km at 9.45 am. Registration opens from 6.30 am. The field is limited to 1 000 entries, who start in batches. More at www.cowanhousemtb.co.za

Multisport

The second event in the Time Freight Multisport Series takes place at Shongweni Dam on August 21. Participants choose between 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 comprises 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-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run, as well as a half-distance event.

The Kids Multisport Dash offers youngsters between seven and 11 years their own taste of multisport. Bring your mountain bike and helmet, running shoes and canoe and lifejacket (if doing the Multisport event) for a great day of fun and exercise with family and friends. For details and entries, log on to www.maxcluer.com.

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