Pay day for top riders at John Dory’s Golovane MTB Classic

2011-07-16 00:00

BRANDON Stewart collected one of the biggest prize cheques in the country for a 50 km mountain bike race when he outsprinted Rourke Croeser in a tightly contested John Dory’s Golovane race at Collisheen Estate, Ballito last weekend.

The 30-year-old former South African cross country champion won a tough battle of the ages when he managed to outsmart his 20-year-old rival on the run in to the finish and collect the R10 000 for victory. Sean Merredew claimed third ahead of Andrew Hill and Tyrone White.

In the women’s race however, it was an unmistakable triumph for youth with 18-year-old Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt cruising to a comfortable start-to-finish win and her R10 000 cheque is certainly one of the biggest of her short, but impressive career. Tammy Visagie was a surprise runner-up ahead of Shawna Thunder.

Croeser seemed to be the stronger rider over the second half of the course with Stewart at times looking like he was struggling to stay with his younger rival.

As they went to full speed Stewart just managed to hold off the faster-finishing Croeser in the sprint up the elevated finish line to win by less than half a wheel.

RESULTS: Men — Brandon Stewart 1:54:48; Rourke Croeser 1:54:48; Sean Merredew 1:56:48; Andrew Hill 1:56:49; Tyronne White 1:59:08. Women — Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt 2:28:15; Tammy Visagie 2:34:06; Shawna Thunder 2:34:51; Amy-Jane Mundy 2:38:25; Melanie Palframan 2:38:37

Planning is in full swing ahead of the highly anticipated leg of the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) to be staged in Africa for the first time — the Msunduzi Road Challenge.

With the event date set at October 29 to 30, Pietermaritzburg is abuzz as Cycling South Africa’s event organisers finalise details with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) and the local traffic authorities regarding the all-important road race and time trial routes. The time trial competition will take place on October 29 and the road race will be staged on October 30.

The unique concept of this mass-participation road event serves a dual purpose, and is expected to draw considerable interest from cycling enthusiasts from all over the country — on the one hand, enthusiasts can cycle the new event as they would any other road race, and on the other, interested and seasoned competitors can test their speed and qualify for the one-off UWCT Final in 2012.

Online entries for the Msunduzi Road Challenge open in less than two weeks, on July 25, via www.cyclingsa.com. Entry fees are set at R200 for the road race and R120 for the time trial.

Xterra legend Conrad Stoltz had spectators on the edge of their seats at the Duesouth Xterra Knysna, which took place in Knysna last week.

This four-time Xterra World Champion completed the course at the Pezula Field of Dreams in an astonishing time of 01:38:07. Hanlie Booyens walked off with her second consecutive Xterra Knysna win in the individual women’s category, completing the course in 02:03:51.

Kevin Evans came in second, while Lieuwe Boonstra finished third.

In the women’s race, experienced Cape Town multisporter Booyens celebrated her second consecutive win. Landie Visser came in second, while Alae Brand finished third.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Fox King of the Dirt MTB race takes place from Sierra Ranch, Mooi River, this morning.

FOX and Sierra Ranch have teamed up to bring you this fun and unique extreme weekend for the whole family — the two Mountain bike races take place today (40 km and 20 km) as well as a five-kilometer fun ride.

FOX will be giving the first 250 entrants to the two races a free FOX MTB riding jersey valued at over R200 each. There will be refreshments on sale afterwards and plenty of entertainment including the FOX Brigade for the kids and BMX displays.

The MX (Moto Cross) Hare Scramble takes place tomorrow at 9 am. There will be prizes for the first three riders across the line and tons of lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs. Registration takes place between 7 am to 8.30 am this morning with the racing starting at 9 am.

Also taking place at Cascades tomorrow morning is the last leg of the Momentum Health Short Course Series. Master course builder Nic Floros has been busy with hi-performance guru Johann Wykerd cutting new sections to provide a new track for the event.

The winner of each age category will earn KZN Colours. Racing starts at 8 am.

The KZN Single Speed Championships are also taking place on the same course today. For those who don’t know there is a growing contingent of crazy cyclists who ride bikes with one gear only. No derailleurs at all. One gear means they climb big hills at low cadence leg pain and they get dropped on the flats.

MULTISPORT

The Mountain Splendour Mania takes place next weekend (July 22 to 24) from Mountain Splendour Eco Resort in the Central Drakensberg.

Activities get underway on Friday evening at 7.30 pm with a seven-kilometer trail run.

Saturday’s events include a MTB Cross-Country Lap Challenge, a 15 km Trail Run and a 15 km MTB Night Race whilst the 40 km MTB Super Classic, 20 km Intermediate and 10 km family races take place on Sunday morning.

For further details contact Dave Ward on 082 492 1995 or enter on www.roag.co.za.

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