Promising junior Davis takes first overall Super Classic win

2010-07-10 00:00

RISING junior talent Brendon Davids (Team Jeep) took his first overall Super Classic victory at the Safire Baynesfield MTB 45 km Classic last weekend.

The fast and open course saw the leading three riders staying together until the finish, despite a technical eight-kilometre section along the river valley. Davids broke the tape in a time of one hour, fifty-three minutes and 26 seconds. Team-mate Craig Paul took second in the sprint for the line, while Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness) placed third.

Aggressive racing emerged in the women’s race between team-mates Amy-Jane Mundy (Team Jeep), who took advantage of the technical section at the end to pull away from a determined effort from Landy Puddu in second position, with Jean Hackland finishing close behind in third place.

Over 300 riders participated in the 20 km Intermediate ride. Per Lofstrand led the field home ahead of Kevin Leveridge and Norman Hatherly. Cathy de Souza was the first women home, followed by Liz Alexander and Lee-Anne King.

Competition continues to grow in the Sub-Junior Series, which was once again won by Alan Hatherly. Joshua Nelson placed second and Craig Jarrett third. Savannah Schuit was first home among the girls ahead of Bianca Haw, with Emily Chalmers-Banks third.

Full results available at www.elitetiming.co.za

Pietermaritzburg’s well-known pro-mountain biker, Brandon Stewart (Team DCM) and team-mate Max Knox excelled at the BC Bike Race at Whistler Mountain, Canada, last weekend when they took their second-stage win at the international event to secure them second place overall in the final General Classification.

Although they missed the official start of the short, technical 21 km stage, the South Africans managed to clock a rapid 1:26:41, which was 15 seconds faster than overall leaders Kris Sneddon (CAN) and Barry Wicks (USA) of Team Kona (the event determines finishing positions based on microchip timing). Sneddon and Wicks claimed the runner-up place on the stage, but had done enough throughout the event with their six stage wins to claim the overall honours.

Stewart and Knox, third at the 2009 edition of the event, went one better to claim second place overall.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

There is over R50 000 worth of prizes at John Dory’s Golovane MTB Classic at Holla Trails near Ballito tomorrow morning.

All those riders who do not qualify for the top positions will be getting a bonus with a brand-new track designed and built by Nick Floros, the man who in the past has played a huge part in building Sani 2C’s superb route.

The race starts at 8 am for the kids.

The 48 km race starts at 9 am and the 22 km at 9.45 am. Pre-registration takes place at John Dory’s in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre from 2 pm to 4 pm today and from 6 am tomorrow. Late entries will be taken at both venues.

 

MULTISPORT

The second event in the Time Freight Multisport Series takes place on Sunday, July 18, at Albert Falls.

Participants can choose between the Multisport and the Multix events. The full course Multisport comprises a five-kilomatre trail run, 20 km MTB and a 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-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run and also offers a half-distance event. The John Dorys Kids Multisport Dash offers youngsters between the ages of U7 and U11 their own taste of multisport and includes a T-shirt and free drink to all entrants.

For further information, entries, route maps, photos and more keep posted to www.maxcluer.com

 

CYCLING

Road cyclists can look forward to the Bandit Toti 69er which takes place from Amanzimtoti tomorrow morning.

Three distances to choose from include 84 km, 69 km and 25 km. For further inquiries, contact Tracy at 031 916 6148.

Heads up for the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge to be held on August 1 at the Eston Club in KZN. Billed as the biggest one-day MTB event in the world, and with only 3 000 quality moisture management shirts and goodie bags for pre-entries only, do not delay in submitting your entry at www.roag.co.za

The most popular distance at Illovo Eston is the 18 km fun ride through Tala Game Reserve. This course is totally non-technical and suitable for both the young and more experienced.

Last year, the long race was reduced to 60 km, and judging by pre entries, this was an excellent decision. This ride will be a true marathon-style race with all the technical challenges and single track, yet it will be over a far more manageable distance.

The ever-popular 40 km will have a few minor adjustments made to the route, in the constant quest for the perfect ride. The younger generation, and those electing to chaperone, can participate in the 10 km Ola Milky Lane ride. This will be two laps of five kilometres. Loads of goodies will be dished out by the Ola staff.

A “KidZone” will be available if you need to leave your youngest ones in safe and professional care while you tackle the Eston terrain. Be sure to get there in time to fill in the necessary paperwork.

Go to www.illovoestonmtb.co.za and click on the race logo for more information.

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