Rabie’s patience earns a win

2012-10-20 00:00

CYCLING

Johann Rabie’s patience paid off as he timed his sprint from an 18-strong breakaway group to perfection, to win the Amashova Durban Classic 106 km road cycling race, which finished in Durban last Sunday.

The Team Bonitas rider was followed home by Eritrean star Jani Tewelde (MTN Qhubeka), with his Team Bonitas team-mates H.B. Kruger and Jason Bakke claiming third and fourth places respectively, and Sean-Nick Bester (Westvaal BMC) rounding out the top five.

In the women’s race, Robyn de Groot (Momentum Toyota) claimed the coveted title. Former South African road champion Marissa Stander finished second, just ahead of current South African champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, De Groot’s Momentum Toyota team-mate.

For the full results of the Durban Amashova Classic, visit www.racetec.co.za

Amashova Durban Classic 2012

Leading results:

Top five men:

• Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas) 02:20:­08

• Jani Tewelde (MTN Qhubeka)

• HB Kruger (Team Bonitas)

• Jason Bakke (Team Bonitas)

• Sean-Nick Bester (Westvaal BMC) — all the same time.

Top five women:

• Robyn de Groot (Momentum Toyota) 02:53:00

• Marissa Stander

• Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Momentum Toyota)

• Lise Oliver (MTN Qhubeka)

• Lynette Burger (Toyota CSA Academy) — all the same time.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Gears for Ears MTB Fundraiser event takes place from Holla Trails (Ballito) next weekend. There is a 50 km Challenge and 19 km Fun Ride. Prizes and goody bags (first 400 entries), golf caps to the first 200 entries and medal to all finishers. Kids entertainment, food and beverages available on site. Entries and more information on ww.roag.co.za

MULTISPORT

With two weeks to go to one of KZN’s biggest ultra distance events, the Triple Challenge, participants are reminded to get their entries in in order to qualify for the great entry incentives. This truly African experience takes athletes and teams on a multisport journey through some of South Africa’s most breathtaking scenery. They will trail run 20 km from Pietermaritzburg to Camperdown through three game reserves, then mountain bike 52 km from Camperdown through the valley of a Thousand Hills to Inanda Dam, and end off their race with either a paddle of 18 km (with two short portages) for the multisport event or a seven kilometre trail run for the MultiX event. Athletes may enter as an individual, or in a team of two, three or five people with various options. Trail runners and mountain bikers wanting to race these specific legs may enter the Challenge Trail Run (10 km or 20 km option) or the Challenge MTB (53 km) as stand-alone events. It’s a great challenge for friends, clubs, schools or corporates, but especially for the individuals who wants to race themselves over this scenic course in the heart of KZN. The race takes place on November 4. More information at www.triplechallenge.co.za

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