Racing from Hil-ton to Hill-crest

2009-09-19 00:00

JUNIOR Travis Walker rode home to victory at the 13th Lynford Clover Super Classic last weekend.

A morning of aggressive racing saw Walker and Andrew Hill break clear of Peter Smith, Carl Calvery and Ryan Ellis in the closing stages of the 47 km classic. A seized front fork may have hampered Hill’s challenge for the victory and left him in second place ahead of Ellis in third and Smith in fourth. Mark Lambert moved through to place fifth overall.

Hungarian Eszter Erdelyi continued her winning form in the women’s race ahead of consistent riding from Shale Exelby with Melanie Palframan in third place. The 47 km classic course was a tough, spectacular and technically challenging one, finishing with a breathtaking twin track downhill section to the finish.

The less arduous 20 km Intermediate ride was well supported with Christopher Mlotshwa and Jacolene May taking the respective wins. Alan Hatherly and Emily Chalmers-Banks were the respective winners of the Sub-Junior Series. The Lynford Classic Floating Trophy for the club with the most participants was won by Mavericks Mountain Bike Club.

RESULTS

47 km Super Classic. Men overall: T. Walker (DCM Chrome) 2h09,27; A. Hill (TIB Insurance) 2:11,40; R. Ellis (House of Paint). Women overall: E. Erdelyi (Multigirl) 2:36,03; S. Exelby (Wsquared) 2:44,35; M. Palframan (Fox) 2:46,08.

Time for PMB rider to win Hill 2 Hill?

A strong contingent of Pietermaritzburg riders will be looking to claim the Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill Mountain Bike Marathon title tomorrow.

With three-time Hill 2 Hill winner Burry Stander taking part in the season final World Cup event in Austria, the race is wide open with any one of about 10 riders from the huge field of 1 800 entrants in with a chance of the title.

Heading the list must surely be Pietermaritzburg star Brandon Stewart who, apart from Stander’s 100% record, has the best Hill 2 Hill pedigree with two seconds and a third in the tough 100 km race from Hilton to Hillcrest.

And with his potent team-mate, Max Knox, riding shotgun there is every chance the DCM Chrome team will emerge with a better result than their second and third of 2008.

Other riders from the Pietermaritzburg area looking for a strong showing include Roan Exelby of Team Fullimput, who has proved one of the finds of the season on his Pietermaritzburg-manufactured Morewood full-suspension bike.

Then there is the Team Jeep duo of Craig Paul and Peter Smith, who know the area around Hilton probably better than any of the other top contenders.

The field in the women’s race is wide open with Eszter Erdelyi, last year’s runner-up Shawna Thunder, previous winner Tania Raats, Yolandi du Toit, Robyn Ardendorff, Sarah van Heerden, Samantha Oosthuyzen and Carla Rowley all in with a chance of making up the podium.

The race starts at 6 am at World’s View in Hilton and the first riders are expected to finish at about 10 am at Shongweni Polo Club. A shorter 43 km race starts at the same time at Cato Ridge Golf Club with the leader of that expected home at about 7.45 am.

Race registration takes place at Shongweni Polo Club from noon to 4 pm.

CYCLING

Cycle enthusiasts have until September 28 to submit their pre-entries to one of South Africa’s most prestigious cycle events, the MTN Amashova National Cycle Classic between Pietermaritzburg and Durban October 18.

The 106-km race takes place principally on the same route as the Comrades Marathon, starting from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and finishing at the Suncoast Casino on Durban’s Golden Mile.

Go to www.shova.co.za for more information or call the organisers at 031 312 8896.

* Two weeks ahead of the Amashova National Classic, the Time Freight Midmar to Notts Cycle Challenge on October 4, provides an ideal “tester” for cyclists over a fast and scenic 80 km course in the midlands. There is also a 30 km fun ride for novices and licensed U14 and younger categories. The event is administered by Roag, so all riders must register on www.roag.co.za before submitting their entry. The event will be timed by Mr Price and timing chips will be provided to all entrants at no extra cost. Race entry fee is R120 (80 km), and R60 (30 km). Pre- entries close on September 30. Fee of R140 (80 km) and R70 (30 km) for entries on the day.

MULTISPORT

Multisporters will return to Albert Falls for the final event in the Jeep Apparel Multisport Series next Sunday (September 27). The four events to choose from are: multisport long course (five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB, five­kilometre paddle); multisport short course (2,5 km run, 10 km MTB, 2,5 km paddle); multiX long course (five- kilometre run, 20 km MTB, 2,5 km run); multiX short course (2,5 km run, 10 km MTB, one-kilometre run); kids multisport dash. Further info and entries: www.maxcluer.com.

* The final event in the Compendium Multiseries takes place at Suncoast Casino, Durban, next Sunday (September 17). With R45 000 in prize money to be won over 400 triathletes and duathletes are set to start on Durban’s beach front for the much-anticipated final Olympic distance.

Inquiries: B-Active Sports at 031 564 4062 or www.bactive.biz).

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