Racing in perfection

2010-07-24 00:00

CONDITIONS could not have been more perfect for the second event in the Time Freight Multisport Series at Albert Falls Dam last Sunday.

Andrew Birkett (Team Jeep) continued to dominate the Multisport Long Course as he ripped through the course in a winning time of one hour 32 minutes 19 seconds.

Change-A-Life talent Erik Zondi, who had set a cracking pace over the first five-kilometre trail run leg, proved he is equally threatening on the paddling leg; he pulled into second place overall. Xterra specialist Justin Porteous (Future Life) completed a classy podium in the men’s field.

Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) led home the women’s field ahead of team-mate Landy Puddu, who took second from Retha Shaw during the 20 km mountain-bike leg and managed to hold off a strong challenge from Shaw on the final paddling leg to finish second with Shaw third.

The Multi-X Long Course proved the most popular of the four races.

A minor navigational error in the heat of the competition may have cost Jean-Pierre ten Napel (Team Jeep) his win, but it was Tyronne White (Muscle & Fitness) who was hot on the pace to snap up the opportunity and take a well-deserved victory in the competitive men’s field. Second place went Daniel Carleton, with Ten Napel third.

Having recently won the Rhodes 50 km Trail Run, Kerry Koen (Team Jeep) showed no signs of fatigue as she claimed the victory in the women’s race ahead of a strong challenge from the Scott sisters. Sarah Gray (née Scott) placed second with Kirsty Scott claiming third.

With the provision of split timing across the board, not only to reflect the various disciplines, but also transition times, the organisers have introduced a new prize for the fastest men’s and women’s split time in the transition. Birkett clocked the fastest men’s split from bike to paddle of 19,07 seconds, while Mandy Albertyn surprised herself to claim the women’s fastest split of 24,54.

On the Multisport Short Course, Craig Jarrett and Solly Peckett were the men’s and women’s winners, while James Damant and Gena Lofstrand won the Multi-X Short Course. Full results at www.max cluer.com

Participants were treated to the best-rated single track ever revealed on the popular Albert Falls tracks. This thanks to the hard work of course designer Ewan Cochran and his experienced crew from Max Cluer Sports Marketing. It will be hard to beat this one come the final event, which takes place at the same venue on September 5.

The next event in the Time Freight Multisport Series takes place at a new multisport venue at Baynesfield Estate (just outside Pietermaritzburg) on August 8.

RESULTS

Multisport Long Course (five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB, five kilometre paddle)

Men overall: A. Birkett (Jeep) 1h32.19, E. Zondi (Change a Life) 1h35.44, J. Porteous (Future Life) 1h36.17.

Women overall: J. Hackland (Jeep) 1h49.10, L. Puddu (Jeep) 1h51.41, R. Shaw 1h54.08.

Teams of two, mixed: Hampson Interiors 1h57.14. Men: Team Rainbow 2h00.04.

Teams of three, men: Pain & Suffering 1h54.13, women: Epworth 1 2h27.29, mixed : Fast Feet 2h05.18.

Multi-X Long Course (five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB, 2,5 km trail run)

Men overall: T. White (Muscle & Fitness) 1h20.06, D. Carleton 1h20.50, J. P. ten Napel (Jeep) 1h21.35.

Women overall: K. Koen (Jeep) 1h33.05, S .Gray (Scotty’s) 1h33.57, K. Scott (Scotty’s) 1h34.18

Teams of 2, Men: Team Thompsons 1h21.37, Women: Christie Girls 1h56.53, mixed: Team Jooma 1h44.02.

Multisport Short Course (2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB, 2,5 km paddle)

Men: C. Jarrett 57.18, H. Dowdell 59.53, K. Musgrave 59.53. Women: S. Peckett 1h06.04, B. Peterrsen 1h06.22, N. Jonas 1h08.44.

Multi-X Short Course (2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB, 1,25 km trail run)

Men: J. Damant 49.30, M. Marshall 50.18, C. Jackson 50.37.

Women: G. Lofstrand 51.56, F. du Toit 58.18, C. Eriksen 58.23

Hill wins Ingeli MTB Classic

Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) took the honours at the Ingeli MTB Classic last weekend, having broken clear just two kilometres into the 45 km race. David Leiman­ (Thule Morewood) placed second with David Low (NRC) third.

Hill said after the race: “I put the pressure on early in the race and the tactic worked.” Of the route he said: “Outstanding event with spectacular single track in an amazingly beautiful part of the country.” Nataschka Mowat led home the women’s race ahead of Debrah Thomas with Robyn Turton third.

The 20 km ride was won by An dré Pelser and Cherrie Downham while Bredon Venter and Kayleigh Hackland were the winners of the sub-junior­ series.

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