Rebecca van der Linde

2011-09-24 00:00

AFTER campaigning on the UCI Cross-country World Cup circuit for the past six months, Burry Stander (Specialized USN) made a triumphant return to mountain bike marathon racing last Sunday when he won the Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill2Hill in Hillcrest.

It was Stander’s fourth win in the 105 km race from Hilton to Hillcrest.

David George (Nedbank 360Life) finished second ahead of another local rider, Brandon Stewart (ITEC Connect).

More than 1 000 participants competed in the event.

Evan van der Spuy rode home to an emphatic win. Luke Roberts followed 14 seconds later, while Alan Hatherly was placed third.

Racing among the women was very close with youth rider Savannah Schuit taking the sprint just four seconds ahead of junior Hayley Smith.

Pietermaritzburg’s Ken Curr is undoubtedly South Africa’s most consistent World Triathlon Championships performer.

He recently returned from his 18th world championship with an impressive bronze medal in his age-group (60-64).

Curr’s youngest daughter, Gillian Sanders, raced in the elite women’s category and placed a creditable 45th.

Sanders is based in the UK and has set her sights on the London Olympics next year.

She is up against fellow South African Kate Roberts, who placed 42nd in the Elite Women — just 18 seconds ahead of Sanders.

The Time Freight Multisport Festival weekend takes place from October 7 to 9 and looks set to be a weekend of fun and adventure at Albert Falls Dam.

The Friday evening sees activities kicking off with the Energizer night race which caters for runners, walkers and mountain bikers. Saturday morning sees a five kilometre and 10 km trail run, followed by a 25 km fun adventure race and a multisport clinic in the afternoon. Sunday is full-on action with the various multisport races on offer as well as the new Time Freight Express MTB Race.

For full event details and entries, to go www.maxcluer.com.

Mountain biking action this weekend takes place from Hilton College with the MTN Hilton Dirt Fest, which forms part of the SA national MTB series.

It is an ideal opportunity for mountain bikers preparing for forthcoming stage racing as it offers 100 km and 75 km races today and the regular 40 km, 20 km and five kilometre events tomorrow. For more information, go to www.roag.co.za and www.advendurance.com.

Next Sunday is the Michaelhouse MTB Super Classic.

There are few MTB events, other than the Michaelhouse MTB festival, that marry health, fitness, fun and family time, as well as raising funds for conservation.

Michaelhouse sees the largest field of participants with around 1 200 riders.

This unique family mountain biking festival, which takes place next Sunday, October 2, offers a 50 km, 20 km and a 10 km fun ride, that follows a course within the school grounds.

The 20 km and 50 km routes follow open district roads, NCT plantation roads and some fantastic single track, with the finish and start areas based on the Michaelhouse rugby fields.

Michaelhouse MTB challenge forms part of the Bonitas Wild Series. For information, to go www.michaelhousemtb.co.za

The CycleLab/Stihl Midmar Notts 80 km and 30 km cycle races take place tomorrow morning at Midmar Dam. For further information, go on www.roag.co.za.

A reminder that pre-entries for the KZN leg of the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge close tomorrow.

The race takes place next Sunday. The start/finish is from the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the distances are 100 km, 50 km and 20 km. For online entries, go to www.cyclelab.co.za.

Registration and race number collection takes place on October 1 at Moses Mabhida from 10 am to 6 pm. For further information, go to www.edcc.co.za or e-mail anthony@x-events.co.za or call 084 583 8989.

Organisers of the Msunduzi Road Challenge, on October 29 and 30, have paved the way for social road cyclists to participate through a new corporate section to the event.

The corporate entries will be restricted to the 90 km race, and won’t be allowed to enter the 111 km and 126 km races, and will start once the other entrants have been set on their way.

These entries must be done through the race website at www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za before the closing date of normal entries at the end of September.

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