Roberts claims Howick

2012-06-09 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

THE hugely talented Luke Roberts continued his remarkable run of form when he narrowly edged out top ultra-marathon rider Andrew Hill to claim a deserved victory at last weekend’s Lizzard Howick MTB Classic.

Despite a promising start from Patrick Belton, he and Mark Malherbe took the scenic route in the latter stages of the race, which opened the door for Carl Calverley to storm home and claim the final step on the podium. Calverley, placing third, ensured his status as overall men’s winner in the ROAG Series ahead of Klaas Meintjes.

The women’s race saw Natalie Bergstrom extend her lead at the top of the women’s ROAG Series standings when she raced to victory ahead of Julia Colvin and Nedene Cahill. The next race in the ROAG Series is the Safire Baynesfield MTB Classic taking place at the Baynesfield Estate on June 17. The ROAG Series in KZN consists of 10 of the largest MTB ROAG administered events that take place throughout 2012. The R20 000 prize money (for both men and women) will be awarded to the winners at the end of the year, along with smaller prizes being awarded to the winners of each category. Dedicated series riders who participate in all 10 events will receive a ROAG Series memento. For more info on the series visit www.roag.co.za.

The South Coast is gearing up for what promises to be a mountain biking and trail run favourite — The Sardine MTB Classic, this year hosted at an entirely new venue. The race kicks off on the beach at the Port Edward Holiday Resort tomorrow morning.

Cyclists can choose between the 45 km Classic, 25 km Intermediate or the 10 km Fun ride and can expect an exciting new track through windbreaks, over dam walls and between macadamia nut, banana and coffee plantations — including breathtaking views of the Umtamvuna River Gorge. Trail runners will not be forgotten about, with a 10 km river­side trail run on the cards. Entertainment includes a pre-party today. Big sound, lights and lasers will keep adults entertained and there will be an extensive kids’ programme, including a jumping castle and games. Prizes to the value of R10 000 will be up for grabs for the riders with many give-aways and vouchers available for lucky supporters on the day.

MULTISPORT

AS winter kicks in, it’s time to gear up for the Varsity College Multisport Series, which starts on June 24. New this year is the introduction of the 15 km and five kilometre trail run and the 40 km and 20 km MTB races. These are in addition to the regular long and short course, Multisport and MultiX events, so there is simply no excuse not to get out there, be active and have fun.

The first event takes place at Holla Trails (Collisheen Estate) near Ballito, the second (July 22) is at Shongweni Dam and the third (August 19) is at Albert Falls Dam.

The series promises to be a whole bunch of fun, so be sure not to miss out on the action. Further event details may be found on www.maxcluer.com and entries are on www.roag.co.za

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