Rourke Croeser sprints to claim title at the KZN XCO championships

2013-07-13 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The KZN Cross-Country (XCO) and Downhill (DH) Championships were held at the Cascades MTB Park last weekend. A testing four-kilometre XCO course put riders through their paces as they contested for the championship titles in the various age groups. Top of the field were the U23 riders, with the men racing over six laps. Rourke Croeser eventually clinched the title from Brendon Davids in a sprint finish and Luke Roberts placed third. The U23 women raced over five laps and it was Hayley Smith who claimed the honours ahead of Ashleigh Moffatt. Stuart Marais led the Elite men home.

Eszter Erdelyi worked hard for her win in the Sub-Veteran women, finishing less than a minute clear of Nedene Cahill. Warren Price proved too strong for his rivals in the Sub-Veteran men with a solid victory over Craig Stone. Natalie Bergstrom and Werner Moolman were the respective winners of the Veteran categories while Con Malherbe took a slim victory over Kim Phillips to claim the Master’s title. In the junior age groups, Alan Hatherly took a deserving win in the Junior men, Julian Jessop claimed the Youth men ahead of his younger brother Thomas, and Alexandra Mapstone placed first in the Youth women. Sharjah Jonsson and Courtney Smith took the titles in the Sub-Junior category, Sabine Thies and Travis Stedman claimed the Sprogs titles and Emma Clipstone and Jordan Bold were winners of the Nippers.

Tiaan Odendaal took the honours in the Downhill while Nadia Botha was the fastest woman down the course.

Full results on www.elitetiming.co.za.

The greatest mountain biking spectacle for masters and elite cyclists, the UCI MTB World Masters Championships, will be taking place in Pietermaritzburg in just over a month. The world’s best cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) specialists in age categories from 30-years-old and above will have the opportunity to race for the world championship rainbow stripes on home soil from August 21 to 25.

Entries close on August 1, and there is no way of entering the event after this deadline. According to UCI regulations, absolutely no late entries can or will be accepted, so enter now. The Masters event is open to all non-elite XCO and DHI participants and proves a hot favourite with the team mechanics and support crews of the elite teams that will be racing a week later.

The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB park in Pietermaritzburg from August 26 to September 1, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from August 21 to 25.

More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za.

Race number three in the MiWay Big 5 Series, the RIS Hluhluwe Rhino Charge, which takes place on July 21, has had a major breakthrough for mountain biking. Organisers received permission from the iSimangaliso Wetland Authority to ride through the False Bay section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. “Both the 25 km and 50 km ride the Dukandlovu Trail plus the single track along the shores of Lake St Lucia, before heading back to the new venue of the Hluhluwe Private School,” said series co-ordinator Shane Webster.

“The 50 km splits off and rides the Mpophomeni trail, which will have single track riders in absolute fits of delight. This is not your usual ‘cane and gum’ ride and it is a real privilege to be able to ride through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.”

Entries are open on www.roag.co.za.

The premier Enduro MTB Race launches onto the market at the Cascades MTB Park on July 27.

The race has five stages and one finish area. Practice, which is not compulsory but recommended, is from 8 am — 11 am. Racing runs from 12 pm — 4 pm.

Enter online on Roag for R150 (first entry gets a full refund at registration and the next nine entries get R50 back). Late entries on the day will cost R175.

CYCLING

The Hypersure Toti 69er Cycle Race takes place tomorrow morning on the South Coast. The race will start and finish at Hutchison Park, Amanzimtoti, and the route will basically utilise the R102 “Coastal Road” from Amanzimtoti, past Scottburgh to Sezela and back.

This event was first hosted by the Amanzimtoti Cycle Club in 2002, and has become one of the favourite races among the KZN cycling community. The Amanzimtoti Cycle Club has built up an enviable reputation for rider safety on their races. The majority of the safety marshalls out on the road are Toti Cycle Club members. These are cyclists who know and understand the potential dangers inherent in a cycle race of this kind. The race is highly regarded by the competitive riders, as it has always produced exciting racing at the front of the field. Recreational cyclists are well catered for, as the picturesque route is kept as safe as possible by the Toti Cycle Club safety marshals. For further information log onto www.roag.co.za

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