Single speed nationals in Hilton

2013-06-29 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Sean Merredew was back on top form to take the honours at the second event in the MiWay Big 5 Series in Eshowe last weekend. Merredew’s winning time of 2:01:19 gave him a mere six-second advantage over second-placed Werner Moolman, while Sipho Khusipo claimed a distant third place. The racing was close in the women’s race, with Empangeni rider Desiree Verwey taking the win in a time of 2:26:13, followed by Cherise Stander in 2:31:10 and Heidi Dalton 2:32:00.

Despite the relative toughness of the 25 km race, Joshua Nelson came flying in with a time of 1:01, followed by Brett Swanepoel eight minutes later and Bradley Stevens in third a further 1:10 back. Tracey van Zyl was the first women home in 1:26 with Sharon Louw second and Tracey Coetzer third.

The 10 km challenge is making its mark on the series with some talent emerging among the youngsters in the sport. Gratton School pupils showed their potential, with Sibonisewe Maphumulo taking the win and Jiyane Mlungisi in third. Mtunzini rider Emrick Bornman was second.

Gareth Chittenden put the bogey to rest that races in Eshowe were too tough and produced a route that while tough, was rideable for all. For the most part, while the riders acknowledged this route was tougher than what the series is used to, compliments flowed at the finish.

The Single Speed South African Nationals take place at Cowan House School in Hilton today. Late entries will still be taken for this unique event between 8 am and 10 am at Cowan House School. The race will start at 11 am. No need to ride a single speed bicycle, just bring your normal mountain bike and be prepared for some serious fun. The course comprises mostly single track and some of the best trails in the country. With the “Wild Wild West” theme, entertainment for the children, catering and refreshments on sale, there can be no better way to spend your day.

In its 11th year, the Burry Stander Sardine MTB Classic will be very special, one that commemorates a legend of our time.

This year, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for the Burry Stander Foundation, an organisation inspired by Stander with the vision to advocate road safety measures for cyclists and runners using the roads for their training sessions. The event will also celebrate living life to the fullest and doing something you enjoy the most. The weekend starts today with a 10 km and 20 km trail run, while tomorrow is the 10 km MTB family ride, a 20 km MTB intermediate ride and a 42 km MTB classic. Contact Natalie Abbotts on 083 549 6710 or Mark Thornton-Smith on 084 550 4138.

MULTISPORT

The annual Stihl Bundu Bash series, with St John’s DSG as the first host, got off to a cracking start at a changed venue at the picturesque setting at Bishopstowe Hall.

With a record number of entries and near-perfect weather conditions, the competitors were certainly tested to their limits with a tough course that had recently been cleared and which will improve over time with more riding that is due to take place in the area.

Andrew Barnes was the winner of the 40 km mountain bike race, followed by Craig Maud and Rudi Greyling. Master Anita Turton claimed the women’s win.

Cayde Muldoon won the 19 km race with Kelly-Ann Fjellvik the first woman home.

In the individual multisport race, Martin Hall was the winner of the Chainsaw race in 1:25:28. Mandlankosi Mlotshwa placed second in 1:26:49, with Carel le Roux third in 1:30:11. Kayla Edwards took the women’s win in 1:42:37. The next event in the series takes place at Treverton on August 17.

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