Sizzling action at Clover Super Classic

2010-09-18 00:00

THE heat was on at the 14th Lynford Clover Super Classic in Ixopo last weekend. The pace at the front of the field matched the blistering heat and a bumper field enjoyed the 40 km Classic through prime dairy farmland, grasslands and forests in the beautiful farming district.

Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness) took a sizzling win in a time of one hour, forty-six minutes and 34 seconds. Close behind in second place was Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) in 1:47.58 with Travis Walker (DCM chrome) taking third place in 1:48.18.

Landy Puddu (Team Jeep) showed great form to take the honours in the women’s race in a time of 2:19.56. Second and third place was battled out between Amy-Jane Mundy in second in a time of 2:22.43 and Gina Treleaven third just over two minutes back.

The 20 km Intermediate race was won by Kevin Leveridge (01:17.05) and Shale Exelby (01:30.30). The remainder of the weekend was jam-packed with activity — including a 20 km trail run (won by Ian Don-Wauchope in a time of 1:30.39) and a 10 km trail run, won by Martin Dreyer (44.21).

Hill2Hill presents a big challenge to mountain bikers

KZN’s biggest one day mountain bike marathon — the Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill, takes place tomorrow. A strong field of SA’s best marathon racers will be lining up at the start in Hilton to take on the 100 km off-road challenge which finishes in Hillcrest at Shongweni Polo field.

Defending champion Brandon Stewart will face a tough test against the likes of the three Team Garmin riders, Mannie Heymans, Phillip Buys and Marc Bassingthwaighte, and Team Specialized’s Ben Melt Swanepoel, who now all have knowledge of the demanding Hill 2 Hill route and know the main features and pitfalls of the course.

Besides Stewart, other local riders expected to be charging the pace are Andrew Hill, who has been in superb form recently with a string of good results, Andrew Warr, Craig Paul, Pete Smith and Shaun Peschl.

The women’s race looks set to be an exciting battle. Defending champion Samantha Oosthuysen will find it tough to repeat her win against the likes of challengers Eszter Erdelyi Cluer, the former Hungarian champion now living in KZN, Yolandi du Toit, Carla Rowley and Karien van Jaarsveld — who all finished within a few minutes of each other in the Nissan Marathon in Johannesburg last weekend.

The local challenge should come from Jean Hackland, evergreen Tania Raats, Sarah van Heerden and Robyn Adendorff, while Shawna Thunder, who has been concentrating on triathlons this year, returns to the mountain biking scene and could find that her cross-training gives her an edge in the ultra-distance of the Hill 2 Hill.

Entrants should note that registration takes place today at Shongweni between 11 am – 4 pm where they will receive their race packs, batch stickers and sponsors stickers. The first batch for the start of both the 44 km at Cato Ridge Golf Club and the 100 km at World’s View will be at 6 am with the last batch setting off at 6.30 am.

City riders selected for World Track Team

City cyclists Brett Berriman (Vet 35-39) and Mike Adey (Vet 45-49) have been selected for the South African team to race in the Masters Track World Championships in Portugal between October 26-31.

SA TEAM

Vets Men 35-39: Mario Nell, Brett Berriman, Awie Jacobs, Stephen Salzwedel, Morne Van Greunen, Gavin Smith. Vets Men 40-44 Wickus Esterhuizen, Almo Pretorius, Riaan Joubert, Werne Harmse, Owen Lloyd. Vets Men 45-49 Tim Abbott, Wayne Pheiffer, Grenville Scullard, Michael Adey. Vets Men 50-54 Gerrit Scheepers, Andrew Immelman, Neville Ackermann, Bart Nel, Stephen Marnewick, William Newman. Vets Men 55-59 Noel Ziady. Vets Men 60-64 Malcolm Cochrane, John Moss. Vets Men 65-69 Robert Wilson. Vets Men 70-74 Arthur Salzwedel, Andre Joubert. Vets Ladies 35-39 Amanda Wray. Vets Ladies 45-49 Val Scheppel. Vets Ladies 50-54 Sue Taverner, Diane Scullard.

Hilton 50 Miler

KZN will host the Hilton 50 Miler biking event, which takes place from Grace College on Saturday ( September 25). The following events are on offer:

•The Ciro Coffee Trail Run (21 km and 5 km). 7.15 start. No too technical, more private farms with a few kms of single track.

•MTN Ultra Marathon. (105 km). Tough and for the Top Elites fighting out for National Marathon Series. Starts at 8.15 am

•MTN Marathon.(73 km). Sure one of most scenic in the country. From top of cliffs and 8 km in Game reserve.

•MiWay Half Marathon. (36 km). Brand new course. Lots of new single track in Hilton College.

•aQuelle Farm Ride. 9.30 am start. Fairly easy ride with a new route through Hilton College. Water tables, medals and goody bags. Very manageable for the novice cyclist

•Warmingtons Whizzer 5 km Fun Ride. Packets of sweets and ice cold aQuelle to all finishers. Plus jumping Castes etc.

To enter log onto www.advendurance.com or Contact Alan Martin at 082 445 5048 for further inquiries.

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