Sizzling summer rides

2009-09-12 00:00

SUMMER is here … as athletes and supporters at the third Jeep Apparel Multisport Series discovered at Nagle Dam last weekend.

The heat was on — and not only temperature-wise. Racing at the front of the field was intense, but it was Andrew Birkett who powered home to his second victory in the Multisport Long Course in a sizzling one hour, 42 minutes 53 seconds.

The ever-improving Change a Life Squad, under the guidance of Dusi great Martin Dreyer, certainly made an impression at the front as they dominated the first challenging five kilometre trail run.

On to the 20 km mountain bike leg, the experience of Birkett, Jean-Paul van der Linde, Craig Carter-Brown and Trevor Hellens saw them take control. Once on the water, Birkett made the race his own over the five kilometre paddle.

Paddling talent Michelle Eder made an easy transition to multisport and won the women’s race in the Long Course Multisport, but was kept on her toes by the ever-improving Jean Hackland, taking second three minutes back. Third place went to Rebecca van der Linde.

Up-country talent Jean-Pierre ten Napel broke Darren Goddard’s reign in the Long Course MultiX in a fast 1:30,16. Goddard secured second ahead of Cuan Coetzee in third. Cape Town triathlete Marie Rabie won the women’s Long Course ahead of Robyn Adendorff Melanie Palframan.

Craig Jarrett was the winner of the Multisport Short Course, while Jordan Peek was the first female home.

U12 athlete Chad Hosken did exceptionally well to win the MultiX Short Course overall, while Robyn Turton won the women’s race.

Full results available on www.maxcluer.com

Wild Racing at Weenan MTB

Weenen Game Reserve and the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife honorary officers played host to the ninth Husqvarna Weenen MTB Classic — regarded as KZN’s “wildest” race. Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) was the overall race winner ahead of Carl Calvery (Subaru) and Travis Henson (Maverick). Jenny Reynolds was the first woman home with Nanette Cocksedge second and Terry Pllow-Jarmin third.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The final touches are being put on the Lynford Classic mountain bike course for tomorrow’s race. The course has had a complete make-over and received a thumbs-up from test riders recently, who commented that the ride was “tough, but beautiful”.

The intermediate course consists of a 20 km loop, which is less technical than the 48 km Superclassic route. The club with the most entries will win the floating trophy and a night’s accommodation at Camp Lynford and riding in the surrounding areas. Late entries welcome at registration tomorrow morning from 6 am. The racing starts from 9 am. See www.lynford.co.za.

• The Sunday Tribune /Jeep Hill2Hill takes place on Sunday, September 20. This challenging event offers a 40 km race and the big 105 km race between Hilton and Hillcrest, taking in some of KZN’s best scenery. Children are also catered for at the finish venue with two races: a two kilometre route for children under five and a four kilometre route for children between five and 12.

Entries are through Roag (www.roag.co.za) and seeding is based on the Roag Seeding index. For details: www.hill2hill.co.za.

CYCLING

Entries for the Time Freight Midmar Notts Cycle Challenge tomorrow, October are now open. All riders must register on www.roag.co.za before submitting their entry. The event will be timed by Mr Price and timing chips will be provided to all entrants at no extra cost. Race entry fee is R120 (80 km), and R60 (30 km). Pre-entries close on Wednesday, September 30. Fee of R140 (80 km) and R70 (30 km) applies to entries on the day. Entry forms are available at all cycling shops.

TRIATHLON

B-Active Sports and Wildlands Conservation Trust, organisers of the 2010 Bonitas/Sunday Tribune Midlands Ultra Triathlon have announced a new race date for the popular event at Midmar Dam of Sunday, March 7, 2010. This unique triathlon event is part of the Bonita’s Wild Series The date has been moved a month forward to place it two weeks before SA Triathlon Championships and six weeks ahead of the Ironman SA. For details, visit www.midlandsultra.co.za or call 031 564 4062.

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