Stewart leads field

2012-08-18 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

ATHLETES braved the wintry conditions to compete in various events as part of the Cowan House MTB & Trail Runs last weekend. Brandon Stewart led home a classy men’s field in the 40 km MTB Classic to take the win, while Andrew Hill placed second and Travis Walker third.

Racing was close among the women. Nedene Cahill took the win with Bridgette Stewart second, less than two minutes back, and Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt third.

Sprog rider Cameron Wright showed his class as he took the win in the 20 km ride ahead of his more senior rivals. Andrew Edwards placed second and Daimon Wright third. Tiffany Keep took the win in the women’s race.

Some brave trail runners took on the challenge of a 42 km run, which was won by Muzi Madikwa (men) and Melanie van Rooyen (women). The 20 km trail run was won by Muvyartozi Jari and Keri Koen, while Siboniso Ngobo and Thobeka Zondo were the winners of the 10 km.

CYCLING

WITH less than a week to go to the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour final in and around Pietermaritzburg, organisers are confident they are well prepared for the time trial and road races that will decide the amateur age group road cycling world titles from Thursday to Sunday.

Previously known as the Masters World Championships, the finals of the UCI World Cycling Tour will feature riders who have earned the right to be on the start line in Pietermaritzburg by virtue of a top 25% finish in one of 13 qualification events held worldwide over the past year.

Last year, 218 local riders qualified through the Msunduzi Road Challenge time trial and roads races to take part in the world age group title deciders. An additional 31 local riders earned wildcards to the event to take part in either the 26 km time trial in Wartburg or their age group road races. They will square up against the best riders from the qualifying events in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Crete, Slovenia, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Spain and Canada to decide the holders of the coveted UCI world champion rainbow jersey in each of the masters age groups.

The time trial has been moved to a fast, picturesque, layout around the town of Wartburg on Thursday. The 60 km, 96 km and 112 km road races will be held on a testing hilly course that starts and finishes at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg and folows the road towards Albert Falls dam. The races will be staged with full road closures administered by the Road Traffic Inspectorate and city police officials.

With many riders travelling from far-flung parts of the world, the organisers have arranged two social rides to help the competitors shake of their jet lag and acclimatise to local conditions with a hill climb time trial up Old Howick Road on Monday and a 54 km multi-lap road race on the Mount Verde estate outside Hilton on Tuesday.

Programme of Events: UCI World Cycling Tour Final 2012

• Monday August 20 — Social Hill Dash Time Trial

• Tuesday August 21 — Social Mt Verde Road Race — 54 km

• Thursday August 23 — UWCT Time Trial Competition

• Saturday August 25 — UWCT Final 61 km Race & UWCT Final 96 km Race

• Sunday August 26 — UWCT 112 km Race

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

The sporting spectacular that was the London 2012 Olympics has drawn to a close all too soon, having provided much entertainment and excitement over the past two weeks.

With Cycling SA’s “Vision 2020” firmly in place, and with the first Olympic Games under the belt since the launch of this strategy and vision two years ago in 2010, the organisation has a very clear indication of the progress that has been made thus far.

“I speak on behalf of Cycling SA in saying that we are very impressed with the performances of each and every rider in London, and they all gave a good account of themselves,” said Cycling SA president William Newman.

With the aim of doubling the number of cyclists to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016, Cycling SA strives to continue supporting our national cyclists in international competition.

MULTISPORT

RIDERS looking for fun and action need look no further than Albert Falls Dam tomorrow morning for the final event in the Varsity College Multisport Series. Participants should note this series is not only for the multisport athletes as it now offers a 15 km and five kilometre Trail Run and the 40 km, 20 km and 10 km MTB races, as well as the regular long- and short-course Multisport and MultiX events.

Late entries will be taken at registration between 6.30 am and 9 am.

More details may be found at www.maxcluer.com and entries are at www.roag.co.za.

The Turbovite Jump City Urban Challenge is hitting Durban tomorrow morning. First introduced in Johannesburg, an Urban Challenge requires participants to run, jump, climb, crawl and carry as they make their way through the streets of their city. For the first time, Durban will be transformed into an Urban Challenge playground for whoever is brave enough to enter. The challenging 10 km course is for teams and individuals.

The route will start and finish at uShaka Marine World.

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