Stewart the Invincible

2011-09-10 00:00

BRANDON Stewart continued to show invincible form as he took yet another win, this time at the Stihl Umko MTB Challenge in the Umkomaas Valley last weekend.

Stewart’s winning time of 1:40:49 put him over seven minutes clear of second placed Andrew Warr (1:48:09) with Travis Walker placing third (1:50:01). The sub-veteran women dominated with Natalie Bergstrom claiming the honours (2:16:46) ahead of Bridgette Stewart (2:22:54) and junior Zoe Lambert placing third (2:32:32).

In the age groups, Brandon Venter won the Youth, Evan van der Spuy the Juniors, Marc Adam the Veterans and Paul Lancaster the Masters.

Raymond Smith (senior) and Jonathan Smith (junior) tied for the win in the 25 km race (1:06:48) with Bryan le Roux close behind in third. Hard racing in the women’s race saw Alexander Baxter taking the win (1:22:27) ahead of sub-junior Alexander Mapstone (1:23:02).

The Sani2c will become the first multi-stage mountain bike race in South Africa to add a third leg to cater for ever-increasing demand, organisers announced recently.

Founder Glen Haw said the new component will further entrench the event’s position as the largest fully serviced event in the world.

“The new ride, which we’re calling the Sani2c trail, will have the same relaxed approach as the adventure.”

With the field previously limited to 650 two-man teams per event and previous participants given preference, he said, the organisers are permanently inundated with requests for entries.

“We’ve created the trail to accommodate some of the thousands of riders who’ve been trying to get into the event for years.”

Haw said that all qualifying teams will be notified of their acceptance via e-mail today.

He said that introducing a new race will benefit not only would-be participants, but also rural communities along the route.

Twenty-three charitable organisations in nine different communities have received a share of the R5,2 million generated from this year’s event, he added.

The trio of races will run from May 15 to 19 next year, with a staggered start of one day between them.

Registration takes place the day prior to each start in Underberg and the races finish in Scottburgh. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za.

The Stihl Treverton Bundu Bash took place last weekend in Mooi River. Andrew Erasmus claimed the honours in the Chainsaw race in a time of 1:49:21. Tied second place went to Craig White and Brand du Plessis on 1:50:51. Monica Botha was the first woman home (1:57:41)

The Dustbuster race was won by young multi-sporter Craig Jarrett (1:06:03) while Jeanne Botha was the first girl home (1:24:50).

For further details log onto www.roag.co.za.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

It’s time for the Lynford Clover Super Classic outside Ixopo tomorrow morning. The 40 km Super Classic starts at 8 am, followed by the 25 km Intermediate and sub-junior races and the 10 km adventure cycle at 9 am. Registration will be open from 7 am. For further information visit www.lynford.co.za.

The Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill MTB Marathon is the only one-day mountain bike marathon between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, running from Hilton to Hillcrest next Sunday, September 18. For further info log on to www.hill2hill.co.za

The next event in the KZN Lassen Series takes place at Camperdown tomorrow morning. Entrants should note the earlier start time at 6.30 am, to accommodate the rugby fans.

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