Thrilling racing today at BMX track

2011-04-09 00:00

THE UCI BMX SuperCross Series Event 1 continues at the purpose-built track in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg, today.

Riders yesterday contested the time trial qualifications for the super final rounds today. Starting time for the racing is at 1 pm, followed by the women’s final at 4.30 pm and the men’s final and prize giving scheduled for 5 pm.

The SuperCross track is similar to traditional BMX racing, however the track is much more challenging, with major double-jumps, step ups and a very technical “rhythm section”. The track also needs to have a very large (scaffolding) start ramp, to be able to gain the necessary speed.

The start ramp is eight metres high, 10 metres wide with an 18/28° sloping angle. SuperCross also defines the top 120 BMX riders from around the world who have qualified to contest this prestigious series. Pietermaritzburg is one of five cities, from Europe and the U.S., privileged to host the BMX SuperCross World Tour.

Spectators are welcome and tickets are available at the gate at R40 each. Log onto www.bmxworldcupsa.co.za for more information.

Cold front makes for extra challenging Golovane Xplore

Over 500 riders braved the cold and wet weather at Holla Trails last Sunday to take part in the Boxlee XPlore mountain bike team race. After overnight rain soaked the course, many riders were preparing for the worst conditions possible, and after negotiating the first muddy climb many were expecting a tough 85 km or 50 km day in the saddle. But the rain stayed away and most of the course drained well enough to make the race a good test of mountain biking. The team that passed the test with flying colours was the three-man outfit of Sean Merredew, Rourke Croeser and Tyronne White who were comprehensive winners of the 85 km race in a time of three hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

Shaun Peschl rode as an unofficial single rider entrant and was next across the line, with the team of Nick Porteous and Jeremy Thomson claiming second position on the official results in 4:03:19, just six seconds ahead of Pietermaritzburg Cycle Lab’s Tyron Bird and Bradley Stroberg.

The top women were Brenda Potts and Shawna Thunder, with Zululand Cycles’ Dirk Barnard and Danielle Dalton claiming the mixed prize. Ivor Jones and Marc Doffay were the top veterans in the long event. In the 50 km race Wayne Bursey and Lee Penderis were winners, with Savannah Schuit and Dagmar Muhlbauer winning the women’s category.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Mr Price Karkloof Classic takes place tomorrow at Karkloof Country Club.

Another epic addition to the Mr Price Karkloof Classic is the allocation of UCI points to the cross country and downhill events, making the stakes that much higher this year.

The 60 km marathon event starts at 7.30 am — 60 km of some of the most gripping and picturesque mountain bike terrain that South Africa has to offer.

A popular alternative to the longer 60 km marathon is the 40 km half-marathon, which starts at 8.30 am. There is also the 20 km Family Experience and the 10 km Family Fun Ride. For further information, log onto www.karkloofclassic.co.za.

MULTISPORT

The final leg of the 2011 aQuellé Mudman series takes place next Sunday (April 17) when Durban Prep hosts its event at Thornlea Dam near Eston. Competitors start with a four kilometre canoe paddle or a 750 m swim, followed by a 20 km mountain bike and then a five kilometre cross country run. There are also half distance events and competitors can take part either as individuals or as teams. All proceeds go toward fund-raising for the schools involved. Racing starts at 8.30 am with registration from 7 am. All entries are available on www.roag.co.za. Visit www.mudman.co.za for further information.

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