Top sprinter banking on teamwork for Jo’burg race

2011-11-19 00:00

MANY local cyclists will be trekking north to take part in Johannesburg’s biggest cycle race, the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, which takes place tomorrow.

Arran Brown (MTN-Qhubeka), the 2009 champion, has no doubt that the race will boil down to a battle between the top sprinters — him, Herman Fouché (2007 champion) and Nolan Hoffman.

Brown is so confident in his team-mates that he is prepared to stick out his neck and predict that tomorrow’s Cycle Challenge won’t be won by riders getting away in a breakaway and staying away.

“As a team the only goal we have set ourselves for the second part of the season is to win the Cycle Challenge and anybody who has watched us race over the past few weeks would have realised that we have mastered the art of teamwork,” he said.

In a race that has been known to end in a big sprint, Brown reckons the real battle in the last hectic kilometre will be between him and Fouché.

“Nolan is a good sprinter who has the ability to outsprint the best in a flat and fast sprint. I think the slight uphill drag leading to the finish might slow him down, but it suits Herman and I,” he said.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The OUTsurance KZN Expedition took place last weekend on a 80 km route between Inanda Dam and Durban.

Andrew Hill notched another win, but had to share it with Andrew Warr as the two riders crossed the finish line in the same time (3:28:42). Third place went to Paul Austin (3:40:57). Robyn Adendorff and team-mate Sarah van Heerden shared the route to finish one-two in the women’s race.

Adendorff claimed the title in four hours, twenty-two minutes and 38 seconds with van Heerden five seconds back. Sub-veteran Natalie Bergstrom placed third (4:29:22). The 40 km route drew the biggest field with over 360 riders enjoying the scenic route down to Kingfisher Club at Blue Lagoon in Durban.

Aston Davies (1:49:08) and Sarah Heslop (2:35:27) were the respective men’s and women’s winners of the 40 km ride.

The popular Mr Price Karkloof Trail Blazer is back again and takes place next weekend from the Karkloof Country Club. This year features a 12 km trail run. The event, being held in the stunning Karkloof Valley, aims at providing riders and families with a real chilled-out experience of superb trails in the surrounding Sappi forestry plantations. No prizes, no race packs, no complications, just darn good single-track riding. For the social beginners and families, do not fear, as the 20 km route allows you to enjoy the area as well without any single-track or technical riding. The 40 km route allows participants to start any time between 8 am and 8.45 am. The 12 km trail run starts at 8.45 am, followed by the 20 km MTB ride start between 9 am and 9.30 am. Enter by visiting www.mrpriceheroes.co.za, and for details e-mail Gregg@impiconceptevents.com

The Sani Transfrontier MTB Epic takes place on December 3 from Sani Pass Hotel near Underberg. Riders have the opportunity to traverse the famous and scenic Sani Pass with the choice of a 42 km ride (to the top) or 26 km ride (to the first borderpost). Enter via www.roag.co.za.

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