Triple Challenge: Cele, Ntuli win it for Change A Life

2011-11-12 00:00

LAST weekend’s 10th Triple Challenge will long be remembered for it’s dramatic racing. For the Change A Life squad it was their day of reckoning, with Nhlanhla Cele winning the Multisport race and John Ntuli the MultiX. Ntuli clocked the fastest run split over the first 20 km trail run, then cycled his heart out to lead the tough, 53 km MTB leg down to Inanda Dam, holding off a strong pack to break the tape. Behind him, Derrin Smith placed second, a minute ahead of Ironman tri-athlete Andre Booyens. In the women’s MultiX Sarah Gray took a convincing win.

Man of the Match must go to Cele, a true Triple Challenge Champion who brought it home for the first time for Team Change A Life. Team- mate Kwanda Mhlophe followed through in a deserved second place less than three minutes back, with Carl Folscher third.

Drama unfolded in the women’s race as Jean Hackland and Jane Swarbreck contested a race-long battle — cramping and determined, Hackland claimed it on the finish line in the closest finish in the history of the race. Marion Young placed a hard-earned third.

A new introduction to the Triple Challenge this year was the Challenge Trail Run and Challenge MTB events, which allowed individuals to take on these respective legs on their own and be a part of the Triple Challenge experience. The Challenge Trail Run attracted over 80 participants. Guy Allen took first place overall over the 20 km stretch between the start at Polly Shorts Spar and the finish at Camperdown, just 20 seconds ahead of Dean Moore with Grant Harper third.

Janene Carey posted a fast time to win the women’s race and place fifth overall. Teresa Moller claimed second with Jenny Sutton third.

Andrew Hill won the Challenge Mountain Bike over 53 km down to Inanda Dam, the only rider to break two hours. Per Lofstrand placed second and Jaco Kellerman third. Jackie Church took the women’s title with Liesl Curtis second and Mary-Anne Greenland third. Participants praised the single track into the valley and the unique section through Phezula Estate, which involved a creative pallet bridge hike-a-bike over the game fence.

Triple Challenge is about heart and soul, it is a uniquely African race which takes in the beauty of KwaZulu-Natal’s Valley of A Thousand Hills down to the finish at Inanda Dam, testing the participants at all angles. A handful of individuals completed their tenth journey along the Triple Challenge route; the Vuilbliksem teams and individuals Christopher Mortimer and Dane Lievesley will be recorded Triple Challenge legends. Here’s to the next decade.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The OUTsurance KZN Expedition, presented by ASG today, takes place over an awe-inspiring route from Inanda Dam, through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the Durban beachfront. The 80 km route at 6.30 am winds clockwise around the dam on stunning natural trails, kilometres of hand-cut single track and some district roads to meet the 40 km route below the dam wall. Not to be confused with the SA champs, this route cuts out all the serious hills around the dam. The 40 km route leaves Msinsi at 7 am and winds anti-clockwise towards the dam wall, with some honest climbs while the legs are fresh. For further info go to www.cyclelab.com.

The annual Matat Fees takes place at the Matatiele Country Club this weekend. This year’s show includes a fat stock show. E-mail wwwr56bikeadv.co.za or contact Sakkie Maartens on 083 626 8826.

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