Veteran ace Michael Adey clocks fastest time at Midmar Notts

2011-03-05 00:00

THE Ryan Maullin Cyclelab/Battery Centre Midmar Notts 80 km Cycle Challenge was won by local veteran cycling ace Michael Adey in a fast 1:51:32. Due to the various starting categories, it may be debatable as to which start determines the winner of the race. However, Adey (40-49 age group) did clock the fastest time of the day.

Andrew Reeves (30-39) placed second with Deno van Heerden (30-30) third. First Elite home was Clinton Olsen, while Stefan van Eck claimed the Junior title. Jonty Tivers was first U23 and Paul Lancaster won the Veteran 50+ category. Brenda Potts sprinted to victory in the women’s race in 2:04:30, just one second ahead of Claire Matthews, with Wendy Brown third.

The youngsters raced hard in the 30 km race with Sheldon Lahner winning in 49:09, followed by Gareth Marquiss (52:07) and Jonathan Henry. Emily Chalmers-Banks was first home in the women’s race.

Full results available at www.elitetiming.co.za

Cyclelab Wartburg MTB Classic

Mountain bikers were out in force at the opening classic of the year with over 1 000 participants in the 45 km Classic and 25 km Intermediate. Rourke Croeser led home the field in the classic, taking the win in 1:51:08. Andrew Hill was close behind in second place (1:52:28) followed by Carl Calverly (1:53:08). Sean Merredew was the first sub-veteran home in fourth place overall, while Brendon Davids took the junior title in fifth place overall. Julia Colvin led the women’s race home, breaking the tape in 2:19:00. Amy-Jane Mundy placed second (2:23:54) followed by Shawna Thunder in third (2:25:56).

Sub-Junior Joshua Nelson did well to win the 25 km Intermediate field (1:09:30) with an equally impressive performance from Sprog rider Aaron Michell in second (1:10:59) and veteran Dave Alexander third (1:11:52). The women’s race was won by Cath de Souza (1:19:19) ahead of Lindsay Everson second (1:20:27) and Frankie du Toit (1:20:47).

Xterra Grabouw

Dan Hugo was crowned South African Xterra Champion for the second consecutive year and the third time in all after crushing the field at Saturday’s Duesouth Xterra in Grabouw. Hugo’s time over the 1,5 km swim, 25 km mountain bike and 10 km trail run was 2:15:30, nearly four minutes faster than his closest rival.

Kent Horner (2:19:22) and Nico Pfitzenmaier 2:22:13) stood alongside him on the winner’s podium.

It was unfortunate that Hugo’s biggest rival, four-time Xterra World Champion Conrad Stolz, was forced to withdraw from the race due to illness.

“I’m really disappointed not to compete today. I really wanted to do the event justice and show the people what the four time World Champion is made of,” said Stoltz.

The women’s race was won by Austrian Carina Wasle ahead of South Africa’s Michelle Lombardi in second and Carla van Huyssteen third. For Wasle it was a bitter-sweet victory.

Several KZN multisporters achieved good results. Tyronne White placed an impressive fourth overall to win the 25-29 age-group, while team-mate Daniel Carleton finished in eighth place (second in 25-29 age group) and Justin Porteous took sixth place overall. Jean-Paul van der Linde won the 35-39 age-group and Andre Booyens placed third in the 30-34 age-group.

This Weekend’s Events

The Drak MTB Xperience takes place from Underberg tomorrow morning. Registration opens at the Underberg Country Club at 7 am and the first event (40 km mtb) starts at 9 am.

The aQuelle Epworth Mudman takes place at Albert Falls Dam tomorrow morning. The full-distance race starts at 9 am, followed by the half-distance at 9.30 am, U10s at 11.30, U9-U7 age-group at 11.45 and U6-U4 age-group at noon.

Registration and late entries can be done today from 8 to 10 am at Epworth or tomorrow morning from 7 am at the start. R20 entrance per car to Albert Falls Dam. For more information, log on to www.mudman.co.za

The Future Life K-Swiss Midlands Ultra Triathlon takes place at Midmar Dam tomorrow morning. Over 600 triathletes are expected to compete. Although entries have closed, athletes wishing to compete in a team or individually can do a late registration today at Midmar Dam between 10 am and 3 pm. No late entries will be taken on the day of the event. For more information, visit the new race website at www.midlandsultra.com or call B-Active Sports at 031 764 1885.

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