Warr, Hackland win in Mid-Illovo

2010-04-30 00:00

ANDREW Warr (Muscle & Fitness) logged his second win at the third Juicy Lucy Classic Challenge held last weekend in Mid-Illovo.

The race results were uncertain right to the end with lead positions changing several times. Warr’s winning time of one hour, thirty minutes and 10 seconds placed him 45 seconds ahead of runner-up Craig Paul (Team Jeep), with last year’s champion Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) taking third place overall.

Jean Hackland’s (Team Jeep) consistent racing in recent months finally paid off as she took the lead from early race leader and team-mate Amy-Jane Mundy at the 25 km mark and went on to take her first win in a time of 1:53:52. Mundy took second place ahead of Tamryn Taylor in third.

The 18 km race, ridden mostly through the beautiful Gwahumbe Game Reserve, was a popular choice.

Craig Jarrett finished first in the men’s race in 0:49:10.

The first woman home was Jade Hattingh in 1:02:34.

Iain Don-Wauchope and Sara Scott were the respective winners of the eight kilometre trail run. Being true multi-sporters, they both went on to complete the 40 km Classic and finish among the top places.

The event proved to be a resounding success with a record 1 500 participants.

“As a fairly new race in mountain biking, the turnout far exceeded our expectations. It was also fantastic to see many of the multi-sport athletes taking the opportunity to participate in the early morning trail runs before heading off on their bikes,” said Craig MacKenzie, director of Juicy Lucy.

Full results are available on www.roag.co.za

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Mr Price Karkloof Classic Mountain Bike Festival boasts three days’ worth of seven events and 200 km of single track — in KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful autumn.

The Karkloof Valley has established itself as one of the premier biking destinations in South Africa, with a series of quality events and social rides taking place during the year.

The Mr Price Karkloof Classic MTB Festival is the signature event for the area, and 2010 is set to be one of the best yet.

The single track sections in the Karkloof have been dubbed by U23 World Cup Champion and second place Epic finisher Burry Stander as “some of, if not the best he has ever ridden, in the world.”

Now that’s coming from a rider who has ridden the world over, and his favourite track is in our own back yard!

The action-packed weekend will feature three days of superb mountain biking, including the: Global Trader Night Race (20 km); the Cross Country; the RED Sprint Event; the aQuelle 19 km and 40 km (voted top three half marathon course in SA in 2009); the SGB-Cape 10 km; and the signature event, the Mr Price 75 km Marathon (voted in top three marathon courses in SA in 2009).

Come and make a weekend of the Karkloof Classic and ensure you’re part of one of the most professionally organised mountain biking events in the world.

Entries are available at www.roag.co.za or www.karkloofclassic.co.za

CYCLING

Road cyclists are reminded that registration for tomorrow’s Tour Durban Cycle Race takes place today at Westwood Mall, Durban between 10 am and 5 pm. The main race covers a distance of 105 km, while for the less energetic there is the 40 km option. Late entries will still be accepted at registration.

The MTB race, which takes place today, offers 55 km, 25 km and 10 km events.

For further information, visit www.tourdurban.co.za.

Buley on top at SA Ironman

While South Africa’s Raynard Tissink did his country proud in winning the sixth edition of the Spec-Savers Ironman in Port Elizabeth last weekend, KZN has a champion of its own.

Durban-based Ironman triathlete Helen Buley realised her dream of qualifying for the World Championships in Kona later this year when she took a triumphant victory in the women’s 30-34 age group. She was the first South African women home in a time of 9:53:19 to place ninth overall among the women.

Tissink took the lead at the 20 km mark of the marathon- run leg and never looked in danger of relinquishing his lead.

When he crossed the line, he received rapturous applause from the crowd, as he gave South Africa its first Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa champion since 2005.

He finished in a time of 8:23:28 followed by Mathias Hecht (8:28:53), who led for the majority of the race. Daniel Fontana came in third with a time of 8:33:48.

It was a memorable race for Jason Shortis, who completed his 50th Ironman after recording the fastest run time and finishing in an overall time of 8:34:52. Stephen Bayliss finished fifth with a time of 8:40:28. KZN’s Brad Storm placed 10th overall and was the second South African home.

The women’s race provided a new champion in Sonja Tajsich, who clocked a record time of 3:07:13 for the marathon and secured her victory in an impressive 9:16:55.

Caroline Steffen placed second in 9:22:00 followed by Tine Deckers 9:29:58.

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