Wartburg proves perfect tester for Amashova

2012-10-06 00:00

CYCLING

The Time Freight Wartburg Road Race took place from the Wartburger Hof/Orien Hotel in Wartburg last weekend.

Junior Ryan Felgate won the 82km race, followed 20 seconds later by Kevin Benkenstein, with Deno van Heerden placing third.

Claire Matthews was the first woman home, followed by Julieann Hampson and Mira Sprig.

AJ Swanepoel and Heather Watson won the tandem race, while the 25 km race was won by Ryan Stroberg and Leslie Shooter was the first woman home in third place overall.

The new route proved somewhat tougher than the original Midmar-Notts route, with the last finishers arriving in just under 4:30. For many, the race was the perfect tester ahead of the Amashova cycle race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban next weekend.

Next Sunday’s Amashova Durban Classic is an annual mass participation cycle event and one of the most popular events in the calendar, attracting over 10 000 cyclists.

With full road closures on the cycle route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, it is regarded as KZN’s safest race.

This year will be the 26th Amashova, making it the oldest “Classic” cycle race in the country. The 106 km race has a cash prize of over R98 000 up for grabs. Cyclists taking part in the 106 km event will need to be at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at least 30 minutes before their official start time.

The 40 km fun riders will need to be at Builders Way, Lillies Quarter in Hillcrest at 5.15 am. Both races end at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The fun riders will already be relaxing in the stadium by the time the “racing snakes” get there.

Be sure to find a good vantage point on the finish line to watch the pros in action.

More on www.shova.co.za.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Today’s inaugural Homeward Bound Challenge is set for a pre-dawn start at Mountain Splendour this morning and will finish some 220 km later at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg.

This unique and challenging concept is not a first in mountain biking, but it is a first on this scenic course, which has been designed by Nick Floros.

No doubt it will prove a worthy challenge for those intrepid mountain bikers looking to break boundaries and personal barriers in terms of long-distance mountain biking.

The concept is a team of four, with one of the members the driver of the support vehicle.

The team is permitted one rider change with the driver after the half-way mark, which means two riders of the team will ride the full distance.

It is as much about team work as it is self belief. For those taking part, it will be a journey to remember.

The Van Reenen Over the Edge & Back MTB Challenge takes place next Saturday from the Green Lantern Inn in Van Reenen Village.

Distances include 45 km, 21 km and 10 km. Entries and further info on www.roag.co.za.

MULTISPORT

The prestigious CompliMed Midlands Ultra Triathlon takes place at Midmar dam tomorrow morning.

This “must-do” event is the highlight of the KZN Triathlon and Multisport calendar with SA’s top athletes pouring in from around SA to claim their share of the R35 000 prize purse.

Over 700 athletes have already entered, which means the roads around Midmar dam are going to be abuzz with activity as participants cycle laps from Midmar Dam along the R103 onto the Dargle road and then back to Midmar.

The first race starts at 7 am and farmers and business owners are asked to postpone trips in this area between 7 and 12 pm, when the cycle route is opened up to the public again. No road closures will be in-place, but the Howick police will be out in full force keeping the athletes safe.

Security will be marshalling the event, and they will be trying to accommodate both the public and the cyclists safe.

Congestion and delays will occur and the public is asked to avoid the affected roads until 12 pm if at all possible.

The run routes are all inside Midmar dam and the main prize giving will be at 3 pm.

The St Dominic’s Bundu Bash in Utrecht is next up on the multisport calendar on October 20. Various events including a 40 km MTB, 10 km Trail Run and 4 km amble (walk) as well as the various multisport events.

Entries and further info on www.roag.co.za.

Entries are now open for the Triple Challenge, which takes place on November 4.

This truly African experience takes athletes and teams on a multisport journey through some of SA’s most breathtaking scenery on a 20 km Trail Run from Pietermaritzburg to Camperdown.

The trail leads through three game reserves, and becomes a 52 km mountain bike trail from Camperdown through the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills to Inanda dam, where it ends with either a paddle of 18 km (with two short portages) for the Multisport event; or a 7 km Trail Run for the MultiX event.

Athletes may enter individually or in teams of two, three or five people, with various options. Trail runners and mountain bikers wanting to race these specific legs may enter just the Challenge Trail Run (10 km or 20 km option) or the Challenge MTB (53 km).

It’s a great challenge for friends, clubs, schools or corporates, but especially for the individual who wants to “race themself” over this testing and scenic course in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal.

Further details on www.triplechallenge.co.za.

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