Win a ‘dream come true’ for Lill

2013-08-03 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

BY winning the MTN Hilton Dirt Fest Ultra Marathon last weekend, Darren Lill (Cannondale/Blend Properties) proved that there is truth in the saying “third time lucky”.

Lill has been threatening to win a race in the MTN National MTB series throughout the season, but he was unfortunate on two previous occasions to run out of luck at crucial moments. He was leading at the MTN Barberton race, but a stick that became entangled in his bike’s wheel put an end to his chances.

During the MTN Sabie race, he took a wrong turn while he was in the lead. These setbacks certainly served as extra motivation for Lill. He promised himself that he was going to win a race in the MTN National MTB Series, come what may.

“The Hilton race was the last opportunity I had to fulfil my dream,” he said. “Getting the victory under the belt is very special. I proved to myself that I am good enough to win. Hopefully, I will not have to wait quite as long for my second victory.”

Nico Bell (Westvaal/Bell Cycles) was second in 4:33.25; Gawie Combrinck (Westvaal/Bell Cycles) third in 4:33.45; Waylon Woolcock (RE:CM) fourth in 4:34.27, and Andrew Hill fifth in 4:42.54.

Christine Janse van Rensburg won the women’s race over 75 km with Janine King finishing second and Amy McDougall third. The men’s 75 km U23 marathon race was won by Brendon Davids (Jeep) with Luke Roberts second and Jan Withaar third. The Nissan National Half-Marathon was won by Julian Jessop. Raymond Wagener was second and Jannes Buijs third.

The 14th Imana Wild Ride took place on the full moon between July 22-25. The race was dominated by the formidable pairing of defending champion Warren Price and four-time previous winner Nick Floros. Team Safire led from start to finish, proving to be in a class of their own as they claimed the honours.

Cape Town duo Craig Woods and Tim Osrin (Harvest Foundation) held firmly on to second position. The race was on for third place as positions changed constantly over the four days. In the end, it was the talented Smith brothers, Pete and Mike, who claimed a deserved third place after a tough battle with Steve Stamp and Roan Exelby.

The Illovo Eston MTB Classic takes place tomorrow. The 60 km Marathon starts at 8 am, followed by the 40 km aQuelle Half-Marathon, then Tala/aQuelle 18 km Family Ride at 9.05 am and the Stihl 10 km Fun Ride at 9.40 am. The Eston Classic strives to not only add miles to the single track, but also improve the quality of the riding experience.

The 60 km (shortened from 75 km two years ago) and 40 km routes take in much of the great Eston area, including the vast sugar cane fields and indigenous forests that line the agricultural lands.

The Tala 18 km Family Ride is a unique opportunity for riders to get up close and personal with the superb wildlife that Tala has, from rhino to zebra and giraffe, and this is the only chance during the year that normal public members get to ride in this wilderness area.

For the kids, the ever popular Milky Lane 10 km ride provides heaps of family fun on the same course as 2011. Registration is open at the club tomorrow between 5.30 am — 10 am. Limited late entries will be available.

For race profiles, local accommodation, activities and additional information visit www.illovoestonmtb.co.za.

MULTISPORT

The third and final event in the Varsity College Multisport Series takes place at a new venue at Eston Club on August 11 (this has changed from Albert Falls Dam as originally advertised). The full course Multi-X comprises a five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and one kilometre trail run. The stand-alone trail run options (five kilometre/15 km) and mountain bike races (40 km/20 km/10 km) are again on offer for those individuals who prefer to concentrate on one discipline.

T-shirts go to the first 200 entries (except for the 10 km MTB and 5 km trail run). Entries close on Wednesday evening on www.roag.co.za. Further information on www.maxcluer.com.

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