Youth dominate at Cascades

2013-02-09 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

EVENT one in the KZN Mountain Biking Cross-country and Downhill Series took place at the venue of choice, Cascades MTB Park, last weekend.

Perfect weather led to a fantastic turnout of enthusiastic competitors to race on tracks and trails that had barely recovered from the muddy Cycle Fest two weeks earlier.

U23 riders dominated in the men’s Pro-Elite category. Rourke Croeser took the win, racing over five laps in a time of one hour, 21 minutes and 56 seconds. Brendon Davids placed second (1:22:14)and Travis Walker third (1:23:34). Tim Stark won the Elite men’s category in 1:31:03.

Cherise Stander fought off a strong challenge from U23 rider Ashleigh Moffatt to win the women’s Pro-Elite over four laps in a time of one hour, 23 minutes and six seconds. Moffatt placed second and was the first U23 woman in 1:25:20, with U23 rider Hayley Smith third (1:25:47).

Winners of the age groups (male, female): Nippers — Jordan Bold, Emma Clipstone; Sprogs — Cale Lindeke, Sabine Thies: Sub-junior — Sharjah Jonsson, Tiffany Keep; Youth — Julian Jessop, Frankie du Toit; Junior — Keaton Korevaar, Bianca Haw; Sub-veteran — Nick Porteous, Nedene Cahill; Veteran — Daniel Paul, Natalie Bergstrom; Masters — Con Malherbe; Grand Master — Charles Stander.

The Downhill event was won by SA rider Tim Bentley (1:30), with David Hogan second (1:33) and Travis Browning third (1:34). Nadia Botha was the fastest woman on the track, taking the win in 2:05. Kate Stephenson placed second (2:08) and Roxanne Baney third (2:24).

The second event in the KZN MTB XCO is on April 6, with the All African Continental Championships taking place on the same course at Cascades on March 9 and 10.

South Africa’s national mountain biking cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) season starts this weekend in Durbanville, Western Cape.

The UCI Category 2 Elite event will attract South Africa’s top performers in the Elite men and women’s groups of this Olympic mountain-biking discipline, giving participants a chance to better their UCI world ranking by earning XCO points at home early in the season.

For the second consecutive year, the Slammer track at Willowbridge Mall will host the XCO discipline. Downhill riders will be racing at the popular Jonkershoek track in Stellenbosch tomorrow.

The organisers are expecting a large turnout, especially in the age-group categories for 30 years and above. This can largely be attributed to the UCI MTB Masters World Championships being staged in Pietermaritzburg in August.

The next event on the KZN MTB calendar is the Wartburg 4ever Cycles MTB Classic on February 23. This event is the first event in the 2013 Roag Series and will likely attract a big field. The event includes something for everyone: 10 km trail run, 10 km run/25 km cycle combination, and 10 km, 20 km, 45 km and 60 km MTB races. It is a beautiful ride through green midsummer Midlands, pine forests with the famous triple single track meandering along cliff edges following the Umgeni River, with fantastic views of the Umgeni River and Albert Falls Dam. Entries and further info at www.roag.co.za.

MULTISPORT

Defending champions Tyronne White and Su Don-Wauchope were back to defend their titles at the 14th aQuelle Hermannsburg Mudman last weekend. White took the honours in one hour, 18 minutes and 50 seconds, ahead of Mitchell Ginsberg (1:21:43) and third-placed Daniel Carleton (1:22:53). Don-Wauchope was a clear winner in the women’s race in a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 24 seconds. Catherine Pellow-Jarman worked hard for her second place (1:46:20) to hold off a strong chase from Landy Puddu in third (1:47:43).

The half-distance swim event over a 400 metre swim, 10 km mountain bike and 2,5 km run proved the most popular event of the day, with many teams competing. Dirk McElligott took the individual men’s title in one hour, five minutes and 10 seconds. Second place went to junior Jedd Brown (1:05:45) with John Soderlund two seconds back in third place (1:05:47). The winners of this year’s corporate challenge were Pannar’s Pan-Tasties, while the high school and primary school challenges were won by Greytown High School and Wartburg School respectively. The longest-day prize went to two diehards, Angela Redinger and Renée Langermann.

Ewan Cochran (1:36:18) and Caroline Minnaar (2:06:42) were the men’s and women’s winners in the full-distance canoe race, while Gavin Dundas-Starr and Kayla de Beer were the winners of the half-distance canoe.

The second event in the aQuelle Mudman Series is the Epworth Mudman, which is at Albert Falls Dam on March 3.

CYCLING

The Burg Wheelers Battery Centre Road Race takes place at a new venue, the Noodsberg Country Club (near Wartburg), on February 24. It is well timed for cyclists preparing for the Cape Argus. Distances include 90 km, 65 km and 27 km. Entries and details at www.roag.co.za.

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