Amazing Amashova

2015-10-28 06:00
Dylan Chaplan posted an impressive time of 3:11:22 in his first real road race. Photo: supplied

Dylan Chaplan posted an impressive time of 3:11:22 in his first real road race. Photo: supplied

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THE 2015 edition of the popular Amashova Cycle Classic took place on Sunday 18 October. The race started in perfect weather in Pietermaritzburg, but as the day wore on, so the temperatures started to soar and the wind picked up substantially on the run in to the finish at Suncoast Casino.

These conditions made a very testing day in the saddle, but then who said that cycling is for sissies? There were some excellent times, considering the heat, where the overall winner was Nolan Hoffman of the Abantu professional racing team in a creditable time of 2:24.

As far as all the Toti cyclists are concerned, they had some excellent times posted, with the leading Toti cyclist in the 106km event, Lawrence Herron, who posted a time of 2:50:51. He was followed by Bryan Powell, Shaun Baker and Daryll Brokensha, all of them breaking the three-hour mark.

One of the up-and-coming youngsters, Shalltin Beneke, was unfortunate to have a mechanical breakdown, and therefore had to abandon the race quite early on. One of the club’s memorable achievements was by a young cyclist who came over from mountain biking to road cycling, only a few months ago, Dylan Chapman. This was his first real road race, and he posted an impressive time of 3:11:22.

The rest had to toil in the heat and wind but with the gees that goes with cycling, some good times were experienced by various riders in their respective age groups.

Unfortunately, the club had a few other mechanical retirees, as well as a few abandoning the race due to the intense heat.

In the 65km event, starting at Cato Ridge, Toti had a few intrepid mountain bikers taking on the gruelling road event. Jaco Franken was the leading cyclist, finishing in a time of 2:30. All-in-all everybody had a wonderful experience. Well done to all our cyclists on finishing this fantastic event.

A few of our Toti mountain bikers rode in the Seabreeze Bittersweet MTB Challenge, where Brennan Anderson took the overall victory over the two-day event, and the rest of the Mambas were helping out with the marshalling at the event. - Supplied.

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