MTB extravaganza kicks off

2017-06-21 06:00
On the Overall Women's Enduro podium (from left) Sonja Engelbrecht, Sabine Thies and Amy-Jane Mundy.PHOTOS: supplied

On the Overall Women's Enduro podium (from left) Sonja Engelbrecht, Sabine Thies and Amy-Jane Mundy.PHOTOS: supplied

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TIAAN Odendaal had the fastest collective times down the four stages of the Enduro course at the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival at Cascades on Friday.

Power brother’s Christopher and Jonathan Philogene came across the line in second and third respectively.

Young firecracker and multitalented Sabine Thies took the top honours in the Overall Women’s race with Amy-Jane Mundy and Sonja Engelbrecht finishing off the podium.

The atmosphere on the day was electric, and filled with people who share the same passion and love for mountain biking.

Although temperatures only reached 19°C, the KwaZulu-Natal winter sun played its part to make it an enjoyable day out as always for all of those involved.

The fast-paced action of the more serious riders was thrilling to watch, but the families riding together for the sake of having fun as a unit added to the atmosphere and overall essence of mountain biking as a sport.

Second placed in the women’s Overall category was Amy-Jane Mundy with a time of 26 minutes and 0:05 seconds.

“It was a very well-laid out track – I enjoyed the course thoroughly. Nick Floros and his team really put in a good effort.

“The climbs back up were a bit challenging but it was great fun.

“It was perfect for anybody who wanted to give it a try. A friend of mine did her first Enduro today and she absolutely loved it.

“It was absolutely brilliant. There’s no pressure on you, you’re just going out there to have fun and enjoy the trails.”

Back on the bike after a long injury break and eager to give the Enduro racing a go was local Sam Bull who, despite a crash in the fourth stage, had a phenomenal time on the course and finished fourth in the Elite Men’s category, and sixth overall.

“For me it was such an awesome day out. The racing side of things didn’t really go according to plan because of the tumble on the fourth stage so the result wasn’t exact what I wanted but aside from that, what an awesome event,” he said.

““We’re out there riding our bikes on a day like today, essentially a winter’s day. There’s nothing to complain about,” he added. - Supplied.

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