A fast and furious start

2011-01-22 00:00

THE first event in the all new Lassen KZN Road Series took place on the “Van der Merwes” circuit at Camperdown last weekend with a promising turnout of cyclists keen to get some racing into their legs ahead of the KZN Road and Time Trial Championships taking place this weekend.

The pace over seven laps of the 10 km circuit showed that the top riders were taking things seriously. Pro mountain biker Burry Stander showed early season speed as he broke the tape in a fast time in 1.38:41. James Louter and Sean Merredew filled second and third 20 seconds back, leading Deno van Heerden fourth and Rowan Tyler fifth.

Cherise Taylor edged out Isabel Moolman in the sprint for honours in the women’s 50 km race with Claire Matthews claiming third place.

U14 rider Sheldon Lahner took the win in the 20 km race ahead of U12 rider Cameron Wright with Daimon Wright third. Lauren Varty was the first girl.

The Lassen KZN Road Series comprises 10 events at the Camperdown circuit and provides local cyclists with a regular racing platform. The second event takes place on February 6. More on www.cyclingkzn.co.za



The summer racing season for Triathletes and multisporters is in full swing. East London this weekend hosts the SpecSavers Ironman 70,3 (half Ironman) over a 1,9 km swim, 90 km cycle and 21 km run format.

Then the City of Durban Triathlon incorporates the KZN Triathlon Championships on January 30 from uShaka beach.

Up country the Buffelspoort Dam hosts the Xterra event on January 29.

The aQuellé Mudman Series gets under way on February 5 with the Hermannsburg event, which is always a fun.

B-Active Sports, the event organisers for the 2011 Midlands Ultra Triathlon, have signed two joint title sponsors, K-Swiss and Future Life, as title sponsors for the prestigious Midlands Ultra Triathlon on March 6.

Competitors’ cut-off times are now five hours and 10 minutes to complete the 1,9 km swim course and 90 km bike leg of the triathlon.

In the Ultra event the swim cut-off time is extended to an hour and the cycle cut-off will be four hours and 10 minutes.

This extended time period will give athletes on the bike course extra time to fix mechanical failures and problems.

Entries have been pouring in for this prestigious event, making it the most sought-after triathlon in the country after Ironman SA and the Ironman 70.3 SA.

Athletes wishing to compete are encouraged to enter early as entries have been limited to the first 1 000 competitors with 700 places reserved for the Ultra event and 300 for the Sprint race.

Teams and Individuals entering before February 20 will be treated to a fantastic goodie bag as well as an athletes finish tent and physio’s. Pre-entries for both events close on the 20th of February 2011, with registration taking place on Saturday, March 5 at Midmar Dam between 10 am and 3 pm. Late entries will be accepted on Saturday at registration, which will be at the Midmar Dam slipway. For more information on the event visit the new race website: www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports on 031 764 1885.

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