A muddy Mudman

2010-03-27 00:00

THE Cordwalles event of the aQuelle Mudman Series took place at Orient Park, Midmar Dam last weekend — and lived up to its name: Mudman!

Saturday afternoon’s downpour left the carefully prepared course soaked and perfectly muddied for the nearly 1 000 participants, who enjoyed the ideal conditions for racing and fun.

Justin Porteous proved unstoppable in the full-distance swim event, taking a comfortable victory in one hour, 27 minutes and six seconds. Second place went to Tyronne White (1:31:04) with Jean-Paul van der Linde third (1:31:43).

The women’s race was hotly contested with Kerry Koen powering through the final five kilometre run leg to take the lead from Melanie Palframan, winner of the Epworth Mudman. Third place went to Sarah Scott.

The half-distance swim event drew the biggest field of over 300 entrants. Channing Smith took the honours in a fast 47 minutes — nearly three minutes clear of second-placed James Damant (49:53) and Callum Borthwick in third (55:48). Savannah Schuit was impressive in the women’s race, taking the win and finishing fourth overall.

Trevor Hellens and Caroline Minnaar were the respective winners of the full- distance canoe event. The half-distance event was won by James Wewege and Jordan Peek respectively.

Exciting racing was the order of the day at the Bushman’s MTB Challenge.

The venues for the Bonitas Sunday Tribune Wildseries are typically chosen to exhibit the diversity of our natural heritage, and this past weekend Wildlands and their sponsors did just that. Nestled in the Drakensberg is the picturesque Wagonsdrift Dam, part of a tranquil wildlife reserve, which played host to the third annual Bushmans Mountain Bike challenge.

The race up front was always going to be tough, based on a starting line-up of big names such as Travis Walker (DCM), Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness), Brendon Davies (Team Jeep), Carl Calverley (Subaru/WSquared) and Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance).

From the gun, the pace was explosive, with Calverley taking the lead into the first section of single track followed by Davies, Hill and Walker. The extreme pace quickly separated the field, and saw the small pack of four leaving the chasing group of Warr and David Low. Calverley put the hammer down on a rough rocky climb to ensure the following group didn’t catch up.

The first big move of the day was on the King of the Mountain climb, as Calverley attacked and tried a break, but unfortunately he was caught by Walker, who claimed the King Of the Mountain.

Walker managed to break free of the group of Hill, Davies and Calverley with a 30 second lead, pushing very hard to stay clear.

This was the decisive move of the day, with Hill and Calverley not able to bridge the gap. But they did manage to shrug off young Davids, with eight kilometres to go.

The ride to the finish was extremely fast with the top-three podium times very close, with Walker in first ahead of Calverley and Hill.

Shale Exelby (Subaru/WSquared) took a narrow win in the women’s race ahead of Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) and Tania Raats (Cyclelab) in third.

The 20 km intermediate race was won by Dani Jensen and Peta Johnson in the respective men’s and women’s fields. Brendon Venter and Emily Chalmers-Banks took the honours in the Sub-Junior Series.


The first event in the Suncoast Compendium Multisport Series takes place in Durban tomorrow morning. This first event is comprised of a sprint-distance triathlon. Serious prize money is up for grabs. For further information, log onto www.bactive.biz.


The Subaru MTB Super Classic takes place from Cedara College tomorrow morning. Incorporating the best of the Hilton and Cedara single tracks, this event offers some of the best mountain biking available in KwaZulu-Natal.

The three distances to choose from are the Subaru 45 km at 8.30 am, the Jowetts Cycles 25 km at 9 am or the Mad Max 10 km at 9:10 am.

For further details, contact Gary on 083 659 8605.

• Entries for one of the most popular mountain bike events on the KZN calendar, the Cumberland Super Classic on Sunday, April 18 are now open. This event provides riders with one of the rare opportunities for 12 km of true single track, one of the main reasons for the massive turnout on the day.

The event is again part of the successful KZN Super Classic series, where riders gain points in a vast array of age and gender categories. Pre-entries close on April 14 at www.roag.co.za.

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