BRINK and you missed him

2007-11-17 00:00

Junior Willie Brink (Time Freight/Jeep) rode to an emphatic win at the Hattons Schwinn Midmar 50 Miler Mountain Bike Challenge at Midmar Dam last weekend.

The lanky Hilton College matriculant, who represented South Africa at the World MTB Championships in Scotland recently, showed good end-of-season form as he took an early lead in the testing 80 km race, scooping the King of the Mountain prime on his way to a solo victory ahead of second-placed sub-veteran Daniel Paul (Jowetts). The first senior, Nicholas Porteous (Bundu Bashers), placed third overall while veteran Paul Lancaster (Burg Wheelers) put several of his younger counterparts to shame with a deserved fourth place overall ahead of junior Bruce Hughes. Ursula Morris was a worthy winner of the women's race with Cathy Traynor and Wendy White in second and third respectively.

The Parklane Spar 30 Miler (48-km) Classic produced some aggressive racing between team-mates Jedson Tooms (Jowetts) and Gary Flint, with Tooms setting a cracking pace and cleaning up the King of the Mountain Prime before being outsprinted by Flint in the bumpy grassy section through to the finish. Su Erskine was the first woman home followed by Karen Almond and Barbara


The aQuelle 16-km Reserve Ride through the Camp Thurlow Nature Reserve attracted over 150 participants while the three-kilometre fun kiddies' ride was a hit among the youngsters, who enjoyed a warm welcome home and a pack of sweets from the Nando's cockerel. Proceeds raised from the event will be donated to the Entembeni HIV/Aids Place of Hope, who helped out with marshals for the event. Full race results may be viewed on


80 km Marathon

Men Overall: W Brink (Time Freight/Jeep), D Paul (Jowetts), N Porteous. Women overall: U Morris, C Traynor, W White. Junior Men: W Brink, B Hughes. Senior Men: N Porteous, D Low, V Ntuli. Senior Women: U Morris, H Buley. Sub-Vet Men: D Paul, C Gonzalez, R McGladdery. Sub-Vet Women: C Traynor, W White, A Norris. Vet Men: P Lancaster, F Bradford, R Grant. Master Men: T Stevenson, B Milne, R Hamlyn.

48 km Classic

Men overall: G Flint (Jowetts), J Tooms (Jowetts), J Short. Women overall: S Erskine (Landrover Gear USN), K Almond, B Wiseman.

Three days in one at Subaru sani2c nonstop

One of the most exciting mountain biking events ever to be staged is currently underway between the rolling hills in Underberg and the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Scottburgh to cover 230 km in the Subaru sani2c Nonstop in 24 hours.

Nearly 40 teams of three plus their back-up crew gathered in the Underberg last night for the start of the inaugural Subaru sani2c Nonstop at the midnight witching hour. Cut-off is at midnight tonight.

Organiser Glen Haw says that the huge success of the three-day Subaru sani2c has led to numerous requests from competitors to challenge the route non-stop over 24 hours.

Haw says the route will differ slightly from the Subaru sani2c one, with mainly road riding until the sun rises.

He also points out that the route will not be marked but will be GPS'd with a road style map book supplied for competitors to enable navigation.

“To my knowledge, this is a first for an event of this nature in South Africa - possibly worldwide. But then this is also going to be the toughest mountain biking event on the Africa calendar. For further event details log on to

Potgieter signs with MTN Cycling

After being the dominant men's cycling team in the country in 2007, MTN Cycling will head into 2008 with a strong focus on developing stars of the future, having signed three talented U23 riders with star potential. Amongst them is Pietermaritzburg's Bradley Potgieter (18), who together with Jay Thomson (21) and Juan van Heerden (21) will bring some of the best raw cycling talent in the country. They will also lower the average age of the team from 29 years in 2007 to 25 years in 2008.

“We had a very experienced team in 2007 but with an eye on the future, we've taken on some very young riders for 2008,” explained Douglas Ryder, MTN Cycling team boss. “Daryl Impey found this team to be a perfect environment to nurture his talent and will move up a level to race mostly abroad for Team Barloworld for next year. We hope we can develop more young talent in a similar way.”

Potgieter is the 2007 national junior champion in both the road race and time trial, an impressive accomplishment considering the depth in the junior category at present. Among Thomson's victories is the 2006 Jock Tour, the toughest single-day race in South Africa. And Van Heerden was runner-up at the 2005 Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour at just 18 years of age. Already on the team from mid-2007 is another talented youngster, Jonathan Kinnear, the 2006 national junior road champion.

“That's four riders under the age of 22 that will bring a whole new dynamic to the team,” Ryder said. “All four have proven themselves and with such experienced elders on the team to guide them, they can only expect to improve.” The ‘elders' Ryder is referring to are Malcolm Lange, Nicholas White, Neil MacDonald, Waylon Woolcock and David George, who between them have almost 50 years of professional racing experience.


The Bonitas Sunday Tribune Midmar Multisport Festival takes place next weekend (November 24 to 25). The event raises funds for the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Penguins Swimming Club.

This year the annual Capital K will form part of the Bonitas Wild series and is combined with the all new Midmar Multisport Festival taking place next Saturday.

Fast facts

Saturday 24th November 24 - Multisport

09h00 7 km Paddle/30 km TB/10 km trail run

09h20 1 km swim/30 km MTB/10 km Trail run

09h40 5 km Trail run/30km MTB/5 km Trail Run

09h50 3,5 km Paddle/15 km MTB/5 km Trail Run

10h00 500 m swim/15 km MTB/5 km trail run

Enter as an individual or teams of two or three.

Sunday 25th November - Capital K Swim

07h00 3 km Swim

08h00 1 km swim for girls 14 years and under/ladies 31 years and older

09h00 1 km swim for boys 14 years and under/men 31 years and older

10h00 1 km swim for girls/ladies 15 -30 years

11h00 1 km swim for boys/men 15 - 30 years

12h00 Team event - 4 swimmers

For more information on categories, prizes and entry details log on to


The third edition of Mountain Splendour Mania will be held at Mountain Splendour Eco-Resort in the Central Drakensberg (next to Champagne Sports Resort) over the weekend of December 1 to 2. The weekend event is hosted by well known Multisport guru, Iain Don-Wauchope.

The weekend comprises a five-kilometre trail run/20 km MTB/five-kilometre trail run on the Saturday, with three categories - an individual race and two and three person teams. Sunday sees a 20-km and 40-km MTB Classic through picturesque areas of the Drakensberg.

For further info contact Dave Ward on 082 492 1995/031 563 5645/



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