Battles in the heat at Mountain View

2010-02-27 00:00

THE second leg of the Momentum Health Short Course Series took place at Mountain View Bike Park outside Pietermaritzburg last weekend on what proved to be a world class track. It was contested by over 150 racers in the mid-summer heat.

A fierce battle over nine laps saw Brandon Stewart (DCM Chrome) triumph over second-placed Roan Exelby (Thule/Morewood) and third-placed Carl Calverly ­(Wsquared/Subaru). In the women’s race Eszter Erdelyi-Cluer (Multigirl/Jeep) had a superb win over Candice Neethling (DCM Chrome) and third-placed Julia Colvin ­(Wsquared/Subaru).

Rourke Croeser (DCM Chrome) beat Brendon Davids (Team Jeep) and Darryn Purtell in the U23 men’s category. The women’s U23 was won by Melanie Palframan (Team Fox/Wsquared)

“A short, super fast and flowing course, meant a blistering pace,” said Croeser. “I’ve raced on many overseas tracks and this one is on par with the best.”

The Duesouth Xterra SA Championships presented by Rehidrat took place at Grabouw last weekend, attracting a record field of over 1 400 athletes in both the Xterra Full and Xterra Lite events. Top South African multi-sport athletes Dan Hugo ( and Mari Rabie (Team Jeep) took the honours.

Hugo crossed the line in an impressive 2 hours 22 minutes 29 seconds, with Kent Horner second and German Nico Pfitzenmaier third. Rabie crossed the line in ninth place overall in a time of 2:47:17.

The third event of the Greg Minnaar Mongoose Down Hill Series takes place tomorrow at Cascades Track in Pietermaritzburg. The organisers have built a short course incorporating the bottom half of the 2009 World Cup Track.

The track is very fast and includes a number of spectacular jumps and challenging technical sections. With over 60 riders expected to take part, including the likes of Greg Minnaar, Tim Bentley and Hayden Brown, competition will be fierce.

Spectators are welcome to line this very spectator-friendly track at no cost and enjoy some exhilarating extreme downhill mountain biking. Racing commences at 1.30 pm with each rider completing two timed runs. Riders may enter at the start from 8 am to 10 am; practice is from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, and the entry fee is R100.

A big field is expected at the Ryan Maullin Battery Centre Midmar Notts Cycle Challenge tomorrow morning. This popular event takes place two weeks before SA’s biggest cycle race, the Cape Argus Pick ’n Pay Cycle Tour. Registration and late entries take place at the start at 5 am and 6.50 am at Midmar Dam tomorrow morning. No registration will take place today. The first race will start at 6.50 am (tandems) with the various categories leaving in batches five minutes apart thereafter.

The event is timed by Mr Price timing; riders must bring their own timing chips or be issued with a chip at registration.

The second event in the aQuelle Mudman Series is hosted by Epworth School and takes place at Albert Falls Dam tomorrow morning. Registration will be open between 7 am – 8.30 am with the full distance event starting at 9 am followed by the half-distance at 9.30 am and the Mudskippers at 11 am. (Info:

* There is a week to go to the Bonitas Midlands Ultra Triathlon at Midmar Dam next Sunday, March 7. The Ultra Distance Triathlon consists of a 1,8 km swim, 60 km cycle and 15 km trail run. A sprint distance consists of a 600 m swim, 20 km cycle and a five-kilometre run.

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