Burry beats odds

2010-06-19 00:00

JUNIOR Travis Walker (DCM chrome) made light work of winning the Fairfield Dairy Howick MTB Super Classic last weekend when he broke the tape in a time of one hour, fifty-three minutes and 16 seconds for the 45 km race. Second man home was Carl Calverley (Subaru/Wsquared) in 2:00:08 followed by David Low (2:01:10). Jeremy Thomsen was the first veteran home in fifth place overall, while local Kim Phillips was the first master home in a respectable 15th place overall.

Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) continued to show good form as she took the win in the women’s race in a time of 2:25:54. Team-mate Landy Puddu was a deserving second place finisher just three minutes back (2:28:36) while Nataschka Mowat placed third (2:40).

The field of nearly 200 competitors was treated to superb singletrack in the Howick forests.

It was the 20 km Intermediate race that attracted the bulk of the entries. Dani Jensen led home the 300-strong field in a winning time of 1:10:36. Gregg Brown (1:14:57) and Joel Bronner (1:17:36) completed the top three home.

The top three women arrived home in quick succession with Cindene Sheasby first (1:34:11) followed by Heleen de Boer (1:35:08) and Claire Graham (1:35:10).

Carlo Marzoppi won the Sub-Junior series, followed by Brandon Venter and Kyle Walker. Savannah Schuit was the first girl home.

Full results available on www.elitetiming.co.za


No stopping Stander at Mankele

Burry Stander (Specialized/Mr Price) won the MTN National Cross Country pro-elite race at Mankele last Saturday in dramatic style. Stander set a hard pace from the start, being the only rider to go under 18 minutes on the first lap, then disaster struck when he sliced his tyre on a sharp rock.

Stander said: “I tried to plug the tyre, but to no avail. The cut was just too big. That left me no choice but to take off the tyre completely and ride on the rim. I think I must have run or rode on the rim for about two to three kilometres to get to the technical section at the top of the mountain where I received a new wheel.”

Matthuys Beukes (Scott) managed to take the lead after lap three, but Stander rode like a man possessed and with lap times of 18,14 and 18,15 he managed to pass Beukes within two laps. From then on there was no way of stopping Stander as he rode to victory in a time of 2:13:37. Beukes was second in 2:16:30, Ben-Melt Swanepoel (Specialized/Mr Price) finished third in 2:20:58.

Yolandé Speedy (MTN-Energade) won the pro-elite women’s race, with Mariske Strauss (MTN-Energade) second and Caitlin de Wet (Specialized/Mr Price) third.

James Reid (Specialized/Mr Price) won the junior men’s race, Luke Roberts (Wsquared/Subaru) was second and Arno du Toit (Specialized/Mr Price) third. Bryce Munro won the U23 men’s race, with Dominic Calitz second and Adriaan Louw third. Patrick Belton won the race for youth men, Evan van der Spuy was second and Murray Starr third.

As expected, Candice Neethling (DCM) won the junior women’s race comfortably. Emily Clark finished second, 10 minutes behind Neethling, and Simone Vosloo was third, 30 minutes slower.



The Sardine Festival MTB Classic takes place tomorrow morning from The Pont, Port Edward. Competitors in the 40 km Classic are guaranteed a challenging track set in the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve (KZN, Hibiscus Coast) and adjoining farmlands. Most of the course uses Clearwater Trail Centre’s established mountain bike trail network designed by trail master Jan Abbot. It’s a race against time through banana, macadamia nut and coffee plantations with a single track uphill to the top of the gorge and then back into the valley to finish at the Old Pont Resort.

Entrants can also choose a 25 km MTB starting at 9.15 am or a 10 km fun ride at 9.30 am. The 45 km Classic starts at 9 am. A nature walk will follow at 9.30 am. For further info, go to www.sardinesuperclassic.co.za

Mountain bikers can look forward to arguably the coldest race on the KZN calendar next Sunday — the Glengarry Classic, 55 km of real mountain biking in the heart of the Little Berg.

The scenery through the Kamberg makes up for the mid-winter chill. More info on www.glengarry.co.za


The first event in the Time Freight Multisport Series gets under way from The Pont, Port Edward, this morning from 11 am.

Participants may choose the Multisport or Multix events. The full course Multisport is a five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and five kilometre paddle, while the short course goes half the distance. The Multix caters for non-paddlers and is a five kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5km trail run and offers a half-distance event.

The John Dory’s Kids Multisport Dash offers youngsters between seven and 11 their own Multisport.

Late entries will be taken at The Pont between 8.30 am and 10.45 am. For further information go to www.maxcluer.com

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