Classy MultiX at Holla

2012-06-30 00:00


THE first event in the Varsity College Multisport Series took place at Holla Trails, Ballito, last weekend. After a heavy downpour the preceeding night, the day dawned clear and beautiful, and participants took on the sodden tracks and trails with enthusiasm.

Resident Tyrone White used his local knowledge to win the MultiX Long Course over a five kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike and 2,5 km trail run. Living a stone’s throw from Collisheen Estate, White is one of the country’s top multisport athletes with world-class pedigree, so his win was fitting. Eston farmer Derrin Smith was snapping on his heels just 42 seconds back in second place and SA duathlete John Ntuli rounded a classy men’s podium in third place.

Sarah Gray claimed a comfortable win ahead of Karen Thomson with Maryanne Soulsby in third place.

The short course race over a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km mountain bike and one-kilometre trail run was geared for the racing youngsters and the novices.

Thomas Jessop, SA’s top sub-junior mountain biker, claimed the title ahead of fellow Team Jeep team-mates Cameron Wright — top SA Sprog mountain biker — with Devon Smith in third place.

Young Tiffany Keep took the victory in the women’s race ahead of an ill-fated Mikaela Jonsson and the feisty Courtney Smith in third place.

To satisfy the non-multisporters, the organisers introduced the stand-alone trail run and mountain bike events. Some enthusiasts raced both, like Marion Young and John Ntuli who were the women and men’s five-kilometre trail run winners.

The 15 km trail run was won by Mzamo Zondi, while Alexia Loizou claimed the women’s win.

Racing was tight at the front of the 40 km MTB race, with Robert du Preez taking the win ahead of Travis Walker in second and Western Cape rider Marthinus Esmeyer third. Dawn Hermon was first home in the women’s race ahead of Xenia Witte and Jessica Stamp third.

The 20 km MTB race was won by Merik Sparg and Lara Bateson, respectively. Full results, pics and YouTube clips available on Event two takes place at Shongweni Dam on July 22.


THE fourth and final round of the CSA Cross-Country and Downhill Cup Series took place at World’s View, Pietermaritzburg, last weekend.

KZN riders dominated the podium across the age categories, although the pro-elite men’s and women’s categories were won by out-of-province riders.

Samantha Sanders took the honours in the pro-elite women over five laps, while in the pro-elite men Western Province rider Renay Groustra took the title for the six-lap race.

Nedene Cahill and Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt from KZN placed second and third, respectively, in the pro-elite women.

Among the men, it was Free State rider Arno du Toit in second ahead of Pietermaritzburg’s Brandon Stewart in third.

KZN claimed the honours in 10 of the 16 eligible age groups. Travis Stedman and Sabine Thies were the respective winners of the nipper boys’ and girls’ categories, Cameron Wright won the sprog boys and Tiffany Keep the sprog girls, Thomas Jessop claimed the sub-junior boys’ title with Alan Hatherly tops in the youth men along with Bianca Haw winning the youth women.

Kyle Dorkin claimed the honours in the junior men, Natalie Bergstrom won the sub-veteran women and Con Malherbe won the master men.

KZN riders are the dominating force in SA mountain biking.

Western Province rider Jonty Neethling claimed the downhill title by split second from three KZN riders in close pursuit. Neethling’s time of 2:27:76 was just 10 seconds faster than Tiaan Odendaal (2:27:86) in second place with Samuel Bull third (2:29:71) and Hayden Brown fourth (2:30:06). Adi van der Merwe rounded the top five men (2:30:59) for Western Province.

Full results available on

The Halfway Toyota Illovo Sugar Challenge MTB Classic takes place tomorrow morning from Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre on the South Coast. Registration is open from 7 am to 9 am and late entries will be taken on the day. The event is timed by Elite Timing, bring your Roag boards. Races on offer include: 45 km, 25 km, 12 km and five kilometres starting from 9 am.

The John Dory’s Golovane MTB Classic takes place from Holla Trails, Ballito, on July 8. Distances of 50 km, 20 km or six kilometres are on offer.

Further event details on za.

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