Cycling is big this September, with an abundance of longer-distance events

2012-09-08 00:00

Mountain Biking

BRANDON Stewart led home a top-class field at the Stihl Umko Classic last weekend, taking the win ahead of Travis Walker and Brendan Davids.

Nedene Cahill won the women’s race, with Brenda Potts second and Natalie Bergstrom third. The 25 km race was won by Bryan le Roux, and Stephanie Vincent was the first woman home.

The Clover Lynford Classic starts from Lynford School tomorrow. Registration is from 7 am to 9 am with the 40 km starting at 9 am, followed by the 20 km at 9.10 am and the 10 km at 9.15 am. Great entrant giveaways, entertainment and food stalls on offer. Further info available at

The Jeep Hill 2 Hill MTB Marathon is the only one-day mountain bike marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and takes place from Hilton to Hillcrest next Sunday. This year, the 45 km half-marathon is held the day before the full 100 km race, from Cato Ridge Golf Club to the polo club at Hillcrest.

Also on the Sunday, while the 100 km marathon takes place from World’s View, a 15 km fun ride is at Shongweni, plus a two kilometre kids’ ride, both starting and finishing at the polo club, but finishing before the leaders arrive. Entry is limited and once the designated number in each event is reached, entries will be closed. The first 1 000 riders to enter the marathon race receive a free Jeep race T-shirt. Half-marathon and 15 km riders and supporters can buy supporters’ shirts via the ROAG website.

The marathon route is a true MTB course, incorporating an interesting mix of gravel roads, jeep track, cane breaks, single track, some steps, and tar over a couple of kilometres of urban riding.

The route is carefully planned to make the race a challenge of fitness and mountain biking skills. The marathon also features at least one cut-off to ensure all riders are off the course before dusk. There are medals for all riders in all races and rides. There is a prize money for race winners and over R10 000 of lucky draw prizes, including a full suspension mountain bike and Thule bike racks. Entries at and info at

September sees an abundance of longer MTB events, with the MTN Hilton Dirt Festival on the long weekend, Sunday, September 23, which ties in with The Witness Hilton Arts Festival. The event comprises the 110 km ultra marathon, 75 km marathon, 45 km half-marathon, aQuelle 20 km fun ride and a fun 10 km race. Details at

The addition of the inaugural three-day Great Trek gives prospective entrants three options, which includes the three-day Descent and the two-day original Berg & Bush.

The Great Trek, which starts on October 30 near Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State, follows the same route as the Descent.

The Descent gets under way on October 26 and finishes 220 km later at Winterton Country Club. The 110 km two-dayer starts on November 3.

To enter the Great Trek, visit or find the race on and twitter @bergandbush.


THE Stihl Treverton Bundu Bash is from Treverton School tomorrow morning. This is the second event in the series. Details at

Entries close on September 23 for the second event of the prestigious CompliMed Midlands ULTRA Tri-Series on October 7. This exciting, half iron man and sprint distance event is at Midmar Dam and attracts over 800 competitors.

The introduction of the Canoe Ultra Triathlon means paddlers from around South Africa will have the opportunity to take on a challenging event. The successful first event in the series was in March this year, with over 750 athletes participating. A broad range of categories cater for top athletes, weekend warriors as well as relay teams. With a prize purse of R40 000, all of SA’s top triathletes will be battling for overall line honours. Visit or contact B-Active Sports at

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