Cyclists post top times

2010-02-20 00:00

THE Wartburg Spar MTB Challenge attracted over a thousand riders for the various events on offer. The perfect summer weather and an event with a proven track record for superb organisation must have been key factors in the event’s success.

Craig Paul (Team Jeep) rode home to take the overall race honours in the 45 km Classic in one hour 55 minutes 19 seconds. Second place went to David Leiman (team Thule/Morewood) with Carl Calvery third.

Julia Colvin took a deserved win in the women’s race with sub-veteran Beverley Wood second and Melanie Palframan third. Ryan Ellis took first place in the junior men’s section while Mathew Goetsch won the sub-veteran category and Jeremy Thompson won the veteran category.

The 20 km Spur Intermediate race was well supported. First place went to youth rider Dylan Kirby ahead of veteran Sean Dupont. Sub-junior Carlo Marzoppi took third place.

Emily Chalmers-Banks did well to win the women’s race, being in the sub-junior category and beating many of her older rivals. Gena Lofstrand placed second with Wendy Mills third.

(Full results:

Fast times at Blythedale MTB Challenge

The inaugural Blythedale Coastal Resort MTB Challenge was held in near-perfect race conditions after the overnight rain left the course in pristine condition and gave some relief against the weekend’s heat and humidity.

Andrew Warr (Muscle & Fitness) ripped the field up to clock a fast winning time of 1:24:27 for the 40 km classic. Junior Brendon Davids (Team Jeep) took second place in a time of 1:27:09 with Peter Smith (Team Jeep) in third place, just 20 seconds behind.

The rush was on in the top five as Craig Paul (Team Jeep) placed fourth, two seconds behind Smith, and Sean Merredew took fifth on the same time while winning the sub-veteran category.

The women’s race was dominated by Eszter Erdelyi Cluer (Multigirl Jeep) in an impressive ninth position overall. Multisporter Jean Hackland took second place, with Claire Matthews a few seconds back in third.

Multisport School youngster Craig Jarrett took top place in the 19 km race ahead of Bryce Rawlins and James Damant. Debbie Edwards was first home in the women’s field with Karen Lategan and Trudy Foster in close pursuit.

More than 430 riders took part, and were challenged to a diverse terrain, which saw them riding through dense coastal forest, cane fields and a section of beach.

(Full results and photos:


40km Classic, Men overall: A Warr 1:24:27, B Davids 1:27:09, P Smith 1:27:30. Women overall: E Erdelyi Cluer 1:36:38, J Hackland 1:54:43, C Matthews 1:54:58.

20km, Men: C Jarrett 1:10:43, B Rawlins 1:10:57, J Damant 1:15:34. Women: D Edwards 1:34:22, K Lategan 1:34:51, T Foster 1:35:23.

Bentley hot on Minnaar’s (w)heels

One expects Pietermaritzburg’s world-class downhill cyclist Greg Minnaar to be king when it comes to downhill racing. This was the case at SA’s first MTB National, held recently in Gauteng, when he clocked the fastest run in a time of 1:33:12. However, young Timothy Bentley, racing in the junior category, showed fans he has what it takes to mix with the best in downhill racing when he placed second behind Minnaar in a time of 1:34:47 while beating some of the masters in the sport. SA champion Johann Potgieter was third in 1:35:20.


The second event in the Momentum Health KZN Cross-Country Cup Series, hosted by Jowetts Cycling Club, takes place at Mountain View Bike Park tomorrow morning. Late entries will be taken on the day between 6.30 am and 7.30 am (no entries after 8 am).

Competitors who have pre-entries must register no later than one hour before the start of their race. The track is comprised of five kilometre laps criss-crossing under a canopy of trees overhanging the river.

Directions: From Durban on N3, take the Ohrtmann Road offramp, turn right at Manning Ave (at Macsteel) and continue for four kilometres, then turn right towards Bishopstowe for two kilometres. See the Mountain View Bike Park sign on the left.

From Hilton on the N3, take the Church Street offramp and keep left. At the robot (see Kentucky on your left), turn right on to the R33 New Greytown Road. At the next robot turn right on Ohrtmann Road. Turn left down Manning Ave, continue for four kilometres then turn right towards Bishopstowe for two kilometres. See the Mountain View Bike Park sign on the left.


Road cyclists can look forward to the Battery Centre Ryan Maullin Memorial Midmar Notts Cycle Challenge on Sunday, February 28. This popular event includes 80 km and 30 km distances and starts and finishes from Midmar Dam. Enter on The pre-entry fee for the 80 km is R120 or R150 after February 24.


The Bonitas Midlands Ultra Triathlon takes place at Midmar Dam on Sunday, March 7. This unique event places it in between the traditional “standard” and “ultra” distance course.

An Ultra Distance Triathlon consists of a 1,8 km swim, a 60 km cycle and a 15 km trail run. A second sprint distance event consists of a 600 m swim, a 20 km cycle and a five kilometre run.

The ultra race routes will consist of a one-lap swim course, followed by three laps of 20 km on the bike, then a one-lap 15 km off-road trail run. The run route has been made significantly easier, with only 40 % of the run off road and 60 % on-road. For details, contact B-Active Sports on 031 564 4062 or visit

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