Fast and safe single track at Shongweni

2013-05-25 00:00

ANDREW Hill claimed an impressive victory at the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge last Sunday. Fresh off completing the Nedbank sani2c the previous day, Hill held off a strong challenge to take the victory in a time of one hour, 43 minutes. Junior Alan Hatherly claimed second place (1:46,53) with David Low third (1:47,23). Equally impressive was Eszter Erdelyi, who took the women’s win in 2:9,13, having also completed the sani2c the previous day. Yvette Roberts finished second in the women’s race (2:20,02) just ahead of third-placed finisher Landy Puddu (2:20,57).

Jason Lewis was the winner of the 18 km race (48,53) ahead of Axel Collyer and sprog rider Travis Stedman third. Sprog rider Sabine Thies took a convincing win in the women’s race with Sarah Gray in second and Tanah Rivalland third.

The Compendium MTB Derby takes place at the Shongweni Polo Club tomorrow morning. “In this third event of the Roag Series, riders will enjoy loads of fast and safe single track in the popular Shongweni, Summerveld and Giba Gorge area,” said one of the organisers. The 20 km race shares the track with the first half of the 40 km. Less confident riders are catered for with a five-kilometre course (two laps for the 10 km riders), while kids’ entertainment, food and drink will be on offer on the Shongweni polo ground. Late entries will be taken at registration between 6.30 am and 8 am at the venue. The 45 km race is the first race to start at 8 am.

The third event in the Momentum Health Cross Country (XCO) and Greg Minnaar Downhill KZN MTB Series takes place at the Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, next Saturday. All entries will be taken on and all information can be found on Entries will also be taken at the venue on the day from 6 am. Inquiries: Vicky Peddle at KZN Mountain Biking at 082 896 6864 or info@kznmtb.


IT’S nearly time for the second event in the Varsity College Multisport Series on June 9 at Shongweni Dam. Participants may choose between the multisport and the multi-X events. The full-course multisport comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and five-kilometre paddle, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km paddle. The Multi-X caters for the non-paddlers and comprises a five-kilometre trail run, 20 km MTB and another 2,5 km trail run and offers a half-distance event. The stand-alone trail run options (five kilometres/ 15 km) and MTB races (40 km/20 km/10km) are again on offer. The course provides some challenging hills and thrilling single tracks but is achievable for all abilities at the right pace. Inquiries: and entries on

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