Fifty—Miler MTB winners

2009-11-14 00:00

PHILIP Buys (Garmin Adidas) beat the heat and the competition to win the MTN’s Hilton 50-Miler last weekend. Well-known multisporter Ian Don-Wauchope (Mountain Splendour) surprised the field to finish second ahead of Justice Makhale (MTN-Energade) in third. Johnny Kritzinger (Garmin-adidas) and Renier Bellingan (WIN/Karsten Cycles) filled fourth and fifth respectively.

Buys was never under any real pressure during the 50-Miler. His biggest rival was Mother Nature, who made sure that things really heated up during the race with the temperature soaring to about 35°C. This led to the race-organisers deciding to rather play it safe and opting to shorten the ultra-marathon from its original 115 km to about 75 km. Buys welcomed their decision because, as he said, things might have gotten ugly in the last 30 km.

Hungarian Eszter Erdelyi Cluer (Multigirl Jeep) relished the heat and tough conditions to log her first South African national mountain biking victory. “I have been an athlete for 20 years, this is my life and I love it!

“I have won several Hungarian national races in track and field, mountainbike and off-road triathlon,” is how Erdelyi Cluer describes herself. She recently married well-known mountain biking commentator and event organiser Max Cluer.

Samantha Oosthuizen (WIN/Karsten Cycles) finished second with veteran Sarah van Heerden and Robyn Adendorff placing a close third and fourth respectively.

Bryce Munro (DCM) won the 75 km marathon-race of MTN’s Hilton 50-Miler-event. “It was quite a hot day with the temperatures soaring between 30 and 35°C which suited me just fine as did the single track sections. It surely gave me a huge advantage,” he said. Second place went to David Leiman with Jan Withaar third.

The 40 km race was won by James Reid, but he was nearly toppled by the talented Candice Neethling who placed second overall less than 10 seconds back! The Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupil claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships in Australia recently, so the boys can be forgiven for being beaten by a girl!

THE eighth Triple Challenge takes place tomorrow, starting in Pietermaritzburg. Multisporters, triathletes and run, bike and paddle specialists from around the country will line up at the start for the 100 km Ultra, which finishes at Inanda Dam. This year’s competition is fierce with a line-up of many of the country’s best multisporters vying for top honours in both the Multisport (canoe) event and the MultiX (duathlon) event.

Three-time defending champion Dan Hugo is back and hungry for his fourth title. “I am as amped for my fourth attempt at the event as I was for my maiden voyage,” said Hugo.

Last year’s runner-up Cas van Aardenne from Cape Town is in good racing form as is Pietermaritzburg’s Trevor Hellens (third last year) — the man with the record number of second place finishes. Craig Carter-Brown may be regarded as a “dark horse” — his all-round ability and strength could see him in the top five. Other names to look out for are Carel Esterhuizen, Kevin Arnold, Ryan Hodierne and Erik Zondi.

Amongst the women, Jean Hackland stands out as the favourite, as she has shown good form throughout the season. However, rumour has it that Abbey Miedema is back in the country and (as a previous winner of this race) her presence on the start line will pose a threat to the overall title. The ever consistent Hillary Pitchford with her strong paddling credentials could carry her through to the podium on the final leg.

The Triple Challenge MultiX event moves into its second year and has equalled the Multisport event in individual entries. Both the men’s and women’s fields boast some first-class athletes, which will make for exciting racing. Defending champion Jean Pierre ten Napel will be down from Gauteng and ready to race. Pietermaritzburg’s Darren Goddard, with three out of four wins in the Jeep Apparel Multisport Series, heads up the challenge in the men’s field. Justin Porteousis is also in great form. Top triathletes Nick Kinsley, Donovan van Gelder and Dean Moore will add a new dimension to the race.

The women’s field will be closely contested. Ironman triathlete Jane Brewer will be up against multisport regular Samantha Serfontein, triathlete Alexia Loizou and the Scott sisters, Kirsty and Sarah, who recently did well in the multi-day Southern Storm duathlon in the Eastern Cape.

The event comprises a 20 km trail run from Pietermaritzburg to Camperdown, followed by a 52 km mountain bike leg into the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Inanda Dam, to finish with either a 18 km paddle on Inanda Dam (Multisport) or a 6 km trail run (MultiX). The individual multisport athletes start at 5 am followed by the individual multiX athletes at 5.30 am. The winners are expected home at about 10 am. The event is also open to various team combinations.

Entrants are reminded that registration takes place today for the MultiX entrants at Athlete House, 31 Christie Road, Pmb between 9 am – 11 am and then at Inanda Dam (for all entrants) between 2 pm – 6 pm where the Multisport entrants will need to check their boats into the boat pound.

For further information and race details log onto

THE final event in the Talbot Laboratories DUCT Trail Run/Walk Series took place last weekend. Ian Don-Wauchope won all three events in the longer distance. The likes of Muzi Madikwa and Luiz Mateus and the Martin Dreyer Change A Life Academy runners Nhlanhla Cele and Zonele Nzuza could not match Don-Wauchope.

In the women’s race Su Don-Wauchope dominated the first two events with a display of powerful running. However, the duo of Alexia Loizou and Cary-Ann Smith were never far behind. In the final race Loizou won comfortably from Smith and Don-Wauchope came third.

The aim of the series was to raise funds for DUCT. R10 000 was raised through the trail series. Results on


THE second edition of the OUTsurance KZN Expedition takes place next weekend. Backed up by Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World and Giba Gorge as world-class host venues, the routes for the two distances — 70 km and 40 km — are simply stunning and offer riders the chance to tackle some of the best mountain-bike terrain between the Valley of a Thousand Hills and Durban.

The 40 km event (and the final 40 km of the 70 km ride) takes place on the second stage of the Dusi Mfula route with the exception of Burma. In the Expedition riders will go around Burma and not over. The 40 km event gives less accomplished riders who don’t fancy a two-stage event the opportunity of experiencing this special part of our country. Enter now on

THE Natro Berg and Bush has established itself as one of the most premiere stage races in SA, and this past weekend saw the introduction of the new, lengthened three-day version of the event, starting in the Free State, and aptly named the Natro Berg and Bush Descent.

Greg Anderson and Merlyn Jackson set a blistering pace on stage one and took the honours in a fast time of 3 hr 22m 19sec, with Donovan Jackson and Jeff Kriel (Tread Magazine) following in second place, seven minutes behind. Day two and three saw riders tackle the traditional Natro Berg and Bush days, taking in the superb river crossings, single track, boat crossing and zip lines.

Jackson and Anderson took the overall win at the end of day three with a cumulative time of 8hr 20m 40sec, with Jackson and Kriel five minutes behind to claim second place.


The Triple Challenge MultiX event moves into its second year and has equalled the Multisport event in individual entries

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