MTN Crater Cruise: Knox looks set for a unique hat-trick

2010-10-02 00:00

MAX Knox (DCM) is on the verge of quite a unique hat-trick after he won the MTN Hilton 50 Miler mountain bike ultra-marathon last weekend, fresh off his victory in the Hill2Hill the previous weekend.

This means if Knox wins next weekend’s MTN Crater Cruise in Parys he will have completed his hat-trick of victories.

“If I keep on talking about it, I might just jinx myself so I prefer to keep quiet and let my legs do the talking,” he says.

“All I can say is that my training has really been going well in the last weeks and I am feeling good at the moment.”

Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN-Energade) proved that his preparation for next week’s Commonwealth Games in India is still on track when he finished second while Marc Bassingthwaighte (Garmin-adidas) continued his upward curve by finishing third.

Hungarian Eszter Erdelyi Cluer (Jeep Garmin) proved that she might just be the only rider capable of beating Yolandé Speedy (MTN-Energade) on regular basis by winning the women’s marathon.

Having spent the last two months racing the European MTB World Cup, Cluer has shown some devastating form of late with her win at Hill2Hill followed six days later with her victory at the 50 Miler. Speedy finished second with Karien van Jaarsveld (USN) third.

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The Bonitas Sunday Tribune Michaelhouse Challenge tomorrow morning provides mountain bikers with another reason to head out and play in the hills of Balgowan in the midlands.

With an established route recently refined by course builder Nick Floros, there will be something for everyone.

The 50 km route will cater for the more experienced rider, the 20 km route will welcome all newcomers and a 10 km route is for younger riders. (Further info:

• The Lake Eland MTB Classic takes place next Sunday (October 10) and promises some amazing new track. The standard package 45 Classic, 25 km Intermediate, 10 km fun ride and five kilometres Kiddies ride will keep everyone satisfied.

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The Time Freight Midmar Notts Road Race takes place next Sunday (October 10). This event is one week before the Amashova, and is therefore the perfect warm-up.

Pre-entries close on Wednesday. Enter on Timing by Mr Price timing — bring your chip on the day.

* The annual MTN Amashova Durban Cycle Classic takes place on Sunday (October 17) starting outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 6.30 am.

Organisers have appealed to the public and residents along the 106 km route between the capital and Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium to bear with them as certain roads need to be closed from around 4.30 am for safety reasons.

Over 10 000 cyclists are expected to take part in the Amashova and the 38 km Sunday Tribune Amashova fun ride, which starts from Hillcrest High School at 5.45 am.

For cyclists still wishing to enter, late entries will be taken for all events at registration at an additional cost. Registration will be held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the underground parking lot, access via Walter Gilbert Road on the following days:

Thursday (October 14) between 1 pm and 6 pm; Friday (October 15) between 9 am and 6 pm and on Saturday (October 16) between 9 am and 5 pm.

• Info: or call 031 312 8896 during office hours.

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