Mountain biking delight at Cumberland Classic

2010-04-24 00:00

THE Cumberland MTB Classic celebrated its ninth anniversary with a big field of over 1 500 participants. The riders were treated to perfect weather and single track to put a smile on everyone’s face. The fast nature of the course meant the racing at the front of the field was aggressive from the gun, with the top contenders attacking constantly in an attempt to break up the field.

It was only at the 41km mark of the 45km Classic that David Leiman (Morewood/Thule) put in a big attack on a steep section that was countered by Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance), and the two went down to the wire with Leiman snatching the victory from Hill.

Junior Brendon Davids (Team Jeep) took a deserved third place, having raced the MTN Half Marathon Nationals the day before in Clarens, where he placed fifth.

Only 10 seconds separated Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) from women’s winner Shale Exelby (Subaru/Wsquared). 

Amy-Jane Mundy (Team Jeep) came third.

The 25 km Intermediate race was won by Dani Jensen ahead of Kevin Leveridge and Sean Dupont.

Liz Alexander was the first woman home.

Alan Hatherly once again took the honours in the Sub-Junior Series. Second place went to Brandon Venter with the first girl, Savannah Schuit, placing third overall. Full results on

The final event in the four-part aQuelle Mudman Series was hosted by Durban Prep School last weekend. The new venue at Thornlea Dam, Eston, was a great success and attracted a field of over 400 athletes.

The full-distance swim course ended in controversy with the win being awarded to Tyronne White ahead of Ryan Redman, the overall series winner. Third place went to consistent top contender Daniel Carleton. Kirsty Scott concluded a successful series, taking the win and securing her overall series win in the women’s race. Second was Alexia Loizou and Kerry Koen third.

Channing Smith led home the biggest field of the day in the half-distance swim event, taking a solid win ahead of James Damant and Greg Nairn. First home among the women was Mikaela Johnsson in the 12-13 age-group, ahead of Gina Mazzoni and Sarah Siepman. Rudi van den Heever and Craig Jarret were the respective winners of the full and short course canoe events. Full results available at


The Juicy Lucy MTB Classic takes place tomorrow morning from the Mid Illovo Club. The event has options for everyone — the 40 km Juicy Lucy MTB Classic, the 18 km Gwahumbe Family Fun Ride, the five-kilometre and 10 km Ola Milky Lane Kids Ride and the recently introduced 18 km Husqvarna Trail Run and eight-kilometre Trail Run/ Walk. Late entries will be taken on the day at registration, which opens from 6.30 am tomorrow. For more information, log on to www. or call Brett Austen-Smith at 082 572 4522.


A reminder to road cyclists that pre-entries have closed for the Tour Durban Cycle Race, which takes place next Sunday. The main race covers a distance of 105 km, while for the less energetic there is the 40 km option. Late entries will still be accepted at registration, which takes place next Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. There is also an MTB race on Saturday offering a 55 km, 25 km and 10 km events. Mountain bikers can register on Friday at Westwood Mall, and on Saturday from 7 am to 8 am at the start of the race. For further information, contact Margie at 082 714 2471 or log on to

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