Perfect weather, record numbers at Lake Eland MTB event

2010-10-11 00:00

ANOTHER successful Lake Eland Super Classic wrapped up at the Lake Eland Game Reserve at Oribi Flats yesterday. Large crowds and a record number of entrants enjoyed ideal weather while participating in the various races.

The main event yesterday saw around 800 mountain bikers navigating the 25 km and 45 km Super Classic courses set by the reserve’s Trevor Dunstone. It took them through the majestic scenery of the park, along a cliff face and over a narrow floating bridge on the dam.

Said organiser Chantel Elliott, “We are absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to grow the event in the past year, especially our main races where we’ve attracted around 200 more mountain bikers to take part.

“Most importantly, though, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the generous support of our sponsors and the community,” she added.

Overall winner and top spot in the 45 km MTB race went to Andrew Hill of Durban, who finished in a time of 1:48:16. Minutes behind him were South Coast brothers Justin and Nick Porteous, who claimed second and third positions respectively.

Other highlights at the weekend saw Howick High School claim gold in the senior division of the Interschools MTB Challenge. They were beaten last year, but were back in full force to reclaim the floating trophy. The junior division trophy went to Creston College, which has a strong team in the grade 1-7 grouping.

Interschools co-ordinator Lynda Kuhn is thrilled that more schools from around the province sent teams to take part in the challenge. Pupils came from as far as Wartburg Primary School in the Midlands and Ashton International College at Ballito.

Around 220 off-road bikers also took part in various fun rides through the neighbouring farmlands. Participants in the 46 km advanced ride had to test their skill and ability when they were faced with thick bush, rock climbs and dry river beds.

The Lake Eland Super Classic, now in its seventh year, is a fundraiser for Creston College in Oslo Beach, while a percentage of money raised also goes to the Exolabeni CP Primary School in Oribi Flats.

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