Seasoned athletes to novices

2013-03-02 00:00

MOUNTAIN BIKING

THE first race in the 2013 Quattro Roag Series, the 4ever Cycles Wartburg MTB Classic, kicked the series off to an outstanding start with over 1 100 riders taking part in the race.

2012 defending Roag Series Champion Andrew Hill stamped his authority on the 62 km race, taking a convincing win in a fast time of two hours, 31 minutes and one second. Second home was Brandon Stewart (2:34:57) with Tyron Bird in third place (2:38:33).

“The introduction of the 62 km event was the perfect way of giving riders what they want — to spend more time on their mountain bikes,” said Hill. “The route was brilliantly set out and had a perfect balance of climbing and rolling district roads, and great technical sections of single track.” Brenda Potts led home the women’s field in a time of 3:07:04, with Jeannie Dreyer second (3:09:05) and Natalie Bergstrom third (3:10:02).

The juniors dominated the 45 km race with Channing Smith (2:00:46) taking the win ahead of a sprint finish between Gareth Andrews (2:02:10) in second and Carlo Marzoppi in third (2:02:12). Youth rider Frankie du Toit showed her strength with a win in the women’s race (2:22:23) ahead of veteran Allegra Wykerd (2:32:26) and Angela Egeland in third (2:34:37). Winners of the 25 km race were Marc Adam (1:04:07) and Tiffany Keep (1:16:16).

KZN mountain bikers dominated the second event in the 75 km MTN Sabie National Marathon Series. Having raced overseas for Team Specialized Sho-Air last year, former Maritzburg College pupil Brendon Davids showed his international experience is starting to pay off as he took the honours in the MTN Marathon event over 75 km in a time of 3:09:43. David’s Team Jeep team-mates Travis Walker placed third (3:11:43) and Patrick Belton fourth (3:16:14) behind second-placed Brand du Plessis (3:10:02). Walker continues to wear the white jersey as the leader of the U23 category.

CYCLING

Ideal cool and overcast conditions greeted the field of over 400 participants in the new Burg Wheelers Battery Centre Noodsberg Road Race last weekend. Sean Merredew used his experience to time his sprint to perfection and take the honours in the 90 km race in a time of 2:15:42. Gilbert Quevauvilliers finished second just two seconds back, while Bradley Stroberg was awarded the Ryan Maullin Memorial Trophy for being the fastest elite rider home in third place (2:15:47). Isabel Moolman was no surprise winner of the women’s race in 2:40:57. Tessa Hess took second place (2:48:25) ahead of Cathy Doherty-Bigara (2:51:25). The tandem race was won by JP van der Linde and Andre Booyens, while the mixed tandem pair of Lauren Snell and Gerrie van Biljon placed second overall.

Catering for all cycling abilities, the race included a 65 km and 27 km option. Marc Adam took the honours in solo fashion in the 65 km race, while Rudi Greyling placed second with Dave Piper third. Leslie Shooter was the first woman home.

Cyclists should diarise September 29 for a repeat of this event which offers a perfect build-up race for those participating in the Amashova Cycle Race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in October.

MULTISPORT

The Epworth Mudman is the next event in the aQuellé Mudman Series at Albert Falls Dam tomorrow morning. Epworth will be pulling out all the stops with an awesome course, comprising a 750 m swim or four-kilometre paddle, 20 km MTB ride and a 5 km trail run through some of the most beautiful country that will have the heart racing from exhilaration as well as exertion. Seasoned athletes can anticipate the challenges of the course, while novices can look forward to a great day in the game reserve.

The Mudman focuses on “family, fun day” and the parents of Epworth lay on a fantastic day and plan to top all the previous events. The Epworth Mudman is not only for serious athletes, as there is an easier half-distance event, consisting of a 375 m swim or two-kilometre paddle, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run.

The Mudman can also be done as a team or as an individual event. The format is the same at each school’s event with the half distance and full distance and even a Mudskippers’ event for the little ones.

The aQuellé Mudman Series is the premier KZN off-road adventure, because athletes and non-athletes can plan and train for it at all levels of ability. Registration is open from 7 am with the full distance event starting at 9 am followed by the half distance at 9.30 am and the Mudskippers at 11.30 am. For further info, log on to www.epworth.co.za

The Complimed Midlands Ultra Triathlon Series takes place at Midmar Dam this weekend. This exciting series is now in its fifth year and race numbers and race infrastructure have grown immensely. Tomorrow sees the new Corporate Team Sprint Challenge event taking place alongside the ultra and sprint events. The Midlands Ultra Triathlon Series incorporates some of the safest training routes and the most scenic venue of any triathlon in Africa, rivalling many half Ironman-distance triathlons around the world.

The routes are all set along the ambling Midlands roads, which offer beautiful country scenery and ambling hills. Entrants should note that registration is open today between 11 am to 3 pm and tomorrow morning between 5 am and 6.30 am with the sprint distance starting at 7 am, followed by the corporate and the Ultra at 7.20 am. Further details on www.midlandsultra.com

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