Smith brothers triumph in Sani Transfrontier

2009-12-12 00:00

MUD, sweat and chain suck did not deter the Smith brothers, Pete and Mike, from setting the pace up Sani Pass in atrocious weather conditions to dominate the tough Sani Transfrontier MTB race last weekend.

Older sibling Pete (Team Jeep) enjoyed his victory at one of the final events for the year as he arrived home in two hours 52 minutes 16 seconds — comfortably clear of Mike (Team Subaru) in three hours eights minutes four seconds. Third place went to Julius Cobbett (3:15,26) with Andre Booyens in a close fourth (3:15,53).

Jeremy Maccelari completed the top five home (3:29,51). Top contender Willie Brink was one of many riders who experienced mechanical problems and was forced to withdraw with a broken derailleur before the first border post.

Underberg’s Gina Treleaven was the first women to cross the line in four hours, with Karen Koopman second (4:08,28) and Cherie Vale third (4:08,52).

A field of over 80 mountain bikers took on the challenge, which is regarded as testing in good conditions. The rain and mist experienced on race day made for very trying circumstances as many riders suffered with mechanicals, chain suck and very slippery tracks on the famous pass.


The final event on the KZN calendar is in progress today in Durban. The Hewlettt Packard Urban Rage MTB Assault Race presented by Jeep Apparel takes place from uShaka ­Marine World from 8 am.

Far from being a conventional MTB event, the tight, two-kilometre circuit comprises 30 obstacles designed to test riders’ skill and agility while being very spectator-friendly. Various categories ensure every­one is catered for, from the Kitty Cats (children U9), Cool Cats (teams of 2), Corporate Cats (teams of 3) and the Alley Cats (individuals) who become the Super Cats in the final at the end of the day.

The Kitty Cat race caters for youngsters on a special course through uShaka Marine World and starts at 8 am. Entries are taken at registration from 8 am to 10.30. For details, visit

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