Stander rules while 25th Amashova is on

2011-09-17 00:00

BURRY Stander scorched to victory in the 15th annual Lynford Clover 40 km Superclassic on Sunday.

His time of 1:53.07 was over seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Kyle Dorkin (2:00.55). Evan van der Spuy was third (2:03:46).

The much-anticipated duel between Stander and Andrew Hill, winner of many previous Lynford Clover Superclassics, failed to materialise after medical issues forced Hill to withdraw.

Sarah Grey took the honours in the women’s race (2:30.07), adding this to her 20 km Lynford Trail Run win the previous day. Hayley Smith was second (2:37.54), followed by Lynford School teacher Shale Biggs (2:44.28). Julian Jessop won both the 25 km Intermediate race as well as the sub-junior section (1:16.47).

The thousands of cyclists who have signed up for the Amashova on October 16 have no reason to fear that South Africa’s oldest and safest national cycling event will be cancelled. Speaking in the wake of rumours that the Amashova could be called off because the race does not have a 2011 sponsor, Annie Batchelder, from organisers Right On the Night, said that all would go ahead as planned.

Batchelder said that the fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Amashova was even more reason for cyclists to support one of the country’s sporting highlights which will hopefully continue into the future. The cycling community is also playing its part in spreading the word that it is all systems go for this year’s Amashova.

The race is expected to draw a field of 12 000 — a massive increase from the original 150 when the Durban Classic started in 1986.

The 106-km Amashova will kick off from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Sunday, October 16 at 6 am; while the 38km East Coast Radio Amashova family fun ride will begin at Hillcrest High School at 5.30 am. Both finish at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Online entries to both events close on Sunday, however late entries will still be accepted at registration which is at Moses Mabhida Stadium from Thursday, October 13 from 1 pm to 6 pm; on Friday, October 14 from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Log on to or call the Shova organisers during office hours on 031 312 8896 for more.

The 70 km KZN Lassen Series ended in an extremely close finish on the testing final hill in which U23 rider Victor Grobler snatched the victory (1:43.50) ahead of seasoned winner Sean Merredew (1:43.57). Third place went to Mark Davel (1:44.01) while Ryan Felgate did well to win the U16 age-group in fourth place overall while Werner Moolman placed fifth.

Isabel Moolman once again took the honours in the women’s race (1:56.47) ahead of Mira Spring (2:04.20) and Simone Karshagen (2:04.30).

Amongst the younger age-groups, Sheldon Lahner and Rochelle van Eck were the respective winners of the 50km race. Full results available on

The Time Freight Multisport Festival weekend takes place over the weekend of October 7-9 and looks set to be a weekend of fun and adventure at Albert Falls Dam.

The Friday evening sees activities kicking off with the Energizer Night Race which caters for runners, walkers and mountain bikers. Saturday morning sees a five kilometre and 10 km trail run, followed by a 25 km fun Adventure Race and a Multisport Clinic in the afternoon. Sunday is full on action with the various multisport races on offer as well as the new Time Freight Express MTB Race.

Full event details and entries on

Tomorrow’s Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill MTB Marathon will be the ultimate test for many riders who have been preparing diligently through the cold winter for the Hilton to Hillcrest 100 km challenge. The 40 km race offers a more enjoyable and achievable option, but is not without it’s fair share of hills and technicality. Keep posted to the latest race info on

Next weekend is the MTN Hilton Dirt Fest, which forms part of the SA National MTB Series.

An ideal opportunity for mountain bikers preparing for forthcoming stage racing, the Dirt Fest offers 100 km and 75 km races on Saturday and the regular 40 km, 20 km and five kiolmetre events on Sunday. Entries on

The CycleLab/Stihl Midmar Notts 80 km and 30 km Cycle Races takes place next Sunday.

This is the perfect warm-up ride for those cyclists competing in the Amashova Pietermaritzburg to Durban cycle classic.

Entries on

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