Teen cleans up at Giba Gorge

2009-07-04 00:00

SIXTEEN-year-old James Reid surprised his rivals with technical skill and strength to win the 48-km Giba Gorge Birthday Challenge last weekend.

The youngster was not intimidated against a strong field that included Roan Exelby and David Leiman, and recorded a convincing five-minute win over Leiman, with Exelby fading to third, on the tight course.

The route was a real mountain biking challenge with plenty of steep climbs and over 80% run on single track, but Reid was superb as he broke away with Leiman on the first of two laps and had a small lead going into the second loop in the popular mountain bike park just outside Durban.

It was a good day for the youngsters, with the talented Luke Roberts claiming fourth ahead of Shaun Peschl and Carl Calverley.

In the women’s race Shawna Thunder was a comfortable winner, three minutes clear of Robyn Adendorff then Sarah van Heerden.


Men: J Reid (1st Junior) 2:15:55, D Leiman 2:20:08, R Exelby (1st Sub Vet) 2:23:12, L Roberts (2nd Junior) 2:23:18, S Peschl (2nd Sub Vet) 2:29:35. Women Overall: S Thunder (1st Vet) 3:06:50, R Adendorff (1st Sub Vet) 3:09:44, S Van Heerden (2nd Vet) 3:09:44

Paul holds off Brink to win at Glengarry

Famous for its frosty start and winter landscapes in the foothills of the Drakensberg, the Glengarry MTB Classic once again attracted a core of brave mountain bikers last weekend. Craig Paul was kept on his toes by young Willie Brink. Paul edged home first just four seconds ahead of Brink with third place going to sub-vet Daniel Paul.

Su Don-Wauchope showed good form to win the women’s race ahead of Sandy Bosman and Jenny Reynolds. Full results on www.elitetiming.co.za.


Men: C Paul 2h26.44, W Brink 2h26.48, D Paul 2h37.25, A Booyens 2h40.39, M Adam 2h40.41. Women: S Don-Wauchope 2h59.25, S Bosman 3h14.08, J Reynolds 3h22.45.


The 2009 Safire Insurance Super Classic takes place at Baynesfield Estate tomorrow morning. Formerly known as Indlovu Classic, and now sponsored by SAFIRE Insurance, the course has been designed with family in mind. There is a 10 km fun ride; a 25-km event and a 45-km Super Classic.

Entries will be taken on the day. Bring your Roag board and timing chip. Registration: 7 am to 8.30 am. Visit www.jowettscycles.co.za or contact Gary 083 6565 337.

* The farmlands inland of Ballito have long been a favourite training ground for bikers. The second Rysta LifeScience Golovane MTB Race takes place on July 12 from Holla Trails. There will also be a Ballito Lifestyle SuperSpar 20 km race and an easy five kilometres children’s ride.

Entries are limited to a total of 1 200 riders for the 20 km and 50 km combined. This event is a roag-administered event. Entries must be registered on www.roag.co.za.


The first event in the Jeep Apparel Multisport Series takes place on Sunday, July 19 at Albert Falls Dam.

Participants who enter for the Triple 5 Challenge (all four Multisport/MultiX events and the Triple Challenge Multisport/MultiX) before July 10 will receive a limited edition New Balance hoody and stand a chance to win a Specialised MTB, plus save R250 on entry fees.


4 events – July 19 (Albert Falls), August 9 (Shongweni Dam), September 6 (Nagle Dam), September 27 (Albert Falls). Multisport Long Course: 5 km Trail Run, 20 km MTB, 5 km Paddle; Multisport Short Course: 2,5 km Trail Run, 10 km MTB, 2,5 km Paddle; MultiX Long Course: 5 km Trail Run, 20 km MTB, 2,5 km Trail Run; Multi X Short Course: 2,5 km Trail Run, 10 km MTB, 1 km Trail Run; Kids Multisport Dash. Pre-entries close on Thursday at 5 pm prior to each event. Late entries on the day at registration. Further info and entries on www.maxcluer.com.

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