That ride on the wild side

2011-10-15 00:00

THE inaugural Time Freight Express MTB Race, which took place at Albert Falls Dam last weekend, has become famous around the world after the YouTube clip showing participant Evan van der Spuy (Team Jeep) being knocked off his bike by a red hartebeest cracked millions of hits. It has become hot international news on viral media platforms throughout the world!

Van der Spuy was taken to hospital for concussion, but the damage to his helmet shows he was lucky not to have suffered more serious injury. The animal escaped unharmed.

In eight years of hosting events at Msinsi Resorts organiser Max Cluer of Max Cluer Sports Marketing reports, this incident is a first and a rare moment of bad timing.

The 35 km Time Freight Express MTB Race was won by sub-veteran Mathew Goestch (Team Jeep), who showed his road-racing speed over the fast bushveld tracks. Second place went to Darryn Purtell with Hilton Frost claiming third. Nedene Cahill posted a fast time to win the women’s race, with Jackie Church second and Jillian Galway third.

The 20 km race was well supported and the honours went to Travis Deacon. Murray Church placed second with Andrew Edwards close behind in third. Kayla Edwards was first home in the women’s race.

In the 10 km ride it was Brandon Follett and Bianca Follett taking the men’s and women’s wins. Race results and photos are available at

Three days of perfect weather made for a successful weekend of multisport at the Time Freight Multisport Festival. The games began with the Energizer Night Race on Friday evening; a prelude to the event proper takes place in Johannesburg this evening.

Craig Fry’s world-class Kenyan runners were no match for the rest of the Trail Run Relay field.

The MTB Relay was won by Jeep/BMC’s Travis Walker and James Reid. Second place went to Future Jeep (Justin Porteous and Evan van der Spuy) with Team Jeep Vets (Grant Macpherson and Crispen Brien) third.

Saturday morning saw the five kilometre and 10 km trail runs taking place. First home in the 10 km was Cape Town athlete Bertus van Zyl, ahead of Piet Vorster and Jason Tame. Jenni Patrick was first home in the women’s event with Monique van Deventer and Angela Egeland second and third respectively. Justin Porteous used the five kilometres as a warm-up ahead of Sunday’s Multisport race with Evan van der Spuy second and Duncan Purtell third.

The final event of the three-part Time Freight Multisport Series was beefed up by the Ultra Course options — specifically for those preparing for the Triple Challenge on November 6. Fresh off his seventh place finish at the Fish River Canoe Marathon, Andy Birkett returned to Albert Falls Dam to take the honours in the Multisport Ultra Course. Jean Hackland won the women’s race.

In the Multi-X Ultra Tyronne White showed his class with a convincing win over the 7,5 km trail run, 38 km bike and five kilometre trail run.Gareth Harrington placed second with Bryce Jackson third. Robyn Adendorff and Sarah Gray had a close tussle in the women’s race with Adendorff just finding the reserves to surge ahead and take the honours.

Bertus van Zyl notched another win at the weekend when he claimed the Multi-X Long Course ahead of veteran Jaco Kellerman and Werner Jonas. Competition among the juniors in the Multi-X Short Course was fierce, with Gareth Marquiss taking the win ahead of Corbin Mann and Darren Marquiss third. Mikaela Jonsson was a clear winner in the women’s race.

Multisporters can gear up for the Triple Challenge, from Pietermaritzburg to Inanda Dam, which celebrates its 10th birthday on November 6. An innovation this year is the option for individuals to take on the stand-alone 20 km Challenge Trail Run or the 53 km Challenge Mountain Bike. More info at

The Gears for Ears MTB race takes place from Palm Lakes Estate, Tinley Manor, on the North Coast on Sunday, October 22. The event features three events: Gears for Ears 40 km, 19 km family fun ride and and six kilometre junior ride and walk. Entries close on on Wednesday.

The 25th Amashova Durban Cycle Classic kicks off from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 6 am tomorrow. The 38 km East Coast Radio Amashova family fun ride starts from Hillcrest High School at 5.30 am. Because it’s safety all the way for the country’s safest cycle event, Annie Batchelder, of organisers Right on the Night, called on residents along the route to not only welcome and cheer on contestants, but also to bear with organisers and traffic authorities, who will close various roads along the 106km route from 4.30 am.

If you missed the online entry deadline you can still enter at registration. Remember to collect your race number from registration at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mixed Zone, today between 9 am and 5 pm. For more information call Anne Batchelder at 031 312 8896 or visit

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