Top favourite Hoffman proves unbeatable at 27th Amashova Classic

2013-10-19 00:00

Over 10 000 cyclists enjoyed the cool racing conditions at the 27th Amashova Cycle Classic which took place last weekend between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Top favourite and winner of the 2011 Amashova, Johannesburg-based Nolan Hoffman from Team Abantu, proved unbeatable this year in the Men’s Elite category with a time of two hours, 18 minutes and 59 seconds.

The women’s race was won by 26-year-old An-li Kachelhoffer of team Best Med ASG, who after having competed in the Amashova four consecutive years finally took first place with a time of 2:56,00.

Local cyclists featured well with Epworth’s Bianca Haw taking the win in the junior women and placing an impressive fifth overall. Durban’s Deno van Heerden secured the win in the Veteran 30-39 category, while Bobby Neft outsprinted Chris Rossouw to win the Veteran 60+ category. The strong combination of top veteran mountain bikers Warren Price and Con Malherbe proved too strong for their rivals as they took a convincing win in the tandem category.

Full results on

After its hugely successful inaugural edition in 2011, the second Msunduzi Road Challenge is all set to take place in and around Noodsberg on October 26 and 27. The route, a revised course to the one used two years ago and for the 2012 UWCT Final, will see the road participants — depending on their age and gender — complete a varying number of laps of the 40 km course, while the time trialists will take on an exciting 19 km route through the sugar-cane belt of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

With the Amashova having just been staged, KZN is abuzz with road cycling activity and the Msunduzi Road Challenge gives road cyclists the perfect platform to continue their enjoyment of the sport locally while offering a golden opportunity to maintain one’s form ahead of the upcoming 94.7 in Gauteng. The Msunduzi Road Challenge accommodates amateur riders of all ages with 2013 being the first year that tandem bikes are welcomed with open arms to the event.

The event is open to all riders over the age of 16 years and can be ridden either as a qualification event for the 2014 UWCT Final in Ljubljana, Slovenia — in which case entrants are required to participate in the designated distance applicable to their age group and gender — or the event can be ridden as a recreational/fun ride where entrants can enter any distance they choose and start in one of the last groups for that distance.

The online entry deadline has been extended to Monday. For general inquiries, please contact Alec Lenferna, and for event inquiries, please e-mail events@cycling


With the conclusion of the Berg and Bush this weekend, the next race on the calendar to take note of is the annual fund raiser for cochlear implant candidates, the Gears 4 Ears MTB fund raiser held at Holla Trails, Ballito, next Sunday. The event includes a 19 km race as well as 14 km and seven-kilometre trail runs. Entry details on

For those riders who love to ride fast downhill, be sure not to miss the Enduro Series South Africa, Event 2. The event takes place at the Cascades MTB Park next Sunday. Choose between the five-stage race or the three-stage race. This would mean either five or three timed downhill runs. The runs are not super technical and can easily be handled by cross-country bikes and riders with a reasonable skill level.

Further info on

Another option on October 27 is the Pam Golding Sani Transfrontier Epic. This is an iconic event that takes riders from the South African foothills of the Drakensberg to the very summit of the legendary Sani Pass in Lesotho. Starting at the Sani Pass Hotel, at 1 566 m above sea level, riders climb for 21 km up the Sani Pass eventually summiting in the thin air at 2 873 m before turning and hurtling for home. For the fun riders, there is the shorter option of turning after 13 km at the SA Border Post, at 1 968 m, a worthy challenge in itself. Registration will take place at the Sani Pass Hotel from 6.30 am on the Sunday morning with racing starting from 8 am. For more information, visit

The KZN MTB Classic takes place at the Cascades MTB Park on November 3. The event offers a 40 km and 20 km, as well as a two-kilometre kiddies’ fun ride. A portion of the entry fee (R10) will be donated to the East Coast Radio Toy Story Campaign. Riders are also encouraged to take a new toy for the Toy Story collection box, which will be at registration. Entries and further details on

Riders looking for a serious challenge should consider an entry to the Homeward Bound Challenge, taking place on November 1 and 2. This covers a distance of 227 km between the start at Mountain Splendour Resort in the Drakensberg to the finish at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg in a maximum time limit of 18 hours to finish this challenge officially. Enter in teams of three or four riders, which includes one support vehicle and driver. A worthy achievement for anyone who loves to ride a mountain bike. The beautiful scenery of the KZN Midlands makes this epic journey all the more pleasurable. Entries and further info on www.homewardboundchal

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