Tough new course for cyclists

2010-08-14 00:00

THE dry and burnt landscape around the Baynesfield Estate dam was a stark contrast to the colourful multisporters who took on a new and challenging course for the third event in the Time Freight Multisport Series last weekend.

Andrew Birkett (Team Jeep) seized ownership of the Multisport Long Course and bagged his third consecutive win in the series. Team-mate Lance Kime, home from Stellenbosch for the long weekend, put in a strong effort to claim second, with Change A Life athletes Eric Zondi and Kwanda Mhlophe working together to tie for third.

The women’s race became a tussle between two young mothers with Jeannie Bomford (Change A Life) taking a solid win ahead of Landy Puddu (Team Jeep). Colleen Struwig placed third.

Jean-Pierre ten Napel (Team Jeep) achieved the honours which had eluded him in the second event in the series as he led home the competitive Multi-X Long Course event. Tyronne White (Coach Russ Racing) posed a strong challenge in second place with Daniel Carleton (Coach Russ Racing) claiming a consistent third. Kerry Koen (Team Jeep) queened the women’s race with her second consecutive victory ahead of sisters Sarah Scott-Gray and Kirsty Scott.

The juniors showed some impressive racing in the short course events. Murray Starr took the win in the Multisport Short Course with Craig Jarrett close behind in second. Solly Peckett was the first woman home.

On the Multi-X Short Course it was the talented young Alan Hatherly and Gena Lofstrand who were the men’s and women’s winners.

Jamie-Lee Robertson clocked the fastest women’s transition time of 12,2sec while Jean-Paul van der Linde zapped the men’s prize with a time of 7,9sec on the bike to paddle transition.

The fourth and final event takes place at Albert Falls Dam (on a different course to the second event) on Sunday, September 5.


Multisport Long Course (5km trail run, 20km MTB, 5km paddle).

Men overall: A Birkett (Jeep) 1:35:59, L Kime (Jeep) 1:41:00, E Zondi/K Mhlophe (Change a Life) 1:42:58.

Women overall: J Bomford (Change A Life) 1:54:10, L Puddu (Jeep) 2:03:35, C Struwig 2:16:32.

Teams of 2, Mixed: Hampson Interiors 2:06:01. Men: Team Rainbow 2:09:18..

Teams of 3, Men: Pain & Suffering 2:00:13.

Multi-X Long Course (5km trail run, 20km MTB, 2,5km trail run).

Men overall: JP ten Napel (Jeep) 1:19:27, T White (CoachRussRacing) 1:22:30, D Carleton (CoachRussRacing) 1:26:27

Women overall: K Koen (Jeep) 1:37:28, S Scott-Gray (Scotty’s) 1:44:11, K Scott (Scotty’s) 1:47:40

Teams of 2, Men: CoachRussRacing 1:18:26, Women: Christie Girls 2:09:06, Mixed: Team TK 1:55:11.

Multisport Short Course (2,5km trail run, 10km MTB, 2,5km paddle)

Men: M Starr 1:00:16, C Jarrett 1:01:16, R Starr 1:09:01. Women: S Peckett 1:26:25, N Jonas 1:27:31, T Hendrie 1:35:57.

Multi-X Short Course (2,5km trail run, 10km MTB, 1,25km trail run)

Men: A Hatherly 52.06, J Damant 57.08, H Dowdall 1:01:57. Women: G Lofstrand 1:07:00, S Damant 1:13:57, L Everson 1:16:19.

Top-class racing at Claas Tour de Krantz

A perfect morning for mountain biking greeted a large field at the Claas Tour de Krantz in Harburg last weekend.

Local pro rider Brandon Stewart (DCM chrome) was back in command as he led the field home to victory in a time of 1hr, 51min, 37sec. Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) was close behind in second place (1:52:08) while junior Brendon Davids (Team Jeep) gave a stirling performance to claim third place overall (1:52:19) amid a highly competitive field.

Landy Puddu (Team Jeep) claimed the honours in the women’s race in a time of 2:27:14. Second place went to Kirsty Scott (2:42:09) with junior Andrea de Boer doing well to claim third place (2:44:20).

The 25 km intermediate race was won by Norman Hatherly ahead of Max Sullivan and Kevin Leveridge. Liz Alexander was the first woman home.

Alan Hatherly continued to dominate the Sub-Junior Series with a clear win ahead of Timothy Belton and Corbin Mann. Savannah Schuit has been equally dominant among the girls and took the win ahead of Mikaela Jonnson.

PMB’s Potgieter wins Carousel Classic

The Sungardens Carousel Classic on Women’s Day was won by MTN’s Brad Potgieter after a tough 152 km race in windy conditions. A strong group of 17 went clear and held a minute’s lead over the chasers until, with 60 km remaining and a change of direction, the elastic snapped!

The front group contained Lange, MacDonald, Rabie, Kachelhoffer, Brown (Team Medscheme), Janse van Rensburg, Girdlestone, Juan van Heerden, Potgieter (MTN), Bell (TCS), Maartens, Seyffret (DCM), Ward (Panda), Kannemeyer, Edwards (House of Paint), Beneke (Dimension Data) and Tyler Day (EMG).

Luthando Kaka had also just made the split when he crashed while being too close to the edge of the road, catching his wheel on an uneven section. Team Medscheme controlled the gap from behind, but Pieter Seyffert attacked across to the leaders, then drove the pace, so the rest of the bunch was unable to close the gap to enforce a group sprint. This gave Potgieter a little breather, and in time for the finish he had the power to sprint away from the other two into the headwind. Kachelhoffer crossed the line in second.

Pietermariztburg can be proud of Potgieter’s achievement. The promising young rider grew up in the capital where his cycling career began. He has only recently returned to racing after being involved in a car accident, which left his leg injured. He has worked hard and shown good form of late, making a good impact in this event.


Elite Men: 152km (from

1st Bradley Potgieter (MTN Energade) 3:22:12. 2nd Hanco Kachelhoffer (Team Medscheme) 3:22:13. 3rd Pieter Seyffert (DCM) 3:22:14. 4th Reinhard Janse van Rensburg (MTN Energade) 3:23:22. 5th Arran Brown (Team Medscheme) 3:23:22


Multisporters have a weekend full of activity to look forward to. For those who have missed the N3TC Karkloof Adventure Quest taking place this morning, there’s the Momentum Health/I-Flex National Duathlon Series at Giba Gorge tomorrow morning to keep you busy.

This will be an off-road event involving a five kilometre run followed by a 20 km cycle and then a final 2,5 km run.

With more than R295 000 in prize money, this elevates the series into one of the richest in South Africa. With a kiddies’ and team events, everyone can participate and compete. For more info, log onto


The Cowan House MTB Classic takes place tomorrow morning from Cowan House School in Hilton.

Three races on offer include the 40 km starting at 8.30 am, 20 km starting at 9.15 am and 10 km fun ride starting at 9.45 am. This event is known for its fantastic single track in the Hilton and Cedara forests.

Mountain bikers and trail runners should look out for the Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander MTB Adventure weekend on August 28 and 29. The event is proudly presented by the First Howick Cubs and Scouts, with all funds raised used for community and charitable causes.

Today’s programme includes the five-kilometre, 10 km and 20 km Bush & Bundu trail runs with the 20 km MTB Night race in the evening. A pasta party will follow. Tomorrow offers the 45 km Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander MTB Classic, the 35 km Meander, 25 km Intermediate race, 10 km fun ride and two kilometre family ride or walk.

There are free limited edition Howick Highlander performance shirts for the first 200 entrants to this year’s 45 km Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander Super Classic. Entries and further info available on

The event is a ROAG-administered event and KZN MTB licensing rules apply.


The Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge takes place from the Moses Mabhida Stadium next Sunday. The event offers three distances over 100 km, 50 km or 20 km. Pre-entries close on tomorrow. For more info, contact Margie at 082 714 2471 or log on to

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