Tyrone White a clear winner at Albert Falls

2013-04-13 00:00


THE Varsity College Multisport Series celebrated its 10th season with the first event taking place at Albert Falls Dam in glorious early autumn weather last Sunday. Over 650 participants arrived to enjoy this beautiful venue with a choice of events to suit everyone.

SA multisport athlete Tyrone White put on a fine performance to take a solid win in the Multi-X Long Course over a five kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike and 2,5 km paddle. White’s finish time of one hour, eight minutes and six seconds saw him take the honours with a 27-second cushion over Team Jeep’s Daniel Carleton in second and Gareth Harrington in third.

Veteran racer Karen Bargate showed her younger counterparts that age is but a number as she crossed the line victorious in the women’s race in a time of one hour, 37 minutes and 45 seconds. Second place went to Roxanne Dovey with Meggan Mackenzie third.

Change A Life athlete Kwanda Mhlope was the overall winner of the Multisport Long Course (five kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike, five kilometre paddle) in a time of one hour, 33 minutes and 49 seconds. Close behind in second place was Damon Stamp, while Jedson Tooms claimed third place.

Wade Finch took a fast win in the Multi-X Short Course in little over 36 minutes with Tiffany Keep the first woman home in 43 minutes. The paddle-version short course was won by Dustin Starr (56,17) and Courtney Smith (1:03:20).

For participants who preferred to stay with one sport, there were the trail run options of five kilometres and 15 km and the mountain bike races of 40 km, 20 km and 10 km. The trail runners enjoyed the best of the early morning as they set off first and were able to enjoy abundant sightings of game in the Albert Falls Reserve. Byron McKie and Xaron Hargreaves were the men’s and women’s winners of the five kilometre trail run, while Mdu Zondi and Xoli Madida were the winners of the 15 km trail run.

The final event in the aQuellé Mudman Series takes place at Beaulieu Dam outside Richmond tomorrow morning. The usual format of the full-distance race is a 750 m open-water swim or four kilometre paddle, a 20 km cycle and a five kilometre trail run or the half-distance race is a 375 m open-water swim or two kilometre paddle, a 10 km cycle and a 2,5 km trail run. Mudskipper events will also be on offer. Registration is open between 7 am and 9 am with the full-distance events starting at 9 am and the half-course at 9.30 am. Late entries will be taken at registration.


The Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge took place from All Out Adventures in the northern Drakensberg last weekend. Gauteng-based rider Peter-Lee Jeffries claimed the honours in the 50 km Classic through some spectacular custom-built trails in the foothills of the Drakensberg. Jeffries’s winning time of two hours, 27 minutes and 24 seconds gave him a two-minute-plus lead over second-placed Carlo Marzoppi (2:29:35) with Jaco Pelser claiming third place (2:51:07). Su Don-Wauchope, no stranger to the foothills of the Drakensberg, was the winner of the women’s race in two hours, 55 minutes and 41 seconds. Kim Westbrook placed second (3:16:51) with Nadia Botha third (3:39:23). Brian Sclanders (1:18:15) and Angelique Nel (1:43:08) were the respective winners of the 25 km race.

In the Varsity College Mammoths 40 km MTB race (which formed part of the Varsity College Multisport Series at Albert Falls), Patrick Belton (Team Jeep) held off a strong chase from team-mate Derrin Smith to take the win in a fast time of one hour, 19 minutes and six seconds for the 40 km race. Craig Stone (Jowetts) placed third, just 14 seconds behind Belton. Jackie Moore (Salomon) was a clear winner of the women’s race ahead of Girtjie Steenkamp and Cindy Theunissen. Phillip Marais won the sprint for the honours in the 20 km race just ahead of Merik Sparg with Michael Savage two seconds back. Sprog rider Sabine Thies raced well to take the women’s overall win.

The Sappi Karkloof MTB Festival, takes place next weekend from the Karkloof Country Club and promises to provide some of the best riding in the province.

The PERI night race kicks off the weekend’s events on April 19 followed by the STIHL Enduro on Saturday, April 20.

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