Veteran takes triathlon title

2010-10-09 00:00

THE day belonged to young Taylor Glover and veteran tri-athlete Donovan van Gelder, who took the women’s and men’s titles at the Compendium Multisport Series in Durban last weekend.

Ideal surf swimming conditions saw Glen Gore first out of the water. Van Gelder closed in on the 20 km bike course to take the lead with a 35-second gap on to the final five kilometre run leg. He then had to push hard on the five kilometre flat run route as he was being closely chased by Gore, Gareth Harrington and Aiden Nugent.

Van Gelder held off the chase pack by 30sec and won the triathlon in 1hr 1min 58sec. Gareth Harrington claimed a well deserved second with Gore clinching third.

In the women’s race, young Glover, who recently placed seventh in her age group at the World Triathlon Champs, led out of the water and on to the bike. Hardened racer Kim Carter managed to catch Glover on the bike leg, but Glover regained the lead on the run to take the honours just a minute clear of Carter. Jane Brewer took third place.

In the Duathlon event, Juan Botsis held off a hard chase by John Browett and Xolani Mtshali to win the men’s race, with Browett clinching second and Mtshali coming in third. Janine Carey fought hard for her win ahead of Helen Buley with Gena Lofstrand third.

Brandon Stewart showed fine form to win the Bonitas Sunday Tribune Michaelhouse 50 km MTB Challenge last weekend in 2:06:28. The second man home was Craig Paul (2:12:40) ahead of Tyron White (2:15:40). Nataschka Mowat took a narrow win in the women’s racing, claiming the honours in 2:56:05 with Jean Hackland second (2:58:47) and Tamryn Taylor third (3:13:56).

Nearly 400 riders participated in the 20 km race, which was won by Michaelhouse schoolboy Max Sullivan ahead of Bruce Poacher and Callan Deacon. Liz Alexander was the first women home.

KZN hosted the first downhill inter-provincial against Gauteng at Giba Gorge last weekend. In total 48 riders took part and the event was a huge success with a full day of practice on the Saturday and racing on Sunday morning.

The fastest man on the course was KZN’s Hayden Brown in 1:35:86 followed by Tim Bentley (1:36:18) and Gauteng’s Brad Illingworth (1:40:25).


The Time Freight Midmar Notts Road Race takes place from Midmar Dam tomorrow morning. Being one week before the Amashova, this is the only opportunity for riders to test their legs ahead of the Pietermaritzburgto-Durban classic.

There is an 80 km and 40 km distance category. The first batch of 80 km riders will start at 6.50 am (tandems) followed by the rest of the categories. Timing is by Mr Price timing — bring your chip on the day.

* The annual MTN Amashova Durban Cycle Classic takes place next Sunday starting outside Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 6.30 am.

Certain roads along the 106 km route between the capital and Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium will be closed from around 4.30 am.

Over 10 000 cyclists are expected to take part in the Amashova and the 38 km Sunday Tribune Amashova fun ride, which starts from Hillcrest High School at 5.45 am. Durban Metro and KZN Traffic Authorities will close roads for limited periods.

Watch the press to find out when roads will be reopened or for further information about the off-road MTN Asishove the following week on Sunday at Midmar Dam.

Late entries will still be taken for all events at registration at an additional cost. Registration will be held at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the underground parking lot on Thursday between 1 pm and 6 pm, Friday between 9 am and 6 pm and on Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm. For further information, visit or phone 031 312 8896.


The third Stihl St Johns Bundu Bash takes place at Baynesfield Estate tomorrow morning.

Cyclists can race as individuals or in teams of two on different length courses suitable for all ages.

Registration takes place at St Johns School between 10.30 am and 1 pm today. Call George at 082 774 7530 for details or go to


The Lake Eland MTB Classic takes place on the south coast tomorrow and promises some amazing new track. The standard package 45 Classic, 25 km Intermediate, 10 km fun ride and five kilometre Kiddies ride will keep everyone satisfied. Visit

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