Xterra Series draws strong field

2008-02-16 00:00

strong athletes flocked to Shongweni Dam last weekend to take on the third leg of the 2007/2008 DueSouth Xterra Series presented by Nissan.

Although exiting the water in just under two minutes behind Kent Horner and Fraser Cartmell (Scotland), Dan Hugo was once again in peak form and managed to make up for lost time early in the first lap of the mountain-biking leg.

Hugo said he had expected to come second to Fraser on the day.

“Fraser is just such an awesome athlete. We’ve trained together a number of times and he’s quicker than me … I knew that I’d have to race hard and take more risks if I wanted to win. I am really happy with the way my body felt on the day and this is the fastest that I’ve raced in quite some time,” said Hugo, who completed the race in 2:15:37.

Pietermaritzburg’s Pro triathlete Horner came in second, while Cartmell finished third.

Su Erskine crossed the finish line in 3:15 for first place position in the individual women’s category of the event. Erskine said she had a fantastic race. “Shongweni is such an amazing venue for the Xterra … I am very happy with my performance and I really had a great time.”

Robyn Adebdorf placed second, while Riana de Lange finished third.

Collin Allin was first man home in the DueSouth Xterra Lite, followed by James Lea-Cox and Raimondo de Simone in third. Jackie Nel took the honours in the women’s race after securing her lead during the mountain bike leg, Mandy Nel came in second, while Rebecca van der Linde finished third.

Stander, Speedy victorious

Burry Stander and Yolande Speedy lived up to their pre-race favourite status with victories in the men and women’s Pro-Elite races respectively at the second round of the 2008 Mazda MTN SA Mountain Bike Cup in Pretoria at the weekend.

Stander (Mr Price GT) was in a different class on the fast, technical circuit at the Fountains Nature Reserve. The South African and African champion clocked a fast 1:45:47 for the six-lap race, less than five minutes clear of his nearest rival, Namiban Marc Bassingthwaighte.

“I felt really strong and was very happy to have such a solid race after the disappointment of not finishing Round One at Stellenbosch,” said a delighted Stander.

In the women’s event, Speedy (IMC Racing) steadily increased her start-lead throughout the four-lap event to claim her second successive win in the national series. Current SA champion Amy Jane Mundy (Jeep) was runner-up just over two minutes later with Sara Muhl (Jeep) rounding out the Pro-Elite category podium places.

The third round of the Mazda MTN SA Cup doubles as the 2008 SA Championships and takes place in Pietermaritzburg on March 15 and 16.

Wartburg Classic defies the weather

The cooler wet weather did nothing to deter bikers at the Wartburg Spar Mountain Bike Classic last weekend. Shaun Peschl rode to victory, but he was kept under pressure by Willie Brink, who arrived home less than a minute later. Andrew Hill came third. Susan van der Walt was the first woman home in a superb effort to hold off the likes of Shawna Thunder and Sarah van Heerden in third. The 40-km classic enjoyed a fantastic turnout of nearly 350 riders. Patrick Belton and Amanda Wray were the respective winners of the 20-km race.


The second event in the four-part aQuelle Mudman Series is the Epworth Mudman at Albert Falls tomorrow. There is a full distance course of a 750-metre swim or four-kilometre paddle; 20 km mountain bike and five kilometre run or the half-distance event of a 400 metre swim or two kilometre paddle, 10 km bike ride, 2,5 km run. There is a mudskippers event for the youngsters of a 100 metre swim, three kilometre ride and 300-metre run. Registration opens between 7 and 8 am. Half distance course starts at 8.30 am, full distance at 9 am and Mudskippers at 11 am. Log on to www.mudmansa.co.za or call Richard Starr on 082 650 9803 for queries.

•Extreme action in Underberg this weekend at the seventh Thrombi X-Fest, a multi-disciplined extreme sports festival.

The Jeep Apparel X-treme multi-sport event draws some of South Africa’s most X-treme multisporters. Full catering and bar facilities will be available and the venue on the Craig’s Farm is beautiful. See www.xfest.co.za for event details or contact Ross O’Donoghue 072 151 3907.

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