dusi2c: Race likely to benefit people in the Valley of a Thousand Hills

2013-06-24 00:00

DURBAN — The second and final stage of the inaugural edition of the dusi2c mountain bike race yesterday saw Andrew Hill and Tyron Bird (TIB Insurance) cross the finish line first as the pair recorded two stage victories from two, in the process handing them the race’s first ever overall victory.

Eszter Erdelyi and Lise Olivier (Velo Life) won the women’s title.

Riders of a variety of ages and abilities took on the new event and the unfamiliar format of GPS racing over two days to finish at Blue Lagoon in Durban after passing through the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

At the front of the field Hill and Bird enjoyed an up and down second stage as they stormed into a solid early lead before a navigational mishap and a mechanical issue saw them having to dig deep in the later stages of the race to ensure victory.

“We came here to have a really good time — which we definitely did — but any time there’s a number board on your bike you slot straight into race mode so to walk away with the win is fantastic,” said Hill after the race.

“There was a pretty big group of us at the start, but Andrew and I managed to get away on one of the technical sections not long after the start,” explained Bird. “We then lost a lot of time though when we made a navigational error and were riding up and down for quite a while and that’s when Mark [Malherbe] and Trevor [Rowe] managed to catch us.”

Hill and Bird were full of praise for the new event and believe it will grow in stature quickly going forward as well as playing a vital role in opening up countless opportunities for the locals in the valley while continuing to expose mountain bikers to the beauty of the region.

“There were some 75 people working on the track before the race and heaps more helping get the overnight stop ready so already the race’s impact on the people of the valley can be seen,” said Hill.

Erdelyi and Olivier of Velo Life were unchallenged in the women’s race and instead worked together to do their best to compete against the mixed doubles competitors, eventually claiming a comfortable women’s race win while finishing in a commendable 19th position overall.

“Yesterday was great and then today was another really good day,” said Erdelyi. “We had a really good race and we came to have fun so the win is a really nice bonus.”


Overall: 1. TIB Insurance (Andrew Hill/Tyron Bird) 2:18.01 4:50.48.

2. Coffeeberry/Momsen (Mark Malherbe/Trevor Rowe) 2:18.13 5:03.32.

3. PeptoPro Racing (Jarrad van Zuydam/Stu

Rawlinson)2:22.37 5:10.20

4. RMB Change A Life (John Ntuli/Bongumusa Zikhali) 2:27.12 5:15.47.

5. Team BlackBerry (Andrew Cairns/David Cooke) 2:22.36 5:21.03.

6. Coffeebery/Momsen Masters (Con Malherbe/Kim

Phillips) 2:28.43 5:21.09.

7. Midlands Masters (Collin Stroberg/Paul Lancaster) 2:32.42 5:27.41.

8. X10Siv (Nick Floros/Marc Adam) 2:30.12 5:28.00

9. RMB Change a Life 1 (Sizwe Mkhasibe/Mboneni

Ngcobo) 2:42.21 5:34.41.

10. AFKAK (Dwain Butler/Jean Pierre Kroll) 2:32.40 5:40.13.


1. VeloLife (Eszter Erdelyi/Lise Olivier) 2:51.23 6:04.29.

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