Liebenberg dominates at muddy Aloe Park

2018-04-03 06:00
PHOTO:SuppliedIn what was a dominant display, Henry Liebenberg took home the win at the Aloe Park Lap Challenge Series race on Sunday, race two of the 2018 KZN Lap ChallengeSeries.

PHOTO:SuppliedIn what was a dominant display, Henry Liebenberg took home the win at the Aloe Park Lap Challenge Series race on Sunday, race two of the 2018 KZN Lap ChallengeSeries.

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THE Aloe Park Lap Challenge race on Sunday, race two of the KZN Lap Challenge Series, dished up some tough, muddy conditions, with young Henry Liebenberg taking home the honours in a dominant display.

Frances Janse van Rensberg took home the women’s title.

The exciting main race started with the knowledge that there was going to be a new race winner as series dominator Stuart Marais was away racing in the Absa Cape Epic.

The race saw a bunch go ahead early, before Liebenberg got his nose in front and posted a negative split on his second lap, which stretched the field, giving him a significant lead that he could hold on to for the remainder of the race.

It has been a difficult start to the year for Liebenberg who has battled to get back to full fitness following an illness, but getting a win at Aloe Park was a good start ahead of a busy rest of the year.

“I picked up a heart virus after I had a nasal operation so it has been a difficult year for me,” Liebenberg said after his win. “It’s great to get on the bike and be competing again!

“It was a great race for me and it went according to plan, which I am really pleased about considering the time that I have been out of action.”

With a busy overseas trip on the cards for Liebenberg later in the year, he was happy to see how strong his form was.

Unfortunately, or fortunately for the field, the absence of Marais opened up the top step of the podium for someone else.

“It’s always really exciting racing against Stu and he has been in such good form so it’s a little disappointing that he wasn’t here today. “He has been making some headlines at the Epic, which is great for him!”

The race for second was an exciting one, with Jedson Toomes and Carl Calverley fighting it out all the way to the finish line, with the former taking the second spot on the podium after a sprint finish up a gruelling climb to the line.

The women’s showdown happened in the B Batch race with an exciting race going down to the wire before the young Janse van Rensberg managed to get herself into pole position as she powered to the line ahead of Christie-Leigh Hearder.

Nadine Nunes finished in third place in the women’s race, five minutes behind the winner Janse van Rensberg.

Jordan Bold was the strongest rider in the C Batch race where he finished just under four minutes ahead of Mncedisi Mkhize in second, with Jonathan Watts coming in third.

Rupert Taljaard was the strongest rider in the Sprogs category and Joshua Johnson was the fastest Nip- per.- Supplied

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