MTB trail ‘madness’

2016-03-31 06:00
PHOTO: paul botma Kim Westbrook races to the women’s overall title in the second round of the KZN MTB Provincial Enduro Series.

PHOTO: paul botma Kim Westbrook races to the women’s overall title in the second round of the KZN MTB Provincial Enduro Series.

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OVER 130 riders gathered at Giba­ Gorge on the weekend for the second round of the KZN MTB Provincial Enduro Series.

The venue presented the competitors with a fair amount of climbing to get to the top from the central point at the trail centre, but that did not deter the thrill seekers, who were hungry for twisty, slippery descending trails and gripping adventure.

With two starts on opposite hilltops, riders set off to begin either stage one, two or three in any order, with everyone starting the fourth stage last. In the end, Hilton Frost and Kim Westbrook sped to the men’s and women’s titles.

Describing her day, Westbrook (Pyga­/adidas Eyewear) said she had a “jol” on the trails. “They were awesome and so grippy. Normally when you ride Giba it can be quite slick and loose because of the gravel, but today was just perfect. It was hot during the in between stages, but then you hit the stage and the wind hits you in the face and keeps you cool. But hydration was important today.”

Downhill organiser Nigel Hicks, a renowned course designer himself, was thrilled with the course prepared by Guy Ronaldson: “We had a whole lot of rain in the beginning of the week and it’s been really good to settle in the dust. The past few days it has really packed in and it got a little bit slick out there, a bit ‘marbley’, but it’s fantastic and everyone has had a great time. Except for landing on my head, it was great fun,” he said.

“The guys at Giba have really done a fantastic job with the trails, so big up to them. It’s so nice to see them supporting enduro. We really do need more bike parks like this to push the sport. It is growing exponentially – 130 riders today. It’s really good to see that many people taking part in such a fun discipline.”

Masters’ class competitor Con Malherbe (Pyga) praised the mix of social riding and competition that enduro provides: “The format is great because you don’t have to kill yourself up the hills… and then there are fast downhills, which makes it really exciting.”

– Sports Reporter.

Overall men

1. Hilton Frost 00:15:59

2. Tim Bentley 00:16:06

3. Andre Pretorius 00:16:14

4. Heiko Redecker 00:16:15

5. Sharjah Jonsson 00:16:18

Overall Women

1. Kim Westbrook 00:19:23

2. Kathryn Fourie 00:19:40

3. Sabine Thies 00:20:58

4. Tammy Sturrock 00:21:15

5. Charne Dreyer 00:21:22

Senior Men

1. Hilton Frost 00:15:59

2. Tim Bentley 00:16:06

3. André Pretorius 00:16:14

Senior women

1. Kim Westbrook 00:19:23

2. Tammy Sturrock 00:21:15

3. Lauren Hoyer 00:24:11

Junior men

1. Sharjah Jonsson 00:16:18

2. Dean Wortmann 00:17:57

3. Mitchell Meugens 00:18:07

Youth men

1. Kayle Seaward 00:17:00

2. Keira Duncan 00:17:17

3. Liam Read 00:18:34

Sub-junior men

1. Robert Jessop 00:20:25

2. Dreyer Botma 00:22:03

3. Kyle Brand 00:22:44

Sub-junior women

1. Sabine Thies 00:20:58

2. Charne Dreyer 00:21:22

3. Sarah Ryan 00:29:15

Sprog boys

1. Liam Tyler Hall 00:20:08

2. Nate Tanner Hall 00:20:12

3. Keagan Brand 00:21:45

Nipper boys

1. Caleb Sandeman 00:23:25

2. Evan Moolman 00:23:32

Sub-veteran men

1. Joe Bauckham 00:16:25

2. Craig Scott 00:16:26

3. Mark Millar 00:17:03

Sub-veteran women

1. Kathryn Fourie 00:19:40

2. Nikki Alvin 00:21:43

3. Joanne Hicks 00:21:47

Veteran men

1. Craig Seaward 00:16:44

2. Devlin Fogg 00:17:01

3. Keith Diederichs 00:17:52

Master men

1. Con Malherbe 00:18:22

2. Guy Ronaldson 00:18:57

3. Brian Magor 00:19:48

Grand Master men

1. Mike Staphorst 00:23:10

2. David Hancocks 00:25:05.

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