Hun­dreds take on chal­lenge


On Satur­day the sun shone (per­haps too brightly) on the more than 400 moun­tain bik­ers and trail run­ners who lined up at the start of the 16th an­nual Thomas River Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge.

The ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers rev­elled in the new routes, which were a good mix of farm roads and sin­gle track with a min­i­mum of dis­trict roads. At the same time the shorter dis­tances were all “doable” by the less ex­pe­ri­enced.

On of­fer were a 56km marathon and a 40km half marathon, and for the younger (or older) and less ex­pe­ri­enced a 19km, a 12km, a 4km and, es­pe­cially for those cham­pi­ons of to­mor­row, a race for those on their plas­tic scoot­ers – the choco­late race with suit­able prizes for ev­ery­one.

For the trail run­ners there were 20km, 11km and 5km events us­ing the same routes as the cy­clists.

A fea­ture of the race is the Thomas River hos­pi­tal­ity where ev­ery en­try re­ceived a mid­day feast of farm mut­ton and veni­son.

The main prizes for the three longer races were packs of farm mut­ton while the shorter race win­ners re­ceived suit­able prizes and the run­ners re­ceived cash prizes. Thanks to spon­sors, there were scads of lucky draw prizes avail­able to ev­ery­one.

The events ended off with a Round Ta­ble mo­tor­cy­cle ride for the “petrol heads” over the 60km and 40km cour­ses once all the other com­peti­tors were safely back home.

The whole day had a very fes­tive at­mos­phere that was en­joyed by all with lots to do and see.

Re­sults – 60km ride, men: 1 Ja­son Reed (2.28.34), 2 Ja­son Peach (2.32.32), 3 Dono­van O’Reilly (2.37.01); women: 1 Lara-Ann van de Ven­ter (3.14.27), 2 Liesel Pren­tis (3.31.45), 3 Shan­non Kirkhoff (4.06.15). 40km, men: 1 Kenny Dew­ing (2.16.40), 2 Sabro Atak­li­gan (2.31.17), 3 Greg Vin­cent (2.32.19); women:

1 In­grid Krum­meck (3.06.22), 2 Sophia War­ren (3.10.04), 3 Nina Cham­bers (3.11.10). 19km, men: 1 Ja­son Miller (00.57.01), 2 Brett Bursey (00.57.24), 3 An­gus Spence (00.57.53); women: 1 Anya Nash (01.08.31), 2 Madi­son Mann (1.16.50), 3 Denise Nor­ris (1.19.51). 12km: 1 Cal­lum Reed (00.22.49), Ai­den Reed (00.53.26), 3 Devon Reed

(00.53.28); women: 1 Cayleigh Wanckel (1.07.06), 2 Shirley Bond (1.11.18), 3 Kris­ten Pot­ter

(1.12.44). 4km: men: 1 Bosazza Jack (00.13.07), 2 Ernst Schutte

(00.16.53), 3 David Whet­tan

(00.20.11); women: 1 Claire War­dle (00.15.42), Emily Reed

(00.19.00), Suzaan Schutte


Trail run, 20km, men: 1 Pieter Swanepoel (1.38.48), 2 Martin Smith (1.39.36), 3 Mal­ixole Kali­deni

(1.41.22); women: 1 An­drea Ranger

(1.50.09), 2 Re­bekah An­der­son

(1.54.14), 3 Deb­bie Gee (1.57.01).

10km, men: 1 Brian Sch­wulst

(1.28.01), 2 David Em­slie (1.34.11), 3 Jo­han Kriel (1.34.54); women: 1 (and first over­all): Elsabe Owen

(1.21.27), 2 Terri Sch­wulst (1.24.06),

3 Sue Jack­el­man (1.31.20).

Pic­ture: JOHN POT­TER

READY, SET, GO! Par­tic­i­pants in the 20km ride of the Thomas River MTB Chal­lenge pre­pare for the start

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