Birkett does it again
MULTISPORT SERIES: Hackland first in women’s race
IT was no surprise that defending Multisport Series champion and Dusi winner Andrew Birkett (Jeep AHVR) claimed the honours at the first event in the Time Freight Multisport Series at The Pont, Port Edward, last weekend. However, it was not without a 100% effort that the lean Pietermaritzburg B.Com student ripped through the course to fend off the likes of team-mate Lance Kime and multisport pro Justin Porteous (Future Life).
The winning time of one hour, 33 minutes and 37 seconds for the Multisport long course over a five kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike and five kilometre paddle placed Birkett nearly five minutes clear of Kime. Birkett commented after the race: “The course was amazing, fast and fun. The organizers had obviously taken time in designing a great course which was well marked.”
The women’s race saw some competitive racing with Jean Hackland (Jeep) leading off the first run before Jeannie Bomford (USN Hi-Tec) powered ahead on the bike leg and paddled her way to victory in a time of 1:54:11. Hackland finished close behind in second while Robyn Kime (Jeep) recovered from a mechanical breakdown on the bike leg to take third place.
The Multi-X long course was equally well contested with JeanPierre ten Napel (Jeep) using his running strength to hold off a strong challenge from Tyronne White (Muscle&Fitness) over the five kilometre trail run, 20 km mountain bike and 2,5 km trail run. Coming off the bike leg second, Ten Napel managed to pull through strong over the final run to take the victory ahead of White. Daniel Carleton placed third.
Melanie Palframan (Fox Wsquared) wonthewomen’sMulti-X ahead of Comrades campaigner Kerry Koen (Jeep) with respected veteran Shawna Thunder third.
On the short courses, James Damant and Debra O’Brien were the respective winners of the Multi-X. Hayden Dowdall took the win in the Multisport ahead of Devon Smith and Craig Jarrett.
The second event in the fourpart Time Freight Multisport Series moves to Albert Falls on Sunday July 18. For full results, photo’s and further info log onto www.maxcluer.com
MINNAAR WINS WORLD CUP IN LEOGANG, AUSTRIA
Pietermaritzburg’s world renowned downhill racer Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) has done it again. Racing at the third UCI World Cup Downhill in Leogang, Austria, Minnaar showed that he can win on any track and in any conditions.
Having enjoyed summer weather earlier in the week, the rain arrived before the race, making the course a muddy mess. On race day, Gee Atherton posted the fastest time of 4:06,39, a staggering five seconds faster than Cameron Cole and Steve Peat, each on 4:11. This looked to be a lofty goal to reach, but Minnaar was up to the task and put 74 seconds into Atherton with a 4:05,65 to secure his second win of the season which thrilled his Pietermaritzburg oneLife fans in attendance. It was his 13th UCI Downhill career win, with eight of those wins on Santa Cruz, two of which were on the Carbon V-10 and Edge wheels. This was also his 45th World Cuppodium, which ties Nico Voilleuz’s record, and is five behind Steve’s 50 career podiums.
Minnaar was very happy, and surprised to win.
With half of the World Cup season underway, Minnaar holds the leaders’ jersey, 73 points ahead of Atherton. With four weeks until the next World Cup, the Syndicate team will be competing at the Pro GRT race in Northstar at Lake Tahoe, California next before taking on the World Cup.
STANDER, TAYLOR WIN SARDINE MTB FESTIVAL
The Sardine MTB Super Classic concluded a full weekend of outdoor activities on the South Coast last weekend. While Burry Stander (Specialized Mr Price) may have been no surprise winner of the 45 kilometre classic, close to his home zone, it was a privilege to have this internationally respected athlete back amongst the locals while on a short break from his racing abroad.
Stander took the win in 1:41:38 — three minutes ahead of Craig Paul (Team Jeep), who won the sprint for second ahead of Arno du Toit. Cherise Taylor was in great form to win the women’s race (1:58:28) ahead of Candice Neethling (2:04:30) and Caitlin de Wet (2:10:01).
Norman Hatherley won the 20 km race while master women Liz Alexander did well to win the women’s 20 km ride. Keeping it in the family, it was Alan Hatherly who once again took the win in the Sub-Junior Series ahead of Ivan Venter and Carlo Marzoppi. Mikaela Jonsson was first home in the girls race.
Andrew Warr won (1:48:06) at the Scottburgh Winter Solstice 40 km MTB race over the weekend. Shaun Peschl came second (1:52:20), Christopher Wolhuter third (1:54:31). Brenda Potts was the first woman home (2:16:39) before Kirsty Scott (2:29:35) and Candice Parker-Dennisen (2:35:03). Dylan Kirby and Rochelle van Eck were the respective winners of the 27 km race.
It’s mid-winter and time for the Glengarry MTB Classic starting from Glengarry tomorrow morning. Riders will be treated to some beautiful scenery in the Kamberg and Little Berg. Registration will be open from 7 am and the racing starts at 9 am. Late entries will be taken at registration. Three distances to choose from: 55 km, 37 km and 17 km.
The Safire Super Classic takes place next Sunday (July 4) at the beautiful Baynesfield Estate. Entries through Roag and timed by Elite Timing. There will be batch starts. Choose between the 45 km Classic, 25 km Intermediate or 10 km fun ride.