Bir­kett does it again

MUL­TI­SPORT SE­RIES: Hack­land first in women’s race

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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.max­


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.


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.

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