Fast fin­ish from Davids

I NTABA RIDGE CLAS­SIC: ‘We raced pasted gi­raffe, ze­bra and plenty of buck’

Weekend Witness - - Sport - RE­BECCA VAN DER LINDE En­duro wrap

MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING THE Ned­bank Intaba Ridge Clas­sic took place just out­side the city in the Bis­ley Na­ture Re­serve last week­end.

Be­ing staged close to Pi­eter­mar­itzburg on a per­fect sunny morn­ing, the race at­tracted more than 800 par­tic­i­pants in the moun­tain bike and trail run events.

Bren­don Davids (Team Jeep), re­cently crowned All African U23 MTB Cham­pion, won the 40 km Clas­sic in a su­per-fast time of one hour, 30 min­utes and 24 sec­onds.

Team-mate Travis Walker claimed sec­ond place (1:32:55) with Youth rider Ju­lian Jessop (Team Jeep) tak­ing third place over­all (1:39:11).

Davids said af­ter the race: “A fast course on rolling ter­rain made for ideal train­ing for cross-coun­try rac­ing. It was great to see so much game out there. We raced pasted gi­raffe, ze­bra and plenty of buck. It be­ing so close to town, I will def­i­nitely be mak­ing more use of the trails out here at Intaba Ridge for my weekly train­ing ses­sions.”

Mul­ti­sport queen Jean­nie Dreyer held off a strong chal­lenge from Roag Se­ries cham­pion and top veteran racer Natalie Bergstrom (Cof­fee­Berry Café) to take the win in one hour, 49 min­utes and 46 sec­onds.

Bergstrom was sec­ond (1:50:53) with U.S. rider Ken­dall Ryan (Team Jeep) claim­ing third place.

The race en­joyed the sup­port of Martin Dreyer and his Change A Life squad. John Ntuli, an SA Duath­lete, fin­ished an im­pres­sive sev­enth place over­all, while Dreyer took a wor­thy win in the veteran cat­e­gory.

Fred­er­ick Ros­souw (Cof­fee­Berry Café) was first sub-veteran home with team owner Con Mal­herbe tak­ing the win in the masters cat­e­gory.

Ju­nior Axel Col­lyer raced hard for his win in the 20 km MTB race in 56 min­utes and 42 sec­onds.

Sprog rider Travis St­ed­man rode a crack­ing race to place sec­ond over­all (58:04) while an equally im­pres­sive ride from the first girl home, Tif­fany Keep (58:21) who won the sub-ju­nior girls cat­e­gory.

Great rac­ing from the girls saw sub­ju­nior Court­ney Smith plac­ing sec­ond over­all (1:03:21) and sprog Sabine Thies third over­all (1:05:09).

In the 10 km fun ride, Dustin Starr took the win in a fast 18 min­utes, while sec­ond place went to the first girl home, Kelly Tam in 21 min­utes and nine sec­onds.

The five-kilo­me­tre and 10 km trail runs were well sup­ported with sev­eral ath­letes go­ing on to do the moun­tain bik­ing events which started later.

Iron­man tri-ath­lete An­dre Booyens clock the fastest time over the 10 km run of 41 min­utes and 49 sec­onds and then went on to race the 40 km moun­tain bike race.

Sec­ond place went to Glen Mor­gan (43:00) with Devon van der Merwe third (45:39). Rox­anne Dovey won the women’s 10 km (41:49). James Mur­ray (25:52) and Abbey-Lynn Haswell (30:49) were the re­spec­tive win­ners of the five-kilo­me­tre trail run. Full re- sults are on www.elite­tim­ing.co.za.

Cool weather and warm smiles wel­comed com­peti­tors to the pic­turesque Karmichael Farm for the start of the Safire Not­ties-Himeville 100 km.

More than 400 cy­clists lined up to take on this amaz­ing en­durance event through the uKhahlamba World Her­itage Site and take in the ma­jes­tic views of the Drak­ens­berg.

Af­ter some gen­tle rolling district road, the first big de­scents of the day started, with ac­com­pa­ny­ing climbs out of the Umko­maas and Loteni Val­leys.

As the race pro­gressed An­drew Hill (TIB In­surance) and Der­rin Smith (Team Jeep) pulled ahead in the solo men’s race to work to­gether and build a solid lead.

In the women’s race, Jackie Moore (Salomon) worked hard early on to es­tab­lish a com­fort­able lead in the woman’s solo event.

In the pairs cat­e­gory, team Echo Green was charg­ing hard and lead­ing the pack. Af­ter smash­ing the pre­vi­ous record with a time of three hours and 35 min­utes, Hill crossed the fin­ish line in first place, fol­lowed by Smith and Kyle Dorkin in third.

Moore claimed the hon­ours in the women’s race in a cred­i­ble 35th over­all, fol­lowed closely by Robyn Mare and Hay­ley Smith.

In the teams race, Echo Green (Matt Goetsch/Rowan Tyler) won ahead of Bring it on Cy­cles (Liam Gor­don Pater­son/ Dar­rell Seed) and Healthy Pigs (Grant Lavers/ Gert Baum).

MUL­TI­SPORT Now in it’s 10th year, the Var­sity Col­lege Mul­ti­sport Se­ries has grown and devel­oped in the past decade, and to­day of­fers a mul­ti­tude of op­tions for not only mul­tisporters, but spe­cial­ist trail run­ners and moun­tain bik­ers alike.

The first event starts next Sun­day, April 7 at Al­bert Falls Dam.

“It’s really all about hav­ing fun in beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ments with your friends and fam­ily and like-minded en­er­getic out­door peo­ple.

“The first event takes place on April 7 at Al­bert Falls Dam,” said Event Or­gan­is­ers Max Cluer Sports Mar­ket­ing. Par­tic­i­pants may choose be­tween the MUL­TI­SPORT and the MULTIX events. The full course MUL­TI­SPORT com­prises of a five-kilo­me­tre trail run, 20 km MTB and five-kilo­me­tre pad­dle, while the short course is made up of a 2,5 km trail run, 10 km MTB and 2,5 km pad­dle.

The MULTI-X caters for the non­pad­dlers and com­prises of a five-kilo­emtre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run and also of­fers a halfdis­tance event.

The stand alone TRAIL RUN op­tions (five km / 15 km) and Moun­tain Bike races (40 km /20 km / 10 km) are again on of­fer for those in­di­vid­u­als who pre­fer to con­cen­trate on one dis­ci­pline.

With full ca­ter­ing and bev­er­ages on of­fer, ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties, med­i­cal and safety stan­dards to spec and fan­tas­tic give­aways, Max Cluer Sports Mar­ket­ing strives to of­fer their par­tic­i­pants a value for money package and a “feel good” ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pre-en­tries close on Thurs­day, April 4 with t-shirts up for grabs to the first 200 en­trants (in se­lected events).

PHOTO: CYCHO ME­DIA

Bren­dan Davids took the win in the Ned­bank Intaba Ridge 40 km Clas­sic last week­end.

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