Hill fights hard for vic­tory

TOUR DE KRANTZ: Rider holds onto No. 1 over­all po­si­tion in se­ries

Weekend Witness - - Sport - REBECCA VAN DER LINDE EN­DURO WRAP

MOUNNTTAAIINN BIIKKIINNG DE­SPITE show­ers the night be­fore the an­nual aQuelle Tour de Krantz race in Har­burg last Satur­day, scores of rid­ers still showed up for the sixth race in the Quattro ROAG Se­ries to fight for their po­si­tions. Win­ning over­all and hold­ing on tightly to his num­ber one over­all male po­si­tion in the se­ries, last year’s win­ner An­drew Hill fought hard to claim his vic­tory.

Hill’s win­ning time of one hour, 57 min­utes and 52 sec­onds was a mere two sec­onds clear of Travis Walker with Ty­rone Bird claim­ing third.

Brenda Potts, who claimed fourth place over­all at the race, held onto her num­ber one over­all women’s po­si­tion in the Quattro ROAG Se­ries. Jean­nie Bom­ford claimed the top spot in a time of 2:18,48, and is cur­rently sit­ting sec­ond in the se­ries, while Eszter Erde­lyi came sec­ond and is cur­rently com­ing third in the se­ries.

Young Ti­mothy Nefdt rode out of C batch to claim the hon­ours in the 25 km race, while sec­ond place went to Dy­lan Wil­liams with Aaron Wood third. Tiffany Keep was the first woman home ahead of Sabine Thies with Court­ney Smith tak­ing third. • With this past week­end’s ac­tion from the Mont-Sainte-Anne leg of the UCI MTB World Cup sea­son hav­ing now wrapped up in Canada, all of the world’s MTB fra­ter­nity’s at­ten­tion has now turned to Cas­cades MTB Park in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, as the re­gion pre­pares to host both the UCI MTB Masters World Cham­pi­onships and the pre­mier MTB event on the cal­en­dar, the UCI MTB & Tri­als World Cham­pi­onships. For many lo­cal am­a­teur over 30s, the Masters spec­ta­cle will be the great­est stage they ever take to and with the height­ened chances of the var­i­ous age groups’ world cham­pion striped jer­seys go­ing the way of South African rid­ers, the buzz among the lo­cal MTB com­mu­nity has risen ex­po­nen­tially in re­cent weeks.

How­ever, de­spite the bulk of the mam­moth 581 en­tries com­ing from lo­cal rid­ers (424), the en­try has not only caught the at­ten­tion of lo­cal au- thor­i­ties, but the In­ter­na­tional Cycling Union (UCI) as well. With 157 rid­ers from 29 na­tions set to join the lo­cal com­peti­tors in South Africa’s “Bike City”, it would ap­pear the sport’s in­ter­na­tional body is greatly sat­is­fied with the num­ber. With South Africa con­tribut­ing the most en­tries, other African en­tries come from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swazi­land. Other na­tions in­clude the Phillip­ines, Aus­tralia, Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Den­mark, France, Ger­many, Hol­land, Hun­gary, Italy, Nor­way, Slove­nia, Spain, Swe­den, Switzer­land, United King­dom, Canada, USA, Ar­gentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mex­ico, Peru and Vene- zuela.

The UCI MTB & Tri­als World Cham­pi­onships take place at Cas­cades MTB Park in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg from Au­gust 26 to Septem­ber 1, and are pre­ceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Cham­pi­onships from Au­gust 21 to Au­gust 25. Tick­ets for the UCI MTB & Tri­als World Cham­pion- ships can be pur­chased via www.roag.co.za and more in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.mtb­world­champs.co.za MULLTTIISSPPORRTT The weather could not have been bet­ter for the third and fi­nal event in the Var­sity Col­lege Multisport Se­ries, which took place at Es­ton Club on Sun­day.

The trail run­ners were the first to break the tracks as they set off to a chilly start. Fresh off win­ning the ju­nior women at the KZN Cross­Coun­try Cham­pi­onships the pre­vi­ous af­ter­noon, the tal­ented Gena Lof­s­trand was first home over­all in the five-kilo­me­tre trail run, while Jody Tay­lor led the men home.

The reg­u­lars were back in ac­tion in the 15 km trail run with Mdu Zondi and Owen Bengo tak­ing their third suc­ces­sive one-two po­si­tions, while re­spected triath­lete Dono­van van Gelder placed third over­all. Wendy Mor­gan was first woman home ahead of Non­sikelelo Mbambo (who is re­cov­er­ing from a dog bite) and Babongile Memela in third.

With the change of venue from Al­bert Falls Dam to Es­ton Club, the multisport race had to be can­celled due to the lack of wa­ter fa­cil­ity. How­ever, the Multi-X ath­letes were out in force to take on the fast tracks and trails through the sugar cane lands.

It was none other than Xterra racer Ty­rone White who held off a strong chal­lenge to win the Multi-X Long Course over a five-kilo­me­tre trail run, 20 km MTB and 2,5 km trail run. The women’s race was a copy-paste from the pre­vi­ous event with Kim West­brook claim­ing her sec­ond suc­ces­sive win. In the Short Course Multi-X, Dean Wort­mann claimed a solid win ahead of Camp­bell van Rooyen while Tiffany Keep was a wor­thy win­ner in the women’s race ahead of her ri­val and friend Court­ney Smith.

The fast win­ning time for the 40 km Moun­tain Bike race was in­di­ca­tion not only of the fast open course, but also the qual­ity of the win­ning rider in Luke Roberts, who was ob­vi­ously putting in some last­minute speed train­ing ahead of the UCI MTB World Cham­pi­onships. Linda Potts was the win­ning woman.

PHOTO: CYCHO ME­DIA

Ty­rone White on his way to win­ning last week­end’s Multi-X Long Course race in the Var­sity Col­lege Multisport Se­ries at Es­ton Club.

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