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  1. It was exciting racing all the way to the finish with Hill and former riding partner Tyronne White fighting it out for the top spot with Andrew Hill winning a helter-skelter end sprint. Team TIB's Andrew Hill became the first person to defend their title when he won the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media After some torrential rain midweek, race organizer Flavio Scarpa worked tirelessly to produce a top quality track and winner Hill appreciated Scarpa's efforts. "Flavio always puts in a huge amount of effort in the build up to the race," Team TIB's Hill mentioned. "It was muddy in the single track and on the cane roads but besides for that it was an awesome race. "A lot of the local community get behind and support this race. There are a lot of passionate mountain bikers in this area who put a lot of their time into track building and showcasing what they have to offer." With Hill's victory came a piece of Scottburgh MTB history as he became the first rider to defend his title at the event. "It is an honour to have been able to win this race two years in a row and to have my name on a trophy that has Burry Stander's name on it is an even greater privilege. "As a mountain biker we need to get down here and support races like this more often." Following Hill home was Tyronne White who finished second ahead of Jedson Toomes in third place just ahead of Sean Merredew with Hendrik Bester rounding out the top five. Having made a return to Scottburgh after a number of years away from the race, 2011 winner Bianca Haw became the third women to notch up two Scottburgh MTB wins. It was a dominant display from the Red Bull athlete who commanded the race the whole way and finished ten minutes ahead of second placed Hayley Smith. Red Bull's Bianca Haw was in a class of her own as she dominated the ladies race at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "It was so muddy, it looked like they had 200 mills of rain! "Well done to the organisers and Flav (Scarpa) for making the necessary changes after the rain that they had this week. "He did really well in making little gullies where the cane roads had been washed away. "I am really glad to be back here and I am happy with the way things went for me today," Haw added. Haw's next major challenge is the UCI MTB XCO World Championships in Australia next month and with her winning two weeks in a row, first at the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge and then here, she is in good form as she prepares to jet off Down Under. Hayley Smith has been dominated the South Coast MTB Series but Haw's presence gave Smith more of a challenge and unfortunately for the South Coast resident she had to settle for second ahead of Desiree Chantal Verwey in third with Brenda Potts and Nataschka Mowat rounding out the top five. More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243 SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2017 SAPPI SCOTTBURGH MTB RACEOverall - 45km Marathon 1.Andrew Hill 1:45:44 2.Tyronne White 1:45:45 3.Jedson Tooms 1:47:34 4.Sean Merredew 1:47:52 5.Hendrik Bester 1:48:02 6.Bryan Powell 1:48:07 7.Brennan Anderson 1:50:01 8.Andrew Houston 1:54:10 9.Bianca Haw 1:54:38 10.Jeremy Thomson 1:54:49 Women 1.Bianca Haw 1:54:38 2.Hayley Smith 2:04:44 3.Desiree Chantal Verwey 2:12:00 4.Brenda Potts 2:16:28 5.Nataschka Mowat 2:16:59 Overall - 20km Half Marathon 1.Matthew Opperman 1:20:48 2.Nicholas de Bruin 1:22:34 3.Chloe Bateson 1:22:40 4.Brent Richter 1:22:47 5.Leonard Robberts 1:29:06 6.Clinton Bullard 1:32:18 7.Sean Dunbar 1:34:56 8.Brad Viljoen 1:37:46 9.Lehan Niehaus 1:38:27 10.Lindsay Weir 1:38:30 Women 1.Chloe Bateson 1:22:40 2.Anesca Swart 1:44:36 3.Natasha Viljoen 1:57:46
  2. Andrew Hill became the eighth solitary Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race titleholder when he raced to victory on KZN’s South Coast on Sunday while Candice Parker-Dennison successful women’s title defence saw her crowned just the second rider ever to claim multiple race wins. Click here to view the article
  3. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill charges to victory during his debut appearance at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media After the event’s first ever staging was washed out in 2008, the subsequent eight editions have remarkably produced a new men’s winner each time, TIB Insurance’s Hill the most recent to join the rare club after he overcame the most richly talented field in the history of the event. Both the Hillcrest based rider and his three nearest rivals – Swiss Cycles’ Andrew Johnson, ROAG Racing’s Jedson Tooms and Kargo Pro Cycling Team’s Andrew Warr – were however made to work harder than expected after navigational errors by the initial lead quartet erased their early advantage. “It’s nice to come down to this great South Coast race for the first time and get the win, especially as there was some serious talent that came to race this year,” said Hill. “I knew the climbs were going to be where I could get a bit of an advantage today so I tried to make the pace quite hard on the ascents early on and thankfully my tactics paid off as I managed to get the King of the Mountains hotspot. “Myself and a couple of the guys behind me then had a bit of a mix up with markings and by the time we realized and turned around, we rejoined just behind the top five. Riders charge under the N2 freeway during the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “We raced our way back through the field and once I got back in front, I just put my head down and looked to hammer it all the way through to the finish,” he added. Despite the unplanned disruption, Hill’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race debut was one he thoroughly enjoyed and the vastly experienced marathon competitor was highly impressed by the 45km course. “There was some unbelievably brilliant track out there!” he exclaimed. “Some of the sections of trail, particularly through the Sappi plantations, rival a few of those that we associate with some of the province’s big-name race such as the renowned Sappi Karkloof Marathon.” “This race is all about exploring the area via some incredible single track, some good climbs and even some technical, off-camber stuff – there’s a bit for everyone at this race. “This Scottburgh race is a highly underrated event and is definitely one for everyone to come and do! “Its not too far from Durban or Hillcrest, it’s a great destination for a weekend away where you’ve got both the beach and some really incredible trails.” Eventual runner-up, Hendrik Bester is chased by third place finisher, RMB Change a Life MTB Academy's Mboneni Ngcobo during the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media While Hill charged to victory, riders chopped and changed positions behind him with Hendrik Bester ultimately racing home to claim the runner-up award and RMB Change a Life MTB Academy’s Mboneni Ngcobo clinched a memorable third place. Tooms and Warr claimed fourth and fifth place respectively while routing issues limited Johnson to ninth and Think360/Leigh’s Cycle Centre’s Leeroy Emslie seventh place as iStudent’s Jason Davies (sixth), Chainworx Cycles’ Darryn Purtell (eighth) and Kargo Pro Cycling Team junior, Cayde Muldoon rounded out the top ten. With the event’s first ever multiple winner, Hayley Smith (Kargo Pro Cycling Team) not taking to this year’s start line as planned, 22 year-old Parker-Dennison was unchallenged in her title defence effort, a result she was well pleased with. Scottburgh local, Candice Parker-Dennison charges onto the sand and Scottburgh Main Beach as she claims victory in the women's race of the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series.Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “I’m really stoked,” said the young Scottburgh local. “It’s always cool to ride, let alone defend my title, in my hometown.” “It’s nice having a little local advantage – knowing when to go hard and when to take it a little easier – and I looked to use that to my favour as best I could. “I really thought the course was going to be quite hard after the flood a month ago, but the route was so well prepared and the single track was absolutely amazing. “The organisers did a great job!” Umtentweni's Debrah Thomas raced home to second place at the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media It was a South Coast dominated women’s podium as the hometown star was followed across the finish line by Umtentweni rider, Debrah Thomas who in turn narrowly edged out Shelley Beach’s Nataschka Mowat. In the 28km Dash and Splash race, Chad Stevenson and Marina Thorne claimed the men’s and women’s titles for 2016 while scores of adventurers young and old also enjoyed the 10km Family Fun Ride. Participants of the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series, enjoy a welcome cool-off during a brief river crossing. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243. Summary of results: 45KM SAPPI SCOTTBURGH MTB RACE Men 1.Andrew Hill 1:43.53 2.Hendrik Bester 1:46.16 3.Mboneni Ngcobo 1:46.22 4.Jedson Tooms 1:46.58 5.Andrew Warr 1:48.26 6.Jason Davies 1:48.47 7.Leeroy Emslie 1:50.31 8.Darryn Purtell 1:50.32 9.Andrew Johnson 1:51.55 10.Cayde Muldoon 1:52.52Women 1.Candice Parker-Dennison 2:04.09 2.Debrah Thomas 2:12.22 3.Nataschka Mowat 2:12.37 4.Riana Niehaus 2:15.09 5.Caryn Harvey 2:20.52 28KM DASH & SPLASH Men 1.Chad Stevenson 1:29.18 2.Richman Soboyisi 1:29.46 3.Brad Soulsby 1:30.35 Women 1.Marina Thorne 2:02.14 2.Zinnia Freitas 2:02.24
  4. With less than 48 hours to go to the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday, a cloud of uncertainty still looms over the participation of men’s defending champion, Brendon Davids. Click here to view the article
  5. The popular annual event – race three of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series – starts and finishes at the picturesque Scottburgh Main Beach and sees participants tackle the 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, 28km Dash & Splash or 10km Family Fun Ride. Brendon Davids remains undecided as to whether he will look to defend his Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race at Sunday's third leg of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Having charged home ahead of 2016 Rio Olympian, Alan Hatherly last year, Davids remains unsure if he will be on this year’s start line to defend his title. Should he opt to race this Sunday, Davids – currently competing as an unsupported rider – will challenge for the rare record of becoming the event’s first ever multiple winner of the men’s title. Coming off a frustrating yet beneficial two month racing stint in Europe, the 23 year-old raced to second place in a four-rider end-sprint at last weekend’s 60km Illovo Eston Marathon and so will bring good form into this weekend’s Sappi Scottburgh battle - should he compete. The talented former Maritzburg College pupil will however have to overcome the challenge of three regular top ten performers on the KZN circuit – ROAG Racing’s Jedson Tooms, Leigh’s Cycle’s Leeroy Emslie and RMB Change a Life MTB Academy’s Mboneni Ngcobo. Local challengers Darryn Purtell and Wesley Parker-Dennison will also tackle Sunday’s 45km event and will undoubtedly be eyeing a top five finish in their own backyard. Defending women's champ, Candice Parker-Dennison will compete in Sunday's 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, race three of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series. Finish Line Photos/ Gameplan Media Unlike Davids, women’s defending champion, Candice Parker-Dennison has already confirmed her participation as she looks to become just the second ever female competitor to claim more than one Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race crown. In order to achieve this though, Parker-Dennison will need to overcome the stiff challenge of the current holder of that record, Kargo Pro Cycling Team’s Hayley Smith. Kargo Pro Cycling Team's Hayley Smith hopes to become the first competitor to claim three Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race titles at Sunday's third leg of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Smith, who finished fifth in a strong women’s field in Eston last weekend, hopes to add the 2016 title to her 2013 and 2014 victories as she builds towards the gruelling 100km Sunday Tribune Compendium Hill2Hill event in September.Flooding that ravaged much of the province, and the South Coast in particular, a month ago left a bitter-sweet taste in race organiser, Flavio Scarpa’s mouth. While celebrating the rain’s much needed compacting effect on the previously bone-dry course, Scarpa was also confronted with washed down rivers and heavily rutted paths. Many man hours later, Scarpa and his team of volunteers have restored the 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, 28km Dash & Splash and 10km Family Fun Ride routes to their traditional ‘raw and untamed’ stature, paving the way for participants to enjoy another true mountain biking challenge this weekend. With spectacular mountain biking action and KZN’s idyllic winter weather, participants are also encouraged to make a weekend of their South Coast trip by taking advantage of Blue Marlin Hotel’s ‘pay for two nights, get the third night free’ accommodation special. In celebration of the recent National Women’s Day, the same venue will also be hosting an acoustic music festival on Saturday afternoon at 13h00 with local acts The Kickstands, Gus Brown Band and The Subway Run set to entertain the crowd. The 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race is the third and 'sea' leg of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series and takes place on Sunday 14 August. More information can be found on Facebook.
  6. The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race provides riders with a unique experience and that is something that attracts riders like North Coast stalwart Russell White who will be back for another crack when the race gets underway on Sunday, 14 August. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “I know that it isn’t that far from Ballito to Scottburgh but it really feels like you are riding in a different province!" the father of pro rider Tyronne White said. “It’s a really different experience and Scottburgh is a completely unique race which is a large reason why we like to get away for the weekend and take part in the race every year. “I still ride as competitively as possible although I am getting a bit old but the event has a very distinct laid-back attitude which is important in attracting riders of all different abilities.” Riders will be congregating on the South Coast to take on the Scottburgh MTB Challenge’s well-maintained trails with the routes providing a quality test for the best to the most inexperienced riders. “The course is very ridable which is great but for the guys at the front of the race there are still a number of challenges. “Striking the balance between technical and manageable can be difficult but Scottburgh seems to have found a great median – the course is as tough as you make it for yourself. “Especially with such a chilled environment and attitude the race still maintains a competitive edge for those that want to test themselves but it doesn’t detract from the family vibe that surrounds the event,” added White. The pleasant South Coast winter weather attracts many inland visitors during the colder months and White suggests that the Scottburgh MTB Challenge is the perfect excuse to get down the sea for a weekend away. “I think I have done about five Scottburgh races and we try and make a weekend of it every year. A whole bunch of us book into the hotel and have a great weekend in different surroundings. “There is such a great feeling around the race with everyone hanging around on the Scottburgh main beach afterwards and enjoying having a bike race that is so unique in that if finishes right on the beach!” he commented. With five editions under his belt, White, whose son Tyronne won the race in 2014, has ridden races all around the country across varying terrains but appreciates the fact that there are so many good races around KwaZulu-Natal, Scottburgh included. “If you enjoy riding in a race you are going to make an effort to continue doing it and that is my attitude towards Scottburgh. It’s such a great race that has a little bit of everything for all the riders. “It’s one that we tick off the calendar every year now and I am excited to get back down there this year and give it another crack,” White stated expectantly. The 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race is third and 'sea' leg of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series and takes place on Sunday 14 August. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243.
  7. Amongst the droves of passionate mountain bikers that return to the iconic South Coast town of Scottburgh every August to enjoy the local trails that the popular Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday, 14 August has to offer, Ballito stalwart Russell White will be present again and he is as eager to ride as he is to enjoy a holiday weekend away. Click here to view the article
  8. The 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday 14 August will not only see mountain bikers enjoy another memorable day in the saddle on KZN’s South Coast, but will also provide much needed financial support for Cycling 4 Mobility to continue their provision of wheelchairs to disabled members of under-privileged communities. Click here to view the article
  9. As Cycling 4 Mobility’s primary annual fundraiser, Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race organiser and Cycling 4 Mobility founder, Flavio Scarpa has implored cyclists the province over to submit their 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, 28km Dash & Splash and 10km Family Fun Ride entries ahead of Wednesday 10 August’s online entry deadline and play their part in empowering those in need. The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race - the 2016 edition of which takes place on Sunday 14 August - is Cycling 4 Mobility's single biggest annual fundraiser outside of rare corporate contributions such as the R200 000 given to C4M founder, Flavio Scarpa (left) in 2014 by Old Mutual Foundation Head, Dr. Clarence Tshitereke (right). Supplied/ Gameplan Media “As cyclists, we always love a challenge however for someone with a disability – especially one that prevents you from being able to move around independently – every single day is a challenge,” says Scarpa. “Since Cycling 4 Mobility’s launch four years ago at the 2012 Old Mutual joBerg2c, we’ve purchased over 200 wheelchairs and given them to disabled people throughout the country, particularly along the joBerg2c route. “Our Scottburgh MTB Race title sponsors, Sappi have been incredible supporters of Cycling 4 Mobility since the beginning and we look forward to more corporates following suit and getting involved in our efforts in the future! “With the assistance of participants of this year’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, we hope to again raise over R20 000 and make an immeasurable difference to the lives of those whom we’re able to help,” he adds. Several pre-2012 joBerg2c fund raisers saw the Cycling for Mobility crew raise over R20 000 before a cycling jersey auction together with contributions by Subaru, Old Mutual and various privateers during the race added another R60 000 to the cause. Upon the completion of the 2014 joBerg2c, Scarpa – on behalf of Cycling 4 Mobility – was presented with a cheque from Old Mutual for a whopping R200 000, paving the way for more than 130 wheelchairs to be purchased and distributed through XPS South Africa’s generous assistance. Flavio (left) and Jacqui Scarpa (centre) as well as Beth McLeod's Cycling 4 Mobility work of purchasing and distributing wheelchairs to those in need is made easier by corporate contributions such as the R200 000 they were presented with by Old Mutual Sponsorships & Events Manager, Bandile Mngoma in 2014, however the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race remains the organisation's biggest annual fundraiser. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “In our first year, we managed to raise enough money to distribute four wheelchairs to each of the regions which hosted one of the joBerg2c’s overnight stops. “Old Mutual’s incredible contribution then allowed us to give out twenty wheelchairs in Johannesburg, 40 in the Free State, 20 in and around Scottburgh with the balance being distributed as and when cases have been presented to us since then. While Scarpa, his wife, Jacqui and Beth McLeod continue to provide assistance to as many people as possible with the provision of standard-issue wheelchairs, the Cycling 4 Mobility team are also aware of the unique challenges presented by the environment in which many of the grateful recipients live. “Going forward, it would be fantastic if we could be in a position to consider providing those who meet our basic criteria with specialised wheelchairs that are durable and robust enough to cope with the tough conditions of the rural areas they are used in,” explains Scarpa. “Beth, Jacqui and I are all very proud of the work we’ve done so far but continuing to help people in need and who have little other means of receiving assistance continues to motivate us to do more. “As we aim to achieve our Cycling 4 Mobility goals, the contribution the riders of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race make simply by taking part in the race each year really is hugely appreciated!” he adds. The 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race is third and 'sea' leg of the inaugural South Coast MTB Series and takes place on Sunday 14 August. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243.
  10. Kargo Pro MTB Team's Brendon Davids charges to victory in the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, the feature race of the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race. Finish Line Photos/ Gameplan Media. With things having not gone his way on the cross country circuit this season, Davids recently turned his attention to the marathon and stage racing scene for the remainder of the year and victory in hilly but fast and furious 45km Scottburgh hit-out will give him good momentum ahead of his upcoming assignments. “It was great to race with Alan; it’s always fun to race together and I’m really happy to finally get a win!” said Davids. “It has been a very long dry spell for me; I haven’t had a season filled with luck, so hopefully this is the turning point for the last quarter of my season!” “It was also my first time here at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race and hats off to the organisers; it’s a really cool race and I’m looking forward to being back in the future!” added the Kargo Pro MTB rider. Davids and Hatherly charged out the blocks, reducing the race for the title to a two horse affair from as early as the first climb with Davids leading the charge on the flats and Hatherly setting the pace on the descents. A cat and mouse final few kilometers saw the pair pop out onto the J&D Scaffolding Bridge neck and neck before Davids edged in front over the brief portage that linked the two halves of the Chep SA walkway across Scottburgh’s Main Beach and charged for the finish line. “When I was based in the States for a couple of years I raced quite a bit of cyclo-cross so when we dropped off the first stretch of the walkway I cyclo-cross dismounted and just ran as fast as I could! “Alan tried to weasel his way through by trying to ride through the sand but fortunately I managed to get back on ahead of him and take the win,” laughed Davids. For Hatherly, the day was a positive outing ahead of the final leg of the UCI MTB World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy in two weeks’ time and the all-important 2015 UCI MTB World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra in early September. “I couldn’t have asked for a better final bit of preparation for Italy than I got here today!” said Hatherly. “The pace was really hard throughout, which I’m sure will be great for the international racing that I’ve got coming up!” “Congrats to Brendon; he was super strong, rode a really good race and deserves the win!” added the runner-up who claimed the Thule King of the Mountain hotspot prize in consolation. Duane Stander, brother of the late South African mountain biking legend Burry, narrowly edged out Andre Grebe and Henry Mayer for the final step of the podium. Joining the nation in celebrating Women’s Day, the field was led out through the neutral zone from Scottburgh Main Beach to the start at Renishaw sugarcane farm before the 45km event’s female competitors enjoyed the privilege of occupying the front row on the start line. Candice Parker-Dennison's victory in the women's race of the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic extended the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race's remarkable trend of a South Coast related woman winning the event to six consecutive years. Finish Line Photos/ Gameplan Media. Pre-race favourite Parker-Dennison wasted little time in charging to the front of the women’s tussle and soon enjoyed a comfortable buffer over her nearest chasers, an advantage she refused to reliquish all the way to the finish. “Being a Scottburgh local I knew exactly where to go, where the hills were and when to push it which was a big help,” explained Parker-Dennison. “I tried to stay upfront as much as I could, I just did my best and it was a lot of fun!” she added. Parker-Dennison’s victory extends the race’s remarkable trend of a South Coast related competitor clinching the women’s title on home turf to six consecutive years after Brenda Potts (2010), Bianca Haw (2011), Cherise Stander (2012) and Hayley Smith (2013 and 2014) claimed the women’s race spoils previously. The 28km Dash & Splash contest saw Philip Lombard claim the men’s honours while Chloe Batesman outsprinted James Stamatis to claim second place overall and the top step of the women’s podium. The 10km Fun Ride afforded tomorrow’s stars the opportunity to enjoy their slice of the action and the Halfway Toyota Kids Zone ensured that those not yet ready for some time in the saddle were safe and sound throughout while lucky draw prizes from Blue Marlin and Cutty Sark hotels, Thule, Bobby’s Cycles, Cadence Cycling Durban North and Funky Pants were well received by all. Women's race winner Candice Parker-Dennison (center) is joined by Vivian Michell (right) and Debrah Thomas (left) on the women's podium of the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, the feature race of the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race. Finish Line Photos/ Gameplan Media. Kargo Pro MTB Team's Brendon Davids (center) and Alan Hatherly (left) claimed first and second respectively while Duane Stander (right) rounded out the men's podium on the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, the feature race of the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race. Finish Line Photos/ Gameplan Media. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243?fref=tsSUMMARY OF RESULTS SAPPI SCOTTBURGH MTB RACE 45KM SAPPI SCOTTBURGH CLASSIC Overall 1.Brendon Davids 1:38.26 2.Alan Hatherly 1:38.27 3.Duane Stander 1:48.12 4.Andre Grebe 1:48.14 5.Henry Mayer 1:48.15 6.John Crabb 1:50.46 7.Wesley Parker-Dennison 1:52.46 8.Njabulo Cele 1:53.14 9.Hendrik Bester 1:53.36 10.James Theunissen 1:53.49 Women 1.Candice Parker-Dennison 2:11.53 2.Vivian Michell 2:21.58 3.Debrah Thomas 2:27.58 28KM DASH & SPLASH Overall 1.Philip Lombard 1:23.17 2.Chloe Batesman (1st woman) 1:27.57 3.James Stamatis 1:28.10 Women 1.Chloe Batesman 1:27.57 2.Kerrianne Foncesa 1:37.40 3.Lize-Mari Ras 1:37.41
  11. KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast is all set to welcome an influx of mountain bikers from all corners of the country this weekend when the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Sunday, 9 August, with special emphasis being placed on celebrating Women’s Day at the popular event. Click here to view the article
  12. The large female contingent will lead the field out through the neutral zone from Scottburgh Main Beach to the start at Renishaw sugarcane farm before occupying the front row of the grid on the start line. Riders of all ages and abilities are looking forward to being a part of Sunday's Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race when the popular South Coast event joins the rest of the country in celebrating Women's Day. Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media. A special gift will be handed to all female finishers at the finish line while a novel Women’s Day Acoustic Celebration will see local band The Kickstands, together with Home Bru’d and Freddie NL, performing from 1pm at the Blue Marlin Hotel. Before then though, the racing promises to be action-packed throughout as riders tackle the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, 28km Dash & Splash and 10km Fun Ride. Both the 45km’s elite men’s and women’s clashes will see fresh faces on the podium after Team Thule’s Tyronne White and Specialized SA/Bell Equipment’s Hayley Smith recently confirmed they will not be on this year’s start line. ‘After last week’s Illovo Eston MTB Challenge I realized that in an effort to get back to full fitness after my injury, I have unfortunately overcooked my training a little bit and so I need a bit of a week off,” explained White. “I will sadly have to step down this year and give someone else the opportunity to challenge for the title,” he added tongue in cheek. The men’s clash is now set to be a Kargo Pro MTB tussle as team mates Alan Hatherly and Brendon Davids go head-to-head while TIB Insurance’s Andrew Hill also ponders a possible late entry after his recent Imana Wild Ride involvement. In the women’s race, the doorway has been opened for a new name to be added to a race winners list that already includes the likes of Team RECM’s Cherise Stander, Red Bull/Specialized SA’s Bianca Haw and Smith herself. The run of local ladies claiming hometown honours may however still continue as Scottburgh local Candice Parker-Dennison looks to overcome the challenge of riders of the calibre of Cindy Theunissen and Kathryn Fourie and claim the spoils. The shifting of the Thule King of the Mountain to later in the race will add another point of intrigue as the racing snakes battle it out two-thirds of the way into the contest for the hotspot prize while the J&D Scaffolding platform over the lagoon and the Chep SA walkway add a new dimension to final kilometer. The 28km outing promises to be another challenging yet rewarding day in the saddle and the younger members of the family will enjoy their piece of the action during the 10km challenge while those not quite ready for the occasion will be well looked after in the Halfway Toyota Kids Zone. The weatherman suggests conditions will be close to perfect with clear blue skies, moderately warm temperatures and a gentle breeze forecasted for the morning. As expected, a large South Coast contingent is busy gearing for Sunday’s action with participants from Amanzimtoti, Margate, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone, Umzinto, Umkomaas and Scottburgh itself while cyclists from Durban, the North Coast, Pietermaritzburg and Underberg complete a full representation for the host province. Word of the event’s pedigree has however stretched beyond KZN’s borders as well with riders set to make the journey from Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga to Scottburgh for the occasion. Sunday will be particularly special for Marius Janse van Rensburg of Amanzimtoti who celebrates his 41st birthday at the race while others hope to celebrate for a different reason as they eye out their share of the prizes that include cash, stays at the Cutty Sark and Blue Marlin hotels, products from Cadence Cycling Durban North and Funky Pants as well as a new bicycle from Bobby’s Cycles. The 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Sunday 9 August. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the race venue and more information can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243?fref=ts
  13. Brendon Davids and Alan Hatherly’s participation in the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race that takes place this Sunday, 9 August has added a new dimension to the battle for overall supremacy in the popular South Coast clash. Click here to view the article
  14. “The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race should be a pretty cool race for both Alan (Hatherly) and I this weekend!” confirmed an enthusiastic Davids. While the duo may not have tackled the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic – the feature event of the three-race programme – previously, the Kargo Pro MTB team mates are eager to get a positive result under their belts for differing reasons. The entries of Kargo Pro MTB Team's Brendon Davids (front) and Alan Hatherly (back) has added a new dimension to the race for the overall spoils at Sunday's Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race. Gavin Ryan/ Finishline Photos/ Gameplan Media “We’ve never ridden this race before but fortunately I got a win in the final stage of the sani2c in 2014 so I should at least be familiar with the last part of the course,” said Davids.“It is a great opportunity for Alan to hone his race sharpness as he builds towards the UCI MTB World Champs while for me, hopefully this is the turning point in my luck this season! Hatherly’s strong season recently saw him narrowly missing out on claiming the elite men’s cross country national jersey despite being in just his first year of Under-23 competition, however, on the other end of the spectrum, 2015 has been a frustrating year for Davids. The Pietermaritzburg resident’s race-ending back injury at the recent SA Cross Country Champs in Stellenbosch contributed greatly to the ending of his UCI MTB World Championships dreams before a costly puncture while leading last weekend’s 60km Illovo Marathon meant his title hopes were shattered there too. “Fortunately the guys at Prime Human Performance Institute have been fantastic and helped me through my back injury so that I am back racing again,” said Davids, a member of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme. “Eston added to my long list of frustrations for the year but my luck has to change at some point, hopefully it will be in Scottburgh this weekend!” The South Coast race’s shortened nature suits the cross country expertise of both Hatherly and Davids while the pair’s ability to work together will also be tough for others to overcome. “I’ll probably just look to go out there gun blazing and see how things pan out!” chuckled Davids. “To have Alan with me will also be great as we complement each other really nicely.” “I’m sure we’d both really like to win but so long as we get a result for our team then we’ll be really happy!” The 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Sunday 9 August. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the race venue while entries can be submitted via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243?fref=ts
  15. With Smith having recently claimed the Under-23 women’s cross country MTB national crown, many had been bursting with excitement in anticipation of the potentially fairytale occasion of a South Coast local challenging to become the first ever female rider to win the race three times in a row, in her own backyard, on her 21st birthday and on Women’s Day. The young Specialized SA/Bell Equipment rider will however unfortunately be out of town on the day and so will sadly miss out on this unique, historic occasion. Specialized SA/Bell Equipment's Hayley Smith's absence from the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race's start line has thrown the women's title race wide open. Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media “It is my 21st birthday on Sunday and we have planned to go away for the long weekend,” explains Smith. “The Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race is always such a great event and I hope this year is another fantastic race.” “I will be thinking of everyone taking part on the day!” she added. Smith’s absence however opens the doorway for a new champion to be crowned and join the event’s prestigious group of women’s race winners that already includes the likes of Team RECM’s Cherise Stander, Red Bull/Specialized SA’s Bianca Haw and, of course, Smith herself. In celebration of Women’s Day, the day is thread with special added touches for the female competitors taking part is set to line the day’s activities. All female competitors will lead the rest of the field through the neutral zone from Scottburgh Main Beach to Renishaw sugarcane farm, there will be a rare all-women front row on the start line while an extra special gift at the finish line awaits all ladies who successfully overcome the challenge. Both the Cutty Sark Hotel and the Blue Marlin Hotel are also offering incredible long weekend discounts to riders and their families for the occasion. “The Blue Marlin Hotel is also set to stage a Women’s Day Acoustic Celebration whereby on of KZN’s top bands The Kickstands, together with Home Bru’d and Freddy NL, are set to perform live from 13h00 on Sunday,” explained race director, Flavio Scarpa. “Presold tickets are R50 and R70 at the door while food and drinks specials will be available all day,” he added. More top class routes for the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, 28km Dash & Splash Intermediate Ride and 10km Dash & Splash Fun Ride alike together with the day’s festivities both on and off the bike make for another memorable day on KZN’s South Coast. The 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Sunday 9 August. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the race venue while entries can be submitted via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243?fref=ts
  16. The 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race’s women’s title challenge has been thrown wide open after double defending champion Hayley Smith confirmed she will not be on the start line for this year’s race on Sunday, 9 August. Click here to view the article
  17. While more of the same great courses that the South Coast event has become renowned has again been promised, the purpose-built finish stretch as well as other new additions and minor tweaks the weekend’s heavy rainfall has forced are guaranteed to keep things fresh in 2015. The popular Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race is all set to welcome the addition of the Chep SA walkway to the closing stages of the 2015 clash. Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media. “We’re thrilled to confirm that before riders get on to the beach, they will ride across a 70 meter long and one meter wide D&J scaffolding platform and riding across the beach on the Chep SA walkway!” says race director Flavio Scarpa. “Like much of the province, Scottburgh received heavy rainfall over the weekend and everything is looking a whole lot fresher and less dusty while the 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic, 28km Dash & Splash Intermediate Ride and 10km Dash & Splash Kids Ride courses will be nice and hard come next Sunday’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race!” he adds. After heading out together through the neutral zone from Scottburgh Main Beach to the start line at Renishaw sugarcane farm, riders will be met almost immediately with one of this year’s new elements. “Right at the very first climb we’ve given everyone an option this year; either they can head up the district road as they usually do or they can tackle the section of single track that we’ve opened up there.” A change in the positioning of the Thule King of the Mountains hotspot prize is another fresh element that may well provide some added interest later in the race. “The King of the Mountain is a bit later in the race this year and will be at the crest of the climb up Clint’s New Switchback around the 20 kilometre mark,” explains Scarpa. “This is quite a steep gradient at first before easing off onto some old single track before then the final 150 meters is up an open district road which will give riders space for a good sprint if two or more are still together at that point. 45km Sappi Scottburgh Classic participants can also look forward to a new stretch of single track through Monkey Bush while popular features such as Fidelity Contour Climb, N2 singletrack, Gumede singletrack, Sunrise Surprise, Morning Glory and Mamba Alley are all in tip-top shape for Sunday 9 August’s adventure while a memorable section through Sappi’s Canonbrae forest also awaits. “Once riders reach the 30km mark then there is a bit of work still to be done,” cautions Scarpa. “If you go too hard too early then you’ll be in a bit of trouble on the way home.” The same course that was used in 2014 will again be in action for the 28km Dash & Splash race while a fun yet manageable 10km route has also been planned. “The 28km isn’t too technical but does have 600 meters of climbing – enough to get the blood flowing while the 10km route will be heaps of fun!” The 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race takes place on Sunday 9 August. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the race venue while entries can be submitted via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243
  18. The 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi has gone with the slogan 'Raw and Untamed' and welcomed a number of late entries for the various events but it was the much anticipated 42km marathon that started in blustery conditions in the South Coast town on Sunday and it was late-comer Tyronne White who stole the show in the men’s race whilst local lady Hayley Smith became the first person to defend her title when she walked away with the spoils in the ladies race. Click here to view the article
  19. It was a successful outing for Team Thule's Tyronne White who beat team mate Josh Nelson in a sprint finish to claim the men's title at the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi on Sunday. With White and another Kwa-Zulu Natal top performer in Tyron Bird putting his name into the hat it was always going to be an interesting match-up and the two managed to keep up the pace at the front of the race with White’s team-mate Joshua Nelson. The Team Thule star made the decision that he was going to enter the South Coast showdown following a race in the Midlands on Saturday and used the logic that with a few multi-stage races approaching it was good to get in two days of racing but admitted that the fatigue was a bit of a problem. Kwa-Zulu Natal rider and Quattro star Tyron Bird had to settle for third place overall after suffering a puncture and losing out on the end sprint at the Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi, on Sunday. "Yesterday definitely took it out of us but likely all three of us who were out front rode yesterday so we were all on an equal playing field which was quite nice so it did make today interesting,” White said. “You couldn't just attack from the beginning and you had to box clever.” The conditions were fair with a bit of a wind blowing but it was nothing that deterred White too much with the front group of three being well shielded. Margate resident and Bell Equipment star Hayley Smith went back-to-back as she claimed the 2014 women's title at the Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi, on Sunday. "It was a little bit windy out there but it wasn't as bad as I initially expected because we were fairly protected in a lot of the areas."There were three of us riding together, myself, Josh and Tyron (Bird) so it was nice that we all took a turn at the front,” a satisfied White added. The race was a close affair with the top three working together to keep themselves clear of the rest of the field and ultimately it came down to a sprint finish to see who would take the overall crown along the beach. "We started off at a fairly good pace for the first 10 or so kilometres, up until the hotspot where Tyron Bird put in a hard effort and so it ended with just the three of us. "From there we had a lot of fun riding together and unfortunately Tyron punctured so Josh and I just rode on easily waiting for him to catch back up which he did and from there rode together and just left it down to an end sprint finish,” White concluded. The women’s race was not as closely contested with 2013 champion, Hayley Smith, repeating her effort and becoming the first women to retain the title. Smith found the conditions tricky but made the most of her opportunity when she got away. "It was pretty tough out there with the wind and the soft sand but I really enjoyed it and the conditions were tough but they were good for racing. "There was a group of three of us at the beginning of the race but I managed to get ahead of them on the first climb and win the Queen of the Mountain and from there I got away from them for the remainder of the race,” the Bell Equipment star said. Having soldiered away from the rest of the ladies field on Sunday it was a satisfying finish for her to cross the line first and she was elated with her victory. "Being able to win the race two years in a row is really great, I am extremely happy with my ride today!" she mentioned excitedly. The men's podium was made up of (from left): In third place Tyron Bird (Quattro), first place Tyronne White (Team Thuli), second place Joshua Nelson (Team Thuli) at the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi. A number of young and eager riders set off for the 2km intermediate race as well as the 10km fun ride at the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi on Sunday. Summary of Results - Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi45km Classic Overall 1. Tyronne White 01:44.32 2. Joshua Nelson 01:44.33 3. Tyron Bird 01:45.44 4. Evan van der Spuy 01:46.13 5. Phillip Marais 01:47.05 6. Travers Pellew 01:47.19 7. Craig Russell White 01:48.08 8. Werner Moolman 01:49.51 9. Grant Langley 01:56.07 10. Simon Rollo 01:56.13 Women 1. Hayley Smith 02:03.21 2. Julieann Hampson 02:10.06 3. Isabel Moolman 02:11.33 4. Candice Parker-Dennison 02:16.23 5. Tanya Nadauld 02:35.26 Junior 1. Joshua Nelson 01:44.33 2. John Cele 02:15.15 3. Luke Bester 02:25.48 28km Intermediate Event Overall 1. Gage Hanson 01:23.18 2. Jean Dreyer 01:28.43 3. Jett Bradshaw 01:29.10 4. Richard Thompson 01:33.00 5. Mark Fourie 01:35.46
  20. Following a strong display in 2013 Hayley Smith is hoping to replicate that performance in 2014 as she plans the defence of her Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi crown when she sets off from the coastal town on Sunday, 31 August. // Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media. The Bell Equipment star has kept a keen eye on the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race for some time however the Margate resident also seeks to use the race as sound preparation for races further down the line and a defence of her crown would be the ideal confidence boost for her ahead of those. “My preparation has been going really well,” said Smith. “There are a number of big races coming up after Scottburgh and I am hoping to use this weekend as a preparation for the Hill2Hill as well as the Berg and Bush while winning in Scottburgh would be exactly the type of thing I need going into those races.” Smith has been working hard on getting herself ready for the upcoming races but is of the impression that she needs to get onto the Scottburgh course more in order to be fully prepared for the race when it gets underway on Sunday. “I have been in Durban doing a lot of my training recently which means I haven’t been on the Scottburgh track as much as I would have liked but I am back down the coast now so I will look to get in a few training rides in before the race this weekend! “At the moment I’ve just been trying to get a few longer rides in and then a little bit of interval training in between those just to get myself up to speed for the next few weeks because they are going to be quite challenging. Coming out of the drier winter months, Smith believes the heavy downpour KZN’s South Coast received late last week would have done the course the world of good. “The tracks are normally pretty dusty around this time of the year but there was some good rain in the area a few days ago which would have settled that dust nicely and would have compacted the track quite a bit too. This will make riding a lot easier this Sunday! “Regardless of the nature of the surface, I always look forward to coming back here and racing on this course and I’m really looking forward to getting back out there this weekend,” Smith explained. Defending women's champion at the Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi, Hayley Smith (Bell Equipment), has her sights firmly set on defending her title when she sets off from the coastal town on Sunday, 31 August. // Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media. There have been few changes to the course since her 2013 victory, something Smith is pleased with due to her lack of training at the venue as well as the track complimenting her riding style. “The track really suits my style of riding with some great single track but also some good open sections and some tough hills, which I enjoy.” The 20-year-old star expects some added pressure on her shoulders being the women’s defending champion, however, despite having a target on her back, she is determined to defend her crown in 2014. “There will definitely be a lot of pressure on me as the defending champion but I am not going to let that get to me because defending my title is the only thing that I am going there to focus on. “I am not sure who else is going to be there in the ladies race and that does not concern me too much because as long as I can concentrate on my race then I think I will be fine,” a focused Smith mentioned. Entries for the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi are open and can be submitted via www.roag.co.za for the 10km Fun Ride, 28km Intermediate event as well as the 45km Classic.
  21. Hayley Smith, last year’s Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi women’s title winner, recently confirmed she will join men’s defending champion Evan van der Spuy in returning for this year’s edition of the popular South Coast showdown on Sunday 31 August and the young local talent is eager to repel the challenge of her fellow ladies title hopefuls. Click here to view the article
  22. Defending Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi champion Evan van der Spuy is going into the 2014 edition with subdued expectations considering his year has been concentrated on his studies but the 20-year-old will be riding hard when the race begins on 31 August. Having previously been staged in June and coinciding with the winter solstice, van der Spuy is all too aware that conditions could be significantly different in 2014 with the race taking place some ten weeks later. The young talent is however confident that he can adapt to the different conditions when the race gets underway on the last official day of winter. “We are heading into spring so things could be very different this time around,” the Varsity College rider said. “There is a chance that it could be a little bit wetter and windier this time around which will make the race pretty interesting I’m sure.” The Margate resident has had a busy 2014 off the bike with his studies taking up the majority of his time, giving him precious little time to train and he explains how this has influenced the way he is looking to approach this year’s Scottburgh clash. “I have been working really hard this year at university so I am not putting any pressure on myself for the race – if I can just get a top five I will be happy! “The ‘favourite’ tag is not something that I have thought about at all and I won’t be too worried about that when I start the race. I am going out there to ride hard and if I do well then that will be a bonus. “With my studies I haven’t been able to ride around here (the South Coast) as much as I would have liked even though there are some really awesome trails down here. I know the region well though so I am not too concerned about that side of my preparation too much,” a relaxed van der Spuy added. Having claimed the Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi in 2013 Evan van der Spuy (Varsity College) has not put too much pressure on himself to defend his title when the race gets underway on 31 August in the South Coast town. There are minimal changes to the course for the 2014 edition of the Scottburgh MTB Race and having held off the challenge of Lee Penderis last year, van der Spuy feels that the course does play into his hands well. “There is a climb at the beginning of the race that is tough but it suits the cross country riders and that is where my background is. “Although the climb will be beneficial for me, I am really looking forward to the descent after it!” van der Spuy chuckled. “There is a climb towards the end where I managed to hold of Lee (Penderis) last year and I’m sure that will be a factor again this year. “The course is quite technical and I think with my cross country background, this will suit me. It is going to be very similar this year to last with some good single track so I’m sure it will be a lot of fun!” Van der Spuy is unsure of who else will join him on this year’s start line and is recognises his nearest threat may well come from out-of-town. The 20 year-old is however familiar with his nearest local rivals and despite talking down his chances, still sees the event as one where there is plenty of coastal pride on the line. “For the locals the race is definitely for bragging rights!” he said light-heartedly. “There are always different threats and always guys who can come and win the race from around here but we all know each other well in these parts so the biggest threat will be someone coming from Maritzburg or Durban.” Entries for the 2014 Scottburgh MTB Race presented by Sappi are open and can be submitted via www.roag.co.za for the 10km Fun Ride, 28km Intermediate event as well as the 45km Classic.
  23. Evan van der Spuy (Varsity College) races away at the start of the Magma Security Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi. Darren Goddard/chyco.co.za/Gameplan Media On a course described as tough and challenging, yet equally enjoyable, the two both withstood strong attacks from their rivals in the early stages of the race to fight back and take the wins in convincing fashion. Van der Spuy was under constant attack from Lee Penderis and Mathew Goetsch (Team Jeep) throughout the race, losing time on the King of the Mountain Climbs, but fought his way back in the singletrack downhill sections. The three riders dominated the field from early on, with large gaps to the next riders on the course. The race remained a tight contest until the final climb where van der Spuy managed to open up a gap, with Penderis and Goetsch struggling after their early efforts, and held on across the beach to take the win. The start of the 45km race at the Magma Security Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi. Darren Goddard/chyco.co.za/Gameplan Media "On the first hill, myself, Lee and Mat got away, put down the hammer and managed to open a gap on the other guys. We worked together until the King of the Mountains, where Lee and Mat attacked me," said van der Spuy. "After that was some beautiful flowing single track through which I was able to get back to Lee and Mat," he added. "I then managed to get a gap on the last hill and stay away.” Women’s race winner Hayley Smith in action at the Magma Security Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi. Darren Goddard/chyco.co.za/Gameplan Media The ladies race was also a tightly contested affair, with Hayley Smith and Jackie Church getting an early gap on the field, with Church riding hard in the early stages on the climbs. Unfortunately a puncture at 28km allowed Smith to close the gap and ride away for a convincing victory ahead of Nataschka Mowat, who had been chasing the two leaders from early on. Church managed to repair the puncture and get going once again, holding on to third place to round out the podium. Smith had high praises for the course, describing the singletrack as “fast and quick, and very enjoyable”, however also remarking that “the soft sand made it very tricky.” Smith described the race as tough, saying “Jacky and I rode together for some of the way, but she managed to get away on the climbs. Then later on I managed to pass her as we went through Crocworld where she had punctured.” Hayley Smith (Bell Equipment) crosses the lagoon to win the women's race in the Magma Security Scottburgh MTB Race, presented by Sappi. Darren Goddard/chyco.co.za/Gameplan Media In the 28km event, it was another South Coast rider, 12 year old Cale Lindecke who rode away from the entire field to take a convincing win against many older and more experienced riders. There was nothing the others could do to keep the talented 12 year old at bay, as he broke away early in the race and stayed out front, navigating the tough course and tricky river crossing onto the beach at the finish well ahead of the other riders. Many riders crossing the finish line had high praises for the course, with its flowing singletrack and spectacular views, praising event organiser Flavio Scarpa for the tough but enjoyable course. Many crossed the finish line with a smile on their faces, despite the challenging route that tested them on all levels, enjoying the opportunity to cool off in the ocean after a hard ride. SUMMARY OF RESULTS MAGMA SECURITY SCOTTBURGH MTB RACE PRESENTED BY SAPPI Results 45KM Men: 1.Evan van der Spuy 2.Lee Penderis 3.Matthew Goetsch 4.Carl Calverley 5.Blake Gutzeit 6.Siyabonga Njiva 7.Shaun Peschl 8.Darryn Purtell 9.Garth Schonewolf 10.Gregg McDonnagh 45KM WOMEN: 1.Hayley Smith 2.Natachka Mowat 3.Jackie Church 28KM 1.Cale Lindecke 2.Heinrich Odendaal 3.Derek Thomas
  24. Scottburgh – South Coast riders Evan van der Spuy (Varsity College) and Hayley Smith (Bell Equipment) flew the local flag high, claiming victory in the men’s and ladies event at the popular Magma Security Scottburgh MTB Classic. Click here to view the article
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