Rebecca van de Linde
4 minute read
21 Jan 2012
00:00

Hermannsburg to host best multi-sport weekend

Rebecca van de Linde

The aQuelle Mudman Series gets underway with the first event at Hermannsburg on February 4.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

KZN-MTB will host the KZN MTB Endurance Team Relay (a fun Cross Country event) tomorrow morning at Cascades.

The event will take place on a course of about five kilometres in length ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty to make it an event for the whole family. Its also a great way to get into the swing of Cross Country before the season starts, without the pressure that goes with racing. Teams of two or three will have a time limit to complete as many laps as possible. For U14 and younger this will be four hours and for Juniors and above, eight hours.

This will be easy to do as riders will do a lap and then rest for one or two laps, depending on how many in the team.

There will be multiple detours, shorts cuts, road blocks and pit stops along the route, these features being “engineered” to help level the playing field between the racing snakes and the fun riders. Participants are encouraged to improve their general knowledge and bring a sense of humour on “race day”. The emphasis is on a fun day outdoors, riding with friends and family.

Funds raised at this event will go towards maintaining the Cascades Trails in 2012. For more info please contact Nick on 082 776 1101. Entries will be taken on the day.

The first MTB classic of the season is the Subaru MTB Classic on January 29, from Cedara College in Hilton. Entries on www.roag.co.za.

Organisers of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c today announced a six-day derivative for mountain bikers who find South Africa’s longest paired mountain bike race a bridge too far.

The new Old Mutual Berg2c starts on April 30, four days into the main event, and picks up the existing route from Sterkfontein Dam in the eastern Free State to Scottburgh.

It covers 577 kilometres of some of the country’s most pristine mountain biking territory at a moderate elevation of 10,119 metres.

Organiser Craig Wapnick said there had been a strong demand for an event of this length, as it was more challenging than the average three-day race, but more accessible than the full Old Mutual joBerg2c.

He advised those that were intent on racing competitively to rather enter the main event as the six-day version would be more of a full-service ride than a race.

Wapnick said entries were available for two-person teams, but a limited number of solo entries would also be accepted.

Further details on www.joberg2c.co.za or e-mail kelly@joberg2c.co.za.

CYCLING

KZN Road and Time Trial Championships are underway this weekend in Durban.

The Time Trial Championships take place today on the NMR Avenue circuit in Durban while the Road Championships take place tomorrow on the M13 circuit.

For enquiries contact Michelle Matthews on 084 407 5566 or Kelvin du Sart on 082 446 9833.

The event is only open to cyclists who are fully licenced through CSA.

MULTISPORT

The aQuelle Mudman Series gets underway with the first event at Hermannsburg on February 4.

This multi-sport event is a chance for all tri-athletes to challenge themselves to bring out the best in themselves. Hermannsburg Mudman track is said to be the most picturesque and offers exquisite views of the school’s setting, taking you around the dam, bird hide and the plantation.

The Full Distance race is a 750m open water swim or 4,0 km paddle, a 20 km cycle and a 5,0 km trail run.

The Half Distance race is a 375m open water swim or 2,0 km paddle, a 10 km cycle and a 2,5 km trail run.

There are lots of goody bags, T-shirts and medals to all entrants and finishers, as well as some great prizes to be won. We have made sure that there will be adequate marshalling, first aid, security and assistance along the route for all competitors.

This is guaranteed to be one of the most entertaining multi-sport weekends in the Mudman series. Entries on www.roag.co.za.

Triathletes will now be gearing themselves towards the Midlands ULTRA Triathlon Series taking place at Midmar Dam on March 4. With the event now comprising a series of two events, the second event is set for October 7. Although a series, both events will have separate prize money allocations and will be run independently. At each of the events, an ULTRA and Sprint race will be staged. The Ultra race will consist of a 1.9 km Swim, 90 km Cycle and a 21 km run and the Sprint distance race, will consist of a 600m swim, 20 km cycle and a 5,0 km run. This “Tri-Series” will give competitors an exciting long distance tri-series to work towards throughout the year.

All levels of athletes will enjoy this unique race set in a spectacular and beautiful environment.

A broad range of categories are open that cater for top athletes, weekend warriors as well as relay teams. With a healthy prize purse of R35 000, all of SA’s top triathletes will be battling it out for overall line honours.

For more information on the event and to enter, go to www.midlandsultra.com or contact B-Active Sports at info@midlandsultra.com.