IF possession is nine-tenths of the law, then Dan Hugo (dghugo.com) has certainly made the Triple Challenge his own, taking his fifth consecutive win at the finish at Inanda Dam last weekend.
The Change A Life contingent of Eric Zondi, Nhlanhle Cele and Lucas Mthalane set the pace over the 21 km trail run.
Defending champ Hugo looked comfortable among the lead pack and made his intentions clear once he came on to the testing 54 km mountain bike leg down to Inanda Dam. Hugo paddled home to his fifth consecutive victory at the Triple Challenge, making him the most prolific winner of the event.
In a repeat of last year, Zondi came in second followed by team-mate Cele in third place.
The women’s race belonged to Jeannie Bomford (USN) who led from the start to claim the honours in a time of six hours, six minutes and 53 seconds to finish 11th overall. Jean Hackland (Team Jeep) was second while Hilary Pitchford placed third.
The Triple Challenge Multi-X (duathlon) event attracted some of the country’s top contenders. With 10 minutes between the top five men home, the racing was intense — but the day belonged to Justin Porteous (Future Life) in just under 3:59:14. He was followed by John Ntuli (Change A Life) and defending champ Raoul de Jongh.
Cape Town’s Hanlie Booyens (Team Jeep) added another title to her long list when she took the honours in the women’s Multi-X race. Kerry Koen (Team Jeep) led the race over the first run leg before being caught by Booyens on the bike. Koen ran home to second while Sue Chapman was third.
Men overall: D. Hugo 5:15:56, E. Zondi 5:33:49, N. Cele 5:36:01. Women: J. Bomford 6:06:53, J. Hackland 6:23:34, H. Pitchford 7:45:16.
MULTI-X, Men overall: J. Porteous 3:59:14, J. Ntuli 4:01:03, R. de Jongh 4:01:23. Women: H. Booyens 4:28:39, K. Koen 4:41:36, S. Chapman 4:47:23.
Successful racing at Berg & Bush
The FedGroup Berg and Bush, Powered by JoJo Tanks and voted SA’s number one cycling event in 2009 by the riders themselves, entertained over 1 200 cyclists and 400 spectators in the northern Drakensberg this past weekend, with ex-Sharks rugby star Jeremy Thompson (Thule/Moorwood) taking top honors with partner David Leiman.
The new Umko Valley MTB Challenge taks place from Naauwpoort Farm in the Umkomaas Valley (outside Richmond) tomorrow morning. Three race distances to choose from are the 45 km Umko Valley Challenge (8.30 am), 25 km Nkonka Wilderness race (9 am) and 10 km family fun ride (9.30 am). Late entries will be taken at registration this afternoon between 3 pm and 5 pm and tomorrow morning between 7 am and 8 am. (Info: www.roag.co.za).