MTN Induna

This weekend, Hazyview was thrilled with MTB action as Round 3 of the 2009 MTN National Mountain Bike Series, The Induna Ultra-Marathon, took place!

 

In the men’s race, South African marathon champion, MTN Energade’s Kevin Evans, got his National Series title defence back on track when he claimed first place with a time of 4:35:35, ahead of Team Garmin Adidas’ Marc Bassingthwaighte (4:36:33) and Mannie Heymans (4:36:39). The result allows Evans to extend his lead in the series, which he hopes to defend successfully.

 

In the women’s event, Marsilio Projects’ Ischen Stopforth won her first ever National Series event victory in 3:44:39. Garmin Adidas’ Samantha Oosthuizen (3:56:07) took second place and Amoryn Saayman (4:06:56) rounded up the final podium place.

 

In the 45km MiWay Half-marathon, James Reid and Caitlin de Wet took the men and women’s title respectively.

Well done to everyone!

Round 4 of the MTN National Marathon Series, The Dirty Harry, will take place on Saturday, 8 August, in Harrismith. The event will also double up as the 2009 National Marathon Championships.

P.S. I just started watching Family Guy, brilliant series LOL

Ricky in Spandex

MTN National MTB Cup Series

Fountains Reserve in Pretoria was exceptionally jubilant on Saturday when Namibian Marc Bassingthwaighte, of team Garmin Adidas, secured victory in round 5 of the MTN National Mountain Bike Cross-Country Series, sponsored by MiWay Insurance.

The win also ensured that Bassingthwaighte claimed the Series title after a hard-fought season. Clap, clap! Well done Marc!

The Under-23 series title had already been wrapped up by the great Burry Stander (Mr Price Specialized) following his four wins in the previous stages, despite Garmin Adidas’ Philip Buys claiming the victory in round 5.

In the women’s race, IMC Momentum’s Yolande Speedy picked up the win, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Jeep’s Sara Muhl, who secured her Series title with a second place finish at round 5. Well done Sara! Clap, clap!

A big clap, clap is in order for all those who competed in the Series. The competition was intense this year and many categories went right down to the last race. Awesome season and cycling, fellow MTBers!

Ricky in Spandex

Burry x7!

Yolande Speedy wasn’t the only winner this past weekend, Burry Stander of Team Mr Price Specialized powered his way to a seventh-successive national title at the Pro-Elite Men’s race at the MTN South African Cross-country mountain bike championships in George on Saturday.

mtn-logoStander finished the race more than 7 minutes ahead of his closest competitor Marc Bassingthwaighte of Team Garmin Adidas and completely dominated all proceedings. It’s amazing to note that he is also the current Under-23 World Cup Champion and also managed to retain his national Under-23 title after his victory.

I have been arguing with Jack that the bike Stander uses, the dual suspension Specialized S-Works, is the way of the future. And Stander pretty much confirmed my sentiments in an interview by saying he has the edge of his competitors because he is used to riding dual suspension bikes (so nah, nah, nah, nah, blah Jack!).

I think Greg Minnaar better start looking over his shoulder very soon, because Stander has been putting in performance after performance and is just getting better and better after every race. Keep your eyes on this guy! He may just not have enough room in his trophy cabinet by the end of this year.

Ricky in Spandex