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Gears 4 Ears MTB Fundraiser

28 January 2015

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The 1st Gears 4 Ears fundraising initiative was launched from the Palm Lakes Estate Driving Range on Saturday 22nd October 2011. The weather cleared, the wind stopped and the event unrolled from Registration, to the start of the various races, to the finish line and finally to Prize Giving.

The trails were all free flow with very little technical riding being required, but soft sand and thorns added spice to the trails. The pace on the 41km trail was set by Sean Merredew and Andrew Bateson who finished with times of 01:51:30 and 01:53:27 respectively. The 1st ladies home were Sarah Heslop in 02:21:13 and Karen Bargate in 02:22:19.

The winners over the 18km trail were (Men) Cameron Pennell in 00:58:06 and Mariu Mthembu in 01:02:28. The 1st Ladies in were Alexandra Mapstone in 01:07:54 and Marie Convery in 01:13:32.

Very positive feedback has been received which is always very welcome, suggestions on improvements to the trail have also been put forward, all these points will be included as we now start planning for our next event scheduled for either the 14th of 15th April 2012.

The Gears 4 Ears organisers extend their thanks to the farmers and landowners who made the day possible and all the sponsors who were very generous in their assistance. Without these 2 key areas MTB fundraising activities would not succeed.

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