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The Cycle Lab Wartburg MTB Classic

28 January 2015


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The Cycle Lab Wartburg MTB Classic was held on 26 February and a record entry of 1432 cyclists took part in one or more of the races on offer. First off were the trail runners, who were started two hours before the first cycle race. This was to allow those cyclists with a running problem to complete the 11.5km run with enough time to change into their cleats and line up for the Cycle Lab Classic. A few of the thirty odd runners got lost in the woods, but most returned smiling even after touring down-town Wartburg by mistake. The racing in the Cycle Lab Classic (45km) was a fast and fiercely contested matter, with the eventual win going to Rourke Croeser in an almost unbelievable time of 1hr51min. First lady home was Julia Colvin in 2hr19 and 55th position overall. The Spur 25km ride was won by Joshua Nelson (men) and Cath de Souza (ladies). The Supa Quick 10 km ride had almost as many winners as entrants. The Durban Green Corridor had sponsored prizes and made sure that every age group under twelve years had winners. This initiative will go a long way to inspire our champions of tomorrow.

A few incidents made this Wartburg Classic a memorable one. The first, also counted as a new record for this race. An cyclist called Sthembiso finished the grueling 45km route in army boots riding a rather dated road bike. Apparently he was very difficult to catch on the flat sections and almost impossible to keep up with through the twisting single track, but was slowed considerably by punctures and pinch-flats on his skinny road-tyres over the rocks. He finished with a broad smile shortly after prize giving was complete.

Also on the 45km route, one entrant got a puncture only to find that the spare he had bought was for a twenty nine inch wheel. A good Samaritan stopped and gave him his own 26 inch spare tube, which allowed him to complete the race. This he did, but he failed to get the good Samaritan's name to offer his thanks. So he told the organizers, that if they could identify the good Samaritan, he would donate R1000 to the good Samaritan's charity of choice. After announcing this at prize giving, the good Samaritan came forward and nominated the host school as his choice of charity. This hat-trick of good gestures captures the spirit of mountain biking. The race's no tolerance to littering was observed with almost no exceptions. Mountain bikers rule!

7 comment(s)

domingo
hope we getting the rankings updated soon.

shaun
when do we get results published on the site and our rankings updated????

Marie
I am told that the rankings are being updated today. The results are available at www.wartburg.co.za, go MTB Classic page and you will find the race report as well as the 25km and 45km results there. Alternatively, go to the RESULTS page on the ROAG website and follow the link to "Mr Price results". Hope this helps!

Dave
What a well organised race. well done to everyone who was involved. route was well marked tables great. thanks guys

Marie
For photo's, go to MY ROAG and on the left hand side click on MY PHOTOS.

Gerhard
My first mountain bike ever at Wardburg(very exited), the chip I bought that day did not work (did not know), so I paid and raced with results did not start and did not finish. Pitty they can't check the chip at check-in before the race.

Marie
They can and they do! You must have slipped through...sorry about that