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aQuellé Tour de Krantz

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Saturday 18 August 2012, saw the 13th running of the scenic but tough aQuelle Tour de Krantz.

This event, which is held in krantzes skirting the edge of the valley of a thousand hills, is a firm favorite on the KZN Midlands mountain biking calendar with over 900 riders making the trip out to Harburg.

The route takes riders over private farm lands through cane and forestry plantations and offers majestic views over the valleys. Riders are made to pay a price in sweat to enjoy the views but the large number of return participants who make the trip year after year testify that the price is not too dear. This year the windy conditions added an extra challenge to the riders, but the new single track kept the smiles in place.

The event is organized by the members of the Harburg Lutheran Church as part of their annual church bazaar and offers riders an MTB event that is part of a larger celebration of country life. Professional assistance in the form of ROAG and Impi Concept Events together with a group of committed MTB cyclists in the congregation ensure that a top class event is staged every year.

2012 saw the 45km event hotly contested by Brandon Stewart and Andrew Hill who finished first and second in a replay of last years top positions. Third place was claimed by Travis Walker. The Stewart family was well represented with Bridgette coming in second to Nedene Cahill with Natalie Bergstrom in 3rd. The aQuelle Tour de Krantz was the 7th event in the ROAG series and all classes were hotly contested as riders seek to consolidate their positions as the series reaches its climax.

The mens 25km race saw a sprint for the line narrowly taken by Bradley Stevens by 1 second over Reinhard Zellhuber with Njabulo Nsikayeswe a further half minute back. The ladies 25km event was won by Catherine Pellow-Jarman racing in the youth category with Anita de Waal in second and local lass Sabine Thies in third, racing in the nipper category. The victors in 10km race were Michael Gevers and Michelle Meyer, both only 10 years old.

After a windy start, the weather on Saturday played its part as the wind died down later in the morning and the riders were able to relax in the convivial atmosphere at the race village enjoying the August sunshine and replacing lost fluids courtesy of the well stocked watering hole serenaded by the local oompah band while swapping stories of near escapes from the monster hills. The non-riders in the family were well entertained as well, either in the kiddies entertainment area, the Kaffestube, the craft market or the farmers market!

A big thank you to all our sponsors, especially aQuelle as our title sponsor and everybody who worked so hard to make this event the success it was.

7 comment(s)

dennis
Gr8 ride!! just one commplat, no medals or no goody bags,hats?? last year got a beanie!!!

Guy Noel Nozaic
Great Race and Course, except for that annoying climb at the end. Disappointed that there were no medals. Last week I did a 10km Fun Ride in Hilton, with my 9yr old Son and we got medals. Not sure how a race of this stature does not have medals??

Guy Noel Nozaic
Great Race and Course, except for that annoying climb at the end. Disappointed that there were no medals. Last week I did a 10km Fun Ride in Hilton, with my 9yr old Son and we got medals. Not sure how a race of this stature does not have medals??

amanda mulder
my first hard race and no goody bag or medal at the end did a race on the sunday got goody bag and medal at the end.

Michael
Tough ride but the scenery made up for it. Very disapointed that I have no medal to prove I participated.

Rory Nossiter
The 45km was a testing course with lots of climbing but the reward was the awesome single track! But why that gnarly uphill finish............I'll be back!
One complaint - it's Monday and the results are still not posted???!!!

Andrew Escott-Watson
Great course on an incredibly scenic route. The welcome extended by the community was warm, genuine and brilliant. The race village was one of the best.

On the downside, why is there this persistence in merging the 20/25k riders with the 40/45k riders before the finish? It increases the risk and decreases the enjoyment factor to all competitors.

A separate and uncluttered finish area'with a suitable runoff in the case of sprint finishes should also be made. This will reduce crashes at the finish.

Why no medals & goody bags?