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Boxlee Golovane Xplore

28 January 2015

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With a torrential downpour the day before the event there was a threat that mountain bikers would endure hours of mud, but due to the course and the windy conditions the night before many sections of the track had almost dried out before the start of the X-plore.

A clear and warm day met almost 450 keen cyclists on the day of the race, with riders choosing between the 85km and 50km distances. After a short neutral zone to the district road the 85km race took off in earnest, followed 30 minutes later by the 50km race.

Both routes were tough with the longer race climbing all the way to the halfway point before dropping into some lush North Coast natural vegetation then joining the 50km route and into the fast single track sections through Howard's Bush.

Amongst the water points on route, the cyclists enjoyed the main refreshment station manned by the Stedone girls and supplemented by the water tanker supplied by Step Irrigation.

In terms of the race results, Andrew Hill dominated from the start of the 85km race and finished in an amazing 3hr25min and the first team home was Marshals World of Sport (Shaun Peschl and Leeroy Emslie) with a time of 3hr36.

In the 50km race, Patrick Belton was the first person home in 2hr23min. Team John Dory's 1 (Tyrone Stevenson and Christo Paterimos) in a time of 2hr47min.

The riders, families and friends relaxed on the lush lawn of Collisheen Estate and enjoyed lunch and refreshments before the short privegiving.

Many thanks to all riders who took part and for the great feedback - thank you also to all the sponsors involved. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

1 comment(s)

Awesome route, distance perfect, well marked, stick to teams of two only. Very expensive for what u get (no t-shirts?) u can leave the medals out. Long wait for prize giving and when it did happen not to many people were left to acknowledge the sponsors of the race and the team winners sponsors which are a big importance in growing/supporting the sport. Classics should have prize giving within an hr of the winner finishing, while there is still a hype about the place. Next time consider alowing team gazebos in (again its good for the sport/sponsors) and own refreshment. R13,50 for a coke gets expencive on a hot day when it costs R500 for fuel and toll to get to the race. I'm just saying...... But like I said, an awesome race. Will be back.