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Nedbank Intaba Ridge Classic

[image] 26 February 2016


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Glorious day for racing at Nedbank Intaba Ridge Classic

It was a perfect day. For racing, for families, for lifestyle and for the Intaba Ridge Private Game Estate. An overwhelming turnout of nearly eight hundred participants arrived to enjoy this, the second event to be held at this beautiful estate in the Bisley Nature Reserve just outside Pietermaritzburg.

Team Jeep athletes dominated the podium in the 40km Mountain Bike Classic which was won by the recently crowned All African U23 MTB Champion, Brendon Davids in a super-fast time of one hour, thirty minutes and twenty-four seconds. Team mate Travis Walker claimed second place (1h32.55) with Youth rider Julian Jessop (Team Jeep) taking an impressive third place overall (1h39.11). Davids commented after the race "A fast course on rolling terrain made for ideal training for cross-country racing. It was great to see so much game out there; we raced pasted giraffe, zebra and plenty of buck. Being so close to town, I will definitely be making more use of the trails out here at Intaba Ridge for my weekly training sessions."
Multisport Queen Jeannie Dreyer (nee Bomford) held off a strong challenge from Roag Series champion and top veteran racer Natalie Bergstrom (CoffeeBerry Café) to take the win in one hour, forty-nine minutes and 46 seconds. Bergstrom was second (1h50.53) with US rider Kendall Ryan (Team Jeep) claiming third place.
The race enjoyed the support of Martin Dreyer and his Change A Life squad. John Ntuli, an SA Duathlete, finished an impressive seventh place overall while Dreyer took a worthy win in the veteran category. Frederick Rossouw (CoffeeBerry Café) was first sub-veteran home with team owner Con Malherbe taking the win in the masters category.

Junior Axel Collyer raced hard for his win in the 20km MTB race, crossing the line in fifty-six minutes and 42 seconds. Sprog rider Travis Stedman rode a cracking race to place second overall (58:04) while an equally impressive ride from the first girl home, Tiffany Keep (58:21) who won the sub-junior girls category. Great racing from the girls saw sub-junior Courtney Smith placing second overall (1h03.21) and sprog Sabine Thies third overall (1h05.09).
In the 10km fun ride, Dustin Starr took the win in a fast eighteen minutes while second place went to the first girl home, Kelly Tam in twenty-one minutes and 9 seconds.

The 5km and 10km Trail Runs were well supported with several athletes going on to do the mountain biking events which started later. One of whom was the winner of the 10km trail run, Andre Booyens, who then raced the 40km mountain bike race on a single speed ! Booyen's time of 41min:49 sec was just over a minute clear of second placed Glen Morgan (43:00) with Devon van der Merwe third (45:39). Roxanne Dovey won the women's 10km (41:49). James Murray (25:52) and Abbey-Lynn Haswell (30:49) were the respective winners of the 5km trail run.

The event enjoyed the support of title sponsor Nedbank. Anton Davies, General Manager Product and Marketing at Nedgroup Life commented. "We see great value in supporting the Nedbank Intaba Ridge Classic  as it resonates with our values of wellness and engaging in a healthy lifestyle. We want to share this journey with others and in so doing push those boundaries."



14 comment(s)

Mnqandi
We very disappointed with organizers no Medal after completing race as reward for memories even Nedbank a leading bank in property cant give enough gift

Daphne
Rode the 40kms with my husband and friend .....they end up being timed for the 20km in the results ...I have no time!! My experiences of this timing system shows it to be not good! Good idea to turn electric fence off ...fell onto it over the dam wall and being trapped against it by my bicycle resulted in not one but several unpleasant little shocks ....not good if it had happened to a child! An enjoyable ride overall ...nasty hill climb towards the end! Will return next year!

BRIAN
Having the 20km and 40 km races merging onto the same route never works,leading to frustration by the faster riders,plus making the inexperienced riders nervous and quite jittery,increasing the chance of an unnecessary crash.

Ashley
Great day, great venue, but the 20km route was an education - Very heavy traffic, no seeding or batch starts - 80% uphill, and about 15% ROUGH downhill. One very short single track in the middle was pleasant! Merging the different races doesn't work, as organizers should know. Some of us might not be racing snakes, yet aren't that slow, and we enter to have fun - not this time! From my experience, most organisers don't seem to do anything for the 20/25km races!

Jason
Great event, shame elite timing cant do their job and get everyone's times, hope you don't pay them too much!
and...yes I have emailed them...twice...and on the day I told them but all I got was some rude oak telling me to GO AWAY.

Jason
Great event, shame elite timing cant do their job and get everyone's times, hope you don't pay them too much!
and...yes I have emailed them...twice...and on the day I told them but all I got was some rude oak telling me to GO AWAY.

Greg
I agree with Mnqadi a medal of sorts would have been nice, considering the sponsor. That said, the 10k trail run was great, awesome scenery. Caterers should have been set up with coffee etc alot earlier than 5mins before the race. As for elite timing...all been said above, manners!!!

Peter Proctor
I enjoyed every moment of the event ,, my secand and I will be back , Water point was fantastic. Although this years event was a lot tougher than l;ast year, it was great , thats why we ride a Mountain Bike . Congreatulatrions to everyone involved .
Definatlety see you next year.

Wayne
I agree with Mnqandi. Receiving a medal is not everything, but it certainly makes the event a little bit more special and memorable. Especialy to the kids and beginners who are doing the 10km or first timers. With a huge sponsor like Nedbank involved surley they can afford medals or t - shirts. All that aside, a great event and a nice challenging course. Not enough single track. My wife was also not given a number on registration. She was told it was not necessary. So, no number no timing!

Niel Bruwer
Thanks to Elite Timing I am now one of the top racers in the country......lol Nice Race Though

Neville
Did the 40km race, no results reflecting?

Neville
Did the 40km race, no results reflecting?

Andre
I fully agree with Brian. Hated the section where 40 km speed freaks were breathing down my neck insisting on passing when there was no where to move out of the way.

Andre
I fully agree with Brian. Hated the section where 40 km speed freaks were breathing down my neck insisting on passing when there was no where to move out of the way.