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Compendium Derby

[image] 28 January 2015

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Congratulations to Andrew Hill who cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in the 2014 Compendium MTB Derby by opening a gap on the first climb within a couple of kilometres of the start, and then completed a lonely time-trial back to Shongweni to win in a blistering time of 1 hour 39 minutes and 9 seconds. The women’s race was also a relatively easy triumph for Jeannie Bomford who ended an impressive 18th overall with a time of 1:52:44.

The pace of the two leaders was almost as hot as the weather experienced by the 1 400 riders who took part in the 23km and 40km races as well as the 5km and 10km St Mary's Races. But neither were as warm as the organisers who had to deal with an unexpected problem that flared up – a veld fire on the course. Thankfully, with the help of security partners Enforce, course designer Nick Floros, a policeman and even the race winner Andrew Hill who was cruising past on his recovery ride, they were able to sort things out and divert a large portion of the 23km field around the danger without too much disruption.

The fire was just one of the interesting challenges which crop up at events. The first of which was a pleasant problem of too many entries. With less the 400 entries 24 hours before entries closed, the organisers were contemplating scaling down the race, but a last-minute flurry of entries saw them switch tack and they were forced to the order for water and other consumables which are reliant on race numbers.

With 1 400 riders on the course, it was good to be able to make the final road crossing in the 40km a bit safer with “Andrew’s Bridge” over Kassier Road. Peri Scaffolding and Group Five, assisted by Enforce and Metro Police, spent three days constructing the engineering masterpiece which should be an annual feature of the race in years to come.

Results are on the race website at www.MTBDerby.co.za, and if you want to boast to your friends and family tell them to buy the Sunday Tribune this weekend when the full results from the 23km and 40km races will be published.

As with any event of this nature there are a load of thank yous: To Cyclesphere for the bike which was given away as a lucky draw at prizegiving; to Brenda for all her work in organising the stalls and her St Mary’s and CHOC teams who handled the 5 and 10km marshalling and registration in conjunction with Roag; to all landowners, most notably Tongaat Hulett, Giba Gorge, Gold Circle and Freedom Trails who allow us to cross their land and Shongweni Polo Club for use of their facilities; to Nick Floros for his course preparation; and of course to the unsung heroes like Chris, Louisa and a host of others who slave away in the background.

2 comment(s)

hi a mate and i did the race completed it but go no medals....the markings wasn't of the best and when we needed mechanics there was none yet it was said they are in the race.

not too chuffed about this one guys

As always a well organised and supported event.
One complaint I have is that there were not enough medals, and it was stated that medals would go out to all finishers.
Quite a few people I know this was there first race and they did not receive a medal! Not good enough!