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MTB | KZN MTB Provincial DHI & Enduro Series Championships

[image] 03 July 2017

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Enduro thrills in the hills for Provincial Champs

The start, finish and timing tents of the 2017 KZNMTB Provincial Enduro Championships were situated in the middle of the forests of Cascades MTB Park, which provided for the riders and spectators a change up of scenery but exactly the same vibe that the locals never fail to bring to the racing. The weather was glorious in its med-twenties and a slight breeze kept the riders cool while they peddled to the stage starts on the first day of July.

Sam Bull and Beani Thies claimed the fastest respective overall man and woman spots on the day.

In the Elite Men’s race, Bull took the top honours, with Christopher Philogeneand Jonathan Philogene taking the respective second and third places to round off the podium.

“I had an awesome day out there today. I really do love riding at Cascades, it’s always a lot of fun,” said Bull. Bull mentioned that there is always variety in the trails on offer for the riders.

The winter conditions truly put on a show for the riders. “Its definitely one of the loosest tracks I’ve ridden at Cascades. It was dusty and loose corners and very easy to make mistakes, including me after having a little crash in stage two, but I’m happy that I still managed to hold onto the lead given that,” he added.

When chatting about the day as a whole, Bull said: “It was a super event. It was loads of fun, the trails were awesome and there were such great vibes out there. I’m definitely stoked with how the day went. I enjoyed myself and came away with a good result, so its always a great day when that happens.”

When chatting about her win, Thies said: “I really enjoyed stages one and four the best. It was really fun. I fell on stage four but got back up quickly and did not waste too much time. I am really happy with the way things turned out.”

Thies, who won the Youth Women’s category congratulated all of those who came out to race, and gave a shout out to her sponsors (GM Cycles, Foxhead SA, Specialized Bicycles, Blu Gel, Dirt Junki for their help this season. “Thank you for making it possible for me to be able to ride,” she added.

Keira Duncan who also placed third overall and thoroughly enjoyed his race, won the Junior Men’s category. The podium was rounded off with Sharjah Jonsson in second and Liam Read in third.

In the Sub Veterans category, Chris Pearton and Kathryn Fourie claimed the respective Men’s and Women’s gold medals, and the Veteran’s titles went to Craig Seaward and Sonja Engelbrecht.

Race organisers mentioned that they were looking forward to the Downhill Championships on Sunday, and were thrilled about the sunny weather predicted.

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