By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Mountain bike riders came out in numbers to South Coast Hospice in Sunday’s Halfway Toyota/Illovo Sugar Mountain Bike Challenge.
Riders of all ages and skill levels converged on the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre for Hospice’s third annual mountain biking fundraiser.
With an option of four races to choose from – 45km, 25km, 12km and 5km – each race was thoroughly enjoyed.
Nick Porteous and Amanda Hawke clinched the men’s and women’s titles in the 45km race.
Porteous edged South African Xterra Under-24 champion Darryn Purtell of Southbroom in a thrilling finish with Grant Langley completing the overall men’s podium.
Hawke was joined on the overall women’s podium by runner-up Marlise Joubert and third-placed Heather Malan.
John Cele won the 45km junior race, Andre Beneke won the master category and Charles Stander won the grand master category for the second consecutive year.
Brandon Venter was victorious in the 25km men’s race after keeping closest rivals Lindani and Mark Fourie at arm’s length.
Megan Bircher is in unstoppable form as of late and the 13-year-old Port Edward rider won the 25km women’s race for the second successive year. Petro de Wit and Ann McKenzie were second and third respectively.
Ridwaan Desai ruled in the 12km men’s race, where Aadhil Pael placed second and Fritz de Wit third, while Zarah Moosa won the 12km women’s race, where Nicki Adie and Caitlyn Schlemerr rounded off the podium.
Siphwe Sivequma sealed the win in the 5km men’s race, beating out Brent Richter and Jason Brughts. The 5km women’s race results are yet to be confirmed.
Photos by Sandy Danckwerts