Dafco Urban Challenge
Amanzimtoti Cycling Club’s first ever MTB race, the Dafco Urban Challenge, was a resounding success. Rain was predicted and all were anxiously checking the weather reports but the sky was clear and the sun was shining, making the event pleasurable for spectators and riders alike.
The start of the main race, 4laps of 8kms, was something like the end of Tour de France – riders fighting for first position and the pace didn’t stop there. It was Carl Calverley from Hillcrest, Brennan Anderson, Hendrik Bester and Bryan Powell riding neck to neck, making it very exciting for everyone to watch.
Being a lap event, it meant spectators were able to see the fight for first place – first lap it was Anderson, second lap was Calverley, third was Anderson. Anticipation and high hopes for the trophy to be awarded to a local rider was riveting. Calverley managed to pass Anderson on the last lap but it was on the switch-backs that Anderson turned up the pace and managed a clear win in a time of 1:21:27.
The women riders had their own exciting race, with Candice Parker-Dennison and Cindy Theunissen fighting it out for first place. Theunissen was quick on the grass sections but Parker-Dennison proved to be the stronger rider on the hills making her the winner in a time of 1:40:39.
The Bester family certainly didn’t go home empty handed. Bester was, once again, on the podium, this time for coming 3rd, but his daughter was too, for winning the fat bike Giant Toti of Athlone Park so generously donated. May she follow in her Dad’s pedals and ride like the wind.
The venue is ideal to hold such an event, with loads of parking, shower facilities and tasty food available throughout the day. There has only been praise but it can’t happen without the help from sponsors. We would like to sincerely thank the following for without you, this event would not have been the great success is was: Dafco Painting & Waterproofing Specialists, Dunlop Tyres Winklespruit, Excelsior, Funland Dolphin Bowl, Giant Toti Athlone Park, Jungle Oats, Kids on the Coast – KZN, Lords & Legends, Matus, Pick ‘n Pay Galleria, Powafix, RJs, Sapphire Coast Tourism, Thirsty Whale.
Be sure to join in next year!
Following is the summary of the 32km results: Men
Following is the summary of the 32km results: Women