White takes first pedal strokes to R25 000 bonus

On 13 February 2019 by admin

By: Tim Whitfield

Tyronne White earned himself an early lead in the lucrative Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum when he picked up a narrow win in the opening event of the series, the Illovo Wartburg Classic MTB & Trail Run at the weekend.

White, the 2018 runner up in the series, edged his Ballito Bicycle Co teammate and training partner Andrew Johnson by a second for the 62km course after the pair had worked together to secure a 93-second lead over third-placed Warren Price.

In the women’s race Christie-Leigh Hearder was in a class of her own as she won the 62km event by a massive 20 minutes from Debrah Thomas with Tarryn Morgan third. Last year Hearder skipped the Wartburg event and it ended up costing her on the final series standings when she tied for first position overall and shared the R25 000 first prize with Andrea de Boer.

In the trail running Mthobisi Mzolo has some early momentum in the series and has a head start in the race to the increased R10 000 first prize. Mzolo ended almost three minutes ahead of Dumisani Shabalala with Mthokozisi Chamane four minutes further back over the tough 14km route.

On the evidence of the opening trail running event the fight for the R10 000 series prize is going to be tight with Jackie Moore edging Apiwe Gaga by just 30 seconds with Wendy Mills just over a minute further back.

In the MTB race White made an early break and saw Johnson chasing him. Rather than risk a two-against-one chase, White sat up and then spent the rest of the race riding with his teammate.

“Andrew and I are fairly evenly matched so after I got away early it just made sense to sit up and then ride together and work together,” said White. “It was actually a lot of fun riding with a friend and training partner.

“It is a tough course so it was good to be able to work together and make sure we could help each other to keep the other guys behind us.

“The Wartburg organisers have put a lot of work into the course since last year and I think they have improved the route a lot – I certainly enjoyed it a lot more this year.

“It is nice to get an early lead in the Quattro ROAG Series. I really enjoy supporting this series because I think they put a lot into mountain biking in the province . . . and the prize money at the end is a nice incentive,” said White before adding: “We are not fulltime professionals so if we can get the prize at the end of the year then it is a nice way to pay for taking part in the events.”

The next event in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum is the Kamberg Classic in March.



1 Tyronne White 2:24:33

2 Andrew Johnson 2:24:34

3 Warren Price 2:26:07

4 Mazwi Smimango 2:27:05

5 Brennan Anderson 2:28:05

6 Keagan Matthews 2:28:07

7 Luke Chambers 2:29:44

8 Matthew Stamatis 2:29:47

9 Hendrik Bester 2:29:51

10 Mboneni Ngcobo 2:32:20

MTB Women

1 Christie-Leigh Hearder 2:48:27

2 Debrah Thomas 3:08:31

3 Tarryn Morgan 3:13:54

4 Brenda Potts 3:20:07

5 Bronwyn Evans 3:29:00

Trail Run Men

1 Mthobisi Mzolo 0:53:08

2 Dumisani Shabalala 0:55:46

3 Mthokozisi Chamane 0:59:33

4 Lungisane Majola 0:59:35

5 Wiseman Vezi 1:00:39

6 Mdu Zondi 1:02:38

7 Matthew Edmonds 1:04:10

8 Wiseman Mkhonza 1:07:36

9 Craig Houston 1:08:50

10 Grant Humphrey 1:11:25

Trail Run Women

1 Jackie Moore 1:10:32

2 Apiwe Gaga 1:11:02

3 Wendy Mills 1:12:20

4 Patricia Dammann 1:12:52

5 Dorothy Fourie 1:19:06

6 Hayley Mackinnon 1:20:10

7 Alexandra Edmonds 1:22:54

8 Esther Van Der Merwe 1:22:56

9 Kirsten Hillermann 1:22:56

10 Esther Van Der Merwe 1:22:57

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