White looking for more success at Quattro ROAG Series

On 28 November 2019 by admin

By: Tim Whitfield

Tyronne White is the hot favourite to return to winning ways at the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens MTB and Trail Running Challenge in the foothills of the Drakensberg this weekend.

The talented Ballito mountain biker dominated the early portion of the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, but his run of three wins in a row was halted at the Sugar Rush Classic and Karkloof Classic in May and June. Despite finishing third and fourth in those two events, White still holds a massive lead over his nearest rival in the series.

His DriveTrain Academy teammate Andrew Johnson is currently lying second, 185-points behind. The pre-race entries indicate that White has a good chance of increasing his advantage on the beautiful Drakensberg Gardens Route.

The course is a compact looped route in and around the holiday resort, and the final ten-kilometre loop takes riders through the resort and up a technical climb onto a flat escarpment which overlooks the Drakensberg Gardens Valley. The climb is tough and only the best riders are usually able to get up without resorting to walking, but the views at the top are spectacular and are reward for the effort of the climb.

In the women’s Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, Debrah Thomas has taken over as something of a surprise leader. Thomas has competed in all five events in the series and her steady accumulation of points has allowed her to move eight points ahead of series favourite Christie Leigh Hearder.

However, Hearder will probably not be too concerned, as she has only taken part in three of the five events so far and with three wins from three she is still well on target to claim the overall title at the end of the series in September.

Hearder has entered the Drakensberg Gardens event and looks like a good bet to claim win number four which will return her to the top of the standings.

In the trail running series things are far less clear cut going into the sixth out the ten events. Mdu Zondi and Apiwe Gaga are top of the men’s and women’s series respectively and both have earned their place at the top with consistent results.

Gaga has been in the top four in all six events, but is yet to get a 100-point score for winning a race. Her nearest challenger is Sarah Gray who has two wins from her four results and these two look likely to battle it out for the overall honours over the final events of the season.

In the men’s race, last year’s champion Nomore Mandivengerei has allowed Zondi to create a big lead, but the advantage may be somewhat flattering because Mandivengerei has competed in two less events, although he has not been able to dominate as he did in 2018.

Both Mandivengerei and Mdu Zondi will have to watch over their shoulders because the talented Linda Zondi is making up ground fast. His two wins in the most recent events at Sugar Rush and Karkloof have rocketed him up to second on the standings from just two races. Linda Zondi goes into the Drakensberg Gardens event as the favourite to wrap up a hat-trick of wins.

MTB
Men
1 Tyronne White 438 (5)
2 Andrew Johnson 253 (4)
3 Mazwi Smimango 202 (4)
4 Sthembiso Masango 197 (4)
5 Dean Van Dyk 194 (5)
6 Andrew Hill 194 (3)
7 Henry Liebenberg 172 (2)
8 Carl Adendorff 170 (5)
9 Warren Price 157 (3)
10 Brennan Anderson 149 (3)

Women
1 Debrah Thomas 308 (5)
2 Christie-Leigh Hearder 300 (3)
3 Nadine Nunes 221 (3)
4 Ilse Longmore 195 (4)
5 Belinda Mason 192 (4)
6 Rouxda Grobler 172 (2)
7 Brenda Potts 152 (3)
8 Frances Janse Van Rensburg 151 (2)
9 Hayley Smith 150 (2)
10 Tarryn Morgan 148 (3)

Trail Run
Men
1 Mdu Zondi 294 (5)
2 Nomore Mandivengerei 211 (3)
3 Linda Zondi 200 (2)
4 Innocent Skhumbuzo 186 (3)
5 Sphelele Gumede 137 (2)
6 Grant Humphrey 122 (3)
7 Craig Houston 113 (3)
8 Joe Maphumelo 111 (2)
9 Neil Mackenzie 103 (5)
10= Mbhasobhi Gumede 100 (1)
10= Mthobisi Mzolo 100 (1)

Women
1 Apiwe Gaga 408 (5)
2 Sarah Gray 350 (4)
3 Wendy Mills 212 (3)
4 Patricia Dammann 208 (4)
5 Hayley Mackinnon 171 (4)
6 Nokukhanya Memela 130 (2)
7 Kirsty Scott 118 (2)
8 Anita De Waal 106 (2)
9 Karen Maiden 104 (4)
10= Jackie Moore 100 (1)
10= Erin Fleming 100 (1)
10= Isla Mackellar 100 (1)

Remaining 2019 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events

DATE EVENT VENUE
29-30 Jun Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Challenge Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Resort
20-21 Jul Sappi Scottburgh Scottburgh Main Beach
4 Aug Illovo Eston MTB Challenge Beaumont Eston Farmers Club
17 Aug Harburg Tour de Krantz Harburg Hall
15 Sep Safire Baynesfield MTB & Trail Baynesfield
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