Marais, Janse van Rensburg take Kamberg titles

On 19 March 2020 by admin

Stuart Marais and Frances Janse van Rensburg emerged as new champions at the Fuel & Gas Kamberg Classic mountain bike races on the spectacular trails of Glengarry in the foothills of the Drakensberg on Sunday.

The day before, Kamberg local Nkosingiphile Ntshalinyshali and Sarah Gray claimed the equivalent trail running titles in the popular two-day event which is the also the second leg of the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum.

Marais powered away from Andrew Hill over the closing kilometres to claim the victory in a time of 2:27:07 while Hill crossed the line in 2:29:55. Willie van Eck (2:31:27) was something of a minor surprise as he claimed third spot with David Low (2:34:44) edging defending champion Tyronne White (2:36:05) into fifth.

Marais’ second win this season in the ROAG Series powered by Momentum leaves him with a small cushion after just two rounds of the season-long Grand Prix-style competition. With a perfect haul of 200 points he is now 28-points clear of Hill but with eight events scheduled there is plenty of time for Hill to close the gap.

The young up-and-coming Janse van Resnburg proved once again that she is on a trajectory to be one of the country’s star cyclists as she claimed a convincing three-minute win over pre-race favourite and defending champion Christie Hearder.

Janse van Rensburg, who is still an U23 rider, recently crossed the line fourth in the women’s elite event at the South African Road Championship and week in and week out is proving that the could be the next big name in South African cycling.

The youngster finished in 2:57:09 with Hearder crossing the line in 3:00:44 while the experienced Hayley Smith was third in 3:12:42.

Hearder, who won the opening leg of the series at Wartburg last month, still holds a big lead in the ROAG Series but she will be looking nervously over her shoulder as her young rival takes part in more events.

In the trail running event held on Saturday afternoon, Kamberg local Ntshalinyshali was dominant and he blitzed around the 14km course in a very quick 57 minutes and 26 seconds.

Ntshalinyshali was the only athlete to dip under the one hour mark with Nicholas Fowler claiming second almost three minutes back, while Fabio Freitas rounded off the podium in 1:03:58.

The women’s trail run saw Gray claim another solid victory and even at this early stage she is already looking like a good bet to claim the Quattro ROAG Series title at the end of the season. Gray crossed the line in a time of 1:12:32 which placed her in an incredible eighth position overall.

The Scotty’s Plant Hire athlete ran like a machine to earn her second win in the series and so notch up a convincing nine-minute victory over Wendy Arnott (1:21:54) with Michelle Corns (1:23:44) claiming the third step of the podium.

Selected Results
MTB Men

1 Stuart Marais 2:27:07
2 Andrew Hill 2:29:55
3 Willie Van Eck 2:31:27
4 David Low 2:34:44
5 Tyronne White 2:36:05
6 Khanyisani Xaba 2:37:21
7 Brendan Van Eeden 2:38:28
8 Daniel Carleton 2:39:15
9 Dean Van Dyk 2:41:26
10 Brennan Anderson 2:43:40

MTB Women
1 Frances Janse Van Rensburg 2:57:09
2 Christie Hearder 3:00:44
3 Hayley Smith 3:12:42
4 Jean Hackland 3:20:08
5 Claudia Slattery 3:27:13
6 Nadine Nunes 3:31:00
7 Brenda Potts 3:33:32
8 Isabel Moolman 3:38:05
9 Elmarie Thole 3:38:11
10 Ilse Longmore 3:38:55

14km Trail Run Men
1 Nkosingiphile Ntshalinyshali 0:57:26
2 Nicholas Fowler 1:00:10
3 Fabio Freitas 1:03:58
4 Travers Pellew 1:05:11
5 Chingaya James 1:07:28
6 Carel Le Roux 1:08:11
7 Simon Carter 1:09:20
8 Lennord Beets 1:16:45
9 Sifiso Mnioni 1:21:10
10 Jules Cassere 1:21:21

Women
1 Sarah Gray 1:12:32
2 Wendy Arnott 1:21:54
3 Michelle Corns 1:23:44
4 Pauline Rainbird 1:24:17
5 Carey-Anne Radford 1:27:21
6 Melanie Brauteseth 1:28:33
7 Charissa Brauteseth 1:28:38
8 Kim Johnston 1:28:38
9 Hayley Mackinnon 1:29:29
10 Karen Maiden 1:35:16

2020 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events

DATEEVENTVENUE
14-15 MarFuel & Gas Kamberg ClassicGlengarry, Kamberg
5 AprHolla Trails ClassicFairview Estates, Ballito
19 AprHusqvarna Mid Illovo ClassicGwahumbe Game & Spa
30-31 MaySappi Karkloof Classic Trail FestivalKarkloof Country Club
27-28 JunGooderson Drakensberg Gardens ChallengeGooderson Drakensberg Gardens Resort
18-19 JulSappi ScottburghScottburgh Main Beach
2 AugIllovo Eston MTB ChallengeBeaumont Eston Farmers Club
15 AugHarburg Tour de KrantzHarburg Hall
13 SepSafire Baynesfield ClassicBaynesfield
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