The 21st Barberton XCM MTB was a great success

Rodger Harris, the winner of R21 000, receives the cheque from Jaco du Plessis, managing director of the Local Choice Pharmacy.

In the run-up to the Barberton XCM Mountain Bike Challenge over the weekend, defending champion Henry Uys was apprehensive about winning again in what would be an uphill battle.

However, the Johannesburg resident blazed to glory covering the 110-kilometre course in 04:49:48.

Local rider, Samantha Sanders, came first in the women’s 110-kilometre ultramarathon in 05:37:01.

Uys was followed by Alan Gordon, who completed the race in 04:50:12, and Declan Sidey took third place with his time of 04:57:54.

In the women’s category, the two runners-up were Emily Clarke who clocked 06:03:05 and Anli Smith who took 06:25:492 to reach the finish line.

Also read:Barberton XCM MTB challenge takes place this weekend

All races started and finished at Hoërskool Barberton.

The Barberton Rotary Club organised the first Barberton XCM MTB Challenge 21 years ago. It consists of five races to allow contestants of various levels to participate: a 20-kilometre fun ride, a 30-, 48- and 77-kilometre race, and then a 110-kilometre ultramarathon that really tests the riders’ abilities.

The XCM challenge is well known as one of the toughest one-day mountain-bike races in the country.

In celebrating the 21 years of the XCM challenge, the Local Choice Pharmacy sponsored an additional prize of R21 000 in cash for a lucky winner drawn from the pre-race entries. Rodger Harris from Pretoria was the lucky one to take the prize home. According to Harris, he never expected to win anything. “I will use the money to buy my wife a mountain bike, since she had been asking me for one.”

Results

110km

Men

1. Henry Uys – 04:49:48

2. Alan Gordon – 04:50:12

3. Declan Sidey – 04:57:54

4. James Ross-Marsh – 04:57:55

5. Craig Uria – 04:59:37

Women

1. Samantha Sanders – 05:37:01

2. Emily Clarke – 06:03:05

3. Anli Smith – 06:25:49

4. Mari du Toit – 06:44:49

5. Janine Muller – 06:44:49

77km

Men

1. Franco Pelser – 03:20:45

2. Johan Labuschagne – 03:26:36

3. Pierre Smith – 03:30:46

4. Armand du Randt – 03:35:37

5. Robert Malan – 03:39:40

Women

1. Dalene van der Leek – 03:39:40

2. Vanessa Bell – 04:15:11

3. Sanet Coetzee – 04:23:32

4. Heila Meintjies – 04:28:27

5. Nadine Visagie – 04:30:27

48km

Men

1. Armand Lombard – 02:15:56

2. Erick Heyns – 02:18:34

3. Emile Fourie – 02:25:29

Women

1. Zandri Strydom – 03:00:29

2. Frances Janse van Rensburg – 03:08:40

3. Cindy Porobich – 03:10:41

30km

Men

1. Natie Kurensky – 01:09:31

2. Willie Horn – 01:11:08

3. Armandt Smit – 01:12:15

Women

1. Jolene Faul – 01:23:38

2. Juanita Kammeyer – 01:24:22

3. Heidie de Bruin – 01:28:19.

  AUTHOR
Bridget Mpande

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