The 2015 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge saw a new champion crowned as Junior women’s champion Frankie du Toit proved too strong for her field on Sunday.
The women’s race was hotly contested for the first half of the race with e-Team/Time Freight’s Frankie du Toit powering her way to her maiden event title, with challenger Candice Neethling dropping off the pace and out of the top five.
It was a dominant display from the young KZN star who was happy with the way things went following her interval to get rid of Neethling.
“At about 30km I put in a burst which worked and I managed to get away from Candice and I never saw her again so I was happy with that,” Du Toit said with a smile. “There was some incredible single track but unfortunately we got stuck behind some people quite often.
“Despite that the race went according to plan for me and I wanted to see how strong the other ladies were and I just went out to race my own race.
“I said that if I could put in a move then I would and it all panned out exactly how I wanted it to!” she beamed.
The win on Sunday could catapults Du Toit into third place on Quattro ROAG Series leader board with just three races left in the series.
The ever-popular 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride provided young and old with some entertaining riding as Sabine Theis was the fastest girl, managing to to finish third overall ahead of Chloe Bateson and Megan Bircher.
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Leading Results of the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge 60km Marathon:
1. Frankie du Toit 02:45.12
2. Tiffany Keep 02:57.34
3. Chriestie-Leigh Hearder 02:57.39
4. Sabrina van Wyk 03:01.27
5. Carey-Anne Radford 03:01.57
Photo 1 caption: Having had to negotiate a tough first half of the race e-Team/Time Freight’s Frankie du Toit put the hammer down in a dominant last 30km and managed to shrug off the challenge from Candice Neethling to claim the women’s race and her maiden elite Eston title, at the 2015 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge on Sunday, 2 August. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media