McDougall crowned Fedhealth MTB Challenge Champion

Seen here: Amy McDougall in action at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge +- 60km/Marathon. Photo:  Tobias Ginsberg

Amy McDougall took no prisoners in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge +- 60km/Marathon at Boschendal Farm Estate (The Retreat) on Sunday, 16 September 2018.

With three events to choose from (a +-60km/Marathon; a +- 30km/Half Marathon and a 15km Fun Ride), the 4th annual Fedhealth MTB challenge catered for all levels of mountain bikers, delivering plenty of mountain biking challenges, heaps of family fun and a scenic day out of the city.

Making her Fedhealth MTB Challenge debut on the day, Amy McDougall secured victory in the women’s +-60km/Marathon in an impressive time of 03 hours 03 minutes 22 seconds.  “I’ve recently moved here from Johannesburg and have only heard good things about the event.

“I went as hard as I could from the start, but had a bad crash at round about 40km.  I was a bit shaken, but had so much fun.” – Fedhealth MTB Challenge Marathon champion Amy McDougall

“The event organisers have put a lot of effort into the trails.  It’s beautiful.  I’m really happy to win today.”

Marleen Lourens came in second, while Frankie du Toit finished third.

Natia van Heerden was the rider to beat in the women’s +-30km/Half Marathon.  “The scenery was spectacular,” says van Heerden.

“The trails were great, with free flowing single track.  The river crossings were amazing, just lovely to see.”  – Fedhealth MTB Challenge Half-Marathon champ Marleen Lourens

“The Half Marathon is definitely a novice friendly route.  It wasn’t too hard, but it still featured single tracks that flowed into berms.  Overall it’s a good mix.  It was amazing to see the amount of youngsters that were out on the trails today.  The girls rode really well.  Representing Fedhealth just makes the win extra special.”

Van Heerden crossed the line in 01 hour 25 minutes 28 seconds.  Oliva Penfold came in second, while Caela Whall finished third.

Megan Scholtz was the first rider home in the women’s 15km Fun Ride in a time of 40 minutes 11 seconds.  Zoe Green came in second, while Eryn Marais finished third. 

“Thank you to everyone who joined us at the fourth Fedhealth MTB Challenge at Boschendal Farm Estate! We hope you enjoyed the trails, the scenery, and the atmosphere… and that you got to relax post-race in true Boschendal style.

“Apart from the fitness aspect, our aim with this event has always been to create an opportunity for families to enjoy quality time together whilst embracing a healthy lifestyle.” – Fedhealth Principal Officer Jeremy Yatt

“I’m delighted to see so many youngsters join their parents – keep up the good work!” says Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth Principal Officer.

The 2018 Fedhealth MTB Challenge is sanctioned by Cycling SA.

Once across the finish line, all mountain bikers were treated to a foot massage in the Falke Foot Zone.  The Festival Village was a hub of excitement with riders enjoying a Flying Fish beer with a mouth-watering Spur Burger while listening to a live performance by Newton & Co.

SPECTACULAR SPECIALIZED PRIZE UP FOR GRABS:  This year, two lucky riders took home a whopping R10 000 gift voucher (each) compliments of Specialized Bicycles Africa, a proud partner of the 2018 event.

Additional sponsor prizes that were up for grabs included:  Squirt Bike Lube hampers, THULE lucky draw prizes and four BMT Bike Shop vouchers to the value of R2500 each compliments of Fedhealth.

TURBO E-BIKE CATEGORY:  This year the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, in association with Specialized Bicycles Africa, also boasted a Turbo E-bike category.

FREE ENTRY: Fedhealth members could enter free of charge – simply by typing in their membership number when entering online!

Facebook:  Fedhealth Medical Aid / Stillwater MTB Events
Twitter:  @Fedhealthmed  / @Stillwater_MTB

For more information on the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email [email protected]


Issued by:        NEWSPORT MEDIA
On behalf of:        FEDHEALTH and STILLWATER SPORTS

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