Rising Star Madison Bateson Beats Odds for Maiden 40km Tour Durban MTB Win

Madison Bateson upstaged pre-race favourite Joanna Van De Winkel by just over 4 minutes to win the 40km Off-Road aQuellé Tour Durban MTB powered by Cycle Lab in Durban on Saturday, 20 April, 2024. Photo: Ant Grote / Gameplan Media

Young cyclist Madison Bateson upstaged pre-race favourite Joanna van de Winkel by just over 4 minutes to win the 40km Off-Road aQuellé Tour Durban MTB powered by Cycle Lab in Durban, on Saturday, 20 April, 2024.

The race, which started and finished near Cornubia Mall, saw Bateson, riding the 40km for the first time after winning the 20km last year, produce the shock of the day when she edged out 2023 winner, Sandton City Cycle Nation’s Joanna van de Winkel.

Van de Winkel was leading until she missed a turn marker and was never able to make up about three minutes she lost in the race to the finish.

Nokukhanya Meyiwa proved too strong for her rivals in the 20km in the trail run at the same venue when she wrote a small piece of history by winning the first event aQuellé Tour Durban Trail title, with Annie Dupre and Thandeka Ngetu claimed the lowers steps of the podium in the women’s race.

Sunday’s racing moves onto the tar with the main event, the 110km aQuellé Tour Durban road race, taking place predominantly on the M4 between Moses Mabhida Stadium and Mdloti.

The women’s race is likely to be dominated by three-time winner Van de Winkel who will be keen to make up for her shock defeat on Saturday.

Elite MTB 40km Off-Road Results at the aQuellé Tour Durban MTB powered by Cycle Lab on Saturday, 20 April, 2024

1. Madison Bateson 01:32:39
2. Joanna van de Winkel 01:36:48
3. Jackie Church 01:58:21
4. Kylie Harborth 02:02:14
5. Michelle Forman 02:02:30

Leading Gravel Results

1. Sandra Paterson 02:23:27
2. Stephani-Lauren Rowles 02:36:27
3. Sindy Singleton 02:59:34

Leading MTB 20km Results

1. Lezaan Gerber 01:13:36
2. Lindiwe Gumede 01:14:58
3. Colbi Chiesman 01:15:13
4. Kanyisa James 01:15:21
5. Rebecca Froneman 01:19:50

Leading 20km Women aQuellé Tour Durban Trail Results

1. Nokukhanya Meyiwa
2. Annie Dupre
3. Thandeka Ngetu
4. Nicole van Metzinger
5. Nikita Goveia


Original Copy: Gameplan Media, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Madison Bateson upstaged pre-race favourite Joanna Van De Winkel by just over 4 minutes to win the 40km Off-Road aQuellé Tour Durban MTB powered by Cycle Lab in Durban on Saturday, 20 April, 2024. Photo: Ant Grote / Gameplan Media

Photo 2 Caption: 2023 defendingi champion Joanna van de Winkel was surprisingly beaten in the MTB 40km race on Saturday. Photo: Ant Grote / Gameplan Media

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