The penultimate event of the lucrative Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum takes place this weekend with three of the four major categories already decided before Saturday’s 20th anniversary Harburg Tour de Krantz.
In the mountain bike and the women’s trail running categories the respective winners are already decided. Series winner will be Christie-Leigh Hearder who has four wins and two seconds to her name. She will need two wins in the final two races to claim that perfect 600-point score. The battle for second could not be tighter with Debrah Thomas and Brenda Potts both on 368 points, while Nadine Nunes is fourth from just five results and any two of these three still finish in the top three.
In the trail running, Sarah Gray has secured a big enough lead to ensure she will emerge as the champion, while Apiwe Gaga is assured of second spot. Nokukhanya Memela is currently fourth from just four events and after winning the recent Scottburgh event looks like a good bet to overtake third-placed Patricia Dammann, if Memela takes part in the final two events.
The Tour de Krantz Is A Popular Event
The Tour de Krantz is one of the grand old races on the KZN mountain biking calendar and the slick organisation, combined with some wonderful trails makes it a popular event that has ironically outlasted the reason for its original existence.
The event was started as a fund raiser for the Harburg School. Since the school was closed all funds raised during the event now go to local charities in the area. The Tour de Krantz was also one of the first events in KZN to add a trail running option to a mountain bike event and riders and runners.
The 15km trail run starts at 7.30am on Saturday and the 45km mountain bike event sets off at 8.30.
Latest Quattro ROAG Series Standings:
(best six results if more than six events completed)
1 Christie-Leigh Hearder 572 (6)
2 Debrah Thomas 368 (8)
2 Brenda Potts 368 (6)
4 Nadine Nunes 324 (5)
5 Belinda Mason 297 (7)
6 Rouxda Grobler 283 (4)
7 Ilse Longmore 231 (5)
8 Tarryn Morgan 220 (5)
9 Wendy Corkin 218 (7)
10 Linda Erskine 198 (5)
1 Sarah Gray 572 (7)
2 Apiwe Gaga 482 (6)
3 Patricia Dammann 358 (6)
4 Nokukhanya Memela 316 (4)
5 Hayley Mackinnon 222 (5)
6 Karen Maiden 199 (7)
7 Juanita Ugljanin 75 (4)
Remaining 2019 Quattro ROAG Series Powered by Momentum Events:
17 August, Harburg Tour de Krantz – Harburg Hall
15 September, Safire Baynesfield MTB & Trail – Baynesfield
Photo 1 Caption: ROAG Series winner Christie-Leigh Hearder has already bagged the tournament title but will be looking to claim a perfect 600-point score when she heads into the final two races of the ROAG Series Powered by Momentum Event. Photo: @Cycling_SA on Twitter
With editing by gsport