Sanders Leads MTB National Cup Champions

Cycling SAThe third round of the Cycling SA-MTB National Cup Series took place amidst great weather conditions at Thaba Trails in Gauteng during the past weekend.

The pro-elite women’s race saw quite a differentiation in the race times for the top five riders, who finished within ten minutes of the leader. Elite category rider Samantha Sanders (Valencia) took the victory over the course of her five laps, finishing in 01:39:14. Sanders was followed by Bell’s Hayley Smith (u23) in 01:45:44, with BMC-SA’s Ashleigh Moffatt (u23) finishing third in 01:54:25. Sarah Hill (u23) and Susan Sloan (elite) rounded out the podium in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Bianca Haw commanded the junior women’s race once again by posting an eleven-minute lead over second-placed Marie-Christin Kempf. Haw’s winning time for the 4-lap race was 01:22:27. Third place went to Michelle Benson.

The youth women’s race took place over three laps, with Frankie du Toit taking top honours in 01:04:33. Genevieve van Coller and Saffron Vosloo finished second and third respectively.

Sunday’s downhill race at the same venue witnessed some gripping racing from the gravity descending thrill seekers. Event organiser Wendell Bole went the extra mile for this event by not only building a brand new downhill track at Thaba Trails, but by securing this as a permanent venue for downhill mountain bikers virtually in the heart of Johannesburg.

The women’s race saw Nadia Botha add another downhill cup series victory to her name when she claimed the fastest descent in 02:58.90. Kathryn Fourie finished second in 03:20.12 with Stacey Bryant third (03:50.29).

The final round of the Cycling SA-MTB Cup Series will be taking place at Mankele Mountain Bike Park in Mpumalanga on 22 and 23 June.


Leading Results at the 2013 SA National XCO Cup 3 (Thaba Trails):
Pro-Elite Women (5 laps):
1. Samantha Sanders 01:39:14 (Elite)
2. Hayley Smith 01:45:44 (U23)
3. Ashleigh Moffatt 01:54:25 (U23)
4. Sarah Hill 01:56:48 (U23)
5. Susan Sloan 02:00:11 (Elite)
Junior Women (4 laps):
1. Bianca Haw 01:22:27
2. Marie-Christin Kempf 01:33:23
3. Michelle Benson 01:41:24
Youth Women (3 laps):
1. Frankie du Toit 01:04:33
2. Genevieve van Coller 01:08:47
3. Saffron Vosloo 01:10:35
Leading Results at the 2013 SA National DHI Cup 3 (Thaba Trails):
1. Nadia Botha 02:58:90
2. Kathryn Fourie 03:20:12
3. Stacey Bryant 03:50:29
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