Buys, Sanders dominate Elite cross-country National Champs

Philip Buys and Samantha Sanders put down a dominant charge to claim the elite cross-country titles at the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB National Championships, powered by Frontier Events near Port Elizabeth today.

The Hayterdale Trails near Addo in Port Elizabeth played host to the prestigious mountain biking event on the annual calendar with one of the biggest participant turnouts that South African Mountain Biking has seen in many years.

Philip Buys and Samantha Sanders put down a dominant charge to claim the elite cross-country titles at the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB National Championships, powered by Frontier Events near Port Elizabeth today.

 

The Hayterdale Trails near Addo in Port Elizabeth played host to the prestigious mountain biking event on the annual calendar with one of the biggest participant turnouts that South African Mountain Biking has seen in many years.

 

Representing the elite category, Olympian Philip Buys completed 7 laps of the technical 4.2km XCO course in 01:24:26 to secure his national title. Matthys Beukes finished in second place in 01:26:59 with XCO stalwart Ben-Melt Swanepoel third in 01:27:27.

 

The women’s race saw Samantha Sanders take top honours in her 6 laps, in 01:28:25 with Amy Mcdougall and Cherie Vale finishing second and third respectively.

 

Rourke Croeser’s victory in the hotly contested under-23 category was the result of a close tussle with James Reid. Croeser’s winning time over 6 laps was 01:11:37, only two seconds ahead of the chasing Reid. Gert Heyns wrapped up the podium positions in 01:12:26.

 

Continuing her early-season form, Mariske Strauss dominated the 5-lap women’s u23 race in 01:09:01, placing more than three minutes ahead of second placed Candice Neethling. Ashleigh Moffatt finished in third place.

 

Alan Hatherly and Bianca Haw won the Junior categories in 01:01:25 (5 laps) and 01:04:34 (4 laps) respectively, whilst Julian Jessop and Frankie du Toit are proud wearers of the national jersey in the Youth categories. Jessop completed 5 laps in 01:03:53 and Du Toit won her 4-lap race in 01:04:36.

 

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Tomorrow sees some of the country’s top downhill stars compete for the national championship title at Hayterdale Trails at the base of the Zuurberg Pass near Addo. Spectators are most welcome to attend and support South Africa’s mountain biking stars, and entry for spectators is free.

 

For any further information regarding the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB National Championships, powered by Frontier Events, please contact Cycling SA MTB Director Brett Coates on 082 774 5821 or event organiser Brad Jackson on 082 651 9182 or email brad@mountainevents.co.za.

 

ENDS

 

2013 SA National MTB XCP Champs – Hayterdale Trails, Addo – 20 July

 

Elite Men – 7 laps
1 Philip Buys 01:24:26
2 Matthys Beukes 01:26:59
3 Ben-Melt Swanepoel 01:27:27

 

Elite Women – 6 laps
1 Samantha Sanders 01:28:25
2 Amy Mcdougall 01:32:52
3 Cherie Vale 01:35:38

 

U23 Men – 6 laps
1 Rourke Croeser 01:11:37
2 James Reid 01:11:39
3 Gert Heyns 01:12:26

 

U23 Women – 5 laps
1 Mariske Strauss 01:09:01
2 Candice Neethling 01:12:14
3 Ashleigh Moffatt 01:21:40

 

Junior Men – 5 laps
1 Alan Hatherly 01:01:25
2 Sybrand Strauss 01:03:42
3 Dylan Rebello 01:03:45

 

Youth Men – 5 laps
1 Julian Jessop 01:03:53
2 Marco Joubert 01:04:37
3 Matthew Lombardi 01:05:42

 

Junior Women – 4 laps
1 Bianca Haw 01:04:34
2 Catherine Colyn 01:07:22
3 Jessica Alcock 01:07:45

 

Youth Women – 4 laps
1 Frankie Du Toit 01:04:36
2 Saffron Vosloo 01:14:00
3 Amy Williams 01:15:22