Scottburgh alive with excitement for MTB Series

IT was never going to be an easy race, but one everybody had been looking forward to for some time. It was the second race of the South Coast Fever MTB Series and the 10th consecutive year of this raw and adventurous track.

As dawn broke over the magnificent Scottburgh main beach, the MTB enthusiasts started arriving for registration. The lifeguards of Scottburgh beach kindly gave Roag their clubhouse to use and that made the process quick, easy and accessible.

Flavio Scarpa, the race organiser, and his team pulled out all the stops to host yet another race that will make keen cyclists and adrenalin addicts come back again and again. After just over 600 cyclists registered, they had to make their way down to the finish area on Scottburgh main beach for the briefing and batching process. Following that they then made their way to the start area, which was a couple of kilometres away on the gorgeous new eco estate bridge specially prepared by Scarpa and it set the tone for a perfect race in perfect weather.

The 45 km group got away in batches A to E from 8.30 am, followed by the 28 km group in batches A to D from 8.45 am, and the 10 km fun ride got cracking at around 9.15 am all after an extensive briefing.

On the main beach in the finish area, the atmosphere was building, the music was going, the food court was set up and Daily Dose had a coffee shop going, Tiago’s was pumping some breakfast burgers, Funky Pants was selling some new design comfy clothing, Rent A Tool prepared to wash the muddy bikes on their return and the local kindergarten ran a free kids zone while mom and dad were off cycling.

The children were entertained with face painting, colouring-in and games, and kids were bouncing on the jumping castles. To top it off, the sardines and dolphins decided to put in an appearance, so there were quite a few hundred people walking around, eating, drinking coffee, paddle skiing, fishing, watching the sardines and of course waiting for the first arrivals. Scottburgh main beach was alive with excitement.

The last portion of the race was on bright blue pallets from Chep that ran across the beach sand and then up onto the ramp by the kiddies pool, then straight through to the finish under the Sappi arch. It made the sprints for the finish very exciting to watch. With the open categories, some of the sprinters were doing in excess of 45km/h in that finishing shoot. We didn’t have to wait long until our MC Travis brought the first of the big guns in in the different categories, covered in dust and sweat and their energy spent. The 28 km men ended up in a sprint finish, with the current South Coast Fever MTB Series overall 25 km defending champion, Brent Richter, just snapping the win away from Nicolas Burczak for his second win in this year’s series.

The current overall men’s 45 km South Coast Fever MTB champion, Andrew Hill, pulled of his third win in this race, making it a hat-trick of wins and in a new record time.

There was fierce competition in the women’s category as well, with Bianca Haw winning for the second year in a row.

All the participants said the route was amazing, challenging and very well marked, another feather in Scarpa’s cap.

All finishers got a Powerade and medal as they crossed the finish line. Hibiscus Insurance Brokers gave out free water to all the riders and spectators, as well as water bottles with the compliments of Hollard Insurance, who are the sponsors of all the series.

The prize giving was for the 45 km, 28 km and 10 km distances.

THE RESULTS WERE AS FOLLOWS:

•28 km Female Overall

3rd Place Riley Smith 1:45,17

2nd Place Sandy Damant 1:45,03

1st Place Ingrid Flint 1:44,05

•28 Km Male Overall

3rd Place Jordan Brandon Bold 1:18,43

2nd Place Nicholas Burczak 1:14,31

1st Place Brent Richter 1:14,31

•45 km Female Overall

3rd Place Hayley Smith 1:58,12

2nd Place Frances Janse van Rensburg 0:58,12

1’st Place Bianca Haw 1:53,09

•45 Km Male Overall

3rd Place Julian Jessop 1:42,07

2nd Place Reinhard Zellhuber 1:39,52

1st Place Andrew Hill 1:39,01

“Thank you to all the event sponsors concerned with this very successful event on the Scottburgh side — Sappi, Cycling 4 Mobility, Funky Pants, Chep and a few smaller local businesses that made the event what it was. Cycling 4 Mobility is a phenomenal charity that needs all our support and the proceeds from this event will be donated to this worthy caus,” said organiser from One way productions Michael Bester.

“A huge thanks also to all the series sponsors, South Coast Fever, South Coast Tourism, Tiagos, Sign Master, Hibiscus Insurance Brokers, Hollard Insurance, Powerade and One Way Productions,” said Bester.

The next race is race three, the Ingeli MTB & Fun Run on July 29 at the Ingeli Forest Lodge.