Philip Buys and Samantha Saunders were crowned men and women’s winners in the marathon race at the Nissan Trailseeker Lionman mountain bike event on Saturday.
The third round of the 2017 Gauteng Nissan Trailseeker Series attracted close to 2500 participants, who enjoyed the warm conditions and challenging bush trails of the Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in the Waterberg, north of Pretoria.
Buys (Pyga Eurosteel) was challenged for most of the race by South African marathon champion, Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro) and Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling). But Buys’s superior technical ability gave him the edge on the Vodacom mast climb and descent, which saw him claim victory in a time of 02 hours 41 minutes 26 seconds. Bell was second and Sidey third.
“There were quite a few technical sections that suited me and I knew exactly where to push the advantage,” said Buys.
In the women’s race, defending champion, Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia) was forced to withdraw with a mechanical, leaving Valencia teammate, Sanders relatively unchallenged to secure the win in a fast time of 3:04:54. Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) was second and Christie-Leigh Hearder third.
“This event is surprisingly hard with the wind only adding to the challenge of the dust and rocks today, but I really love racing in the bush,” said Sanders.
In the half-marathon, Hennie van Wyk was the fastest male and Tanya Kotze the first female.
1 Philip Buys (Pyga Eurosteel) 2:42:26
2 Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro) 2:42:41
3 Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling) 2:48:18
1 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 3:04:54
2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 3:20:01
3 Christie-Leigh Hearder 3:31:59
1 Hennie van Wyk 1:30:44
2 Wikus Breytenbach
3 Ryan Kellerman
1 Tanya Kotze 1:49:48
2 Rimari Sutton
3 Monique du Toit
For full results, visit www.saseeding.co.za