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Big 5 Series Heatonville Leopard Classic

26 February 2016


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A record three hundred and fifty riders took part in the Heatonville Leopard Classic this past weekend - a "Big 5 Series" race which is fast earning a reputation for offering the best single-track riding in the province.

John Readman of the Heatonville Farmer's Association, which hosted the event, said: "We are overjoyed with the support from the mountain bikers, who gave positive feedback about our course, the slick administration of the race by ROAG as well as the effort put in by our local farming community.

"We are also very appreciative of our generous sponsors, namely Bell Equipment, Trappers, Power Spar, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve, Multi-Axle, Kenart Platinum, Truter James de Ridder, Zululand Pest Control, Alliance Graphics, Ritchie Ford, Nedbank, ABI, Profert, African Essence Spa and Zululand Cycles."

For the first time Zululand Cycles donated a bicycle as a lucky draw prize to encourage development riding in the community. The bicycle was won by Hlonipho Ngcobo, who coincidentally had lost his bicycle in a fire at his home.

Tyronne White was the first man home in the 50km Classic in a time of 02:00:06, followed by Sean Merredew in 02:00:12 and John Ntuli in 02:07:59. Desiree Briedenhann led the woman's Classic with a time of 02:40:42, followed by Simone Scrase in 03:20:51 and Jan Grundlingh in 03:22:38.

The family duo of Matthew and Savannah Schuit won the men and women's 25km event respectively with times of 01:00:32 and 01:09:18. Savannah, racing in the junior category (16 -18 years), did extremely well to come across the line third overall. In the men's race Stephen Thompson was placed second followed by Ross Winckworth while Seonaid Beningfield and Marietjie Lotz took second and third positions in the women's race.

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