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The IMLS Kwambo LionMTB Race (#5 of MiWay BIG 5 Series)

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Sunday, 25 September 2011, the small North Coast town of Kwambonambi, came alive with cycling enthusiasts gearing themselves up to take part in the last race of the Big 5 MTB series, the IMLS Kwambo Lion.

From the start Sean Merredew and Danny Dalton dominated the field in the 50 km race to obtain the honoured King and Queen of the Mountain award.  Sean Merredew continued his dominance in the race by finishing first with an unbelievably fast 01:37:45! Tyronne White followed in hot pursuit with Guylin van den Berg finishing third.

In the ladies race Danny Dalton lead the way, but after an unfortunate tumble, had to relinquish her first place to Nedene Cahill, followed by Natalie Berstrom in second position, crossing the finishing line only third overall.

Shaun White finished first in the 25 km men's intermediate race with a time of 00:54:19 with Michael Frankish finishing in second position, and Dane Antill in third position with only seconds separating each of these top-guns! 

In the 25 km ladies' intermediate race Shirley-Ann Brown took top honours overall, with Michele Younghusband de Beer in second position, and Mariette Elliott finishing third.

The main event of the day the 10km ride for the young and some not so young was well attended with each little one receiving a sweet packet, ice lollies, medal and some fantastic prizes courtesy of the sponsors.

Back at the Kwambonambi Golf Club spectators awaited the rest of the field, enduring a sudden downpour of rain, but were soon rewarded with warm sunshine.  The Nashua sky diving team provided spectators with some excitement while waiting for the prize giving and lucky draw of wonderful prizes.  Thereafter everyone returned home knowing they will be back next year for yet another Big 5 Series!

Once again this year 3 of our volunteer marshals walked away with brand new mountain bikes courtesy of our generous sponsors.

The Kwambo Dirt Trackers wish to thank all those involved - sponsors, landowners, caterers, volunteers and the Kwambonambi club.  We would also like to thank the sponsors and organizers of the Big 5 Series.

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