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MTB | Safire Baynesfield MTB Classic

[image] 26 February 2016

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Pietermaritzburg is becoming the MTB hot spot for SA, what with its world class MTB track at Cascades and numerous scenic and fun MTB events taking places in and around the city. On Sunday 14 June, one of the most popular MTB events, the Safire Baynesfield MTB Classic, took place at the beautiful rural Baynesfield Estate near Pietermaritzburg.
This annual MTB gathering is known as The Daddy of All Races because it traditionally takes place during June, the month of Father’s Day, and is a fun way for all members of the family to enjoy well prepared trails around this lovely estate, which is located conveniently close to both Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
This year’s Safire Baynesfield Classic saw almost 1000 riders of all ages hitting the trails on a mild mid-winter’s day, with lots of smiles and excitement all round. The event again consisted of 10km, 20km, 45km and 65km routes to ensure there was something suitable for the whole family. The 10km route for kiddies is a great way to introduce young riders to MTB racing, with dad and mom able to ride alongside. The 20km and 45km races cater for members of the family who would just like to enjoy a fun day on the bike, with a mix of some tough climbs and pristine hand-crafted single track, while the 65km route is for serious riders including the hottest of the professionals for some added spice.
In addition to the hundreds of MTB riders, trail runners were accommodated for the first time, with a relaxed 10km trail run on offer.
The overall (65km) winners were:



1st: Jeannie Dryer (nee Bomford) in a time of 02:48:01

2nd: Nathalie Bergstrom (last year’s winner) in a time of 03:05:19

3rd: Isabel Moolman in a time of 03:07:55


1st: Brendon Davids, last year’s winner, in a time of 02:25:53

2nd: Alan Hatherly in a time of 02:26:22

3rd: Andrew Hill (second last year) in a time of 02:27:15

3 comment(s)

Great course spoiled by very confusing signage near the end.

No real complaints about markings as I am the worst at directions and never got lost in this race . Would however urge route builders to stick to 65km as both last year and this year i got just on 67km on GPS and when you have a specific target in mind its frustrating when you get to 65km in the time you wanted just to see that you are nowhere near the end yet . Other than that i thoroughly enjoyed the actual ride , always a nice and fast paced race with a few awesome climbs to thin out the groups which makes the single track so much more enjoyable

I enjoyed the scenery, but the lack of technical riding made the race boring. Aprox only 5% of the track was singletrack, with the rest being jeep track or district road. Waterpoints were excellent and had no issues with markings.