Great riding at the My Spar MTB Classic

The inaugural MY SPAR MTB CLASSIC was held earlier this month on Jacques and Leisje Steenkamp’s farm – Zuurbron on the R330 between Humansdorp and Hankey.   Thanks in part to the glorious weather; attendance exceeded all expectations with over 380 cyclists taking part.

This event is organised annually by the Kouga Multi Sport Club, but for the first time sponsorship has been secured and riders could enjoy the benefits. Jacques Steenkamp (our resident “Farmer Glen”) gives freely of his time, labour and land to construct all the routes – 10km, 40km and 60km. An avid mountain biker, Jacques does it for the love of the sport. This generosity and warmth is what makes this race so special and the vibe fantastic! He’s just returned from Sani2c full of ideas and promises some exciting changes to next year’s route.

 10365939_284484038380354_7047416398673142177_n

The success of such events is made possible by so many different facets, and the committee would like to thank each and everyone who contributed to the day. Roger Pheiffer who placed 3rd in the men’s 60km challenge had this to say of his experience at the MY SPAR MTB CLASSIC:

Having not done this event before I was not actually quite sure what to expect, but I have done a fair amount of MTB races and there have been quite a few disappointments with route markings, course lay-out etc. However this was definitely not the case with the My Spar MTB Classic. It was really awesome to arrive and see how organised the setup was. The coffee stall and food that was on sale in the morning was fantastic as there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee before a race.

The registration was well organised and the ablution facilities were great. I was most surprized by the fact that there were warm shower facilities for after the race which is well thought of by the organisers.

With regards to the race route, it was definitely up there with the best. I really enjoyed the challenging climbs which were tough but rideable. I have to say from someone who has got lost in a few MTB races from poor marking this race was brilliantly marked. Jacques Steenkamp and his team deserve to be congratulated for their efforts.

In the 60km race myself, Jason Meaton and Grant MacGeoghegan managed to get away 5km from the start but I couldn’t hold on to them a little later and was chasing them till the end. Jason Meaton won with Grant 2nd and myself 3rd.  There was nothing better than the Spur burgers that were available after the race as well as the refreshments.

The prize giving was great with plenty lucky draws.  A fun, family day out.  An event that is a must and I will definitely be adding this event to my yearly race calendar.

Results:

 

MENS 60KM: 

1. Jason MEaton 2:22:14

2. Grant MacGeogan 2:24:06

3. Roger Pheiffer 2:25:30

 

WOMENS 60KM:

1. Siska van der Bijl 2:45:22

2. Andrea von Holdt 2:57:17

3. Melisa Swanepoel 3:10:48

 

MENS 40KM:

1. Hanri Terblanche 1:31:39

2. Roland Peacock 1:33:34

3. Nicholas Friend 1:35:36

 

WOMENS 40KM:

1. Lauren Coleman 1:47:02

2. Megan Gill 1:51:29

3. Lynette Rust  2:02:04

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

*