Last weekend saw Robyn Owen (Jeep Team/Best4Sports) competing in the infamous Hout Bay Trail Challenge, one of the toughest trail runs in the Western Cape.
Starting and finishing at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, the 41km race, with a total massive climb of 2622m, circumnavigates the mountains surrounding Hout Bay, taking runners through pristine forests and rocky mountain trails.
The marked route is broken into 3 legs with check points at Suikerbossie Restaurant and Constantia Nek.
Leg 1, from Hout Bay Harbour to Suikerbossie, covered around 15km and includes a climb up Karbonkelberg.
Leg 2 travelled 15km with a total elevation gain of 1066m, traversing the back of Table Mountain from Suikerbossie to Constantia Nek.
Leg 3, from Constantia Nek to the finish at Hout Bay Harbour, is considered the easiest leg covering 11km with an elevation gain of 540m.
Owen finished 2nd in a time of 05:22:08, behind the winner, South African Long-Distance Trail Champ, Meg Mackenzie in a time of 04:43:22, and 3rd place went to Julie Huckle in 06:00:10.
Results – 40km Hout Bay Trail Challenge
- Kane Reilly 03:59:34
- Kevin Spratley 04:50:53
- Lucas Adams 05:05:54
- Meg Mackenzie 04:43:22
- Robyn Owen 05:22:08
- Julie Huckle 06:00:10
Last weekend, Jeep Team mountain biker Pierre Smith won the Spectrum Vaal River MTB Race in the south of Gauteng.
Smith finished the flat and fast 65km marathon race in 02:21:48, claiming top spot on the podium. Second place went to Johan de Villiers, who finished 3 minutes behind Smith; and rounding off the podium was Louis Harmse in 02:27:49.
Starting and finishing at Stonehaven on Vaal, the route offered 75% single track with a mixture of jeep track and dirt road.
Says Smith following the race, “I had a lot of fun racing my bike in my hometown race today. It’s always special to race so close to home, and to top it off with an overall win is even better. It is also nice to see the young talent growing in these tough races! Well done to everyone who raced and finished today. Up next is the 230km Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon.”
Results – Spectrum Vaal River MTB 65km marathon
- Pierre Smith 02:21:48
- Johan de Villiers 02:24:49
- Louis Harmse 02:27:49
- Sylvia van Tromp 02:43:49
- Mariske McLean 02:50:28
- Ronel Van Staaden 03:00:04
Source: Port Elizabeth – MyPR.
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