The next round of the Insect Science Limpopo Cross Country Mountain Bike championship was held on Saturday the 29th of May at Standford Lake College.
The local riders from Tzaneen dominated the podium, with wins coming from Gordon Noel, Gunther Katzke, Sydney Swart, Billy Noel and Carine van der Merwe. Here are the top three finishers of the various other categories.
Nipper Girls: Leila Van Wyngaardt was the winner in this category, and she was followed by Janli Bester in second place and Zelmarie Kotze in third place.
Nipper Boys: Aron van den Borre finished this class ahead of Aiden Bruce with Gianmarco Gualdi taking up the third spot.
Sprog Girls: Chantelle Gouws was the victor in this division with Dorothy de Lange coming in second place. The third-place position went to Lohané Ehlers.
Sprog Boys: In this category Daniel Eagar won ahead of Owen Hudson with Robbie Noel who crossed the line in third place.
Sub-Junior Girls: Jana Kotze triumphed in this category ahead of Sophia van Wyk in second and Dané Strijdom in third place.
Sub-Junior Boys: Gordon Noel showed his rivals a pair of heels in this division and went on to win with Henro van der Walt
crossing the line in second place. Xandrich Schoerie took up the third spot on the podium.
Youth Girls: The winner’s laurels was awarded to Lilan Baber with the second place going to Carla Jansen van Vuuren. In third place was Anke Rood.
Youth Boys: Willie Willemse had a field day to finish ahead of André van Deventer who was chased down by Andani Raphalalani who eventually finished third.
Junior Women: There were very few entries for this category. It was eventually Eliz-Mari Pretorius who won ahead of rival Amilia Goosen.
Junior Men: The Insect Science Team riders were top of their game again with Gunther Katzke winning ahead of teammate Herman Fourie. The spot for third place on the podium was filled by Ruan Jansen van Vuuren.
Elite Men: Komborero Bere had a splendid outing to win this class. He was chased down by Kabelo Motshegoa who eventually completed the race in second place and the third placed rider was Sean-Michael Ceronio.
Sub-Vet Women: This category saw Carine van der Merwe taking the win from her fellow competitors. She was followed by Jackie O’Callaghan in second place with Chantal Weyers taking the final step for third place on the podium.
Sub-Vet Men: Sydney Swart showed his mettle against a host of entries and rode excellent to eventually clinch the victory from Tiaan Rabie in second place and David Pieterse who finished in third place.
Veteran Women: The winner here was Elané Anderson and she was followed by Liesl de Lange for the second-place prize. There were no more entries for this division, hence only two riders received prizes.
Veteran Men: Bill Noel had a superb outing and he won this class ahead of Marc None in second place and Pierre Bruwer in third place.
The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of local businesses, Insect Science, Miami Canners, BF Fuels Tzaneen and Letaba Networks, as well as various sponsorships from Merensky Timbers, H&W Signs, Du Paint and ClemenGold.