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Race Report: 2019 Greg Minnaar Cycles Gravity Series Enduro #1

Mar 4, 2019 at 11:36
by Nigel Hicks  
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Keira Duncan made the most of local knowledge on the slick rocky trails to take the win from Sam Bull by 25 seconds.

Saturday 3rd of March saw Round 1 of the second season of the 2019 Greg Minnaar Cycles KZN Gravity Series.

The dual hosted event between KZN Gravity MTB and Howick Mountain Bike Club once again, saw an unprecedented number of 174 riders, many traveling from around the country to partake in this event.

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The vibe was great as everyone prepped for some rocky stages in the forests around Howick.

The stunning yet technical and rocky trails around Howick in the Natal Midlands once again provided an excellent venue for the opening round of the 2019 Provincial Enduro Cup Series. Howick Mountain Biking Club once again put on a great 4 stage event comprising of technical rock gardens and peddley sections through the scenic Sappi forests. The tricky, sometimes slippery rock sections kept the riders on their toes and the forgiving transitions made the race tough yet incredibly enjoyable for both experienced and new riders alike.

At the end of the day it was home town rider Keria Duncan who took the overall win in the mens with a time of 13:34 with Sam Bull hot on his heels with a time of 13:59. Overall ladies winner was Steffanie Grossman with a time of 18:13, followed closely by Beanie Thies with an 18:31.

The most impressive rider of the day was newcomer Caide Goviea who dominated the hotly contested Sub Junior field with a blistering 16:05 taking the win and 11th overall position.

With the KZN Gravity MTB Development Program now in full swing, under the watchful eye of Tiaan Odendaal, saw one of the new Sub Junior girls riders grabbing a second in the combined Sub Junior/Youth category.


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Caide Goviea in Stage 4 on his way to the win in the Sub-Junior boys category.


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Aphiwe Goge on her way to 2nd in the U16 Ladies in her first Enduro Event


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For 2019 the introduction of an E-bike Class has brought in a number of new riders.


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The technical trails bringing a smile to the face of Nate Hall.

OVERALL MEN:
1. KEIRA DUNCAN Senior/Elite - 13:34
2. SAMUEL BULL Senior/Elite - 13:59
3. LUKE DINKEL Senior/Elite - 14:06

OVERALL WOMEN
1. STEFFANIE GROSSMANN Senior/Elite - 18:13
2. SABINE THIES Junior - 18:31
3. CHARNE DREYER Junior - 19:24

All the results are available on www.roag.co.za -
http://www.roag.co.za/results/2019.aspx
http://www.roag.co.za/media/510803/sappi%20howick%20enduro%20results%202019.pdf

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The Overall Mens podium for the day.

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The new crop of young stars on their way up.

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U16 Ladies Podium

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The men of the moment - Howick Mountain Bike Clubs Committee Gavin Ryan, Gordon Beard, and Jono Esteves (not pictured) put on four amazing trails for the event.

KZN Gravity would like to thank all of its sponsors as well as Ink Black Visual Art and Emerys Aldersley for the images.

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3 Comments
  • 1 0
 Awesome event..... well put together to all involved..... My body still hurts!
  • 1 0
 Haha, arms hurt more than anything else. I was gripping way too hard through those rocky sections. Please join us at Cascades this weekend for the launch of the downhill series!
  • 2 0
 @Bologniusmaximus: I'm there!!







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