Athletes of all ages, experience levels and backgrounds flocked to Mentors Country Estate over the course of the past Saturday morning, to take part in this year’s J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run. Over 500 participants took their place at the starting line for the 10km, 21km, 30km, and 60km MTB races, and 5km and 10km trail run races. Favourable weather conditions allowed cyclists and runners alike to enjoy the J-Bay Wind Farms grounds, which are among the best trails that the Eastern Cape has to offer.

Spectators and family members made their presence known, arriving in numbers to support and cheer on loved ones, while also enjoying the event’s various offerings. With food and drinks on sale, as well as a children’s play area, complete with a jumping castle on offer, no attendees were left unaccounted for.

Following a thrilling morning of competition, 16 men and women emerged as overall winners. Taking home first place finishes in the men’s categories were Bradley Verreynne (5km trail run), Rodney Prins (10km trail run), Willem Durandt (10km MTB), Martitz van Heerden (21km MTB), Tian Diedericks (30km MTB), Arthur Fennell (30km E-bike), Jaydan Durandt (60km MTB), and Dean Lawson (60km E-bike).

First place finishers in the women’s categories were Angela Verreynne (5km trail run), Asanda Zamisa (10km trail run), Summer Gaylard (10km MTB), Heena Raga (21km MTB), Suzanne du Plessis (30km MTB), Ria Prinsloo (30km E-bike), Kelsey Van Schoor (60km MTB), and Dalene Eksteen (60km E-bike).

“I really enjoyed it. It’s nice being out there, to see nature” says Phumla Chelesi from Gqeberha, who took part in the 21km MTB race, taking home a silver medal.

“In the wake of the recent global challenges, the successful execution of this year’s J-Bay Windfarm MTB Classic & Trail Run serves as a testament to the resilience and dedication of the participants, volunteers, and event organizers” says event manager Tanya Jackson.

“Mountain Events, the event organiser, expresses heartfelt appreciation to all the participants, sponsors, volunteers, and local authorities for their invaluable support in making this event a grand success. With their collective effort, the event showcased not only the spirit of sportsmanship but also the unity and determination of the community to rebound stronger after challenging times.  We eagerly look forward to the continued growth of this iconic event in the years to come.”