By Richard Arderne
About 200 cyclists finished the St Francis College MTB Race on Saturday, a sunny, breezy day enjoyed by all, with local ace Roland Peacock unsurprisingly winning the 60km MTB race (regular bike) quite easily.
My video shows the Ebike start (30km and 60km) and the regular bike’s 80km start. I couldn’t video the 30km regular bike start because I was in it!
I “enjoyed” the 30km MTB race, although .. enjoyed is probably not the correct word for so much sweating! … but it was quite social, with about 30 riders cycling at a similar speed in the middle of the field. In fact, most of the 30 stopped together to feast at the spread (cake, chocolates, chocolate milk, etc) at the “water” table after about 20km.
Thanks To All Who Helped
Well done to race director Dane Michael Shaw and Piero and Anne De Marco for arranging the route and getting permission from all the farmers. And Greg West for all his enthusiasm and hard work. And to all the marshalls (eg Charles Jonsson) and all the school parents who assisted.
The race was a fundraiser for St Francis College, with First Choice as the anchor sponsor. The event was endorsed by St Francis Cycling Club, Coimbra Cycle Centre and St Francis Sport.
St Francis College MTB Race Sponsors
The sponsors were Cape St Francis Resort, Client Care, Custom Construction and Pam Golding Properties – St Francis Bay.
There were also shorter races: 10km, 5km, and 3km (the last two only for kids). The prize money was a very substantial R14,400!
This is the first time in about ten years that St Francis has held an MTB Race outside the Christmas season.
We had three very successful St Francis MTB Challenges in 2009, 2010 and 2011, which started and finished at the Links.
Then it rained the following two years .. and sadly, the event faded away. And now, at last, it is revived!
All the results can be found here: College MTB Results