Report on the 2015 aQuelle Tour de Krantz MTB Classic
The ever popular Aquelle Tour de Krantz took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday 22 August 2015, in Harburg, KZN. The 25km and 45km riders were able to enjoy a new track design which took advantage of the magnificent scenery on offer from the cliffs of Laagerfarm. The 45km track was a fraction tougher than in previous years characterised by an elevation climb of approximately 1150m. Also new to this year’s event was the 10km trail run which took riders to the top of the Mqeku falls along riverine courses, forestry, grassland and the Harburg dam. This addition to the day’s events was very well received and attracted walkers , runners as well as cyclists who took on the challenge of combining the run with either of the 25km or 45km MTB track.
Brendon Davids successfully defended his title by winning the 45km in a time of 01:44:20 shaving two minutes off last years’ time in the process despite having to do a bit more climbing in the 2015 race. Less than two minutes behind was Tyronne White followed by Andrew Hill in a time of 1:49:17. Jeannie Bomford has made it three in a row amongst the ladies taking the 45km title in a time of 02:57:52. Tiffany Keep and Hayley Smith came in second and third respectively only 30 seconds apart.
Timothy Nefdt, a junior men, was the overall men’s winners in the 25km race in a time of 01:14:12. Reece McCallum came in second and Devon Baird in third. The Ladies 25km event was won by local girl Sabine Thies who showed her class by coming in 4th overall in a time of 01:19:54, eight minutes faster than last year’s winning ladies winning time. Chloe Bateson came in second followed by Sarah Ryan in third.
ROAG played an integral part in the days proceedings as usual by taking charge of the timing and registration services. The Harburg community put up a great variety of comforts including the farmers market, stalls beer garden (with some fantastic craft beers on offer!) and Kaffeestube. Let’s not forget the important role played by aQuelle and other sponsors in making the event possible and for supporting this fantastic addition to outdoor living! Well done to everyone who contributed on the day and we look forward to keeping the aQuelle Tour de Krantz an exciting event into the future.
The organisers are constantly on the look-out for fresh ideas and enjoyable additions to the MTB and trail run experience and welcome any feedback which riders and runners may have. This is a unique opportunity to see a different part of KZN and we look forward to welcoming visitors and participants at next year’s event.