SATURDAY’S trail run in the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Weekend looks like being the next thrilling chapter of a tight battle for honors in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum. The lucrative series provides one of the biggest prizes for a trail running series in the country and there is a three-way fight for honors, with every point in the battle between Mdu Zondi, Nomore Mandivengerei and Linda Zondi becoming crucial. Mdu Zondi currently leads the standings from Mandivengerei with Linda Zondi third. The three are separated by just 84 points but Zondi has completed six events, while his rivals have only taken part in four and three races respectively. With the best six out of ten events counting to the final total, the ever-consistent Mdu Zondi needs some big results to increase his score and keep the two rivals at bay.

This weekend’s Sappi Scottbugh weekend is the seventh event in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum. The Illovo Eston and Tour de Kranz races take place next month and the series wraps up with the Safire Baynesfield in September. In the women’s trail running series, Sarah Gray moved into the lead at the Drakensberg Gardens race recently with Apiwe Gaga dropping to second, just 42 points behind. Gaga has not entered Scottburgh (although she may still enter on Saturday) which may allow Gray to build a healthy cushion going into the final three events. In the corresponding mens mountain bike series, Tyronne White has been completely dominant and seems likely to all but wrap his victory in Sunday’s 45km ride. His biggest challenge for race honours this weekend is likely to come from Andrew Hill, who is likely to be fatigued after winning the tough four-day Imana Wild Ride marathon on Thursday.

In the women’s MTB race the clear favourite should be Christie-Leigh Hearder. She has been in top form all season and has a perfect 400 points from four races in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum standings, and it seems likely only a mechanical can prevent her from making it 500 points on Sunday. Local South Coast resident Hayley Smith will be looking to cause an upset in the women’s race, but recent results suggest Hearder will have too much firepower.

Leading Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum standings MTB

Men

1 Tyronne White 538 pts (6 events completed)
2 Andrew Johnson 339 (5)
3 Mazwi Smimango 202 (4)
4 Sthembiso Masango 197 (4)
5 Dean Van dyk 194 (5)
6 Andrew Hill 194 (3)
7 Henry Liebenberg 172 (2)
8 Carl Adendorff 170 (5)
9 Warren Price 157 (3)
10 Brennan Anderson 149 (3)

Women
1 Christie-Leigh Hearder 400 (4)
2 Debrah Thomas 364 (6)
3 Belinda Mason 256 (5)
4 Brenda Potts 238 (4)
5 Nadine Nunes 221 (3)
6 Ilse Longmore 195 (4)
7 Wendy Corkin 174 (5)
8 Rouxda Grobler 172 (2)
9 Linda Erskine 164 (4)
10 Frances Janse van rensburg 151 (2)

Trail Run
Men
1 Mdu Zondi 358 (6)
2 Nomore Mandivengerei 297 (4)
3 Linda Zondi 274 (3)
4 Innocent Skhumbuzo 186 (3)
5 Carel Le Roux 138 (3)
6 Sphelele Gumede 137 (2)
7 Grant Humphrey 122 (3)
8 Craig Houston 113 (3)
9 Joe Maphumelo 111 (2)
10 Neil Mackenzie 103 (5)

Women
1 Sarah Gray 450 (5)
2 Apiwe Gaga 408 (5)
3 Nokukhanya Memela 216 (3)
4 Wendy Mills 212 (3)
5 Patricia Dammann 208 (4)
6 Hayley Mackinnon 171 (4)
7 Karen Maiden 146 (5)
8 Kirsty Scott 118 (2)
9 Anita de Waal 106 (2)
10 Theresa Hohls 88 (2)

 

DATE                                           EVENT                                                      VENUE

20-21 Jul                                     Sappi Scottburgh                                      Scottburgh Main Beach

4 Aug                                          Illovo Eston MTB Challenge                    Beaumont Eston Farmers Club

17 Aug                                         Harburg Tour de Krantz                           Harburg Hall

15 Sep                                          Safire Baynesfield MTB & Trail              Baynesfield

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