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Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander MTB Adventure Weekend

vendredi 26 février 2016

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The Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander Adventure weekend was successfully hosted for the fifteenth time this year at the Karkloof Farmers Market. Great new routes, and beautiful weather ensured fun for all! The event was proudly presented by the 1st Howick Cubs and Scouts.


Highlander participants hit the ground running on Saturday with the brilliant Bush and Bundu 5, 10 and 20km trail runs. The men's 20km Bush and Bundu trail run was convincingly won by Ian Don-Wauchope in 1 hour 21, a time that would make mountain bikers proud! The ladies race was won by Lisa Bohman in just over 1 hour 30! The 10km trail run was won by Richard Roberts and Lisa Bohman.

The 20km Highlander Night Race, included an exciting transition through the Karkloof Farmers Market, and was won by the Moffatt Optical husband and wife team of Werner and Nikki Jonas.  The evening race was followed by a delicious Woolworths pasta party, and the sumptuous sounds of live Latino music.


Sunday featured a full program of mountain biking for all levels, as well as showcasing the food, friendly locals, and fare weather that Howick is loved for.  Race director Paul Rencken worked tirelessly for months ahead of the race ensuring the perfect mix of speed, single-track and scenery,  on the 10km,25km, 35km and 45km Moffatt Optical Super Classic routes.

The 45km Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander Super Classic

Local hero and defending Moffatt Optical Howick Highlander champion, Craig Paul, set out to defend his title in his home hills, in perfect riding conditions. After 1 Hour and 40 minutes of fearsome racing, Craig and Andrew Warr appeared from the surrounding forests together.  Cheered on by the loyal locals, Craig managed to pull ahead of Andrew. The locals are looking forward to watching Craig try and make it a Highlander hatrick in 2011. Similarly, the ladies race was very competitive and in the end was won by Landy Puddu, followed closely by Jean Hackland.

The 25km sub-junior series girls race was won by Savannah Schuit. The sub-junior boys race was won by Alan Hatherley, in the fastest 25km time on the day of 1 hour 12 seconds. The 25km overall ladies and men's race was won by Liz Alexander and Dani Jensen.

The 35km Meander, and the 10km race, once again, proved popular with those searching for beautiful riding in this mountain biker's paradise, in a relaxed fun ride format. The 2km race was an opportunity for the tiny tots, supported by family and friends, to show off their training wheel-talent! The future of mountain biking looks as bright as a midlands morning!

2 comment(s)

Zelda Visagie
Opted for the 35km meander due to recent illness - LOVED IT!!! Decided it will stay on my calendar for next year as one to just go out and enjoy..... Water tables were fantastic.
Only downside was the lack of shower facilities after a very dry, dusty ride - 2 showers for the ladies with only one of them working intermittently. Managed to get clean as possible in a bucket of very cold water, but most could not even clean their faces properly. Aside from that - a thumbs up.

Hoppy Hopkinson
Ran(ha,ha)the 20km trail and enjoyed it.Saw photographer at numerous spots,where is he hiding all the pics???