Jeep Team’s Michael Lord added another victory to his growing list of outstanding2015 achievements by claiming 1st place at Saturday’s Standard Bank Banhoek Duo and Trail Challengein an impressive time of 1h44m06s.
The challenge, which took place in the Banhoek Valley near Stellenbosch, saw Lord complete the 20km MTB and 10km trail run ahead of second-placed Jeffrey Neethling (1h44m08s), with Louis Goldberg in 3rd(1h56m35s).
Said Lord, “The Standard Bank Banhoek Duo has been my best race so far this year. The route consisted of proper trail running and put the mountain back in mountain biking – 700m of hard climbing over 20 rough and raw kilometres! I’m really happy with the win!”
In the second week of this month, Lord won the 2015 BIG5 Sport Challenge Lite after competing in five gruelling challenges covering MTB, swimming, trail running, multisport and marathon running over eight days. He is also top of the Totalsports Xterra Lite leader board after winning three back-to-back events.
Jeep Team’syoung multisport superstar and a Matriculant this year, Mikaela Jonsson, received the news that shehas been selected for the South African Teamdue to compete in the Duathlon World Championships, taking place in October 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.
Unfortunately, Jonsson will not be able to participate as it takes place a week before her final Matric exams. Bad timing but a fantastic achievement.
Said Jonsson, “I’m so happy to have been chosen, especially seeing as it was my third National Team selection in three different sports this year (cross-triathlon, triathlon and duathlon), but I need to focus on my studies for the rest of this year, so will sadly be missing October’s world champs.In 2016, I will still be racing in the Junior category and will be focusing completely on competing in international races.”
Other Jeep Team news…
On Saturday 25th July, Jeep Team’s MTB athletes, Thinus Redelinghuys and Pierre Smith, were in Ballito for Race#5 of the 2015 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series.
This fifth event, considered a crucial round in terms of the overall series standings, attracted a very strong South African and international field that included Switzerland’s Konny Looser, Gawie Combrinck, Nico Bell and Erik Kleinhans. The course was muddy and slippery, and the conditions windy with rain.
Redelinghuys finished the 105-km race in 12th position (5h26m20s), while Smith was unable to finish in the top 20. Rourke Croeser claimed the Men’s podium in 4h46m50s, with Looser in 2nd (4h57m42s) and Darren Lill 3rd (4h59m52s).
Said Redelinghuys, “It was a really wet, windy and muddy race. I rode with Guylin van den Berg for most of the way and broke away 20km from the end, finishing 12th. This was my first ultra-marathon after my injury I sustained in Clarens and I’m really pleased with the result.”
This weekend, Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin swapped his boat for a mountain bike, and took to the solid but wet ground to compete in the Old Mutual Radoxi Mfolozi Challenge, Event#3 of the Old Mutual Wild Series.
The 55-km MTB race took riders through the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, with proceeds going towards the Wildlands Conservation Trust’s project to save the endangered African Wild Dog.