10 Sep, 2015

Pace gets hotter


The race pace of the sixth GalileoRisk Over the Moon MTB Night Series was definitely quicker than previous races.

And a quick glance at the results show that 23 riders, including the first woman, managed to cross the line of the 22 kilometre night race at the RideFree Bike Park, Central Park Trails at Modderfontein in less than an hour.

The winner, Julius Cobbett, who must be pretty close to wrapping up the series with two firsts and two second place finishes in the eight race series, took only 0:49:59. Although the routes are different for every event so it is perhaps unfair to compare them directly, this is the first time anyone has ridden a sub-0:50:00.

He was followed over the line by Gareth Barnes (0:50:39) and Carl Lotter (0:50:42), the third-placed rider another who vies with Julius for top series honours.

The women’s race was literally smashed to pieces by ace rider Theresa Ralph, who only a few days previous to this night race won the women’s division of the Transbaviaans endurance race. FNB Magalies Monster-runner up finished the fast-paced night sprint in a time of 0:56:19.

Following her over the line in this category, although a few minutes behind, were Chiara De Siena (1:03:12) and Claire Watson (1:03:50).

But it was the race for 86th place which had everyone cheering. Tyler Lange beat his dad Malcolm by two seconds, finishing in a time of 1:12:49. The former professional road cyclist, who won numerous high profile cycling events and is now a team manager didn’t have an answer for his young son’s sprint to the line.

If you rode this or any of the other races in this series, and if you haven’t checked the results out yet, go to!gotm-results/c8u4. The next event in the series will take place on Wednesday 7 October. Entries cost R80 and, if you enter online!otm-mtb-series/cpz6 you will receive a free boerewors roll after you cross the line.

Raymond Travers

Raymond Travers

Modern Cyclist Editor |