22 Oct, 2015

Riding for CANSA

Pieter Seyffert won the 40 km Bestmed Satellite MTB Classic. Photograph by Full Stop Communications.

The motivation of riding for the Cancer Association of South Africa must have spurred Pieter Seyffert and Riana Robertson a bit more than the rest of the field as these two mountain bikers won their respective categories at the Bestmed Satellite MTB Classic.

Held the day after the roadies took part in the Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, the mountain bike event took place on 18 October.

The Bestmed Satellite MTB Classic is a true test of mountain biking on an undulating, picturesque route in the vicinity of Hartbeespoort Dam near the Gauteng border with North-West Province.

The 40km feature race takes place on a tough but flowing course that is rideable throughout, while the 20km short course is the ideal family ride.

With his time of 1:40:58, Pieter edged out Stephan Reyneke (1:41:52) and Alby Nel (1:51:12) to claim top spot on the podium of the 40 km race. In the women’s category of the same distance, Riana’s time of 2:26:37 was good enough to secure her the win. Helen Gibbings was second in a time of 2:30:38 and Magdalena Nieuwoudt rounded out the podium with her time of 2:31:47.

The shorter 20km race saw huge action with Callum Hilton (1:11:59) eventually beating Willie Roeland (1:19:59) and Martin Steyn (1:20:50). Liz de Lange won the women’s category in a time of 1:33:51. Vanessa du Plessis (1:52:33) was second and Wilhelmina Savio (2:07:38) was third.

Both the road and mountain bike races form part of the Bestmed National Cycling Series and, for every entry received, R10 was donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa.