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Competitive mountain biking and trail running took tentative steps toward a semblance of normality in KwaZulu-Natal recently when runners and riders took part in a version of head-to-head competition at the Sappi Scottburgh Virtual MTB and Trail Run.
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The event, which is part of the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum and was originally scheduled for July, is something of a bridging event as sports organisers try and plot a route through new rules toward hosting post-Covid events.
The three-day race offered runners and riders the option to compete on some of the routes planned for the July event, although the virtual nature of the event and social-distancing rules meant competitors were also allowed to compete against each other at any venue that suited them.
Marius Mostert and Gillian von Buddenbrock produced the fastest MTB times for the 41km ride.
The 2019 ROAG Series runner up, Linda Zondi, was the fastest male in the 12km trail run with Hayley Mackinnon best among the women.
The winner of most elevation gain in his 41km ride was Michael Foster, who notched up an eye-watering 1 357m of ascent from his ride in and around the Lufafa …
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