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Evans wins Knysna MTB race

2011-07-02 15:11
Kevin Evans (Jeff Ayliff)
Knysna - The  Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna MTB race took place on a bitterly cold Saturday in Knysna, with occasional rain squalls providing a further challenge to the large field. The 80 KM race was dominated by Kevin Evans, who grabbed only his 2nd win in his home event.

Evans was delighted with the result  after having suffered a tough year. He crashed out of the ABSA Cape Epic and broke a collarbone,  and said afterwards that he was delighted with the way his recovery has progressed.

In 2nd place was MTN’s  Adrian Niyonshuti, with Darren Lill returning from a good international season to grab 3rd.

The ladies race was won by Hungarian cyclist Eszter Erdelyi, ahead of the young up and coming Candice Neethling. George doctor Ishen Stopforth put her considerable local knowledge to good use to take 3rd place.

The 80 KM race also gave us the first glimpse of the ‘hard’ men and woman who are contesting the Nedgroup Investments Big5 Challenge presented by Sport24.

First blood went to 19 year old Antonie Van Heerden of Stellenbosch, in an unconfirmed time of 3:23:03. Veteran Hanlie Booyens leads the ladies in this event.

On Sunday, the road cyclists get their opportunity.

Kevin Evans and Eszter Erdelyi, winners of the Knysna mountain bike race. (Jeff Ayliffe)

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