Hat-trick for Stuart Marais

Defending champion Stuart Marais overcame a “silly” potentially race-ending crash to claim his third KZN Lap Challenge Mountain Bike Championship title at the Mazarat Park course in Waterfall on Sunday. In the women’s race, matric student Tiffany Keep put her books away on Saturday night and was in a league of her own the next morning as she cruised to victory to claim the junior title with Christie Leigh Hearder finishing second to take the…

"Hat-trick for Stuart Marais"

New venue, same winner for KZN Champs?

THE KZN provincial mountain biking championships on Sunday will open up a new racing venue, but don’t expect a new winner when Stuart Marais aims to defend his title at Mazarat Park in Waterfall. The Howick resident will be hoping to add the 2018 KZN Lap Challenge title to his already impressive list of cross country victories when he tackles the new course on Sunday. It seems a foregone conclusion that Marais will be the…

"New venue, same winner for KZN Champs?"

Marais grabs KZN Lap title

Stuart Marais powered away from Henry Liebenberg on the final lap of the KZN MTB Lap Series Challenge at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday to claim the race win and snatch the series title overall. The Howick resident was locked in a no-quarters-asked battle with Liebenberg and they matched each other surge for surge over the first five out of six laps, before Marais finally managed to make the decisive break on a steady incline…

"Marais grabs KZN Lap title"

Tight fight for KZN title

THE third and final leg of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge takes place at the old faithful Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday and spectators can expect normal service to be resumed with Stuart Marais the clear favourite to claim his second win of the series. Marais was a clear winner at the opening race of the series at Shongweni in February, but was unable to compete in Leg 2 at Aloe Park, leaving…

"Tight fight for KZN title"

Liebenberg dominant at Leg 2

Camperdown – The Aloe Park Lap Challenge race on Sunday, race two of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series, dished up some tough, muddy condition with young Henry Liebenberg taking home the honours in a dominant display where he trounced the rest of the field while Frances Janse van Rensberg took home the ladies win. An exciting main race kicked off in the knowledge that there was going to be a new race winner with…

"Liebenberg dominant at Leg 2"

New winner guaranteed

THE second leg of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge at Aloe Park on Sunday will see the end of an almost two-year domination of the series by Stuart Marais, with the first new winner guaranteed since he won Leg 3 way back in April 2016. Since that event, Marais, who is currently taking part in the Absa Cape Epic and so unable to race in KZN this weekend, has been unbeaten in the Lap Challenge…

"New winner guaranteed"

Stuart Marais too hot at KZN Lap Challenge

STUART Marais had to work surprisingly hard in the early stages of the opening leg of the KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series before he was able to secure a convincing victory at Shongweni on Sunday. The talented 29-year-old, who is targeting the opening leg of the World Cup in Stellenbosch next month as his big goal for the season, was in a class of his own, and despite searing heat, rode a cool and controlled…

"Stuart Marais too hot at KZN Lap Challenge"

Marais the target at KZN Lap Challenge

HOWICK professional mountain biker Stuart Marais will be the target at the opening leg of the 2018 KZN MTB Lap Challenge at Shongweni on Sunday as he looks to continue where he left off in the 2017 series. Marais, in his first year as a fulltime professional mountain biker, was the rider to beat in KZN events in 2017 with a perfect record of three wins from three in the KZN XCO Challenge (the predecessor…

"Marais the target at KZN Lap Challenge"

New name, new venue, but same exciting racing

A NEW look, a new name and a new venue. The KZN Mountain Biking’s Lap Challenge Series kicks off on February 18 at Shongweni with some fresh changes to the series, but the exciting, fast, action-packed racing is expected to be the same as always. The “new” KZN MTB Lap Challenge Series is a revamped KZN XCO Series which has been growing in popularity over the past few years and will make its first appearance…

"New name, new venue, but same exciting racing"