Köhne wins fourth leg of KIA MTB Series

22 Jul 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - Heinrich Köhne won the fourth leg of the KIA mountain bike series which took place near Outjo in the Kunene Region this past Saturday.
A total of 90 riders made their way to Outjo to battle it out over two race distances in 11 categories in the Ugab Terrace Metals’ Tsumeb Mountain (MTB) Challenge, which took place as part of the KIA mountain bike series.
The KIA mountain bike series, which kicked off in May this year, is hosted in various towns around Namibia throughout the year. Cyclists collect points at every race, with the highest-ranked rider winning an overall prize at the end of the series.
A total of N.dollars 65 000 in prize money was up for grabs.
The event organisers said in a statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday Köhne clocked in at 2:04:57 hours after 60 kilometres (km), more than a minute later than the next three riders. He was however awarded the overall win as he followed the prescribed route which was nearly a kilometre longer, unlike the other riders who used a shorter route.
There was a similar situation in the veteran men’s division, where Fana Lambert crossed the finish line well behind the leaders, with a time of 2:28:42. Like Köhne, he followed the correct route to eventually be awarded second place.
This division was won by Fanie Steenkamp, who was well ahead of all other riders, even though he too followed the incorrect path. His lead was, however, so great that the race directors had no choice but to declare him the winner with a superb time of 2:08:10. The third place went to Leander Borg (2:15:53).
Meanwhile, Michelle Vorster won the two-horse race in the open women’s division. Vorster completed the 60km-long route with a time of 2:23:20 hours. The second place went to Rina Lambert (3:07:16).
Elanor Grassow took top honours in the veteran women’s division ahead of Andra van Staden.
The remaining results were as follows:
Master men (60km):
1. Johan Fourie
2. Russel Paschke
3. Andre Huysamen
Master women (60km):
1. Karin Brockmann
Open men (30km):
1. Jaco Hanekom
2. Charl du Plooy
3. Christiaan Bean
Open women (30km):
1. Ilani Avis
2. Odette van der Merwe
3. Silke Bean
Veteran men (30km):
1. Pieter Pretorius
2. Radie Kotze
3. Hennie du Buisson
Veteran women (30km):
1. Gudrun Marschall
Master men (30km):
1. Mike Swanepoel
2. Philip Bartholomae
3. Justin Ellis