Aquelle

2017 aQuelle Tour de Krantz

Saturday, 19 August

The aQuelle Tour de Krantz MTB Classic is a regular feature on the ROAG Series calendar and will be staged on Saturday, 19 August 2017 in Harburg, KZN. The 45km and 25km tracks have been tweaked and have been a rewarding challenge to riders for many years thanks to their variation, the single track encounters and unbelievable scenery! The 5km and 10km trail runs have proven equally popular as trail running continues to grow as a sport. Cyclists are encouraged to try out a combination of events and test their endurance. The German hospitality and catering will be available as always including the beer garden, ‘Kaffeestube’, farmers market and a craft market.


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2017 Race Report

Report on the 2017 aQuelle Tour de Krantz
MTB Classic

The 2017 aQuelle Tour de Krantz took place on a crisp Saturday morning on 19 August. The day was preceded by a brief but welcome shower which settled all the dust along the tracks and improved visibility along all the routes. A few of the pine plantations from previous years had been felled so organisers had been busy redirecting the track in one or two places and also opened up some new single tracks to challenge participants.

The honours in the 45km track went to Stuart Marais who dominated the event in a time of 1:49:46, a fraction faster than last years’ time of 1:50:37. Leeroy Emslie came in second having covered the distance in 1:53:22. Third was Sthembiso Masango in a time of 1:54:17. Known as a technically challenging course the top three did well to make their times and lead a strong field over the finish line. First lady in was Bianca Haw who completed the distance with a time of 2:05:28. She was followed by Natalie Bergstrom in 2:15:01. In third place was Christie-Leigh Hearder with a time of 2:21:35.

The overall winner in the 25km event was Jordan Brandon Bold who clocked a time of 1:12:59. Siyanda Masango claimed second spot in the men’s event followed by Jonathan Watts. Chloe Bateson won the ladies’ section in 1:21:52 and added to her achievement by also claiming third spot overall. Second was Emily van Heerden and in third place, Riley Smith.

Ewoud Grobler claimed overall first place in the 10km Trail Run in a time of 0:47:32, shaving two full minutes off last year’s winning time of 0:49:33. He was followed home by Mark Mackenzie in second and Bryan Rees in third. First back for the ladies was Wendy Mills in a time of 0:55:15. In second place was Patricia Dammann who was followed by Stephanie Wills in third.

The funds raised at the aQuelle Tour de Krantz will once again go towards supporting the work of the Harburg Neuenkirchen Congregation. The festive atmosphere on the day makes this a popular event on the calendar. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who supported the day and participated in the various activities until late in the afternoon. The farmer’s market and vendors experienced a busy day and the bar was a popular queuing spot. Our appreciation also goes out to all the sponsors, oompah band participants and volunteers who make the day a success. A special word of thanks to aQuelle who have been a steadfast supporter of this event for many years.

This was the 18th occasion of the Harburg aQuelle Tour de Krantz and we look forward to hosting you again in the years to come.