2018 Tour de Krantz

Saturday, 18 August

The Tour de Krantz MTB Classic is a regular feature on the ROAG series calendar and will be staged on Saturday 18 August 2018 in Harburg, KZN. Due to the positive feedback received in the last year the 45km and 25km tracks have been kept the same – continuing to be a rewarding challenge to riders with picturesque views for those able to take them in whilst cycling. The 5km and 10klm trail runs are also ever growing in popularity 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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2018 Race Report

Report on the 2018 aQuelle Tour de Krantz
MTB Classic

The 2018 Tour de Krantz was probably the coldest and wettest ever, with temperatures dropping well into the single digits. Tyronne White (the overall winner) so aptly put it in an interview with In the Bunch: ""The conditions were just next-level tough, it was pouring with rain and it was about three degrees [Celsius], so it definitely was not easy out there [...] with about two kilometers to go, after all the cold none of us were even able to shift gears. Our thumbs just didn’t work, so we had to use our palms to shift gears, which was quite a laugh." The tough conditions also resulted in a time-cut off having to be implemented to ensure no cases of sever hypothermia occurred.

The toughness however meant that every participant passing the finish line felt like (and was) a real champion for putting up with the gruelling conditions. The best part however seemed to be the warm shower after the race to reinvigorate the weary contestants.

First three men to finish the 45km where Tyronne White (2:06:05); Julian Jessop (2:06:05) and Travis Stedman (2:08:03) with Frances Janse van Rensburg (2:36:26), Andrea de Boer (2:38:41) and Christie-Leigh Hearder (2:56:24) leading the women home. As an indication of how tough the race was the winners took over 15min longer than last year to complete the race.

In the 25km, Nicholas Burczak (1:37:01), Reece Tifflin (1:39:57) and Brent Richter (1:45:34) lead the pack with Hannah Elliott (2:10:51), Emily van Heerden (2:23:02) and Jodi MacKinnon (2:34:24) representing the ladies.

Mdu Zondi claimed overall first place in the 10km Trail Run in a time of 0:46:48, one minute faster than last year’s winning time of 0:47:32. He was closely followed home by Mark Mackenzie in second and Rupert Sebire in third. First back for the ladies was Apiwe Gaga in a time of 0:55:04, just marginally faster than last year’s winning time of 0:55:15. In second place was Sarah Gray and in third, last year’s winner, Wendy Mills.

The Festival after the race was well supported and especially the Glühwein was well received. With the help of the Sponsors and participants the race managed to raise over R100 000.00 for its chosen charities this year. It was also the first year that FNB came on board as the main sponsor, and heartfelt thanks is extended to them for all their help and hard work.

A massive thank-you to everyone who helped make the race the success it was, and we look forward to hosting you all again next year for the 20th race!