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Taylor takes 2nd title

Cherise Taylor (Team USN) continued to show her versatility when she won the Cansa Lost City Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday, just a day after claiming the title in Saturday’s road race at the same event.

Starting in the A Group with the other top men and women, Taylor took the lead from the gun and held it throughout to finish in a time of 1hr  58min for the 50-kilometre route, which contained a mixture of open roads and single-track.

ÔÇ£We started in the front group and the pace was fast. The route was quick but quite challenging in places with rocks and thick sand. It was fun though,ÔÇØ said a dusty-faced Taylor.

Second place went to Samantha Oosthuizen with 2011 Cape Epic champion, Karien van Jaarsveld (Team USN) rounding out the podium places. It was the second time Taylor has won both road and mountain bike races at a major event, following her Tour Durban “double” in April 2011.

The 2011 Cansa Lost City Challenge was Taylor’s fifth mountain bike race win of 2011 and the ninth in total for Team USN.

Meanwhile, the infamous Cape winter could not stop Charles Keey and Cherie Vale from riding to victory at the second annual Oude Molen Distillery MTB Challenge in Grabouw on Sunday.┬áKeey completed the 52km course in a deserving time of 2hr 35min 56sec, while Vale’s victory was sealed in 3:23.46.

It was a double victory for both these riders as they also walked off with the title of King and Queen of the Mountain.

According to Keey the race was enjoyable even though the weather didn’t play along on the day. ÔÇ£I struggled a bit on the first climb, not knowing what to expect. Luckily I recovered quite quickly and it wasn’t long before I started to feel good.┬áI decided to test the bunch by pulling away and to my surprise no one followed. This allowed me to build a gap which I managed to maintain till the end.┬áThe route is quite tough, with tricky single track and descents that required me to take it easy at times.┬á Finishing through the brandy distillery was a great experience, a definite first for me.┬áThe event is really well organised, an all-in-all nice event to have on the race calendar.┬áI really hope to be back next year,’ says Keey. Dominic Calitz came in second, while Jarryd Haley finished third.

For Vale the Oude Molen Distillery MTB Challenge was a fun experience.┬áÔÇ£The route featured a bit of everything.┬áIt was just so amazing to be able to take part, instead of photographing the event as I usually do.┬áThe course was amazing and not as slippery as I expected it to me.┬áI did take it easy on the down hills though. The event attracted a great field of riders and I really enjoyed today’s riding,ÔÇØ says Vale.┬áTandi Kitching came in second, while Michelle Lombardi finished third.

Harrie Malan took gold in the 35km race with a winning time of 1:46:13. Edward Best came in second, while Neil Brink finished third. Angelique Tostee was the lady to beat with a winning time of  2:27.32. Prudence Adams came in second, while Lolette Lubbe finished third.

In the 10km Oude Molen Distillery MTB Challenge Andries Burger rode to victory in an inspiring time of 1:10:08.┬áJustin Hartley came in second, while Herri de Wet finished third. Rene Le Roux came first in the women’s race with a time of 1:14:37. Maretha Albertyn came in second, while Lael Rothenburg finished third.