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Evans excels to win Knysna Xterra

South African mountain bike marathon champion Kevin Evans obliterated the field on Thursday to win the Duesouth Xterra Knysna in an impressive time of 1hr 39min 24sec.

Entrants had to tackle a 3km trail run, 25km mountain bike and 7km trail run and According to Evans his feet surprised him on the day.┬á ÔÇ£Although running is part of my cross training, it’s definitely not my strong suit.

“Going into the event my plan was to keep the guys in sight on the first 3km run and then build as big a lead as possible on the mountain bike discipline.┬á Living close by, I am familiar with all the mountain bike routes in the surrounding area.

“On the last run discipline I was able to pace myself, reserving my energy for the last part of the race.┬áThe Xterra is such a fantastic event and I am glad that I was able to take part.┬á It is spectator friendly and I was pleasantly surprised at the support on the day.┬á Coming from a mountain bike background this is something that I am not used to. It really is special. I hope to be in the country next year┬á this time as I’d love to compete again,ÔÇØ says Evans.┬á David Labuschagne came in second, while Kent Horner finished third.

Hanlie Booyens was victorious in the women’s category, winning in 1:59:18. According to Booyens, she is really happy with her performance as she was just hoping for a top five position.┬áÔÇ£The first run discipline was the toughest part of the event as it was really fast.┬áI knew that I had to use the mountain bike discipline as my means of making up on lost time.┬áPezula is such an unbelievable venue and the weather on the day was fantastic.┬áAll in all it was a wonderful event,ÔÇØ said Booyens.┬áStellenbosch’s Michelle Lombardi came in second, while Jeannie Bomford finished third.

Team ‘Oakhill 2’ obtained a first place in the men’s team category, combining for a time of 1:39:27. Team ‘Rainbow Warriors’ came in second, while Team ‘PerdeÔÇØ finished third.┬á’The Golden Oldies’ won the women’s team category in 2:29:40. Team ‘French Hoekers’ came in second.┬á Team ‘On Your Bike’ managed an impressive first place position in the mixed team category (1:57:04).┬á Team ‘Rehirat’ came in second, while Team ‘Talisman And Lady’ finished third.

The Knysna event is the only Xterra event that does not feature a water discipline.

The second leg of the 2010/2011 Xterra will take place at Buffelspoort Dam (North West) on Saturday, 29 January 2011.