Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg MTB and KIDS
Date: November 11 & 12, 2023
This past weekend, the vibrant cityscape of Johannesburg gave way to the scenic beauty of Steyn City, which hosted us, once again, for the opening act of Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg!
Against a sun-soaked sky, 3500 mountain bikers of all ages descended upon the incredible trails, ready to tackle the 10 & 25 km on Saturday, 11 November, and the 50 km distance on Sunday, 12 November.
Challenged, excited and delighted, riders bombed through an ever-changing landscape, of dense woodlands, open grassland, exciting river crossings, river-hugging single track, and challenging climbs.
Steyn City spoiled us with trails designed to thrill and a lush venue to celebrate personal victories.
10 & 25 km Racing
Our future elites put up a fantastic display of sportsmanship and talent, racing their hearts out in both distances.
1. Liam Van Reenen 00:31:54
2. Joshua van Niekerk 00:32:24
3. Lian du Bruyn 00:33:21
1. Luché Du Plessis 00:32:26
2. Pamela Van Niekerk 00:43:02
3. Amina Jeke 00:47:55
25 km Results:
1. Luan Vermeulen 01:00:41
2. Matthew Dickens 01:00:43
3. Jaco Aldum 01:00:48
1. Adrienne Moolman 01:07:43
2. Amelie Moolman 01:09:44
3. Nika Nortje 01:12:03
50 KM Elite Racing
A group of six containing Pieter du Toit, Philip Buys, Wessel Botha, Johan de Villiers, Jaedon Terlouw broke away early on and dominated most of the race. The pace at the front was furious and relentless. But Wessel Botha, Johan de Villers and Philip Buys got away to take the top spots on the podium.
In the ladies’ race, Candice Lill took the lead early on and never relinquished it. Samantha Sanders and Hayley Preen followed her to the line.
Wessel Botha 01:42:01
Johan De Villiers 01:42:52
Philip Buys 01:43:28
Candice Lill 01:59:21
Samantha Sanders 02:03:57
Hayley Preen 02:09:05
For those participating in the KIDS events, the trails may have been scaled down, but the excitement was anything but small. Exuberant young riders pedalled through specially crafted courses, showcasing their budding love for cycling. The future of the sport looked bright as these young talents embraced the thrill of the ride with happy smiles.
As the day unfolded, the fun continued beyond the trails. Post-race festivities and entertainment by Christiaan Baartman provided a perfect opportunity for riders to unwind and celebrate their achievements.
Thank you to all who joined in the festivities today, pushed limits and smashed boundaries.
Until next year, always say yes when someone invites you on a ride. You are invited… 😉