Philogene and Fourie claim downhill spoils at SA Cup 2

The second round of the KZNMTB Provincial DOWNHILL Series – presented by Greg Minnaar Cycles doubled up as the second round of the 2016 South African DHI Cup Series and Giba Gorge MTB Park pulled out all the stops to create a scintillating venue for downhillers from all over the country as the South African sun and very technical course took no mercy on the prisoners of the track.

Elite Men downhill rider from KwaZulu-Natal Jonathan Philogene (2 Bro's Racing).jpgElite Men downhill rider from KwaZulu-Natal Jonathan Philogene (2 Bro's Racing) descended the ultra steep course in 01:35.43 to take the overall men's victory at round two of the SA Downhill Cup Series at Giba Gorge MTB Park near Pinetown on Sunday 27 March. Photo credit: Andrew McFadden

 

With a field of 90 riders lining up to start, an incredible day out was had by all from the Masters Category all the way down the youngest rider, who hails from the Western Cape, eight-year-old Benjamin Wolfson. Standing atop the Overall Men and Women’s podiums were Jonathan Philogene (Elite) and Kathryn Fourie (Sub Veteran), who descended the ultra steep course in 01:35.43 and 02:24.22 respectively.

 

Philogene wasn’t aware that only moments before his own run, his brother was in the hot seat until Western Cape rider Johann Potgieter posted a quicker time than him. “I do know what Chris is capable of so I was a little worried because we are pretty close with our riding abilities. I expected him to be right up there, I’d never count anything out,” he said.

 

“I was stoked for him, I really was,” said the younger Philogene, Christopher. “The overall race was there for him to take and he got it, so I’m stoked for him.”

 

Johann Potgieter (Fox Racing).jpgJohann Potgieter (Fox Racing) held the hot seat for some time before being tippled near the end at round two of the SA Downhill Cup Series at Giba Gorge MTB Park near Pinetown on Sunday 27 March. Photo credit: Andrew McFadden

 

Both brothers are now off to take part in the African Continental MTB Championships in Lesotho next weekend. “I was fortunate enough to go last weekend for a few days, and I noticed how the altitude makes a huge difference. That’s why we’re going early this week to acclimatise,” said Jonathan.

 

In a fit of laughter, Elite Women’s winner, Kim Westbrook said: “I actually didn’t think I was going to make it down the hill half the time. Everything I tried was just wrong so I ended up just skidding down the hill.”

 

Kathryn Fourie.jpgLocal rider Kathryn Fourie, who races in the Sub Veteran category, claimed the overall women's victory in 02:24.22 at round two of the SA Downhill Cup Series at Giba Gorge MTB Park near Pinetown on Sunday 27 March. Photo credit: Andrew McFadden

 

Westbrook said that the track was steep, rocky, and very loose. “I just didn’t have a head for it today. But I did my best, I got on my bike, I went down the hill, I crashed, I got back on my bike, got to the bottom, and then I did it all again, but I had a really good time out there,” she said.

 

Sub Junior Women’s winner and second over all woman, Sabine Thies said: “It was pretty good, dusty and bumpy, but lots of fun. I managed to shave off five seconds from my first run on my second, which was great.”

 

Thies said that she would love to see herself on top of the podium for Elite Women, and to get the SA Champs behind her for Downhill, Cross Country and Enduro.

 

Leaving early to get used to the altitude as well, Thies also heads off to Lesotho ahead of the weekend’s African Continental Champs.

 

Charlotte Wolfson.jpgWestern Cape's Charlotte Wolfson (Sub Junior) and her three brothers - Maximillian (Sub Junior), Zachariah (Sprog) and Benjamin (Nipper) - beat the heat of KZN at round two of the SA Downhill Cup Series at Giba Gorge MTB Park near Pinetown on Sunday 27 March. Photo credit: Andrew McFadden

 

Downhill course designer, Nigel Hicks extended his gratitude to Bos Energy Drinks, Greg Minnaar Cycles, and everybody involved at the Giba Gorge MTB Park for the outstanding event.

 

The third round of the KZNMTB Provincial DOWNHILL Series – presented by Greg Minnaar Cycles will also double up as the third round of the 2016 South African DHI Cup Series and takes place at Karkloof MTB Club near Howick on Sunday 22 May.

 

Summary of Results – SA DOWNHILL Cup Series #2 – 27 March 2016 [Giba Gorge MTB Park]


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Overall Men
1.Jonathan Philogene 01:35.43
2.Tiaan Odendaal 01:36.42
3.Samuel Bull 01:36.67
4.Johann Potgieter 01:37.63
5.Christopher Philogene 01:37.75

 

Overall Women
1.Kathryn Fourie 02:24.22
2.Sabine Thies 02:31.24
3.Joanne Hicks 02:34.23
4.Kim Westbrook 02:45.82
5.Nikki Alvin 02:48.71

 

Elite Men
1.Jonathan Philogene 01:35.43
2.Tiaan Odendaal 01:36.42
3.Samuel Bull 01:36.67

 

Elite Women
1.Kim Westbrook 02:45.82
2.Lauren Hoyer 03:20.35
3.Tammy Sturrock 03:20.37

 

Junior Men
1.Christopher Philogene 01:37.75
2.Cullen McMaster 01:44.91
3.Sharjah Jonsson 01:46.20

 

Youth Men
1.Jason Williams 01:43.97
2.Jason du Toit 01:48.05
3.Shaun Smale 01:50.90

 

Sub Junior Men
1.Maximillian Wolfson 02:20.99
2.Kyle Brand 02:31.28
3.Robert Jessop 02:44.92

 

Sub Junior Women
1.Sabine Thies 02:31.24
2.Charlotte Wolfson 03:22.60

 

Nipper Boys
1.Benjamin Wolfson 04:34.22
2.Caleb Archer 04:41.94

 

Sprog Boys
1.Keagan Brand 02:20.06
2.Nate Tanner Hall 02:26.73
3.Liam Tyler Hall 02:27.97

 

Sub Veteran Men
1.Nigel Hicks 01:55.83
2.Mark Millar 01:56.59
3.David Drummond 02:01.79

 

Sub Veteran Women
1.Kathryn Fourie 02:24.22
2.Joanne Hicks 02:34.23
3.Nikki Alvin 02:48.71

 

Veteran Men
1.Craig Seawood 01:58.49
2.Thane Archer 02:03:02
3.Vince Muir 02:06.49

 

Master Men
1.Mark Minter 02:43.62
2.Peter Hoyer 02:48.84




3 Comments

Super_mil, Mar 30 2016 09:37

It was a great day out! Thanks to all who made it happen :) 

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Mar 30 2016 09:42

I see that crusty old bugger beat you, Mark... :)

 

Looked like a brilliantly technical track from the pics I've seen!

Super_mil, Mar 30 2016 09:54

Ha ha, ja Nige smoked me on his home track. Cyril Spence from JHB also beat me with his first run, but since the above article is in relation to the National series, I in theory managed a 2nd as Cyril & Craig Paul both crashed in their 2nd race runs. CSA has pretty much axed DH so to keep costs down 2 regional events from the Western Cape and 2 regional events from KZN double up as National events, which can make things quite confusing. 

 

So to clarify the regional event (in KZN) is based on the best of 2 race runs. The national event only uses your 2nd race run for the national series so my consistency worked for me here. :P