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Grahamstown's own cycle race, the Makana Brick Grocott's Cycle Tour, was held on Sunday. While the race date was changed from May to September due to, among other reasons, bad weather, it seems the bad weather followed the race date.
The event consisted of an 80.4km main race, a 34km and a 10km kids ride.
Sunday's cycle race was held in windy conditions, although some good times were recorded. There was also a slight decrease in turnout, but overall the race went smoothly. One of the organisers, Graham Hains of the Grahamstown Round Table, said that besides the wind the race went well as a whole. Hains said they are happy with the date change, although this year's race clashed with a big mountain bike event.
This was the fifth time round, with Conrad Viljoen from Port Elizabeth winning the main race for the fourth time. Viljoen, who cycles for Mecer-NMMU, said his team of five rode hard from the start. After the turnaround at Carlisle Bridge, Viljoen said the team was down to three who then worked together right up to end, with Viljoen taking the win for the team. His winning time was 2 hours 7 minutes and 1 second. Viljoen was followed by teammates Regardt Koen and Ronald Scheffer.
This was the third win in as many weeks for Viljoen, who won a the Makro Defy Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth the previous week, and a mountain bike event in St Francis Bay the week before that. Viljoen said the Makana Brick Grocott's race is one he always tries to fit into his race programme. He added that the September date should stay as September as it is the start of the road race season.
The women's race was missing four time winner, Anriette Schoeman which meant the race was open for a local rider. Local Candice Mullins lead from the start to win the women's event in 2:47:11. The second placed woman was Leilani Bradley. The winner of the 80.4km open seeded (unlicensed cyclists who left five minutes after the licensed group) was Stephen Gourley who finished in 2:35:32, followed by Stephen Penney. The two also clocked the top two times for local riders in both groups. The first open woman home was Julie Walker in 2:53:48, with Julie Truter second. Gourley was also the open winner at last week's Makro Defy Cycle Tour last week.
In the 34km event, Graeme College pupil, Jason Meaton almost caused the upset of the day, as he finished second overall. What makes his second place so unique is that he competed on a  mountain bike, chasing down local roadie Devin Cripwell who managed to sneak in with a two second win.
Makana Brick Grocott's Cycle Tour 2010 race results are below.


The Bathurst Bundu Bash Mountain Bike Challenge took place from the Pig 'n Whistle Hotel in Bathurst on Sunday 28 March. 
There were three distances on offer, a 60km, 40km and 20km and all went from the Pig 'n Whistle through scenic farmland tracks before returning to Bathurst.

Results and photos below


Bathurst Bundu Bash 60km Times.pdf Bathurst Bundu Bash 60km Times.pdf
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Bathurst Bundu Bash 40km Times.pdf Bathurst Bundu Bash 40km Times.pdf
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Bathurst Bundu Bash 20km Times.pdf Bathurst Bundu Bash 20km Times.pdf
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