Posted by Editoress on 04/11/09
The rain that started just after the 4X qualifiers stopped part way through the night and it is a beautiful sunny day in Pietermaritzburg. Promises to be HOT as the day progresses.
The ground still wet under trees, but is drying quickly. The Juniors raced earlier and also also helped it dry up. However, there is likely to be some crashes on some of the more slippery downhill sections.
Women will do 5 laps (no start lap) of the 4.7 km course
Scroll down for reports
Lap 1: Elisabeth Osl (Central Ghost Pro Team), Mary McConneloug (Kenda Seven) and Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon Racing Team) together took the early lead with Margarita Fullana Riera (Massi) and Sabine Spitz (Central Ghost Pro Team) chasing from ~ 10th spot.
Lap 2: Osl leading with Kalentieva at 2 seconds. McConneloug joined by Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and they are at 20 seconds back with Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Racing) 5th at 45 seconds and Fullana at 1 min. Spitz at 1:50 and looking in difficulty.
Lap 3: Osl still leading, Kalentieva by 45 seconds. Fullana has her 2nd wind and is closong on the Americans. Byberga at 1:15
Lap 4: Half way through the lap it is Osl, with Kalentieva at 1:22 back. McConneloug, Fullana and Byberg at 2:20. Koerber 5th at 3:05 and Spitz 6th at 3:35
Last Lap: As they start the final lap, Osl still leading Kalentieva by ~ 2 min. Byberg sitting 3rd at another 2:42 seconds, Fullana 4th (3 min back), McConneloug 5th also 3 minutes in arrears. Then it is Koerber, Katrin Leumann, Spitz, Henzi, Irmiger, all well back
With half a lap to go: Osl, Kalentieva at 2:05, Byberg at 2:30, Fullana 3:30 and McConneloug 4 min
1 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team, 1:40:50 0
2 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team, at 2:07
3 Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing, 2:46
4 Margarita Fullana Riera (Esp) Massi, 3:58
5 Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda Seven, 4:24
6 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher, 4:55
7 Katrin Leumann (Sui) , 5:11
8 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher, 5:35
9 Petra Henzi (Sui) Fischer-Bmc, 5:56
10 Janka Stevkova (Svk) , 6:07
11 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team, 6:18
12 Adelheid Morath (Ger) , 6:36
13 Helene Marcouyre (Fra) Bh-Suntour, 7:01
14 Julie Bresset (Fra) Breiz Mountain, 7:20
15 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Sui) Team Bikepark.Ch, 8:15
16 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Ccc Polkowice, 8:34
17 Esther Süss (Sui) , 8:40
18 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt International Mtb Team, 8:48
19 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) Ccc Polkowice, 9:29
20 Laura Turpijn (Ned) , 9:47
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