Safire Baynesfield 2015

Pietermaritzburg is becoming the MTB hot spot for SA, what with its world class MTB track at Cascades and numerous scenic and fun MTB events taking places in and around the city.

On Sunday 14 June, one of the most popular MTB events, the Safire Baynesfield MTB Classic, took place at the beautiful rural Baynesfield Estate near Pietermaritzburg. This annual MTB gathering is known as The Daddy of All Races because it traditionally takes place during the month of Father’s Day – June – and is a fun way for all members of the family to enjoy well prepared trails around this lovely estate, which is located conveniently close to both Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

This year’s Classic event saw riders of all ages hitting the trails on a mild mid-winter’s day, with lots of smiles and excitement all round. The event again consisted of 10km, 20km, 45km and 65km routes to ensure there was something suitable for the whole family. The 10km route for kiddies is a fantastic way to introduce young riders to MTB racing, with dad and mom able to ride alongside. The 20km and 45km races cater for members of the family who would just like to enjoy a great day on the bike, with a mix of some tough climbs and pristine hand-crafted single track, while the 65km route is for serious riders including the hottest of the professionals for some added spice. In addition to the hundreds of TB riders, trail runners were accommodated for the first time, with a relaxed 10km trail run on offer.

The overall winners for the Safire Baynesfield classic are

  1. Jeanine Bomford 02:48:01
  2. Natalie Bergstrom 03:05:19
  3. Isabel Moolman 03:07:55


  1. Brendon Davids 02:25:53
  2. Alan Hatherly 02:26:22
  3. Andrew Hill 02:27:15

Details of the other finalists in the various race categories are attached.  [su_button url=” prize sheet.pdf” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#6fbd44″]Download[/su_button]
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Photo one:
The 65km race winners’ line up.

Photo two:
Safire CEO Pierre Bekker with Ladies winner Jeannie Dreyer and Men’s 2nd, Alan Hatherly.