Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team/Salomon/Garmin) took part in the 2-day, 3-stage, 60km Endurade JBayX in Jeffreys Bay on Saturday and Sunday, 22 and 23 July 2017 and was pipped at the post by six seconds after having an eleven-minute lead going into stage 2.
The unique Endurade JBayX entailed 3 x 20km trail runs, all starting 12-hours apart, seriously testing the commitment and perseverance of all participants while showcasing the best scenery in the Jeffreys Bay area.
The first stage of the race started at 7:00am on Saturday. The route took runners along the beach, through Kabeljous Nature Reserve, Noorsekloof Nature Reserve, and a steady climb to the highest point in Jeffreys Bay. Greyling finished the stage in first place in a time of 01:33:19.9.
Stage 2, a night run, started at 7:00pm and saw runners complete two 10km laps from the Lower Point WinterFest Hub through the Kabeljous Nature Reserve and back. Greyling finished in second place in a time of 01:28:43.0.
Stage 3 started at 7:00am on Sunday morning. The route from Zuurbron MTB Park back to Jeffreys Bay included the infamous ‘Mooidraai’ climb and was, for the most part, downhill for the last 10km. Greyling finished the stage in fourth place in 01:27:31.1.
Overall, Greyling finished the race in second place with a combined time of 04:29:34.0, just six seconds behind the overall winner, Mvuyisi Gcogco. Rounding off the podium was Bradley Hyman in 04:39:36.1.
Says Greyling, “Going into day 3 with a 11m39s lead maybe made me too relaxed! There were only seconds between 1st and 2nd after the third stage. In the end, it was a good training run, and I was pleasantly surprised by the exciting trails around Jeffreys Bay.”
Results – 2017 Endurade JBayX 3-Stage Trail Run
- Mvuyisi Gcogco 04:29:27.8
- Christiaan Greyling 04:29:34.0
- Bradley Hyman 04:39:36.1
- Landie Greyling 05:00:45.5
- Tracey Campbell 05:27:16.5
- Arinda Pritchard 06:02:50.1
OTHER JEEP TEAM NEWS
Surfski – The Gorge Downwind Champs
This past weekend saw Hank McGregor (Jeep Team) compete in the 22km Gorge Downwind Championships, a World Surfski Series Title Race, on the Columbia River in Hood River, USA.
McGregor, who missed the Canadian Surfski Champs on 15 July due to a chest infection, finished 7th overall and second in his category in a time of 01:37:09.64.
The race was won by Kenny Rice in 01:32:43.32; in second place was Sean Rice in a time of 01:33:18.04; and third place went to Jasper Mocké in 01:34:05.59.
CURRENT WORLD SURFSKI SERIES STANDINGS
- Jasper Mocké (RSA) 3490
- Hank McGregor (RSA) 3485
- Dawid Mocké (RSA) 3482
- Hayley Nixon (RSA) 2994
- Teneale Hatton (NZL) 2496
- Michelle Burn (RSA) 2000
OCR – 300 OCR Race
On 22 July, Jeep Team OCR athlete, Jay Jay Deysel, took part in the 300 OCR Sprint Race at 300 Obstacle Course in Vereeniging.
The race was a 1.2km sprint featuring 15 obstacles. Deysel finished the course in 5m15s, earning him the top spot of the day.