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The East African : March 3rd 2014
The EastAfrican XII spo≥ts the foothills of Mount Kenya was more than just a competition. Besides the terrain being a good training ground for Team Kenya hopefuls for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games due July 23 to August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland, the event also served as an avenue to fundraise for forest conservation. The fundraiser was organised by the Mt Kenya Trust, which is yet to announce the amount collected. The championship attracted internationals such as David Kinjah, who was the cycling captain for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, heightening expectations ahead of the Kenyan trials. Kenya Cycling Federation chairman Julius Mwangi said they will select the team starting March 8 in Nakuru, in the Rift Valley. Kenya has been allocated seven men and seven women’s slots in Road Race, Time Trials and Mountain Bike. “We are set to go to Glasgow with some of Kenya’s top riders,” said Mwangi. The Rwandan team to Scot- land, though it has stronger riders than Kenya’s, was hard hit after it was downsized. Serge Mwambali, the executive director of the Rwandan Ride to Glasgow kicks o≠ in ea≥nest T Kenya and Rwanda a≥e expected to take pa≥t in the Road Race, Time T≥ials and Mountain Bike ≥aces, w≥ites AYUMBA AYODI he Fly540 Mount Kenya 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge, held recently at the Borana Ranch on winne≥s Day 1 - Hardcore 90km (Men): 1 Davidson Kamau (04:17:44) 2 Davies Kinuthia (04:24:07) 3 Joseph Kuria (04:24:22) Hardcore 90km (women): 1 Joyce Nyaruri (05:45:55) 2 Asa Forsman (06:25:28) Day 2 - Classic 60km (Men): 1 Davies Kinuthia (02:13:12) 2 Davidson Kamau (02:13:13) 3 Joseph Kuria (02:13:25) Day 2 - Classic 60km (Women): 1 Lizzie Cranfield (03:15:20) 2 Joyce Nyaruri (03:21:16) 3 Jan Coffey (03:29:22) Overall - Extreme two days (Hardcore + Classic) - Men: 1 Davidson Kamau (06:30:57) 2 Davies Kinuthia (06:37:19) 3 Joseph Kuria (06:37:47) Overall - Extreme 2 days (Hardcore + Classic) - Women: 1 Joyce Nyaruri (09:07:11) Day 2 - Rush 50km (Men): 1 Brendan Sowerby (01:57:31) 2 Edward Cunningham (02: 5:28) 3 Samuel Somers (02:08:26) team to Scotland, was hard hit after it was downsized.” ‘‘ National Olympic Committee said recently that the delegation to Glasgow will comprise 35 athletes and officials, after 33 were dropped. The development could see renowned riders like Road Racer and Mountain Bike competitor Adrien Niyonshuti fail to make a return to the Commonwealth Games. He took part in the 2010 Delhi Games in India where Team Rwanda made its debut, a year after the country was admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations. Niyonshuti, who made his- tory as the first Rwandan rider to compete in the Olympics during the 2012 London Summer Games, was the best placed East African rider in 19th place in Time Trials (40km) at the Delhi Games, ahead of Kenyans John Kibunja (36th), Paul Agorir (37th) and Samuel Ekiru (46th). Riders from the region will feature in Road Race, Time Trials and Mountain Bike races in Glasgow. The region has no entrants in the Track Race. Gruelling stretch At the 2014 Fly540 Mt Kenya 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge held from February 14 to 15, the Extreme riders covered a gruelling 90km stretch on the first day from the Borana Race Village through the Ngare Ndare forest, reaching the Mount Kenya forest after some 2,000m of climbing. The heat of the day made The Rwandan the next 20 or so kilometres on a single track rocky descent through the Elephant Corridor a gruelling task. Add to that a 60km ascent before riders could enjoy the thrill of speed down the valley via the fast-winding trails through the Ngare Ndare forest, and back into the savannah. International Davidson Kamau appeared to have mastered the terrain, clocking four hours and 17 minutes, beating second placed Davis Kinuthia by seven minutes, and 10 minutes ahead of 2013 champion David Kinjah. “The Commonwealth Games distance is not as gruelling as this one hence this gives one the endurance and stamina,” said Kinjah. Joyce Nyaruri conquered the women’s 90km race in 5: 45:65, ahead of Asa Forsman’s 6:25:28. On day two of the 10to4, the Rwanda’s Adrien Niyonshuti. Niyonshuti made history as the first Rwandan rider to compete in the Olympics at the 2012 London Summer Games. Picture: File number of riders swelled from the 34 to 160, competing in three separate events. All events started on the edge of the Mount Kenya forest. In the Classic (60km) and the MAGAZINE MARCH 1-7,2014 Joyce Nyaruri won the women’s 90km Fly540 Mount Kenya 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge held recently on the foothills of Mount Kenya. Picture: File Rush (50km), riders headed uphill into the forest to a single track before riding down the mountain along a winding path. The Slide (30km) took riders down the side of the mountain into the savannah beneath, and on to the finish line at 4,000 feet at the Borana Race Village. The day two classic race took riders up a steep climb to the top of the escarpment overlooking the Borana Race Village, and on to the top of the escarpment, before a steep treacherous descent into the plains. From there, riders rode at speeds well over 30kph on the rough tracks to the finish line. Kinuthia managed to turn the tables on Kamau, winning the closely contested 60km race battle in 2:13:12 against the latter’s 2:13:13. However, Kamau emerged overall winner with more than a six minute lead over Kinuthia. In the women’s event, For- sman pulled out after just 6km due to “technical issues,” while Nyaruri came in second five minutes behind winner Lizzie Cranfield. However, Nyaruri was the overall winner of the two days event in the women’s category. Nyaruri is eyeing a place in Team Kenya. She finished 23rd in women’s 30km Time Trial ahead of counterparts Jan Kamau (25th) and Sharon Kiragu (28th) at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
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