Saturday, 03 November 2018

Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #6 Cullinan

A bright and early start at the last round of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series. Thousands of mountain bikers flocked the charming town of Cullinan and prepared to take on the jewel of the Series which are the Diamond Rush trails. This event is always a favourite amongst mountain bikers, with a diversity of terrain, exciting elements like the lava tunnel and routes set to challenge their skills.

Marathon riders could expect grueling climbs with flat and fast sections in between and an accumulated elevation of about 968m. At the start of the race, pro men and women lined up in search of the ultimate title of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker Series champion. The elite field was looking strong with names like Bradley Potgieter, David Cooke, Sarah Hill and many more at the forefront.

The elite men had a strong start with the bunch staying tight together at the 10km mark. A small breakaway saw David Cooke and Bradley Potgieter fighting for the lead half way through the race. The men treated the audience to a spectacular sprint finish, with mere milliseconds separating the top 3 men. The elite ladies saw Sarah Hill dominating the field early in the race. She built a convincing 2 minute lead at 15km and simply blazed through the trail for a spectacular 4 minute lead at the finish, taking the win for the ladies.

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Race Leaders

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Race Leaders

After the adrenaline filled day, everyone celebrated the last event with a few cold ones. braais, picnics and live music. The perfect ending to the year’s Series.

“The 2018 Series was amazing! The Trailseeker family keeps evolving every year with hundreds of newcomers adding a fresh dynamic to the field. Our routes are still considered world-class and unique from many pro riders.” Race Director, Francois Theron. “The half-marathon route is a good transition for riders looking to move from beginner to intermediate.” Nico Laubscher.

The event dates for the 2019 Nissan Trailseeker Series will be announced in the following weeks, with entries opening on 03 December 2018.

2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #6 Cullinan
Cullinan, Gauteng

Leading results:

Pro Men Marathon Podium

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Elite Men Winner

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Elite Men Winner

David Cooke winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #6 Cullinan

  1. David Cooke – 02:28:50‬
  2. Bradley Potgieter – 02:28:50‬
  3. Pieter Korkie – 02:28:51

Pro Women Marathon Podium

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Elite Ladies Winner

Trailseeker MTB Series Event #6 | Elite Ladies Winner

Sarah Hill winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #6 Cullinan

  1. Sarah Hill – 02:48:26
  2. Johandri Leicester – 02:52:58
  3. Faye Darby – 03:09:28