Marathon100.4 km 2500m ascent
Starting as a new race on the calendar for the 2012 season the Notties Himeville 100 is in its second year running and is sure to grow into a favourite event for the ultra distance racers out there. The 2013 edition was run in the reverse direction to the previous year and had a lot of competitors taking about the 14km hill just before midway and cresting just shy of 2000m in altitude at its highest point. This coupled with over 2500m of vertical ascent was going to leave a lot of people questioning why they ride a mountain bike for fun.
Up front the extreme stats didn’t damper the fast pace racing and consistent tempo being set from the gun by the main contenders.
The eventual winner Andrew Hill had this to say: “the pace was fairly high from when we got onto the first climb out of Himeville at about 8km in, but a big group of 15 riders got over the climb and the pace settled again as we crossed the Umkomaas river” when asked where the racing begin Hill replied “ From there(Umkomaas river) I helped to set the pace high up and over the next climb to highland nook where we passed straight through the water table”
The next move come from a group of 5 riders who took the pace up a notch from the bottom of the biggest climb of the day up to Snow top. This climb started at 1200m and ascended to the highest point of the race at just 1837m. The climbing can be described as something out of the Alps and took the riders up into the clouds along a dirt district road. The first move came from the TIB rider who went to the front and set a high tempo. The 4 riders to follow were, Tyron Bird, Kyle Dorkin, Derrin Smith and Alan Gordon from Tzaneen. By the top of the climb the group was one less with Alan Gordon having lost time off the back of the group.
The final move of the day was made by Hill and Smith who pushed hard as the group neared the Tar road section with 38km to go. Hill commented afterwards
“The move had to be decisive as the final section didn’t have any climbs for me to break away, and I wasn’t going to take the race to a sprint finish going into the Nottingham road”
1st Andrew Hill Sub Veteran 03:36:01
2nd Derrin Smith Senior
3rd Kyle Dorkin Senior
Written by TIB media correspondent