W2W Re­sults

Grous­tra and Pfitzen­maier speed to stage vic­tory in W2W race

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

DE­FEND­ING men’s cham­pion Re­nay Grous­tra and team­mate, Nico Pfitzen­maier of Team RSA/Web Bridge claimed vic­tory at what was a blis­ter­ing fast paced Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Moun­tain Bike (MTB) Race yes­ter­day.

Grous­tra and Pfitzen­maier com­pleted the 76km stage from Lourens­ford Wine Es­tate (Som­er­set West) to Oak Val­ley Sport Field (El­gin) in 3 hours 14min­utes and 26 sec­onds.

Ac­cord­ing to Grous­tra, up un­til the first climb the lead bunch con­sisted of five teams that weren’t push­ing too hard.

“By the time we reached the portage sec­tion at Gan­touw Pass we were nar­rowed down to three lead­ing teams.

“Nico took off like a grey­hound out of the start­ing block, with me hold­ing on for dear life. Once we reached the sin­gle track we just kept the pres­sure on, try­ing to keep the gap.

“Nico’s bike got a flat, we kept com­po­sure and within 30 sec­onds we were both back on our bikes again. We re­ally rode well to­gether to­day,” said Grous­tra.

“We’ll fo­cus on re­cov­er­ing well tonight,” said Pfitzen­maier. “Stage Two is quite phys­i­cal with lots of ups and downs. Men: 1 RSA Web/Bridge (Re­nay Grous­tra/Nico Pfitzen­maier) 3:14:26, 2 Can­non­dale Blend (Dar­ren Lill/An­drew Hill) 3:17:01, 3 Team RECM (Erik Klein­hans/Way­lon Wool­cock) 3:22:27, 4 Har­vest Foun­da­tion Elite (Jur­gens Uys/Adri­aan Louw) 3:24:55, 5 EAI Reeds Nuwater (Hanco Kachel­hof­fer/Jo­hann Ra­bie) 3:26:14. Women: 1 Team ISUZU 1 (Yolande de Vil­liers/Jen­nie Sten­er­hage) 3:53:21, 2 BMC Velo­life (Ashleigh Mof­fatt/Candice Neeth­ling) 4:02:32, 3 Food Lovers Mar­ket 5 (Han­lie Booyens/Sharon Laws) 4:11:47, 4 Cof­feeWithJe­sus870624 (Carla Van Huyssteen/Kim West­brook) 4:26:12, 5 Fair Cape 2 (Desiree Loub­ser/Mar­leen Lourens) 4:28:50. Mixed: 1 asg MTB Acad­emy (Paul Cordes/Yolande Speedy) 3:53:00, 2 Bro Sis (Niel Du Pisani/Tandi Kitching) 4:19:09, 3 The Sur­gi­cal In­sti­tute (Sunet Gelden­huys/Vaughn Roux) 4:21:20, 4 En­duren Sum Dust (Louise Fer­reira/Tim Fer­reira) 4:35:20, 5 Broll Prop­erty Group (Wil­liam Wake­field/Sara Muhl) 4:35:33. We’re look­ing for­ward to the new bridges at Paul Clu­ver and the fun sin­gle track. For sure we’ll be go­ing for an­other stage win”.

Dar­ren Lill and An­drew Hill of Team Can­non­dale Blend came in sec­ond, while Erik Klein­hans and Way­lon Wool­cock of Team RE:CM fin­ished third.

Yolande Speedy and Paul Cordes of Team ASG MTB Acad­emy were the mixed team to beat on the day, cross­ing the fin­ish line in a time of 3 hours 53 min­utes.

“Stage One was beau­ti­ful, with great tech­ni­cal sin­gle track,” said Speedy. “My legs bat­tled to­day. Paul was re­ally strong and pulled me through. We had a good, fun day of rac­ing”.

Tandi Kitching and Niel du Pisani of Team Bro Sis came in sec­ond, while Sunet Gelden­huys and Vaughn Roux of Team The Sur­gi­cal In­sti­tute fin­ished third.

Yolande de Vil­liers and Jen­nie Sten­er­hage of Team Isuzu 1 led from the start in the women’s race.

“To­day was awe­some with beau­ti­ful sin­gle track,” said De Vil­liers. “This is the first time that I’ve taken part in the Wines2Whales as part of a women’s team.

“Women are just more in-tune with each other. When riding with a male team mem­ber, he is al­ways the stronger rider which means the fe­male rider is al­ways pushed into the red. Stage Two is the sin­gle track stage. We’ll look how it goes”.

De Vil­liers and Sten­er­hage crossed the fin­ish line in 3 hours 53min­utes and 21sec­onds.

Ashleigh Mof­fatt and Candice Neeth­ling of Team BMC Velo­life came in sec­ond, while Han­lie Booyens and Sharom Laws of Team Food Lovers Mar­ket 5 fin­ished third.

CHERIE VALE/NEWS­PORT

POOL­ING RE­SOURCES: De­fend­ing men’s cham­pion Re­nay Grous­tra and team­mate, Nico Pfitzen­maier of Team RSA/Web Bridge claimed vic­tory in the first stage of the FNB Wines2Whales moun­tain bike race cross­ing the fin­ish line in 3:14: 26 yes­ter­day.

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