Groustra and Pfitzenmaier speed to stage victory in W2W race
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.
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.