This past weekend saw the Wines2Whales Adventure taking place on some of the best trails the Cape Winelands has on offer. This looks like a proper mountain bike race, where skills are as important as fitness. I will be partnering up with Daniel from iRideAfrica for the race staring this Friday, cant wait.
During the past few years, pro-elite mountain-bike racing in South Africa was dominated by only a handful of riders.
Burry Stander, Kevin Evans, David George, Max Knox and Philip Buys won about 90% of the major races among them.
However, this domination seems to be about to end.
The coordinators of the Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) Boland Project are excited to announce that a young leopard has been photographed at Paul Cluver (De Rust Estate, Grabouw), a mere two months after the deployment of three digital camera traps at strategically selected points on the Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB route.
Hilton rider Edward Greene stole the limelight with a comprehensive victory in the 126km road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge after a decisive break on the closing stages of the race.
The team RSAWeb rider was part of an eleven rider breakaway that split the front peleton shortly after the halfway point at Dalton, and made his move as the contenders reached the outer city limits, and reached the finish at Alexandra Park alone after a gutsy solo break.
Andrew McLean signalled his return to top form after a two-month injury lay-off with a stunning overall victory in the 27km Time Trial at the Msunduzi Road Challenge, Africa’s only leg of the new UCI World Cycling Tour on Saturday.
Racing in his 45-49 year age category, the Toyota Cyclelab icon was the only rider able to cover the demanding undulating course in less than 40 minutes, comfortably winning his age group and showing up dozens of time triallists decades younger than himself.
Yolandè de Villiers and Johan Labuschange will rely on mutual respect and a great sense of humour the weekend of 11 – 13 November 2011 when they defend their mixed team title at the 2011 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati.
According to De Villiers, she and Johan make up a strong team as they share the same goal.