Team RE:CM’s Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock showed yesterday’s win was no fluke when they clinched victory for a second day in a row to retain their overall lead in the nine-day Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c on Sunday.
Last year’s champion Andrew Mclean tipped MTN-DoItNow’s Adrien Niyonshuti and Max Knox for overall honours in the 900-kilometre Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that starts on Friday and ends nine days later.
He said the young Rwandan mountain biker was currently in winning form after securing the African jersey with Namibian team-mate Mannie Heymans at the recent Absa Cape Epic.
The men’s Elite race was the highlight of the day, with the crowds lining the course in full support of local hero Burry Stander. Stander was in the lead bunch on the first lap, until a fall damaged his derailleur which effectively put him out of contention for the rest of the race.
On Sunday 17 April 2011, Brandon Stewart (Team DCM) headed a thrilling sprint finish in Sunday’s Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge in KwaZulu-Natal to beat Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN Qhubeka). Niyonshuti, a Rawandan national racing here in South Africa most of the year, who together with Mannie Heymans, were first African team at the recent Cape Epic where they beat Stewart and his partner into second place, couldn’t match Stewart’s local knowledge and final sprint.
Adrien Niyonshuti from Rwanda, who is set to become his country’s first mountain biking Olympian at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will lead the African challenge at the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c from April 29.
The MTN-Qhubeka rider, who will partner Ghost-DoItNow’s Max Knox, has issued a stern warning to his fellow competitors in the nine-day, 900km event between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. “Every race I enter I want to podium or win.”