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Charles Keey (Team Blend Property Group) added his name to the impressive list of riders that won the RE:CM 100Miler when on Saturday he crossed the finish line in first place after a grueling 160km.
Keey’s winning time was 5 hours, 55 minutes and 58 seconds. The times were a bit slower than previous years and not only because of the wet and muddy conditions, but also because the organisers added a singletrack section 2km from the finish.
Keey (26) was joined on the winner’s podium by Greig Knox (6:02.06) and Keey’s team-mate Ruan du Toit (6:08.37).
Previous winners are Erik Kleinhans, Jacques Rossouw and Christiaan Kriek.
“It is nice to get my name on that trophy and put the victory on my CV. Two years ago I was sick and blew with 60km to go. I didn’t finish so it was good to make new memories,” said Keey.
“It was a hard day. The weather on the day was okay, but the roads were wet and sticky which made it hard going the whole time. It was like a constant drag. It was really though. It was a great end to the first half of the season. I’m looking forward to a break of two weeks now…my legs feel really tired!”
Ischen Stopforth won the ladies race in 6:51.41. She finished an impressive 31st overall. Jane Seggie (6:58.25) and Marleen Lourens (7:09.51) were second and third respectively.
Daikin GU 4 Team with Riccardo Sternim, Andreas Studer, Craig Boyes and Andrew Payne won the team competition.
The fourth RE:CM 100Miler was a great success. It was a hard day on the bike for all the riders and 229 riders of the 364 that entered the 100Miler managed to finish. Just less than 200 entered the 50Miler.