After taking the wrong turn in 2011 not even a problematic chain could stop Jacques “Big Blade” Rossouw from winning the past weekend’s Die Burger MTB Challenge over 75km in Stellenbosch.
He was joined on the podium by Ruan du Toit and Renay Groustra who was second and third respectively.
Last year Rossouw had a big lead when he took the wrong turn and finished the 60km route and not the 75km. This year he had some chain problems, but Rossouw was back to win the race and nothing could stop him. “I bought a new chain on Friday and didn’t really test it to see if everything works properly. I soon realised that I’m not going to be able to ride in all my gears because the chain kept slipping. I was only able to ride in my low gears which meant that I couldn’t put the big effort in and when the others started to tire I was still going strong! I really wanted to win after what happened last year.”
Rossouw also won Die Burger / Sanlam road race in 2004 when he was the SA mountain bike champion.
Nicci Grobler won the ladies race and was followed by Jane Seggie and Mariske Strauss, who won last year’s race. According to Grobler it was an enjoyable race and that she is really happy with her performance.
Some 4000 cyclist participated in the MTB Challenge over five distances – 15, 30, 42, 60 and 75km. Jurgens Uys and Makyala Olivier won the 60km races, while Matthew Lombardi and Madelie van der Westhuizen were victors in the 42km.