The Team Specialized duo of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser won the first stage of the 2012 Columbia Grape Escape in a breath-taking photo finish, a split-second ahead of defending champions Kevin Evans and David George of Team 360Life.
The second Columbia Grape Escape 3-day mountain bike stage race – due to take place in the Boland from 1-3 March – has already attracted the interest of major local and international mountain bike riders.
Three-time Absa Cape Epic winners Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm have confirmed their participation and are hoping to take top honours in the competitive two-rider team category.
The inaugural Columbia Grape Escape took place this weekend with a star studded field racing their way from Big Bay to Boschendal over three days. Four times Cape Epic winner Karl Platt was the man with early form winning the first two stages in sprint finishes but it was Kevin Evans and David George’s domination on the third stage that allowed David to win the stage and Kevin the overall title for Team 360Life.
A number of leading mountain bikers have secured their entries for the Columbia Grape Escape, the new 3-day MTB stage race taking place from 4-6 March 2011. There are only about 100 available entries left.
Top class riders include David George, Kevin Evans, Karl Platt, Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander.