There was some nervous energy around the breakfast tables this morning, with 125km looming ahead making day 3 the longest day distance wise of the entire JoBerg2c. And to make things a little worse, it was freezing in Reitz, proper freezing. Another mass start again saw us following a huge Massey Ferguson tractor for a 8km’s of neutral riding until the racing started. I had made a conscious decision to start slower and have a fairly chilled day.
Today’s 95km saw us riding through some incredible parts of the Free State, parts that you would never see unless you ride this race. Long district roads separated by some great single track was the order of the day. A chilly mass start saw us following a huge Massey Ferguson tractor for a couple kilometers until the racing started. It was fast and frantic, not even two cows stampeding across the road could slow the bunch down.
So, when somebody tells you that day 1 of Joberg2C is easy because its neatral and a warm up day, smack them. They are lieing. Its 115km, thats far on a mountain bike in anybodies books. Luckily we had a tail wind for most of the way which help me home in a time of 4hr36m, about 10 min behind the front couple teams, who were taking it easy.
Last year’s surprise winners Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock will be out to silence their critics at the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race, which starts at Heidelberg in Gauteng on Friday.
The former road cyclists are determined to prove that their victory in the second edition of South Africa’s longest paired stage race was no flash in the pan.
This year, the Team RE-CM riders will be up against a formidable field that includes the likes of Kevin Evans and David George (Nedbank 360Life), Brandon Stewart and Jacques Rossouw (FedGroup Itec-Connect) as well as Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (Transact).
Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock capped a memorable nine days with overall victory in the second Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that finished on the beach in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.
The RE:CM duo won six of the nine stages on the 911-kilometre trek from Heidelberg in Johannesburg to record a total time of 34:20:18.
Overall leaders Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill survived yet more body blows to remain ahead on points after round seven of the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that finished at Mackenzie Club in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday.
“This bike race is like getting into the ring with Mike Tyson,” said FedGroup Berg and Bush’s Stewart after he and his partner finished second on the 87-kilometre trek from Underberg.
The Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c is fast becoming a two-horse race after another dominant performance by Waylon Woolcock and Neil MacDonald of Team RE:CM and Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill of FedGroup Berg and Bush on Wednesday.
Team RE:CM Waylon Woolcock and Neil MacDonald sent a strong message to the overall leaders when they sprinted to their third stage win in this year’s Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c.
After 95 kilometres of intense racing, they crossed the line at the picturesque Glengarry Park in the Kamberg region of KwaZulu-Natal in 3:44:13 to edge out Fedgroup Berg and Bush’s overnight leaders, Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill.