Cape Town - Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys
claimed their second stage victory and the overall Champions Title after Stage 3 of the Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB race at Onrus
Caravan Park on Sunday.
“It’s not often
that things work out according to plan,” says Beukes.
“Going into the stage, we knew that we would
have to do something at the 40km mark. We sat on the wheels a bit up the drag, and then increased our
pace. It’s been a great year. We couldn’t be happier about our win.”
“This is my
first W2W win,” said Buys.
worked out well over the three days. W2W
is a great race to end the season off with.”
Beukes and Buys completed Stage 3 in an
impressive time of 2 hours 30 minutes 8 seconds. They claimed the overall victory (after three
days of racing) in a combined time of 7 hours 59 minutes 48 seconds over the
total 210km distance.
Konny Looser and Christoph
Sauser claimed the second spot on the podium, while Gawie
Combrinck and Nico Bell finished third.
this to be the result,” admitted Sauser.
“I had to dig deep the first two days, and just didn’t have the
base. The best team definitely won. They deserve it.”
“I enjoyed the weekend’s racing,” said Looser.
“There was a big fight on route today. It’s been super exciting. It’s always nice riding with Christoph. Team PYGA were clever in their riding
strategy. They definitely deserve the
win. W2W has been great. The route was awesome.”
nice fishing at the sea,” said Bell.
is a really enjoyable race. Now we plan
to reset and hopefully have a good year in 2018.”
In the women’s race Stage 3 was claimed by Candice Lill and Vera Adrian.
and Adelheid Morath pipped Samantha Sanders and Amy
Mcdougall to the finish claiming the second and third spots on
the podium, respectively, for the stage.
and Morath's efforts over the
three days however secured them the coveted title of 2017 W2W MTB Champions
in the women’s race.
completed three days of racing in a combined time of 9 hours 15
minutes 52 seconds.
“It feels great to end the year off with a win,”
“Although we had a good
lead going into Stage 3, we knew that with mountain biking anything can
happen. We did what we could today, but
I didn’t have anything left on the climbs. I’ve taken part in W2W six times. I love the trails. This is
definitely the best event that I’ve ever taken part in. The prize money has also done a lot for
women’s racing. W2W is an awesome way to
end the season.”
“W2W is a great event,” says Morath.
“I really enjoyed it and am happy to be
Lill and Adrian claimed
second place, with Sanders and Mcdougall rounding off the podium after three days of racing.
“We had a really good start,” says Lill.
“We knew that it was important to get to the
front to reach the single track first. Once in the single track we pushed the pace. We had a positive race and are happy with
today. It was a fantastic way to close
off our partnership.”
“We worked on our master plan last night,” laughed
“It worked perfectly today. We stayed in front. I was able to ride my pace and we gave it our
all on the climbs. W2W is a partner
race. We definitely rode as a team.”
“Our plan was to do our best,” said Sanders.
“You can only go as hard as the body allows. Our
effort was good enough for third place.
The event has been awesome. W2W
really is incredible. The trails are
“I need to work on my sprinting skill,” laughed Mcdougall.
was a lot of pain, but W2W was a lot of fun.”
It was a hat-trick stage victory for husband
and wife duo Martin and Jeannie Dreyer. They firmly secured the title of Mixed Team
Champions in a combined time of 9 hours 57 minutes 21 seconds.
“I’m chuffed that we were able to claim
three stage victories,” said Jeannie.
“We definitely don’t train the intensity for this type of race. I guess it just shows that our heads are in
it. W2W is a magic, gem of an
event. It’s slick, neat and clean. There’s no suffering or discomfort. It’s a real treat.”
Ila and Darryn Stow
claimed the second spot on the podium after three days of racing, while Ian Martin and Louise Ferreira finished third.
The second and
last destination stage of the W2W MTB race, Stage 3 started at the Oak
Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) and finished at the Onrus Caravan Park. The route boasted with 71km of
spectacular-mountain biking and featured a 1 200m ascent. Iconic sections on route included passing the Houw Hoek Inn, the
oldest hotel in South Africa, meandering through the quaint town of Botriver
past the Botriver School, experiencing the magnificent Wildekrans and Hermanus
Trails, Gaf-se-Bos, the Fruitways-Onrus Beach Crossing and the PERI-Onrus river
crossing to name just a few.