Cape Town - Despite
having to overcome serious injuries in recent weeks, ex-Springbok star
Joel Stransky and team-mate Andrew Mclean are determined to be competitive at
the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race later this month.
who finished third last year, will pit themselves against arguably the toughest
field in the history of the three-day event when it starts at the Zuurberg
Mountain Village outside Port Elizabeth on May 26.
go head to head against the likes of TIB Insurance-Momsen’s defending champion
Andrew Hill, who has partnered with up and coming pro Marco Joubert.
Also in the
running will be BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger, who won the three-stage
Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter at a canter last month.
Pieter Seyffert, who triumphed two years ago, will also be back for another
stab at the title alongside new team-mate Travis Walker. The pair is in good
form after winning the seven-day TransCape in February.
Wines’ Chris Wolhuter and Craig Boyes, who won Winelands last year, should be
the other in-form team.
getting onto the podium in 2016, Stransky said their aim would be no different.
Andrew, I’d imagine he’s going to want to do better than third.”
World Cup winner has worked his way back to racing condition after he was unable
to finish the Cape Epic in March due to a fall that left him with extensive
facial injuries, a punctured lung and broken ribs.
also sidelined after a freak accident shortly before the Epic prevented him
from starting the eight-day race.
said they had similar mindsets in that they both tended to push themselves to
their absolute limits.
dynamic works well because we’re very determined and we both want to win,” he
at each other and call each other cockroaches because we both suffer properly
to try and achieve the best we can.
we’re both hugely competitive and we’ll be giving it our all.”
added that, despite their competitive natures, he felt confident Mclean would
be mindful of his fitness level.
coming out of injury and he knows my propensity for suffering so we’ll have a
go, but I know if he sees me suffering he’ll back off and look after me a bit.
with him is a real privilege because he’s an incredibly astute racer who really
understands his partners.”
Bok said his road to recovery had been a smooth one and all that was left to do
was to continue building on his condition ahead of the demanding PwC Great
“As much as
I’m not in the condition I was before the Epic, I’m definitely not in bad shape
and I’m training as hard as possible.”
information, go to www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za