Cape town - Seasoned
pros Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger captured the overall title in the three-day
Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain bike race at their first attempt on Sunday
after setting the pace from Day 1.
the same strategy as before, the BCX duo were again able to build up a lead
during the first half of the 48km final stage in the Wellington area en route
to winning in 1:49:34.
the day, they were followed by Versus Socks’ Jurgens Uys and Nicol Carstens
(1:51:07) and TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light’s Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert
and Kruger sealed the title with an overall racing time of 6:18:53, ahead of
Hill and Joubert (6:28:01) and Uys and Carstens (6:30:57).
Jennie Stenerhag added the women’s title to the Cape Epic crown she won last
month when she and her Cape Brewing Company team-mate Katie Lennard completed a
comfortable overall victory in 7:38:48.
on the race, Woolcock said he felt their success had been built on the opening
stage when they created a three-minute lead which they gradually increased.
came here with a goal of winning the race and we always knew it would be
important to get a gap on the opening day,” he said.
giving you a buffer, it also gives you a mental head start on the rest if you
can show you are the strongest.
went hard from the start on the first day on probably the toughest stage of the
three, so that set up our advantage.”
said they began the final leg with the aim of staying near the front and
avoiding mechanicals or crashes.
managed to get a gap fairly early on and then rode at a steady tempo and it was
cool to win our third stage in a row,” he said.
we both come from the region - I’m from Paarl and Waylon from Stellenbosch - it
was very satisfying to win this title. It gives us a positive attitude looking
ahead to our next races.”
said they had particularly enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the Winelands Encounter.
it was quite a relaxed vibe, some really good routes, and we could not have
asked for better weather. It’s a great event and hats off to the organisers for
their hard work.”
was pleased with her effort after she and Lennard won the final stage ahead of
Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen.
particularly enjoyed riding with Katie, who was always very good on the
technical sections. Overall it was a good experience and the organisation was
said she would be riding in the TrailSeeker Series in Tulbagh next weekend
before returning to Europe.
the mixed category, dormakaba RA’s Corne Barnard and Vera Adrian won their
third stage in a row in 2:03:10 to head the general classification on 7:07:28.
Ice Cream’s Matthew Stamatis and Carmen Buchacher were second on the stage in
2:06:34 and overall in 7:16:12, followed by Bestmed-Ellsworth-ASG’s Pieter
Seyffert and An-Li Kachelhoffer in 2:13:58 and 7:38:48.