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29 Apr, 2013

Wines2Whales Winners

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Wines2Whales Winners


The Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati celebrates its fourth anniversary in 2012. Teams of two riders will cover 70 to 80km a day while crossing through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, many historic roads and mountain passes, and nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve), before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus.

 

In 2011, Dominic Calitz and Matthys Beukes rode off with the title of men’s champions. For Dominic, who will team up with Craig Boyes at the 2012 Contego W2W Race, the most enjoyable part of the Race was the single-track. “Stage one and two had the best single track that I’ve ever experienced. I still hear riders talking about the great trails. Also, the vibe in the race village was in true mountain biking spirit!”

 

The women’s race was won by Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson. According to Ischen, “The single track was really good, ride-able but still technical enough to make it fun and challenging. The scenery was beautiful and there was quite a bit of tough climbing to do. The vibe at the race village finish was also really great. My advice to newcomers would be to ride within yourself, enjoy the area we are riding in as well as the single track. Have fun and don’t be overly competitive if you’re not racing for the podium.”

 

Yolande De Villiers and Johan Labuschagne will be aiming for their third consecutive mixed team title in 2012. “With all its flowing single track, the route is a winner,” says Yolande. “Wines2Whales is usually our last race of the season, so we enjoy every second of it and do try to take it easy. The atmosphere at the race village is relaxed and the organisers clearly go to great lengths to ensure a race that is as enjoyable as possible for all riders. It truly is a wonderful privilege to be able to mountain bike in such magnificent areas.”

 

The slightly more relaxed Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure powered by Maserati celebrates its second anniversary this year, and Amoryn Saayman and Adele Ambrose were the first women’s champions. Amoryn says the event was the best back-to-back mountain biking that they’ve ever done. “It reminded us why we started mountain biking. The route meandered through some of the most rugged and scenic regions of the Western Cape. It was like a playground out there with lots of fast and flowing single track, nice open Jeep track and some lung busting climbs… all very rewarding.”

 

Ronel van Wyk and Ben Cronje took gold in the mixed team category in 2011, with Ronel a late replacement for Ben’s partner, who had to withdraw due to work commitments. “I was very lucky to be asked by Oom Ben to take his partner’s place – I have always wanted to race Wines2Whales. That is why my fianc? and I have decided to take part in the Race this year. We are really looking forward to it,” says Ronel.

 

In the men’s category, Eben Espach and Bruce Poole were the victors. “We were fit and wanted to be competitive,” says Eben. “The route was great. The best way to cope with a three-day mountain bike race is to do the kilometres beforehand and make sure that your bike is mechanically sound. To ensure that you get the most out of the three days remember to relax and enjoy the scenery.”

 


EVENT INFO

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 November: Contego Wines2whales MTB Adventure

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November: Contego Wines2whales MTB Race

STAGE ONE: Start @ Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West, Finish @ Oak Valley Sport Field, Elgin

STAGE TWO: Start & Finish @ Oak Valley Sport Field

STAGE THREE: Start @ Oak Valley Sport Field, Finish @ Onrus Caravan Park, just outside Hermanus

More info: 076 118 0874 / entries@wines2whales.co.za / www.wines2whales.co.za

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WIN

Fruit & Veg City, in association with Contego Wines2Whales, is giving 10 lucky Modern Athlete readers a Food Lover’s Market voucher worth R150 each.

 

As SA’s leading fresh produce retailer, with around 120 Fruit and Veg City and Food Lover’s Market stores nationally, Fruit & Veg City is a proud sponsor of the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure and Race powered by Maserati. Food Lover’s Market will be the official food supplier for the hungry Wines2Whales participants. Food Lover’s Market places great emphasis on value, quality and an exceptional retail experience.

 To enter, simply SMS your name followed by the name Fruit & Veg City to 33110.

Each SMS is charged at R1.50. Competition open from 27 September to 30 October 2012. The Publisher’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.