Sauser and Looser claim Stage One victory at FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race

The best of the best gathered at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 07 November 2014 to take on the much anticipated FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race. Stage One saw riders having to complete a 72km route that included having to trek over the historic Gantouw Pass, the only piece of trail to feature a compulsory portage, before crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw).
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Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler claimed the Stage One victory at the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 09 minutes 34 seconds. // Credit: Volume Photography.

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler took no prisoners, crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 09 minutes 34 seconds, just over 7 minutes ahead of their closest rivals. According to Sauser, it’s great to claim his first Wines2Whales stage win. “Today was very good and we are very happy to have won by a big margin. I’ve been in Italy on holiday for a month and have done very little training. Luckily I like to stay fit for fun. I’ve been looking forward to riding with Konny and am very happy to have won the stage for songo.info. Now we will work hard to defend it. This is definitely one of my favorite events”. Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker of Team Kargo Pro Team came in second, while Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrink of Team EAI Cycling finished third.

The mixed team race was dominated by Ashleigh Moolman and Darren Lill of Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E, who crossed the finish line in 03 hours 46 minutes 55 seconds. “It was awesome out there,” said Moolman. “The hardest part for me was the portage section. My fitness was definitely lacking. Darren is a great partner and I am really enjoying the race so far”. Fienie and Kobus Barnard of Team Kromco1 came in second, while Mariske Strauss and Hannes Hanekom of Team Giant/Orange Monkey finished third.

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Jennie Stenerhag and Candice Neethling of Team Team Cape Brewing Company/Time Freight Velolife claimed victory in the women’s category at Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 48 minutes 03 seconds. Candice Neethline in action on the day. // Credit: Volume Photography.

Jennie Stenerhag and Candice Neethling of Team Team Cape Brewing Company/Time Freight Velolife claimed victory in the women’s race in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 48 minutes 03 seconds. “The stage was beautiful,” said Neethling. “It was really tough, but beautiful. The portage section was really hard, while the trails were really enjoyable. Our strengths are nicely matched. All in all it was a beautiful day”. Robyn De Groot and Catherine Williamson of Team Biogen Toyota Asrin Cycling came in second, while Theresa Ralph and Jeannie Dreyer of Team Tribe Suunto USN finished third.

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Riders in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014. // Credit: Cherie Vale / Newsport Media.

“Stage Two will be a Play Day for riders,” said Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “They will get to experience the best bridges and structures built for the sport of mountain biking. Spectacular bridges to look out for will include Witklippies, Raka, Swing, Ark, Mamba, Boomslang and Pofadder. I don’t need to tell these riders to keep off of the breaks. They know how to enjoy these sections to the utmost. They will also get their first taste of the Peri Kromco Play Park”.

FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race Stage One results available here.





7 Comments

Big JD, Nov 07 2014 04:10

That is a smoking fast winning time!

Hairy, Nov 07 2014 04:16

So Sauser and that Looser chap are showing this event what a real race is ....

 

Why is that lady walking the boardwalk?

copperhead, Nov 07 2014 07:37

I don't know but she is a cutie. Seen her in the flesh.

DaviM, Nov 07 2014 07:40

Yoh those times show some serious pace! So much for marathon expert...

Stretch, Nov 07 2014 07:48

So Sauser and that Looser chap are showing this event what a real race is ....

Why is that lady walking the boardwalk?

that's Candice neethling....she's quite capable of that....looks like the dirt roadie behind her wasn't and caused her to get off

Hairy, Nov 07 2014 08:36

that's Candice neethling....she's quite capable of that....looks like the dirt roadie behind her wasn't and caused her to get off

Ja. ...was corrected on another cycling list and it was noted she is certainly technically inclined.

Would love to see a TRAIL RIDE version of the w2w where riders need to be honest with themselves and only enter this category if they know they can handle single track

lesego.2, Nov 08 2014 09:43

Stricken time!