As expected the final stage and overall women’s category victory in the Sabie Experience mountain bike race went to Amy Jane Mundy and Sara Muhl, who ended up more than 15 minutes quicker in the final standings than their nearest competitors.
Second-placed Team Maverick Chicks’ Tania Raats and Natalie Unstead and team Endless Horizons’ Sarah van Heerden and Robyn Adendorff rounded off the podium.
Mundy and Muhl won in style on Monday when, despite have a substantial lead, the two still went on to win the final stage, showing their versatility in claiming wins in each of the three-stages comprising the 2007 Sabie Experience, regarded as one of the country’s highest profile marathon mountain bike events.
Following the cancellation of Stage 3 on Sunday due to rain-related dangerous conditions, Mundy and Muhl held a 13-minute lead over their nearest rivals, Raats and Unstead, which meant they could have cruised the last stage, a 24km time trial and still secured the overall title.
The two however weren’t ready to embrace the giving spirit just yet, and went all out on the final stage, claiming the victory in a fast 1 hour eight minutes and 53 seconds, ahead of the 1 minute 9 minutes and 26 seconds recorded by the second-placed pair of Hanlie Booyens and Erica Green (Jeep Seconds), who recorded their first podium finish of the event.
In the Mixed category, Paul Cordes and Yolande Speedy (IMC Mongoose) weren’t really challenged, finishing 10th overall. They claimed all three stages as well as the overall victory.
Mixed Leading results:
Open Women Final Leading Standings after Stage 4
Mixed Final Leading Standings after Stage 4
For more information, visit the Sabie Experience website