Amy Jane and Sara Speed to Finish

by | Dec 18, 2007

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.

Sabie Experience Mountain Bike Race (Sabie, Mpumalanga)
Stage 4 – 24km time trial
Open Women Leading results:
1. Jeep Girls – Amy Jane Mundy / Sara Muhl 01:08:53
2. Jeep Seconds – Hanlie Booyens / Erica Green 01:09:26
3. Sabie Wild Chicks – Joke Hoffman / Kirsty Searle 01:10:53

Mixed Leading results:
1. IMC Racing – Paul Cordes / Yolande Speedy 59:05
2. Nipple en Spoke – Sanet Smal / Dana Coetzee 01:03:50
3. Mongoose Red – Rourke Crouser / Caitlin de Wet 01:07:12

Open Women Final Leading Standings after Stage 4
1. Jeep Girls – Amy Jane Mundy / Sara Muhl 10:15:05
2. Maverick Chicks – Tania Raats / Natalie Unstead 10:31:39
3. Endless Horizons – Sarah van Heerden / Robyn Adendorff 10:43:21

Mixed Final Leading Standings after Stage 4
1. IMC Racing – Paul Cordes / Yolande Speedy 09:10:32
2. Nipple en Spoke – Sanet Smal / Dana Coetzee 10:06:24
3. Mongoose Red – Rourke Crouser / Caitlin de Wet 10:21:48

For more information, visit the Sabie Experience website
 

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