Stopforth & de Villiers Privateer Rockey Mountain Win

by | Feb 24, 2013

A delighted Ischen Stopforth (left) and Yolande de Villiers pictured after winning the women’s category of the three-day Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300, which finished in Knysna on Sunday. Photo: Coetzee Gouws/fullstop

An under-the-weather Ischen Stopforth and on-form partner Yolande de Villiers relied on their first two stage wins to secure overall victory in the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race in Knysna on Sunday in 14:04:35.

Winners of stage three in 3:31:26, team bizhub’s Cathering Williamson and Nicci Grobler claimed second overall with their strong final stage in 14:25:12, with Janine King and Jackie Moore (Salomon) third in 15:26:47.

Final day honours going to Williamson and Grobler, with Stopforth and De Villiers finished in second, in 3:31:26. King and Moore placed a distant third in 3:50:22.

“I started feeling better in the second half of the race,” said Stopforth. “But we knew we had a good lead on the bizhub girls, so we just took it steady.”

Hannele Steyn and Charl du Plessis (Howard & Chamberlain) were unchallenged in the mixed category, taking the fast and furious final stage in 3:36:50, well ahead of the following Lindi Dorfling and Graeme van der Nest (Merrell) in 3:50:09, and Tanja and Jon Oosthuyse (Totally Stoked) in 4:03:48.

The teams occupied the same positions on the general classification.

Steyn and Du Plessis dedicated their win, which came in 14:44:32, to Du Plessis’ father, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Knysna-based Steyn, who is aiming to become the first woman to finish 10 Cape Epics this year, said it was always great to win in her hometown.

“This race was very much an important part of my final preparation for my 10th Epic. It’s such a privilege to be doing it and it was very important to stay safe out there as so much training has gone into it.”

 

Leading Results at the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race in Knysna, on Sunday, 24 February, 2013:
1. Yolande de Villiers & Ischen Stopforth (Privateer) 14:04:35
2. Catherine Williamson & Nicci Grobler (bizhub) 14:25:12
3. Janine King & Jackie Moore (Salomon) 15:26:47
4. Janet Keet & Junita Kruger (Decking Solutions) 17:39:17
5. Janie van Rensburg & Marzanne Kriel (26 Inch) 17:41:02
Mixed:
1. Hannele Steyn & Charl du Plessis (Howard & Chamberlain) 14:44:32
2. Lindi Dorfling & Graeme van der Nest (Merrell Mixed) 15:37:07
3. Tanja Oosthuyse & Jon Oosthuyse (Totally Stoked) 16:02:24
4. Natalie Robbs & Angus Alexander (Mean & Lean) 16:42:29
5. Amanda Brooks & Robert Vogel (Hansgrohe Mixed) 4:07:51
 
Leading Stage 3 Results:
1. Catherine Williamson & Nicci Grobler (bizhub) 3:31:26
2. Yolande de Villiers & Ischen Stopforth (Privateer) 3:33:43
3. Janine King & Jackie Moore (Salomon) 3:50:22
4. Janet Keet & Junita Kruger (Decking Solutions) 4:23:36
5. Janie van Rensburg & Marzanne Kriel (26 Inch) 4:23:36
Mixed:
1. Hannele Steyn & Charl du Plessis (Howard & Chamberlain) 3:36:50
2. Lindi Dorfling & Graeme van der Nest (Merrell Mixed) 3:50:09
3. Tanja Oosthuyse & Jon Oosthuyse (Totally Stoked) 4:03:48
4. Amanda Brooks & Robert Vogel (Hansgrohe Mixed) 4:07:51
5. Dominique Provoyeur & Kevin Goodspeed (Gopro) 4:14:38
 

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