The start of Stage Two of the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati on Saturday, 10 November 2012 saw riders taking off at a blistering pace.
Starting at Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin), the home of the 2012 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race, riders had to complete a total distance of 65km before once again crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Sport Field.
Team Contego was the team to beat on the day, with team members Cherise Stander and Mariske Strauss crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 02hours, 54minutes and 58seconds. “Today’s stage was really hard and fast,” says Stander.
“I had a really bad stage yesterday with Mariske having to push me the entire time. Luckily my legs felt much better today. We made a break at round about the 25km mark and managed to hold the gap. Mariske is incredibly strong, I’m just glad I could stay with her. The Wines2Whales definitely feels harder this year compared to 2010 when I competed with Karien van Jaarsveld.
“It’s such an incredible race, the vibe is amazing, the water tables are well stocked and the food is great. This is definitely an event that I’ll try to come back to each year”. Team Momentum Specialised Insurance came in second, while Team Bizhub finished third.
In the mixed team category, Team J&Y’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande De Villiers weren’t pulling any punches, claiming victory in a superb time of 2 hours, 54 minutes and 57 seconds. Team USN Inov-8 came in second, while Team Gogo and Gramps finished third.
Stage Three: Date: Sunday, 11 November 2012 Distance: 75km Start: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin) Finish: Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)