Mountain bikers began a surreal seven-day journey in Mossel Bay on Sunday, 8 September, for the highly anticipated Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen. The event kicked off with the popular #PointPursuit Prologue where riders were put through their paces on the cliff-hugging trails of St.Blaize.
It was a flying start for Team Galileo Risk’s Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill in their quest to upset Dormakaba, the pre-race favourites. Despite the blistering temperature in Mossel Bay, the pair set the fastest women’s elite time of 00:30:53.
“This course really suited my explosive riding style – Theresa had to hold me back at some points so we could save energy for the stages to come! We can sense there’s going to be some close racing ahead – just the way we like it,” said Hill.
In second place was the Seattle Coffee Ladies team made up of Nicky Giliomee and Cherise Willeit. Giliomee has an interesting past at the Cape Pioneer Trek after being unable to finish on her last attempt, and has made it clear that she is out for retribution.
It was a disappointing start to the event for the experienced Team Dormakaba pair, Samantha Sanders and Amy McDougall. About 5km’s into the technical route their race came to an abrupt halt when Sanders hit a rock that caused a puncture. Unperturbed by the incident, Sanders commented, “There are still long stages ahead, and at the end of the day it’s about whoever rides the smartest race.”
Photo 1 Caption: The ladies on the podium after an exciting race at the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek in Mossel Bay on Sunday, 8 September, 2019, that saw Team Galileo Risk’s Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill set the fastest women’s elite time of 00:30:53. Photo: www.zcmc.co.za
With editing by gsport