Evans and George win opening Cape Pioneer Trek stage

Comedy of errors for Sauser and Knox

Kevin Evans and David George (360Life) continued their total domination of local mountain bike racing on Monday by winning the first stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek. Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson (Bizhub) took top honors in the women's category.

It was the third victory in 15 days for Evans and George who also won at the Crater Cruise and the Seweweekspoort respectively.

The two were part of a lead group that included also Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and Max Knox (Ghost); Adrien Niyonshuti and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka); and Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock (RE:CM). They stayed together until the first serious climb, leading to the king of the mountain prime.

But then, the moment Evans and George accelerated on the climb, the proverbial "pawpaw" hit the fan. Sauser and Knox and Niyonshuti and Janse van Rensburg tried valiantly to keep up, but it was to no avail.

Evans and George increased their lead with each pedal stroke to win the 107km stage from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp in four hours 12 minutes and 20 seconds.

Ben-Melt Swanepoel and Nico Bell (Team Without Sponsor) were second in 4:18:05 and Niyonshuti and Janse van Rensburg finished third in 4:18:54.

The main conversation topic afterwards was what happened to Sauser, the world marathon champion, and Knox, last year's overall winner. The best explanation is that they were caught up in a comedy of errors.

Everything started to go wrong when Knox, who had already fallen behind on the climb, had to stop to fix a puncture.

While Sauser was waiting for Knox to do the necessary repair work, he decided to use the time to clean his sunglasses. This turned out to be a big mistake, because he did not notice when Knox came riding past him.

The second fiasco occurred when Sauser decided to set off racing again. He missed a marker which led to him taking a short cut. Then, while waiting for Knox at a water point, he realized that Knox might be waiting for him somewhere else.

When he backtracked on the route, he found that Knox was, as expected, waiting somewhere else.

But still it was not the end of their troubles. A few kilometres further on, Sauser punctured, which resulted in losing more minutes.

Knox was quite philosophical about the way his defence of the title went awry. "This is mountain biking. Last year, I had the near perfect race. I did not have to stop once to fix a puncture or do any other mechanical repair work. We also did not crash or get lost.

"This time my luck has changed and I have to deal with it."

In spite of their six-minute lead, Evans and George refuse to take anything for granted.

"It would be foolish to think that we have won the tour on the first day. There are still five days of racing left and in mountain biking anything can happen at any moment.

"The good thing about our six-minute lead is that we now have a buffer on the other teams. If something should go wrong, we would not be under immediate pressure," said George

Women's race

Thanks to mountain biking, Ischen Stopforth (Bizhub) is turning into a real wildlife expert. Two weeks ago, during the MTN Ride Crater Cruise, she learned that red hartebeest can run very fast when frightened and during the first stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek, the lesson she learned was that first impressions can be misleading.

If you see a branch lying next to a mountain bike route, it may turn out not to be a branch at all.

Stopforth only realized the truth of this while she was on her way to win the first stage of the women’s DCM Cape Pioneer Trek with Catherine Williamson (Bizhub) yesterday.

"We were racing along quite nicely, just trying to stay out of trouble. I saw a branch lying next to the road but I did not take any notice of it until, unexpectedly, the branch began to move.

"Only then did I realize that it was actually a Cape cobra. What's more, it did not take kindly to us riding through its territory. It attacked me, and even tried to bite me.

"I have also learned that it is possible to accelerate, even when your legs are tired. I think it was pure adrenaline that caused Catherine and me to race those last five kilometres so much faster than planned."

Mixed race

Erik and Ariane Kleinhans (Contego/Giant/Sludge) were the first mixed team to finish.

Their victory was even more special because they had met exactly a year ago at the Cape Pioneer Trek. The meeting developed into a romance that led to their marriage a few months later.

Ariane takes up the story of how they met and fell in love during the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek.

"Actually it happened by pure chance. I had lost my water bottle during one of the stages and I was becoming very thirsty," is how Ariane explained the chance meeting that led to their marriage shortly after the Cape Epic.

"I saw this guy standing next to the road, busy fixing his bike. He gave me some water and soon after the race was over, we met each other again.

"I only found out later that he actually gave me his last few drops of water. So I decided that it was time to pay him back for his gallant gesture and invited him to dinner.

"That was when everything in the romance department started. I went to visit him in Stellenbosch and we just decided that we were meant for each other."

Full Results

Men stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Evans & David George (Nedbank 360 Life)4:12:20 
2Ben Swanepoel & Nico Bell (Bells Cycling - Specialized)0:05:45 
3Adrien Niyonshuti & Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (M T N Qhubeka )0:06:34 
4Neil Macdonald & Waylon Woolcock (R E : C M)0:18:17 
5Christoph Sauser & Max Knox (36One-Songo.Info)0:27:39 
6Hannes Hanekom & Isak Hanekom (Contego)0:29:53 
7Micha De Vries & Liwald Doornbos (Cube Nutswerk)0:31:05 
8Timo Cooper & Reniell Matthysen (Wilde 1)0:36:02 
9Wynand Mulder & Kobus Barnard (Klein Karoo)0:53:27 
10Wayne Champion & Pieter Seyffert (Berntel)1:08:47 
11Craig Woods & Riaan Maintjies (First Ascent Duzi)1:09:16 
12Chris De Wet & Nevelle Van Zyl (Circle Cycles)1:10:48 
13Shane White & Lawrence Lindeque (Cycles Direct)1:17:39 
14Etienne Jordaan & Jacques Van Deventer (Hermanus)1:23:32 
15Francois Finlay & Andrew Ratcliffe (Big Ring Action)1:26:46 
16Dale Verran & Mark Pienaar (The Lama Brothers)  
17Brian Lennox & Jan Van Der Westhuizen (Watson & Brink)1:34:37 
18Michael Curtis & Adrian De La Harpe (Hook Em)1:36:57 
19Johann Le Roux & George De Kock (Worcester X-Men)1:37:43 
20Jacobus Diener & Chris Rohwer (Pandamonium)1:41:00 
21George Nel & Andre Immelman (Klein Karoo)1:43:00 
22Brendan Harcourt-Wood & Andrew Cattell (W H A M)1:46:43 
23Casper De Bruin & Clement De Bruin (Father And Son)1:47:55 
24Carel Bezuidenhoud & Bernard Kullen (Merrell 1)1:48:48 
25Simon Francis & Jethro De Decker (The Titans)1:49:21 
26Michael Jeffrey & Albert Swart (Gormic)1:50:37 
27Marnus Swanepoel & Karl Kielblock (Scooters George)1:53:20 
28Richard Stone & Mike Charlewood (Randcivils - Olive Tree Farms)2:01:01 
29Tonie Roux & Bredell Roux (Family Spirit)2:01:49 
30Deon Kretzschmar & Jacques Le Roux (Dieselbrook)2:10:52 
31Matthias Hoefer & Matthias Brust (Senza Limiti)2:15:32 
32Sivuyile Kepelele & Bongani Bhusakhawe (Songo.Info)2:17:04 
33Maartin Van Rensburg & Alex Van Rensburg (Pinky And The Brain)2:20:01 
34Pierre Billet & Rico Ruedisuehli (Www.Born In Africa.Org)2:27:34 
35Tim Frazer & Craig Lindeque (Merrell 2)2:29:13 
Women stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ischen Stopforth & Catherine Williamson (Bizhub)4:55:05 
2Leanne Brown-Waterson & Hannele Steyn (Display Mania - Sludge Ladies)0:29:04 
3Katrin Neumann & Martina Miessgang (Mountain Heroes )0:35:12 
4Heletje Van Staden & Leana De Jager (Howard & Chamberlain)0:39:17 
5Petruschka Constancon & Amy Mcdougall (The Young And The Restless)1:05:45 
6Maryke Van Zyl & Theuns Botha (First Ascent Mixed)1:33:55 
7Theresa Horn & Elzaan Visser (First Ascent Ladies)1:46:10 
Mixed stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erik Kleinhans & Ariane Kleinhans (Contego Mixed)4:46:10 
2Kathrin Stirnemann & Sandro Soncin (B H - Hai - Bike - Giraffes)0:08:38 
3Rene Stehr & Holger Neumann (Eo2 Sakse)0:25:45 
4Johan Labuschagne & Yolande De Villiers (Cycle Lab K T M Mixed)0:31:07 
5Nicola Payne & Tony Walker (Aim For Payne)0:39:27 
6Gerhard Ebersohn & Christine Jansen Van Rensburg (Pepto Sport)0:56:34 
7Alberto Prins & Joritha Prins (C P R)1:09:09 
8Derek Morgan & Hilana Marais (Eleven Whise Monkeys)1:11:23 
9Lyle Baldwin & Belinda Van Der Riet (Cathedral Peak)1:16:26 
10Anton De Waal & Brigitte De Waal (B - E - N)1:54:28 
Veteran stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephan Kehnel & Jens Scholze (Fahrrad-Schmidt)4:58:15 
2Rex Benson & Koos Klopper (Cycle Lab Pta - Lynnwood)0:01:15 
3Pieter Van Rooyen & George Oertel (Makgadi Cubs)0:13:52 
4Chris Roux & Grey Van Tonder (Dokkie En Grys)0:15:09 
5Gus Klohn & Marc Wiederkehr (Ansaldo S T S Dunkeld Cycles)0:19:15 
6Guy Jennings & Kurt Von Buddenbrock (Steel Hips And Doughnut Ring)0:46:56 
7Paul Lochner & Julian Conrad (Goess)1:00:14 
8Johan Malherbe & Natie Ferreira (M Race)1:15:46 
9Robert Vogel & Ralton Roebert (Table Mountain Bikers)1:17:32 
10Paul Steyn & Steve Heywood (Crank Bullets)1:24:05 
11Urs Getensperger & Marcel Frei (Bueli Bike Tigers)1:33:12 
12Eric Marshall & Jaco Liebenberg (Idube)1:36:59 
Masters stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henry Swart & Juan Van Deventer (Rola-Volkswagen-Hermanus)5:18:01 
2Pieter Van Wyk & Robert King (Wilde 2)0:31:42 
3Henry Fagan & Deon Wilkins (Henry Fagan & Partners)0:37:31 
Solo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthys Beukes4:27:33 
2Corne Swart0:24:07 
3Peter Stopforth (1 Stop)0:49:40 
4Colin Donian (F 2 R)  
5Alex Kruger (Recycles)1:00:56 
6John Hayes1:03:29 
7Dirk Oerlemans (M T B Worx)1:07:19 
8Jason Peach1:15:08 
9Willem Butler1:19:45 
10Kenny Scheepers1:24:20 
11Christiaan Van Zyl1:25:35 
12Michael Coomans (Kappi Kappi)1:31:29 
13Emile Aldum (Oneserv)1:38:14 
14Stephan Du Plessis (Schpuk)1:38:16 
15Mike Frost1:56:08 
 Men general classification after stage 1  
1Kevin Evans & David George (Nedbank 360 Life)4:12:20 
2Ben Swanepoel & Nico Bell (Bells Cycling - Specialized)0:05:45 
3Adrien Niyonshuti & Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (M T N Qhubeka )0:06:34 
4Neil Macdonald & Waylon Woolcock (R E : C M)0:18:17 
5Christoph Sauser & Max Knox (36One-Songo.Info)0:27:39 
6Hannes Hanekom & Isak Hanekom (Contego)0:29:53 
7Micha De Vries & Liwald Doornbos (Cube Nutswerk)0:31:05 
8Timo Cooper & Reniell Matthysen (Wilde 1)0:36:02 
9Wynand Mulder & Kobus Barnard (Klein Karoo)0:53:27 
10Wayne Champion & Pieter Seyffert (Berntel)1:08:47 
11Craig Woods & Riaan Maintjies (First Ascent Duzi)1:09:16 
12Chris De Wet & Nevelle Van Zyl (Circle Cycles)1:10:48 
13Shane White & Lawrence Lindeque (Cycles Direct)1:17:39 
14Etienne Jordaan & Jacques Van Deventer (Hermanus)1:23:32 
15Francois Finlay & Andrew Ratcliffe (Big Ring Action)1:26:46 
16Dale Verran & Mark Pienaar (The Lama Brothers)  
17Brian Lennox & Jan Van Der Westhuizen (Watson & Brink)1:34:37 
18Michael Curtis & Adrian De La Harpe (Hook Em)1:36:57 
19Johann Le Roux & George De Kock (Worcester X-Men)1:37:43 
20Jacobus Diener & Chris Rohwer (Pandamonium)1:41:00 
21George Nel & Andre Immelman (Klein Karoo)1:43:00 
22Brendan Harcourt-Wood & Andrew Cattell (W H A M)1:46:43 
23Casper De Bruin & Clement De Bruin (Father And Son)1:47:55 
24Carel Bezuidenhoud & Bernard Kullen (Merrell 1)1:48:48 
25Simon Francis & Jethro De Decker (The Titans)1:49:21 
26Michael Jeffrey & Albert Swart (Gormic)1:50:37 
27Marnus Swanepoel & Karl Kielblock (Scooters George)1:53:20 
28Richard Stone & Mike Charlewood (Randcivils - Olive Tree Farms)2:01:01 
29Tonie Roux & Bredell Roux (Family Spirit)2:01:49 
30Deon Kretzschmar & Jacques Le Roux (Dieselbrook)2:10:52 
31Matthias Hoefer & Matthias Brust (Senza Limiti)2:15:32 
32Sivuyile Kepelele & Bongani Bhusakhawe (Songo.Info)2:17:04 
33Maartin Van Rensburg & Alex Van Rensburg (Pinky And The Brain)2:20:01 
34Pierre Billet & Rico Ruedisuehli (Www.Born In Africa.Org)2:27:34 
35Tim Frazer & Craig Lindeque (Merrell 2)2:29:13 
Women general classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ischen Stopforth & Catherine Williamson (Bizhub)4:55:05 
2Leanne Brown-Waterson & Hannele Steyn (Display Mania - Sludge Ladies)0:29:04 
3Katrin Neumann & Martina Miessgang (Mountain Heroes )0:35:12 
4Heletje Van Staden & Leana De Jager (Howard & Chamberlain)0:39:17 
5Petruschka Constancon & Amy Mcdougall (The Young And The Restless)1:05:45 
6Maryke Van Zyl & Theuns Botha (First Ascent Mixed)1:33:55 
7Theresa Horn & Elzaan Visser (First Ascent Ladies)1:46:10 
Mixed general classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erik Kleinhans & Ariane Kleinhans (Contego Mixed)4:46:10 
2Kathrin Stirnemann & Sandro Soncin (B H - Hai - Bike - Giraffes)0:08:38 
3Rene Stehr & Holger Neumann (Eo2 Sakse)0:25:45 
4Johan Labuschagne & Yolande De Villiers (Cycle Lab K T M Mixed)0:31:07 
5Nicola Payne & Tony Walker (Aim For Payne)0:39:27 
6Gerhard Ebersohn & Christine Jansen Van Rensburg (Pepto Sport)0:56:34 
7Alberto Prins & Joritha Prins (C P R)1:09:09 
8Derek Morgan & Hilana Marais (Eleven Whise Monkeys)1:11:23 
9Lyle Baldwin & Belinda Van Der Riet (Cathedral Peak)1:16:26 
10Anton De Waal & Brigitte De Waal (B - E - N)1:54:28 
Veterans general classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephan Kehnel & Jens Scholze (Fahrrad-Schmidt)4:58:15 
2Rex Benson & Koos Klopper (Cycle Lab Pta - Lynnwood)0:01:15 
3Pieter Van Rooyen & George Oertel (Makgadi Cubs)0:13:52 
4Chris Roux & Grey Van Tonder (Dokkie En Grys)0:15:09 
5Gus Klohn & Marc Wiederkehr (Ansaldo S T S Dunkeld Cycles)0:19:15 
6Guy Jennings & Kurt Von Buddenbrock (Steel Hips And Doughnut Ring)0:46:56 
7Paul Lochner & Julian Conrad (Goess)1:00:14 
8Johan Malherbe & Natie Ferreira (M Race)1:15:46 
9Robert Vogel & Ralton Roebert (Table Mountain Bikers)1:17:32 
10Paul Steyn & Steve Heywood (Crank Bullets)1:24:05 
11Urs Getensperger & Marcel Frei (Bueli Bike Tigers)1:33:12 
12Eric Marshall & Jaco Liebenberg (Idube)1:36:59 
Masters general classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henry Swart & Juan Van Deventer (Rola-Volkswagen-Hermanus)5:18:01 
2Pieter Van Wyk & Robert King (Wilde 2)0:31:42 
3Henry Fagan & Deon Wilkins (Henry Fagan & Partners)0:37:31 
Solo men general classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthys Beukes4:27:33 
2Corne Swart0:24:07 
3Peter Stopforth (1 Stop)0:49:40 
4Colin Donian (F 2 R)  
5Alex Kruger (Recycles)1:00:56 
6John Hayes1:03:29 
7Dirk Oerlemans (M T B Worx)1:07:19 
8Jason Peach1:15:08 
9Willem Butler1:19:45 
10Kenny Scheepers1:24:20 
11Christiaan Van Zyl1:25:35 
12Michael Coomans (Kappi Kappi)1:31:29 
13Emile Aldum (Oneserv)1:38:14 
14Stephan Du Plessis (Schpuk)1:38:16 
15Mike Frost1:56:08 

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