Jackson and Exelby win in Kamanassie wilderness

Mechanical problems slow Sauser and Behan

Kamanassie. If the name conjured up visions of Heaven and Hell in anticipation of today's 103 km, fourth stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek, then, at the end of the day, it was indelibly imprinted on the traumatised psyches of all who rode into this immense wilderness area between De Rust and Uniondale.

The leading teams spent all but an hour and a bit of today's heavy-duty challenge getting in and out of this gloriously beautiful "Nowhere Land" to finish in 5:36:37 - with half a minute between the top two teams. For the second day in a row, Donovan Jackson and Roan Exelby (Tread Magazine) took the stage honours from general classification leaders Erik Kleinhans and Johnny Kritizinger (Memory Foundation-Velotex). And with Squirt's Lieb Loots and Cornelius Muller less than a minute back and still third after this stage's 2,444m of climbing, the general classification at the top remains more-or-less the same.

Strong winds were again a feature of today's serious struggle. These blew cold in and out of Kamanassie. When that part of the ordeal was over, there were still 60 odd kilometres of rolling country roads (with one nasty pimple in the middle) to contend with.

Today's upset came, again, in the mixed section where general classification leaders Peter and Ischen Stopforth (Marsillio Products) were convincingly trounced by Schwinn's Petrus Malherbe and Janneke Leask (6:07:59) who are now only two-and-a-half minutes from the top classification position. Fienie Barnard and Esther Lategan were impressive yet again in the women's category with a zesty 6:39:54.

The Infradev Dunkeld Cycle Veteran's team of Gus Klohn and Mark Wiederkehr took today's stage to stay at the top in their category - but once again, very much in the shadow of the Sludge "super-toppies", masters category leaders, Brian Strauss and Linus van Onselen, in a head-shaking 6:11:12. What made the latter's performance even more remarkable was that Van Onselen lost the sole of one shoe in the middle of the wilderness and having tacked it together with cable ties, was obliged to limp in with a severely impaired pedal stroke.

The dynamic European duo of Christoph Sauser and Bobby Behan, who were on the podium yesterday, had mechanical problems in the Kamanassie - as did the Squirt boys when Muller punctured again. The Specialized-Songo men, who are the most popular team in the event, were rumoured, like so many other teams, to have suffered a slight lapse in their highly developed senses of humour.

Apparently senses of humour took a general pounding along with other more tangible, physical, aspects of interaction with today's route. There were certainly a few disgruntled back-markers coming out of Kamanassie as survivors more than competitors. And even riders who thrive in technical conditions admitted, sadly, that they were too tired to enjoy the descents.

In the wilderness section, there were scenes reminiscent of a war zone and special arrangements had to be made to evacuate those "casualties" who were quite willing, for the most part, to admit that their "injuries" were mainly the result of inadequate preparation: they just ran out of legs! But they had been warned and many of those who "bailed" today acknowledged this reason and were unstinting in their praise of the organisation and of the event generally. Now they know what to expect.

Tomorrow's 113km stage to George has been described as "probably the hardest" of the race.

Results

Men's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Donovan Jackson - Roan Exelby (Tread Magazine)5:36:37 
2Erik Kleinhans - Johnny Kritzinger (Memory Foundation-New Heights-Womf)0:00:31 
3Lieb Loots - Cornelius Muller (Squirt )0:01:40 
4Nico Verhoef - Cobus Barnard (Memory Foundation - Velotex)0:31:23 
5Christoph Sauser - Bobby Behan (Specialized-Songo)0:43:42 
6Gert Muller - Wayne Jelliman (E T S)0:58:37 
7Andre Ferreira - Lawrence Lindeque (E A Sports)1:36:12 
8Wayne Rebello - Dwayne Klingbiel (Whoknows)1:56:00 
9Kris Broekaert - Marco Glastra (Lowlands)2:00:20 
10Niel Rossouw - Nico Nieuwoudt (Byers Security)2:21:52 
11Jan Havenga - Quintin Myburgh (Helly Hansen Buds)2:25:23 
12Neill Leith - Jacov Lalou (Wooden Spoons)2:44:13 
13Willem Botha - Danie Van Aswegen (Virtuoso )3:05:46 
14Dirk Jooste - M J Vermeulen (Seekoeigat Sluipers)3:25:16 
15Stephen Steyn - Henk Pepler (Green Machine )3:25:47 
16Pieter-Jan Alberts - Stuart Anderson (Limelight 2)3:26:42 
17Allen Harris - Ralton Roebert (The Bolt And The Nut)3:37:21 
18Martin Ciolkosz - Dennis Nathrass (Nxgen)3:41:23 
19Schalk Louw - J C Louw (Team Contego)5:05:13 
20Greg Lind - Leighton Ashmead (Olympians)5:07:32 
21Ulendo Roode - Maartin Van Rensburg (I D C - Ride Life)5:11:41 
22Jacques Swart - Wessel Van Der Merwe (The Incredibles)5:15:43 
23Rudi Janse Van Vuuren - Etienne Ebden (E M E)5:45:48 
DNFWynand Mulder - Brian Lennox (Team Dryland)  
DNFJohan De Kock - Ean Steenkamp (Lake Grappa Trappers)  
DNFColin Bouwer - Paul Hattingh (Team Levitra)  
Women's teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fienie Barnard - Esther Lategan (Landmark)6:39:54 
Mixed teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Petrus Malherbe - Janneke Leask (Schwinn)6:07:59 
2Peter Stopforth - Ischen Stopforth (Marsilio Projects Mixed)0:12:20 
3Riaan Boshoff - Hannele Steyn-Kotze (Sludge Mixed)0:44:52 
4Chris Van Zyl - Elmien Stander (Cape Town Mixed)1:08:35 
5Derek Morgan - Julia Skea (The Pioneers)1:33:06 
6Gerhard Ebersohn - Christine Jansen Van Rensburg (G C)1:58:12 
7Ronel Ferreira - Robert Mcintosh (Progressive Wealth)3:06:45 
8Anthony Avidon - Ingrid Avidon (E P X)3:11:50 
9Bernie Van Niekerk - Mariette Van Niekerk (Molly & Wors)3:32:34 
10Johan Bornman - Marlize Moolman (L A Sport-T J M Mixed)4:11:13 
11Kevin Record - Vanessa Record (Boerin & Pom)4:11:15 
DNFBennie Bester - Marel Robbertze (Singletrack M T B Shop 1)  
DNFFelicia Kloet - Lance Morel (Dirt Riders)  
DNFRussell Wegner - Amanda Wegner (Diesel & Diehard)  
DNFAnnie Labuscagne - Lance Solms (Flying Pigs)  
Veterans teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gus Klohn - Marc Wiederkehr (Infradev Dunkeld Cycles)6:47:50 
2Temlett Hockey - Anthony De Jager (Paarl Pioneers)0:01:18 
3Thomas Babl - Charl Du Plessis (Hugenote Fietse)0:10:32 
4John Thomson - Duncan Bowman (Team Toyota)0:21:31 
5Angus Boxshall-Smith - Warren Lane (Double Diesel)1:26:38 
6Henry Angove - Gavin Robinson (Tuff Nuts)1:26:51 
7Jaco Liebenberg - Eric Marshall (Limelight)1:45:30 
8Mark Kingon - Gary Krull (The Heboths)1:50:04 
9Ben De Lange - Donovan Mcshane (The Team)2:11:52 
10Heinrich Nolan - Zaldeus Steenkamp (Team Soyo)2:34:50 
11John Miller - Johan Swartz (Rough Riders)2:42:40 
12Allen Liversage - Anton Bekker (T Z N (Team Zonder Naam])2:43:11 
13Lionel Lewis - Frans De Beer (L A Sport-T J M)3:31:17 
14Thom Spies - Tess De Wet (Spies)4:30:27 
DNFDavid Pienaar - Heinie Stover (Team Porcupine)  
Masters teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Strauss - Linus Van Onselen (Sludge)6:11:22 
2Paul Morris - Fran Ferreira (Zero Rush)1:50:34 
DNFAvril Godwin - John Metelerkamp (Cafe Mario)  
DNFBruce Dickson - Jack Stroucken (Deckle Edge)  
DNFPieter Du Toit - Andre Smith (Transito Tigers)  
Solo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Du Preez  
2Thys Benson  
3Carl Trieloff  
4Carlo Gonzaga  
5Barry Pauw  
6Louw Gerber  
7De Wet Marais  
DNFDenis Braithwaite  
Solo women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nolene Saunders9:16:39 
Individuals (men and women)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tinkie De Kock  
2Deon Carstens  
3Gareth Jones  
4Marius Van Der Sandt  
5Chris Herbst  
6Stephen Thompson  
7Stephan Grobler  
8Koos Du Plessis  
9Philip Viljoen  
10Anton De Waal  
11Pieter Breytenbach  
12Bernard Le Roux  
13Johan Botha  
14Henry Fagan  
15Henning Blaauw  
16Brian Gelling  
17Deon Cilliers  
18Louiza Swartz  
19Johan Labuschagne  
20Colin Myers  
21Rohan Kennedy  
DNFKabous Marra  
DNFJames King  
DNFBarbara Hage  
DNFAndrew Ibbotson  
Men's team general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Erik Kleinhans - Johnny Kritzinger (Memory Foundation-New Heights-Womf)19:29:52 
2Donovan Jackson - Roan Exelby (Tread Magazine)0:09:04 
3Lieb Loots - Cornelius Muller (Squirt )0:12:36 
4Christoph Sauser - Bobby Behan (Specialized-Songo)1:24:15 
5Nico Verhoef - Cobus Barnard (Memory Foundation - Velotex)1:33:34 
6Gert Muller - Wayne Jelliman (E T S)3:56:38 
7Kris Broekaert - Marco Glastra (Lowlands)4:40:38 
8Andre Ferreira - Lawrence Lindeque (E A Sports)4:47:46 
9Wayne Rebello - Dwayne Klingbiel (Whoknows)6:03:00 
10Jan Havenga - Quintin Myburgh (Helly Hansen Buds)8:02:16 
11Niel Rossouw - Nico Nieuwoudt (Byers Security)8:03:26 
12Willem Botha - Danie Van Aswegen (Virtuoso )9:03:08 
13Neill Leith - Jacov Lalou (Wooden Spoons)9:22:30 
14Stephen Steyn - Henk Pepler (Green Machine )10:24:49 
15Allen Harris - Ralton Roebert (The Bolt And The Nut)11:56:25 
16Martin Ciolkosz - Dennis Nathrass (Nxgen)12:15:07 
17Pieter-Jan Alberts - Stuart Anderson (Limelight 2)12:30:19 
18Dirk Jooste - M J Vermeulen (Seekoeigat Sluipers)13:40:28 
19Rudi Janse Van Vuuren - Etienne Ebden (E M E)15:43:51 
20Schalk Louw - J C Louw (Team Contego)16:13:23 
21Ulendo Roode - Maartin Van Rensburg (I D C - Ride Life)16:39:30 
22Jacques Swart - Wessel Van Der Merwe (The Incredibles)17:20:41 
23Greg Lind - Leighton Ashmead (Olympians)18:11:01 
Women's team classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fienie Barnard - Esther Lategan (Landmark)22:43:41 
Mixed team classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Stopforth - Ischen Stopforth (Marsilio Projects Mixed)21:15:28 
2Petrus Malherbe - Janneke Leask (Schwinn)0:02:31 
3Riaan Boshoff - Hannele Steyn-Kotze (Sludge Mixed)1:49:09 
4Chris Van Zyl - Elmien Stander (Cape Town Mixed)3:02:29 
5Derek Morgan - Julia Skea (The Pioneers)3:52:45 
6Gerhard Ebersohn - Christine Jansen Van Rensburg (G C)4:52:39 
7Anthony Avidon - Ingrid Avidon (E P X)8:48:57 
8Ronel Ferreira - Robert Mcintosh (Progressive Wealth)10:17:41 
9Bernie Van Niekerk - Mariette Van Niekerk (Molly & Wors)10:33:55 
10Johan Bornman - Marlize Moolman (L A Sport-T J M Mixed)11:50:37 
11Kevin Record - Vanessa Record (Boerin & Pom)12:44:34 
Veteran Team classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gus Klohn - Marc Wiederkehr (Infradev Dunkeld Cycles)22:51:27 
2Temlett Hockey - Anthony De Jager (Paarl Pioneers)0:16:09 
3John Thomson - Duncan Bowman (Team Toyota)0:52:58 
4Thomas Babl - Charl Du Plessis (Hugenote Fietse)1:00:52 
5Angus Boxshall-Smith - Warren Lane (Double Diesel)3:49:59 
6Jaco Liebenberg - Eric Marshall (Limelight)5:31:29 
7Henry Angove - Gavin Robinson (Tuff Nuts)5:51:03 
8Mark Kingon - Gary Krull (The Heboths)5:54:16 
9Ben De Lange - Donovan Mcshane (The Team)8:11:53 
10Allen Liversage - Anton Bekker (T Z N (Team Zonder Naam])9:21:38 
11John Miller - Johan Swartz (Rough Riders)9:57:43 
12Heinrich Nolan - Zaldeus Steenkamp (Team Soyo)10:06:36 
13Lionel Lewis - Frans De Beer (L A Sport-T J M)11:44:32 
14Thom Spies - Tess De Wet (Spies)12:48:40 
Masters team classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Strauss - Linus Van Onselen (Sludge)21:27:04 
2Paul Morris - Fran Ferreira (Zero Rush)6:27:32 
Solo men classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Louw Gerber24:57:01 
2De Wet Marais0:13:14 
3Carlo Gonzaga3:57:39 
4Carl Trieloff4:08:02 
5Barry Pauw5:15:21 
6Thys Benson5:18:42 
7Robert Du Preez8:19:38 
Solo women classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nolene Saunders30:37:57 
Individual classification after stage 4 (men and women)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johan Labuschagne20:30:21 
2Rohan Kennedy1:35:23 
3Deon Cilliers2:38:25 
4Colin Myers3:49:37 
5Henning Blaauw4:02:03 
6Henry Fagan4:14:32 
7Brian Gelling4:28:40 
8Bernard Le Roux8:56:34 
9Stephan Grobler9:52:17 
10Chris Herbst11:31:49 
11Johan Botha12:02:28 
12Philip Viljoen12:05:46 
13Koos Du Plessis12:17:30 
14Anton De Waal12:28:26 
15Stephen Thompson13:02:30 
16Pieter Breytenbach13:23:48 
17Gareth Jones14:03:02 
18Marius Van Der Sandt14:30:47 
19Louiza Swartz15:26:20 
20Deon Carstens15:56:11 
21Tinkie De Kock16:08:38 
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