Sauser and Stander strike again

Facing a distance of 89km on stage 1, racers rolled out on the flat roads out of Tulbagh with no idea of what was to come. Soon after leaving town, short but incredibly steep, rough and loose climbs appeared, and on the treacherous descents.  Volleyball-sized rocks and sand patches pocked the little-used doubletracks.

While the pro riders made short work of it, the first 50km took backmarkers over five hours. The stage's last climb on some rough roads brought riders to the top of one of most precariously difficult downhills ever in this race. With large rocks, deep ruts and a sheer drop on the left, riders needed to slow down but the terrain did not stop Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser or women’s winners Eva Lechner and Nathalie Schneitter.

Men’s category

The men’s category for stage 1 was won for the second consecutive day by the South African/Swiss team of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser (team 36ONE Songo Specialized) in a time of 3:52.14. (overall time 4:54.55).

They were followed by Urs Huber and Konny Looser of the Stockli Pro team in 3:53.16 (overall time 4:58.17) with the Bulls 2 team of Tim Boehme and Thomas Dietsch in third place in 3:54.25 (overall time 4:59.49). The Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm was fourth (3:56.02; overall time 5:00.38) with Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess of Multivan Merida Biking in fifth place (3:56.03; overall time 5:00.26). Last year's winners Platt and Sahm are now in fifth position overall, with Sauser and Stander leading them by five minutes and 43 seconds.

The big news of the day was that one of the favourite contenders for this year's title, Kevin Evans (of team 360LIFE), unfortunately had to withdraw after breaking his collarbone.

"We rode well today, had good legs and felt comfortable," said Stander. "It wasn't a day for tactics, just really tough up and down, up and down. Our full suspension bikes definitely worked, and we could see the other guys were all over the place. We rode at our pace, but had problems with a chain and also a flat near the end, but went full force after that again.”

“I'm really sorry about what happened to Kevin. The course was hard and one could lose this race on the downhills as well as your career. We took it steady and luckily didn't have any big problems.”

"I had a crash early on in the race in one of the downhill sections. One needed to be conservative in the downhills today," said Sauser. "I prefer to go full out and not ride on my brakes too much, but you need to bear the next day in mind. I'm also feeling very sorry for Kevin. It's the worst thing that can happen to you. This is the most important race of the year and for this to happen on the second day is really bad luck.”

Huber, who has won over 50 races in his career to date, said, "We were the first team to arrive at the Telkom Hotspot, which felt great and after the second water point we felt even better and pushed to the front. The last hour Konny wasn't as strong as me, but a podium finish at the Cape Epic is a great feeling. With regards to our chances for the race, we still have six days to go. We'll take it day by day.”

Dietsch was not feeling so great at the beginning of today's stage. "But mid-race my legs started feeling really good. It was really hard today with Susi (Christoph Sauser) and Burry pushing so hard. I struggled the last 10km of the race and just wanted to survive and get to the finish line. It was really hot and we come from the European winter, so need to first become acclimatised to the heat.”

For Stefan Sahm of the Bulls team, today was "a horrible stage. The course was challenging, the other riders were going very fast and I can't feel my arms. I want to lie down now. I saw Kevin walking down a section of the route, but only heard later what happened. It was hard with all the dust, you couldn't see the riders in front of you. I also almost crashed. It's almost unfair what happened to him as they were definitely a team for the podium. It's a shame it ended this way.”

Genze of Multivan Merida Biking reckoned it was a tough stage. "We missed the track and lost about a minute. We were in the leading group of four teams. That's when the two Bulls teams caught up with us.”

For David George (of team 360LIFE), riding with Evans, stage 1 was heartbreaking. "But you have to roll with the punches. We'll be back. “This is how the game works. There was massive preparation for the Cape Epic and I guess I feel disappointed for everyone contributing to the huge effort. Don't close the book on us yet, though - Kev and I will be back for more.”

Ladies category

Eva Lechner and Nathalie Schneitter (team Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) won the ladies category for the second day in a row in a time of 5:11.17 (overall time 6:31.37), ahead of Sally Bigham and Karien Van Jaarsveld (team USN) in a time of 5:13.12 (overall 6:39.49). Hanlie Booyens and Ischen Stopforth of team Absa aBreast finished in third place in 5:19.13 (6:46.49). Lechner and Schneitter lead by eight minutes and 12 seconds.

"I had to work really hard today. I had cramps in my legs," said Schneitter. "I guess everyone has a bad day and today was mine. I even crashed in a sandy corner - my own fault, because I wasn't concentrating. We tried to drink a lot from the beginning as we're not accustomed to this heat.”

Mixed category

The Wheeler - BIXS team of Berti Bucher and Esther Suss won the mixed category again in 4:37.16 (overall 5:53.02), followed by Erika Kleinhans and Ariane L¨¹thi in 4:47.26 (overall 6:07.34). The Swiss team of Daniel Annaheim and Renata Bucher (Baumat/zaboobikes.com) finished in third place in 5:02.38 (overall 6:23.09).

"We were strong on the first climbs but the downhills were difficult as you couldn't see ahead of you due to the dust," said Bucher. "The stage was up and down, up and down, so no rhythm. Esther is definitely better prepared this year and we're doing it differently to last year. We seem to increase our speed as we go along.”

Suss said the race was fast. "We had a lot of steep uphills and tricky downhills and I liked it. The downhills were fun and I felt good in the uphills. I think I'm in better form than last year and look forward to the upcoming season.”

Master's category

The Juwi team made up of Carsten Bresser and Udo Boelts won for the second time so far this year. Their winning time was 4:18.11 (overall time 5:30.43). They were followed by Robert Sim and Doug Brown of the Robert Daniel team in 4:33.05(overall time 5:46.35) with the Nandos team of Adrian Enthoven and Gerrie Beukes in third place in 4:37.16 (overall time 5:54.11). The Juwi team lead by 15 minutes and 52 seconds.

"This was a really tough first stage for us," said Bresser. "We had some bad luck and lost about three minutes. We took a wrong turn.”

His teammate Boelts said, "The beginning was not too bad, but coming from the cold to the heat made me struggle in the last part. Carsten pulled me through the last 5km. I'm just happy it's over as the first day is always the hardest for me. The South African heat is always a shock to my system at the beginning of the race.”

Doug Brown of the Robert Daniel team reckoned the first half was slow and hard on the legs. "The second part was much better and faster. I enjoyed it but we still have a long way to go. The conditions were good and not too windy.”

"I took a tumble and then struggled a bit after that," said Sim. "But this is a team race and my partner was strong and carried me through and lots can still happen.”

Stage 2: Tulbagh to Tulbagh (104km and 2300m of climbing)

A 12km steady upward drag will take riders to a 6km climb on an ancient Voortrekker wagon trail, specially opened for the race. At the top, the 18km mark, riders will have already ascended almost 1000m. With this stage's major obstacle out of the way, the valley opens up ahead, with the route looping clockwise, following the buffer zone between orchards and mountainside.

A look at the profile shows that the tracks are far from flat and a short section of single-track will compensate the labours of the first 50km. The weather forecast for tomorrow is that it will be a hot day in the valley and riders will be tempted to take a dip in one of the several dams dotted along the route as they begin to head home.

After a 1.5km rise to the highpoint of the day's outing will come the reward of the hard work invested in the first climb. On a clear day, the unmistakable silhouette of Table Mountain will be visible from the crest. Riders then descend the wagon trail towards town for a good night's rest.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christoph Sauser (Swi) & Burry Stander (RSA) 36ONE-Songo-Specialized3:52:14
2Urs Huber (Swi) & Konny Looser (Swi) Stockli pro0:01:02
3Thomas Dietsch (Fra) & Tim Boehme (Ger) Bulls 20:02:11
4Karl Platt (Ger) & Stefan Sahm (Ger) Bulls0:03:49
5Hannes Genze (Ger) & Jochen Kaess (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking0:03:49
6Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) & Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza0:09:26
7Andreas Kugler (Swi) & Markus Kaufmann (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking 20:10:36
8Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) & Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf Trek Pro Racing0:13:33
9Lukas Flueckiger (Swi) & Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:13:34
10Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) & Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka-Trek 20:13:35
11Alexandre Moos (Swi) & Balthasar Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing0:14:01
12Mannie Heymans (Nam) & Adrien Niyonshuti (RSA)0:14:21
13Jose Hermida (Spa) & Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking 30:15:23
14Marc Bassingthwaigthe (Nam) & Philip Buys (RSA) Garmin adidas 20:18:32
15Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) & Axel Bult (Ned) Stevens - Vredestein Bike0:20:01
16Paul Cordes (RSA) & Charles Keey (RSA) MTN/Qhubeka0:20:05
17Brandon Stewart (RSA) & Shan Wilson (RSA) Toyota DCM0:20:29
18Bart Brentjens (Ned) & Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek0:22:36
19Ramon Bianchi (Ita) & Mike Felderer (Ita) Team Full-Fynamix0:24:24
20Arnaud Grosjean (Fra) & Steven Garcin (Fra) BH SRSuntour0:27:54
21Jason Sager (USA) & Benjamin Sonntag (USA) Jamis0:27:56
22Shaun Lewis (Aus) & Peter Hatton (Aus) Rockstar Racing0:31:20
23Ben Melt Swanepoel (RSA) & Jock Green (RSA) Ghost/Specialized0:34:22
24Umberto Corti (Ita) & Fabio Ursi (Ita) CBE Merida0:37:23
25Xavier Dafflon (Swi) & Nicolas Luethi (Swi) PRO Cycles Prof - Suisse Romande0:44:53
26Bruce Anderson (RSA) & Stuart Anderson (RSA) 19740:47:52
27Giuseppe Ribolzi (Swi) & Daniele Zucconi (Swi) ASSOS XC0:48:20
28Lieuwe Boonstra (RSA) & Alastair Davies (RSA) Momentum Specialised Insurance0:49:27
29Cesar Moura (Bra) & Silvio Amorim (Bra) Brasil0:50:40
30Nicolas Durin (Fra) & Julien Saussac (Fra) Comit? Rhone Alpes0:50:55
31Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Bel) & Alexis Matthys (Bel) WMTB.be - Overbike0:51:34
32Hannes Hanekom (RSA) & Sakkie Hanekom (RSA) Tru-Cape0:51:41
33Roberto Heras (Spa) & Luis Alberto Da Costa (Por) Giant-PACTO-DS0:52:02
34Hennie Kriek (RSA) & Nico Bell (RSA) Mankele / Bells Cycling0:52:25
35Simon Zahnd (Swi) & Damian Perrin (Swi) Baumat / zaboobikes.com0:52:37
36Chuck Gibson (USA) & Gregy Gibson (USA) www.TruckerCo.com0:52:45
37Mike Blewitt (Aus) & William Hayter (GBr) MarathonMTB.com0:57:31
38Uros Breski (Slo) & Valerio Lutman (Slo) VENKO by DJAK0:57:31
39Martin Saenz (Ecu) & Galo Tamayo (Ecu) Continental Nissan Ecuador0:57:33
40Mathieu Alba (Reu) & Giovanni Gonthier (Reu) Cyclozone0:57:59
41Jean-francois Bossler (Fra) & Pierre-yves Facomprez (Fra) Look - KMC0:58:31
42Jean Van Wyk (RSA) & Greg Goodall (RSA) Enjoy Fitness1:06:48
43Andrew Grobler (RSA) & Rowan Grobler (RSA) Adidas Groblers1:07:22
44Dennis Du Toit (RSA) & Jandri Ferreira (RSA) VOX Telecom1:08:09
45Jose Luis Arce (Spa) & Blake Harlan (USA) Andalucia Bike Race / Jamis1:10:19
46Johan Wentzel (RSA) & rynard van hoven (RSA) REPARIL1:12:09
47Ruben Wey (Swi) & J?rg Franke (Swi) bike4life.ch1:12:47
48Paris Basson (RSA) & Roelof Burger (Aus) BOS ice tea1:12:48
49Hans Ivar Festad (Nor) & Tor Atle Fuglerud (Nor) Raufoss & Gj?vik SK1:13:17
50Herman Keuler (RSA) & Jan Scannell (RSA) Attix5/SCAS1:15:31
51Dreyer Van Huyssteen (RSA) & Ryan Hodierne (RSA) Ride Magazine1:16:09
52Willem Van Heerdt (Ned) & Jonathan Wallace (Ned) Campana 31:16:10
53Brent Russell (RSA) & Andrew Mazewski (GBr) PointBreak1:16:15
54Greeff Moolman Jnr. (RSA) & Jozua de Kock (RSA) Thule Stellenbosch1:16:22
55Jimmy Grade (Bel) & Raf de Bakker (Bel) Connection 31:16:24
56David Leiman (RSA) & Marco Pulvirenti (RSA) Thule-Safindit1:17:05
57Simon Lamond (RSA) & Nic Lamond (RSA) RSAWEB SwiftCarbon1:17:14
58Sandro Soncin (Swi) & Pascal M?ller (Swi) Hammermann Racing1:18:15
59Mark Coram (RSA) & Hudson Chevallier (RSA) Davieslab1:20:38
60Sylvain Ecoffey (Swi) & Daniel Gremaud (Swi) Movement1:21:09
61Craig Boyes (RSA) & Stefan Ihenfeldt (RSA)1:22:55
62Shaun Michael Ellis (RSA) & Merlyn Jackson (RSA) Cadence Capital1:23:53
63Cobus Hendriksz (RSA) & Carel Le Roux (RSA) Vela VKE1:24:38
64Jannas Du plessis (RSA) & Charl Du Plessis (RSA) Mr. Metal1:25:59
65David Zimmermann (Swi) & Mike Fridelance (Swi) Jura Swiss1:26:19
66Vedran Mohorovicic (Cro) & DJani Simcic (Cro) Ghost Croatia1:26:22
67Maarten Van Der Horst (Ned) & Kell Westfehling (RSA) Electric Spinach1:27:10
68Sven Riedesel (Ger) & Werner Portugall (Ger) Adidas Campana1:27:36
69Jordi Collell (Spa) & Josep Serra (Spa) CC Pedal Ter-Fanatik Sports1:28:56
70James Rait (RSA) & Peter Foster (RSA) Fundhouse/Think Bike1:29:03
71Orion Riggs (Aus) & Richard Enthoven (Aus) Cycle Nation1:29:13
72Ico Schutte (RSA) & Jaco Ferreira (RSA) Old Fashioned Fish and Chips1:33:51
73Neill Marsilio (RSA) & Matt Osborne (RSA) Bemer South Africa1:35:10
74Heinrich Tait (RSA) & Nicom Loubser (RSA) Barista Boys1:35:43
75Ferdie Potgieter (RSA) & Iain Don-Wauchope (RSA) Inter Africa1:36:55
76Tom Janas (Ger) & Axel Mueller (Ger) Sportograf.com men1:37:14
77Asaf Sametz (Isr) & Raz Shapira (Isr) City CYcling Club- CCC1:37:32
78Joao Mendes (RSA) & Ryan Binedell (RSA) GVK Racing1:38:22
79Willem Coetzee (RSA) & Malan Wykerd (RSA) Team Distance 4 Difference1:40:11
80Mark Everdij (RSA) & Jason Deane (RSA) Living the Dream1:40:40
81Simon Finch (Aus) & Nicholas Finch (GBr) Australian Mountain Bike Magazine1:41:34
82Danny Bens (Ned) & Erno Van Dongen (Ned) Ernobubensi1:41:45
83Urs Walder (Swi) & Mario Pfister (Swi) Swiss Cowboys1:42:03
84Pedro Lourenco (Por) & Andre Pinto (Por) Aventura Gislotica/Sysmo/Rocky mnt1:42:08
85Johann Le Roux (RSA) & Willie Roux (RSA) Die Bosvarke1:42:16
86Leonardo Santos (Bra) & Luis Octavio Costa (Bra) Rasta1:42:20
87John Spapens (Ned) & Marco Van Den Helm (Ned) BraBikers1:42:31
88Ken Van den Bulke (Bel) & Tjeerd Govaert (Ned) Trisport Pharma - SABMA1:42:34
89Francois Finlay (RSA) & Mark Pienaar (RSA) Big Ring Action1:42:54
90Noel Droomer (RSA) & Louis Ferreira (RSA) Droomers1:42:57
91Patrick Van Schoor (RSA) & Benjamin Howard (RSA) Supersport1:42:58
92Gunther Bauer (Aut) & Michael Weiss (Aut) Austria Wachau1:43:36
93Christo Groenewald (RSA) & Lawrence Lindeque (RSA) Burn jOules1:43:38
94Werner Joubert (RSA) & John Swanepoel (RSA) Kibwe Kids1:44:18
95Darryl Grobbelaar (RSA) & David Ellis (RSA) ETS1:44:20
96Hugo Prado (Bra) & Robson F. Da Silva (Bra) OCE-treine.net/Infanti/KHS1:45:20
97Duncan Vos (RSA) & Patrick Cruywagen (RSA) Toyota PD 441:45:22
98Christiaan Nel (RSA) & Karl Kielblock (RSA) Two Adders1:46:47
99Dmitriy Surovtsev (Rus) & Vitaliy Skorobogatov (Rus) redBike - russian express1:47:57
100Darol Howes (RSA) & Bruce Hughes (RSA) Diabetesadventure.com1:49:25
101Alberto Santiago (USA) & Marcos Rosado (USA) A Victoria MTB Puerto Rico1:50:50
102Gareth Rees (RSA) & Rory Wilson (RSA) Parks Cycling Club1:50:55
103Miguel Goncalves (Por) & Alexandre Gonzalves (Por) Barcelos - Portugal1:51:20
104Renaud Schindelholz (Swi) & Rafael Ruiz del portal (Swi) Swiss Hornets1:52:48
105Kobus Venter (RSA) & Jaco Kamfer (RSA) Absa Capital1:52:51
106Pieter Venter (RSA) & Dewald Scholtz (RSA) Pure Hope1:52:56
107Chris Anderson (RSA) & Nico Van Zyl (RSA) Iron Fist1:53:49
108Johan Venter (RSA) & Fanie Venter (RSA) Neef & Niggie Venter1:55:14
109Kevin De baets (Bel) & David Osaer (Bel) Beachbikers L1:56:27
110Dirk Nel (RSA) & Cedric Jansen Van Vuuren (RSA) Neotrend Property Developers1:56:52
111joery vanderhulst (Bel) & Johan Frooninckx (Bel) Connections MTB 21:57:12
112Jose Correia Pinto Filho (Bra) & Lourenco Bizarria (Bra) Abrame1:58:11
113Tommie Van de Velde (Bel) & Yann Vandemeulebroecke (Bel) Ghent Speed Kings1:59:47
114Bryce Munro (RSA) & Guylin van den Berg (RSA) SOAR2:00:04
115Wilhelm De Beer (RSA) & Stephen Butler (NZl) PSC Consulting - Buycycle2:00:25
116Jaco Erasmus (RSA) & Emiel Van Vuuren (RSA) Wasabi2:00:44
117Zbigniew Mossoczy (Pol) & Jakub Sikorski (Pol) Sikorski bikeBoard Team2:02:12
118Rob Gilmour (RSA) & Mark Slingsby (RSA) RSAWEB SwiftCarbon 22:02:18
119Stamatis Kapsimalis (RSA) & Christos Paterimos (RSA) John Dorys2:03:07
120Christopher Maughan (RSA) & Matthew Miller (RSA) GVK Siya Zama2:03:26
121Stefan Van den Heever (RSA) & Koos Van Rooyen (RSA) Aircrew2:03:28
122Arnaud De Commarmond (Mri) & Christophe Lincoln (Mri) Mauritius Beach Riders2:03:55
123Greg Keers (GBr) & Conan Gibney (GBr) Ful-On Tri2:03:56
124Almero Barnard (RSA) & Denver Knoetzen (RSA) Newco Tech Racing2:05:33
125Mathew Browne (RSA) & Francois Louw (RSA) Proactive Fitness2:06:13
126Nico Botha (RSA) & Francios Du Toit (RSA) Smack Down2:06:17
127Marco Bloem (Ned) & Jeroen Verbocht (Ned) Leertouwer.nl2:06:35
128Myles Tyler (RSA) & Dean Black (RSA) Cyclelab VIP2:08:41
129Cedric Carreira (Fra) & Regis Lala (Fra) Rotorfrance.com2:09:49
130Danie Viljoen (RSA) & George De Kock (RSA) Delecta and Graaff-Fruit2:10:26
131Matthew Michael Heyns (RSA) & Hj Nel (RSA) No Sweat2:10:27
132Jean Christophe Vassor (Reu) & Ludovic Vassor (Reu) VASSOR 9742:10:27
133Gary Sherriff (GBr) & Duane Vock (GBr) Continental Tyres LSA2:10:48
134Sirk Loots (RSA) & Maarten Van Dalsen (GBr) Yo-Yo2:11:45
135Herbert Korblet (Ned) & Gert Korblet (Ned) Sportvoedingwebshop.com2:12:54
136Gustavo Garcia (RSA) & Andrew Westaway (RSA) Swazi gold2:13:34
137Radek Tuma (Cze) & Pavel Brabec (Cze) Sensor CZ - TJ Rumburk2:14:19
138Rafael Sheffer (Isr) & Tal Shagan (Isr) ccc-32:16:06
139Gunter Selleslagh (Bel) & Tom Op de Beeck (Bel) Roadracers2:16:41
140David De Lima (RSA) & Taygan Robson (RSA) 24/7 SECURITY2:17:41
141Jason Bailey (RSA) & Ben Mathewson (RSA) Choice2:17:43
142Minter Barnard (Aus) & Hannes Van Eeden (RSA) Super Kroes2:19:59
143Barry Van Blerk (RSA) & Clark Gardner (RSA) Watch out Bulls2:20:16
144Gerhard van der merwe (RSA) & Mario Strydom (RSA) GRW22:20:17
145Richard Mann (GBr) & Robin Card (UAE) Aecom2:21:25
146Russell Crowder (GBr) & Robin Ovenden (GBr) 5339.co.uk2:24:19
147Nuno Filipe Machado (Por) & Diogo Casado Vieira (Por) Bike Magazine - Move Free2:25:00
148Max Pelser (RSA) & De Villiers Groenewald (RSA) Epic Masochists2:25:25
149Freddie Bakkes (RSA) & John Dalton (RSA) Tru-Cape Legait2:25:38
150Lammert Oosthuizen (RSA) & Francois Jacobus Joubert (RSA) Rosette2:26:40
151Tony Van Marken (RSA) & Christopher Chorley (RSA) Pragma Vox Telecom2:27:10
152Lander Torfs (Bel) & Bart Houben (Bel) Connections MTB2:27:34
153Hardus Blignaut (RSA) & Dirk Erasmus (RSA) Kakiebos2:27:38
154Leon Kohne (RSA) & Jonathan Cave (RSA) Highway Bakkie Hire2:29:02
155Garth Briggs (RSA) & Pieter Van Der Merwe (RSA) ABSA Private Bank2:29:25
156Gordon Johnstone (RSA) & Panjo Van de Sande (RSA) 2 Pints Plz2:29:28
157Fabian Van Altena (Ned) & Wouter Lazet (Ned) Fiets.nl2:29:34
158Jonathan Odendaal (RSA) & Barend Daniel Pienaar (RSA) Bearing Man Group2:29:34
159Andy Walton (RSA) & Kevin Taljaard (RSA) The Coots2:30:50
160Brett Pollock (RSA) & Andrew Barnes (RSA) Polyflex022:31:59
161Marc Copeland (RSA) & Paul Close (RSA) Investec2:32:11
162Johann Gerber (RSA) & Wesley Lentz (RSA) GT Bumble Bee's2:32:28
163Kevin Mc Pherson (RSA) & Wolfgang Von Loeper (RSA) Wedderwill2:32:49
164Francisco Nestor teixeira filho (Bra) & nilo chaves maia (Bra) Brazil Zona Alvo2:33:10
165Gert Leenstra (RSA) & HP Muller (RSA) Wrap-IT Zululand2:33:12
166Dirkie Van Der Merwe (RSA) & Francois Coetzer (RSA) Senkal Allen2:35:02
167Andrewe Procter (RSA) & Wesley Procter (RSA) ABSA 10ACITY2:37:08
168Matthaeus Meier (Swi) & Christoph Egger (Swi) MC Swiss2:37:48
169Alex Kruger (RSA) & Barto Van Der Merwe (RSA) Ossur2:38:05
170John Mohaud (RSA) & Brett Hess (RSA) JACKAL2:38:32
171Rodrigo Vasconcellos (Bra) & Gus Albuquerque (Bra) Mangho2:38:33
172Yves Claeys (Bel) & Christophe De Clercq (Bel) Beachbikers M2:39:21
173Wynand Du Toit (RSA) & Louis Abram De Wilde (RSA) Overberg Water2:40:05
174Phillip Stuart-Hill (RSA) & Laurence Stuart-Hill (RSA) The Hills2:42:12
175Izak Du Plessis (RSA) & Theo Coetzee (RSA) Overberg Water Gladiators2:42:20
176Adrian Garvey (RSA) & Brian Osborne (RSA) Toyota Tuff Butt's2:42:28
177Nicholas Renecle (RSA) & Hennie Botha (RSA) Stortech2:44:11
178Sintu Vives (And) & Alex Rebes (Spa) sintuvives.com2:44:50
179Urs Pietsch (Ger) & Christian Scheiwe (Ger) Felt Oetzal X-Bionic2:45:55
180Nigel Adcock (Aus) & Mark Oliver (RSA) South Perth Rouleurs/Wembly Cycles2:45:56
181Lourens Van der Westhuizen (RSA) & Rowan Marais (RSA) Sinethemba2:46:03
182Anthony Jankovich-Besan (RSA) & Herman van der Werf (RSA) Arniston Guzzlers2:46:09
183Jacobus Van Zyl (RSA) & Pieter Van Zyl (RSA) Ashwin2:46:14
184Sander Van den Born (Ned) & Cor Kraamwinkel (RSA) TwoCon2:46:32
185Hendrik Steyn Prinsloo (RSA) & Bruce Mcqueen (RSA) Umsenga2:46:40
186David Griffiths (GBr) & Mark Griffiths (GBr) Mountain Ninjas2:46:41
187Mattheus Lotter (RSA) & Gerhard Huiskens (RSA) TJOPPERS2:47:04
188Matthias Boufessile (Bel) & Mohammed Boufessile (Bel) Boufessile2:47:53
189Craig McKune (RSA) & Justin Persson (RSA) Mail&Guardian2:47:56
190Greig Jansen (Eth) & Andy Higginbotham (RSA) Twakkie and Corne'2:48:22
191Josias Barbosa (Bra) & Thiago Menezes Fernandes (Bra) Palito e Pelota2:48:28
192Jared Gottschalk (RSA) & Bruce Darne (RSA) Auction Alliance2:48:55
193Jacques Du Sautoy (RSA) & Cole Stanton (RSA) Milton vs Granton2:49:45
194Corn? Klem (RSA) & Evert Meintjes (RSA) Qubeka2:50:04
195Charl de Villiers (RSA) & Louis De Villiers (RSA) 2XU - Div Brothers2:51:59
196Richard Fair (Moz) & Timothy Fair (RSA) Carpe Diem2:52:22
197Willem Jacobus Jacobs (RSA) & Roger Kear (RSA) On Top2:52:25
198Robert Ambler-smith (RSA) & Garreth Montano (RSA) Specialized Forces2:53:53
199Jaco Du Plessis (RSA) & Louis Groenewald (RSA) JIP 4 Kleine Kuikens2:53:59
200David Egli (Swi) & Christoph N?tzi (Swi) Baspo2:54:45
201Gary James (RSA) & Anton De Waal (RSA) B-E-N2:55:01
202Francois Theron (RSA) & Deon Kotze (RSA) The Legends2:56:29
203Gavin Richardson (RSA) & Darryl Fox (RSA) Fit Sports Lab2:56:30
204Lucas Stevens (Ned) & Emiel Stevens (Ned) StevenS2:56:30
205Tim Koek (Ned) & Martin Rijswijk (Ned) Bike Action Alkmaar2:56:31
206Francois Swart (RSA) & St?phan Human (RSA) Ecotech Converge Bigtree2:56:32
207Antonie De Klerk (RSA) & Con Viljoen (RSA) Impact Adventure2:56:46
208Earl Van Zyl (RSA) & Adrian Smit (RSA) Cutoff Dodgers by Transition Risk2:57:10
209Jordi Garcia (Spa) & Joan Garcia Batlle (Spa) Initzia Renovables2:57:41
210Andrew Britz (GBr) & Zane Smith (GBr) Cyclesphere/Squirt Lube/Propsat 12:57:43
211Luke Ferris (Can) & Adam Ferris (Can) Serenity Now2:58:28
212Peter De Schipper (Ned) & Jeroen Swildens (Ned) Hellas Triathlon2:59:10
213Julian Bryant (RSA) & David Knott (RSA) Megapro2:59:27
214Selwin Young (RSA) & Pieter Le Roux (RSA) AFRI-CAN3:00:19
215Brendan Williams (RSA) & Gavin Williams (RSA) Terason Tigers3:01:54
216Werner Botha (RSA) & Pieter Theron (RSA) Saronsberg3:02:26
217Thomas Borst (Ger) & Dominik Borst (Ger) is des gefahrn3:02:56
218Nelson Snyder (USA) & Brien Crothers (USA) Cyclepath Racing3:04:28
219Robert Viljoen (RSA) & Con Blom (RSA) ZaPOP3:06:48
220Lionel Chantren (RSA) & Fran?ois de Crawhez (Bel) General Sherman3:07:52
221Craig Moyes (RSA) & Gerhard Bester (RSA) Fat Fish3:08:21
222Frederick Phillips (Ber) & Paul Slabber (RSA) Flying Dutchmen3:08:42
223Gert van der Walt (RSA) & Johan Maartens (RSA) MyRoof.co.za Doctors for Life3:09:28
224Russell Mawson (GBr) & Simon Neuhoff (GBr) Kiss My Granny Ring3:09:45
225Matthew Parkes (GBr) & Robert Baxter (GBr) Alpenforce3:10:57
226Gilberto Ambrogi (Bra) & Vinicius Silva (Bra) GibaVini3:11:50
227Ockert Oosthuizen (RSA) & Francois Nel (RSA) Thule Clearwater and Cycles Online3:11:52
228Johan Jacobs (RSA) & Eric Starke (RSA) Lucky Valley Douglas3:12:12
229Thembisile Mtintsilana (RSA) & Masixole Matini (RSA) VisionK3:14:26
230Sean Wibberley (RSA) & Chris Dando (RSA) Judges Benevolent Fund3:15:21
231Attie Visser (RSA) & Marais Steyn (RSA) Spartans3:16:17
232Coen De Kock (RSA) & Clayton Hindle (RSA) Dimsiss Assist3:17:42
233Andrew Steytler (RSA) & Wesley Botha (RSA) Geeronimo3:18:06
234Bertie van Zyl (RSA) & Anton Lume (RSA) JAG ZZ23:18:14
235Werner Du Toit (RSA) & John-William Awbrey (RSA) Mountain Bike Assassin's3:18:33
236Stamatis Balidis (RSA) & Denzil Nightingale (RSA) Working Class3:19:14
237Cameron Adams (RSA) & Jonathan Vogel (RSA) 110%3:19:15
238Luca Zat (Ita) & Sandro Marcorin (Ita) BPT Racing3:19:43
239Ferdi Van Zyl (RSA) & Michael Dippenaar (RSA) Mega sore ass3:21:07
240Werner Gerntholtz (Can) & Jake Crowther (RSA) The Outeniqua Rockies3:22:02
241Dirk Lourens (RSA) & Adriaan De Beer (RSA) eXXaro-eXXplore3:22:55
242Jannie Louw (RSA) & Stian Dreyer (RSA) Super Subs3:23:34
243Gerhardt Johannes Breytenbach (RSA) & Gerrit Pieterse (RSA) cranknuts3:24:10
244Philip Steyn (Nam) & Pierre van Rensburg (Nam) Black Mambas3:24:56
245Niel Muller (RSA) & Marius Van Zyl (RSA) Scared Shiftless3:26:48
246Rudi Pieterse (RSA) & Willem Du Toit (RSA) RUFCO3:26:54
247Nico Smit (RSA) & Stefan du Toit (RSA) Shaft Old Boys3:28:33
248Humberto Cardoso (RSA) & Mauritz Walters (RSA) Wimpy Ceres3:28:35
249Craig Sterling (RSA) & Jan Du Toit (RSA) Biogen ? Guts2glory3:28:42
250Frederic Nicolin (Mri) & Lawrence Wong (Mri) S-Works Mauritius3:29:07
251Johannes Van Zyl (RSA) & Michael Van Zyl (RSA) Hex Diagnostics3:29:50
252Walter Rauch (RSA) & Roman Petr (Svk) JD3:30:35
254Peter Kneeshaw (GBr) & Robin Larcombe (GBr) Banchory Cycles3:32:14
255Gerrie Olivier (RSA) & Heinrich (Hein) Wagner (RSA) Pragma3:32:36
256Alwyn De Kock (RSA) & Andr? Jordaan (RSA) Pragma 23:32:36
257Shawn Mitchley (RSA) & Marc Arenhold (RSA) Avis Rent a Car3:34:06
258Emile Rossouw (RSA) & Leroux Van Wyk (Nam) DR JS Rossouw Medical Practice3:34:23
259George Taljaard (RSA) & Kobus Nell (RSA) 4EVER4WARD3:35:17
260Benoit de Backer (Bel) & Vincent Baert (Bel) Dickies Xtreme3:37:00
261Azukile Simayile (RSA) & Sivuyile Kepelele (RSA) Songo-23:40:30
262Jacques Claassen (RSA) & Chris Viljoen (RSA) Mountain Schmountain3:41:35
263Stuart Hamilton (GBr) & Graeme Hamilton (RSA) Cyclesphere/Squirt Lube/Propsat 23:42:53
264Victor Mcloughlin (RSA) & David Hudson (RSA) The Dirty Beezers3:42:55
265Gavin Ritchie (RSA) & Paul Goodsell (RSA) Easy Riders3:44:46
266John Woodrow (GBr) & David Tibbs (GBr) Nae Brakes Nae Brains3:47:24
267Hannes Nel (RSA) & Johan De Kock (RSA) Absa Kalahari3:48:47
268Willie Mouton (RSA) & Clive Silva (RSA) Absa Dynamics3:49:03
269Anton Bekker (RSA) & Frans De Beer (RSA) LCS Property Finance3:49:34
270Songo Fipaza (RSA) & Siphosenkosi Madolo (RSA) Songo3:50:30
271Simon Turner (RSA) & Andy Wright (RSA) Ride For Recovery3:50:50
272Sander Hartog (Ned) & Michel Robert (Ned) Van Diepen Van der Kroef3:51:34
273Dave Linder (RSA) & Scott Fraser (RSA) The Bicycle Company3:55:32
274Werner Pienaar (RSA) & Niel Gerryts (RSA) Late-comers3:56:10
275Michael Nell Wiid (RSA) & Jo Lambinon (RSA) Safe Eggs3:57:37
276Steven Torrington (RSA) & Trevor Rolfe (RSA) Urban Warriors3:59:23
277Graham Beyers (RSA) & Mark Pringle (RSA) Easylife Kitchens4:00:41
278Danie Van Jaarsveld (RSA) & Bryce Wickham (RSA) Founties Mounties4:02:59
279Andr? Ross (RSA) & Garth Humphries (RSA) Absa Capital CYCO4:03:22
280David Retief (RSA) & Pierre Winshaw (RSA) Retief Wines4:06:07
281Patrick Thomas (RSA) & michael funke (RSA) Fatty and Chunky4:11:06
282Henco Rademeyer (RSA) & De Villiers Viljoen (RSA) Karoo VIII4:11:09
283Jean De Jager (RSA) & Casper De bruin (RSA) CAT4:11:48
284Martin Ciolkosz (Pol) & Garth Flanders (RSA) Merida 3 - The Slow One4:12:32
285Heinrich Putter (GBr) & Jean Botes (RSA) Merriman Men4:13:06
286Mike van Niekerk (RSA) & Ruan Retief (RSA) Kona Big Tree Foundation4:13:06
287Mike Robertson (GBr) & Angus Simpson (GBr) Ama Jongosi4:18:32
288Sean Hanekom (RSA) & Craig McHendrie (RSA) Invictus4:18:54
289Paul Candelaria (RSA) & Sean Dobson (RSA) Quick Release4:24:10
290Barry Van't Slot (RSA) & Chris Cronje (RSA) IHAHA4:24:24
291Alvaro Castro (Bra) & Fabio Augusto Kich Gontijo (Bra) Alvorada4:26:24
292Carl Crous (RSA) & Hennie Storm (RSA) C&C Crushers4:26:37
293Willie Esterhuizen (RSA) & Kenneth Cockcroft (RSA) Sticks & Stones4:27:27
294Stefan Ulland (RSA) & Ashley Cook (RSA) Grumpy4:31:22
295Sean Dupont (RSA) & Wayne Champion (RSA) Spring Forest Eco-Wash4:35:45
296Francisco Carlos Mendes (Bra) & Andre Mendes (Bra) Papal?guas Do Cerrado/DF/4:36:07
297Benjamin Mendelson (RSA) & Marc Mendelson (RSA) Kidzpositive4:36:13
298Rudi Rossouw (RSA) & Charl Bleach (RSA) Stillking4:38:00
299Gary Gorton (RSA) & Jake Opie (RSA) Phat Racing4:38:36
300Manie Visser (RSA) & Renier Kriel (RSA) Overberg Water Titans4:40:09
301Merryck Griffiths (RSA) & Ryan Paterson (RSA) Maitland4:44:03
302Loot Steyn (RSA) & Maartin Van Rensburg (RSA) wizards4:44:27
303Greg James (RSA) & Gerhardi Odendaal (RSA) JAG Riders4:44:42
304Edrick Terblanche (RSA) & Kokkie Terblanche (RSA) Robertson Winery4:47:56
305John Low (RSA) & Norman Van Rooyen (RSA) Spitting Llamas4:49:21
306Marius Hofmeyr Hurter (RSA) & Dylan Victor (RSA) JAGADIDAS4:52:47
307Brenden Burke (RSA) & Johan De beer (RSA) Die Blou Trein4:58:02
308Ohad Koren (Isr) & Dudi Ferbel (Isr) 500watt5:03:48
309Celio Rodrigues (Bra) & Luiz Gatti (Bra) Alvorada GC Brazil5:56:28
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Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) & Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol5:11:17
2Sally Bigham (GBr) & Karien van Jaarsveld (RSA) USN0:01:55
3Hanlie Booyens (RSA) & Ischen Stopforth (RSA) ABSA aBreast0:07:56
4Niki Fisher (Aus) & Jenni King (Aus) Swell/Giant0:12:58
5Catherine Townshend (RSA) & Julia Skea (RSA) RSAWeb Ladies0:34:29
6Selene Yeager (USA) & Cheryl Sornson (USA) CF0:39:29
7Naomi Hansen (Aus) & Jodie Willett (Aus) Adidas0:40:04
8Cathryn Zeglinski (Can) & Sabina Compassi (Swi) Northlands Medical Clinic0:40:04
9Robyn Adendorff (RSA) & Sarah Van Heerden (RSA) ASPEN0:42:21
10Hannele Steyn (RSA) & Leana De Jager (RSA) Attix5 Ladies0:43:47
11Katja Cauwenbergh (Bel) & Sara Mertens (Bel) O2BIKERS ladies0:50:37
12Andrea Huser (Swi) & Christine Wyss (Swi) Bl?emlisalp0:55:55
13Desiree Loubser (RSA) & Marleen Lourens (RSA) Fairest Cape1:04:43
14Michelle Harris (RSA) & Charlize Wiederkehr (RSA) Mal Kwaggas1:28:48
15Anka Martin (USA) & Tracy Moseley (GBr) Downhillers for World Bicycle Relief1:33:45
16Ann Harrison (RSA) & Nikki Haywood (RSA) Dawn Wing1:43:54
17Bonny Swanepoel (RSA) & Linda Davidson (Zim) Adidasmaidens1:44:30
18Eulogy Du Plessis (RSA) & Naomi Rothmann (RSA) JAG Ladies 'fuelled? by Woolworths2:11:52
19Dawn Herbert (RSA) & Caren Mills (RSA) Rugged Roses2:13:36
20M?lanie Leveau (Fra) & Andrea Marcellini (Bra) Hora do blush2:41:29
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Mixed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Berti Bucher (Swi) & Esther Suss (Swi) Wheeler - BiXS4:37:16
2Erik Kleinhans (RSA) & Ariane L?thi (RSA) Contego/Giant/Sludge0:10:10
3Daniel Annaheim (Swi) & Renata Bucher (Swi) Baumat/zaboobikes.com0:25:22
4Kerstin Brachtendorf (Ita) & Klaus Steinkeller (Aut) FIAT Rotwild0:26:49
5Ivonne Kraft (Ger) & Peter Vesel (Slo) Raedisch Race0:43:16
6Beat Schaffner (Swi) & Christine Schaffner (Swi) Thoemus Racing0:49:21
7Gal Tsachor (Isr) & Idit Shub (Isr) CCC Trek israel0:51:55
8Carel Bosman (RSA) & Catherine Williamson (GBr) Bizhub Peptopro0:53:07
9Gerhard Ebersohn (RSA) & Christine Jansen Van Rensburg (RSA) PeptoSport0:55:45
10Inne Gantois (Bel) & Klaas Vanmoortel (Bel) BAiK - Peak Performance Brugge1:00:16
11Andrea Meier (Ger) & Sven Meier (Ger) soq.de - Speedzone1:09:00
12Jane Seggie (RSA) & Henning Van Wyk (RSA) Meridasa-Mixed1:10:06
13Ben Van Niekerk (RSA) & Christelle Van Niekerk (Aus) Big Fat Bastards1:17:35
14Tamara Goeppel (Can) & Thomas Tetz (Can) Yukon Travel1:25:54
15Christiane Brenzel (RSA) & Andre Boshoff (RSA) Merlin1:31:38
16Craig Beech (RSA) & Liz Ward (RSA) Life is still a beech1:34:44
17Raquel Gontijo (Bra) & helder carvalho (Por) Mountain Bike BH1:43:50
18Verena Noller (RSA) & Guido Holz (Ger) Sportograf Rehidrat1:46:12
19Katerina Slegrova (RSA) & Antonie Basson (RSA) Virgin Active1:48:08
20Jon Oosthuyse (RSA) & Tanja Oosthuyse (RSA) Totally Stoked1:48:25
21Phil Kelly (USA) & Gina Virzi-kelly (USA) We're too sexy for this ride1:55:19
22Megan Simpson (RSA) & Carl Esterhuysen (RSA) Rubel Racing2:02:44
23Regula Batt (Swi) & Andreas Lenz (Swi) two for one2:05:32
24Wessel Van Der Merwe (RSA) & Petruschka Constancon (RSA) JAG's Incredible's2:06:54
25Gillian Marnewick (RSA) & Rowland Visser (RSA) Faster than Chuck2:07:33
26Jan-hendrik Hofmeyr (RSA) & Elsabe Hofmeyr (RSA) Generaal Bosvark2:15:01
27Carmen Muller (RSA) & Martin Hendriksen (RSA) Petal Powah2:19:24
28Rodney Stroud (GBr) & Kirsten Kingma (RSA) Clent Hills / Softek Ltd2:19:43
29Riaan Maree (RSA) & Miriam Stronkhorst (RSA) Tasol Solar2:21:04
30Yvette Roberts (RSA) & Gavin Wilkinson (RSA) Fish & Chips2:24:12
31Claudia Tollendal (Bra) & Michel Fernandez (Cub) claudia2:26:07