Hermida/Naef escape for stage 6 win

No South African has ever won the overall title at the ABSA Cape Epic, but on Sunday, Burry Stander could change that. The 23-year-old KwaZulu-Natalian and his Swiss teammate, Christoph Sauser (34) have not only been consistent, but also dominant during the past week, taking five stage wins and two second places.

And on Sunday, the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race wraps up with the South African/Swiss combination, racing for Team 36One-Songo-Specialized, holding 10-minute lead. Normally, a 10-minute lead going into the final day of any sports event would be considered comfortable. But in mountain bike racing, unpredictability is as much a rider’s companion as his padded shorts and helmet.

Should they avoid major mechanical problems, illness or injury on Sunday’s 79km trip from Oak Valley Wine Estate to Lourensford Wine Estate, Stander and Sauser should win. And it will be a well-earned, long-awaited win. Sauser, a two-time former world champion and Olympic medallist, won the race overall in 2006 with compatriot Silvio Bundi. But in their first three attempts as teammates (2008–2010), Sauser and Stander, always starting as title favourites, have fallen victim to injury, mechanical failure and illness – in that order.

On Saturday’s tough 128km Stage 6 that started and finished at Oak Valley, the 36One-Songo-Specialized pair were beaten to finish by Spain’s current Olympic cross country world champion, Jose Hermida and his Swiss teammate, Ralf Naef, a former Marathon world champion. Hermida and Naef had to work hard for the stage win though and only managed to shed Sauser and Stander close to the finish where they clocked a winning time of 5:00:47.

"It was our goal to win a stage, so we’re very happy. We worked for our teammates Hannes and Jochen for most of the stage and near the end they saw we could have a chance of winning and gave us the green light to go," said Hermida. "We pushed to the end and Susi (Christoph Sauser) and Burry (Stander) seemed to accept the situation and let us go. It was a difficult stage with the most climbing of all the stages. The terrain varied a lot from rocky to sandy and some really nice single track, which was good. It was great fun."

Hermida, who gives the amateur riders a witty summary of the day’s events in the evenings, said jokingly, "Today I was in the front and finally saw the top riders, so I can tell everyone about it."

"It was a great day for us and we’re really happy," said Näf. "For most of this year’s Cape Epic we’ve been helping our team mates to maintain their overall position. They were also strong today. We’re not here for the overall win but rather as final training for the season, so the stage win really means a lot. Of course we’ll try again tomorrow!"

Stander and Sauser rolled home just shy of a minute later, with the Swiss Fluckiger brothers, Thomas and Mathias (Trek World Racing) claiming the final podium spot, two-and-a-half minutes down.

"Today’s stage was hard, especially after yesterday," said Stander. "Hermida and Näf broke away and our motivation was not so high to catch them. They’re not a threat to us as they’re not close to us on the overall. We’re happy for them. We’ll take some extra parts tomorrow and ride hard to the climbing section. We’ll be more cautious on the descent as we want to get to Lourensford and ensure that we win."

Stander's teammate Sauser said, "It was an advantage for me because I know this area quite well. I knew we had to get to the singletrack first as it’s so tight there, but I didn’t know how all the trails were connected. It was very long towards to the end with lots of twists and turns in typical Dr Evil (route planner Leon Evans’ nickname) style. We’ll keep on riding like this tomorrow. I know the first climb is super hard, but once we get over the pass it’s okay. I hope we can hang on to our lead without killing ourselves. It’s better to ride safe than over the limit and make mistakes. This has been one of my best weeks ever in racing. I feel comfortable and still have some reserve. It feels like 2006 when I won the race and I’m sure next year will be really hard again."

Nobody has posed a consistent daily threat to Stander and Sauser this year, but the team closest to them on the overall classification, Germans Jochen Kaess and Hannes Genze (Multivan Merida 2) finished Saturday’s stage fifth, losing another two minutes to 36One-Songo-Specialized. A distant third is the German Bulls team, defending champions and three-time winners.

It also appears as if a South African will win the women’s title. The country's marathon champion, Karien van Jaarsveld and her Team USN teammate, British marathon champion, Sally Bigham, finished third on Saturday’s stage, but extended their lead significantly to 1:26:00 over the all-South African pair of Hanlie Booyens and Ischen Stopforth (ABSA aBreast).

Stage winners on Saturday, Italian Eva Lechner and Swiss Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago-Arreghini-Sudtirol) moved to less than a minute-and-a-half within a final podium place and are expected to chase that goal with purpose on Sunday.

Nathalie Schneitter (team Colnago Arreghini Südtirol) said she crashed yesterday. "So it was really hard. I had to ride for 70km without a fork. It was wonderful to win the stage today. It was our plan as the course suited us quite well. We got away at the beginning and had a peaceful day. We closed the gap to the team that was in second place so we’re happy with our performance. We’d really like another stage win tomorrow."

Lechner said, "The view from on top of the mountain was spectacular. We’ll recover now and perhaps go for a stage win again tomorrow. This is my first Cape Epic and it’s a lot harder than I thought."


Karien van Jaarsveld (USN) comments that they had a fun race. “It was quite long though. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and the finish line. We have a good lead so can have some fun. I always dreamt of finishing the Absa Cape Epic and to ride in the Leader jersey is a privilege. It’s amazing to ride with Sally. She’s so experienced, strong and disciplined. We have a similar mindset to racing which helps. We’ve also become good friends and have fun riding in such special terrain. The Cape Epic was a goal race for me this year and I’ll first recover before tackling my next goal which is the World Marathon Championships.”

The master’s category on Saturday was won by Germans Cartsen Bresser and Udo Boelts (Team juwi), who lie 15th overall and have almost a one-hour lead over South Africans Robert Sim and Doug Brown with one stage remaining. Women’s marathon world champion Esther Suss and Barti Bucher (Wheeler BiXS) have won every stage of the 2011 Mixed category race and have a one-hour advantage over second-placed South African, Erik Kleinhans and his Swiss fiancé, Ariane Luthi (Contego-Giant-Sludge).

Namibian Mannie Heymans and Rwandan Adrien Nyonshuti (Garmin adidas MTN), both sporting icons in their respective countries are ninth overall and the leading African team.

"Today went without incidents for us. The pace was very fast and it was hard for us at the beginning. We decided to ride with Shan (Wilson) and Brandon (Stewart) and rode at a steady pace. We lost them at the last water point – I’m not sure if they had a mechanical. Then we caught up with Milka-Trek 2 and rode with them," said Heymans. "We had some fun through the singletrack. It’s awesome to train here. All in all it was a comfortable day in the saddle and we’re happy with the African leaders' jerseys."

After seven days, the 2011 Cape Epic, which started with 1200 riders from 54 countries, will conclude. The 404 remaining teams and 44 individual riders that lost teammates along the way, will start the final stage having completed 648km and climbed 12850 vertical metres.

At 79km with 1700 metres of climbing, Sunday’s final stage isn’t quite a procession, but does usually see the category leaders with large advantages taking it a little easier. After what has been described as probably the toughest edition of the Cape Epic yet, you can’t really blame them.

Full Results (Provisional)

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jose Hermida (Spa) & Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking 35:00:47
2Christoph Sauser (Swi) & Burry Stander (RSA) 36ONE-Songo-Specialized0:00:51
3Lukas Flueckiger (Swi) & Mathias Flueckiger (Swi) Trek World Racing0:03:19
4Andreas Kugler (Swi) & Markus Kaufmann (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking 20:03:31
5Hannes Genze (Ger) & Jochen Kaess (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking0:03:34
6Karl Platt (Ger) & Stefan Sahm (Ger) Bulls0:03:46
7Bart Brentjens (Ned) & Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Milka-Trek0:04:43
8Nicolas Vermeulen (Bel) & Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza0:06:05
9Alexandre Moos (Swi) & Balthasar Weber (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Racing0:10:02
10Jason Sager (USA) & Benjamin Sonntag (USA) Jamis0:13:02
11Johannes Sickmueller (Ger) & Axel Bult (Ned) Stevens - Vredestein Bike0:15:49
12Jelmer Pietersma (Ned) & Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) Milka-Trek 20:19:49
13Mannie Heymans (Nam) & Adrien Niyonshuti (RSA) Garmin adidas0:19:53
14Shaun Lewis (Aus) & Peter Hatton (Aus) Rockstar Racing0:24:39
15Thomas Dietsch (Fra) & Tim Boehme (Ger) Bulls 20:31:58
16Xavier Dafflon (Swi) & Nicolas Luethi (Swi) PRO Cycles Prof - Suisse Romande0:33:19
17Brandon Stewart (RSA) & Shan Wilson (RSA) Toyota DCM0:33:39
18Paul Cordes (RSA) & Charles Keey (RSA) MTN/Qhubeka0:34:48
19Arnaud Grosjean (Fra) & Steven Garcin (Fra) BH SRSuntour0:35:07
20Lieuwe Boonstra (RSA) & Alastair Davies (RSA) Momentum Specialised Insurance0:38:54
21Ramon Bianchi (Ita) & Mike Felderer (Ita) Team Full-Fynamix0:40:37
22Umberto Corti (Ita) & Fabio Ursi (Ita) CBE Merida0:44:14
23Marc Bassingthwaigthe (Nam) & Philip Buys (RSA) Garmin adidas 20:44:23
24Nicolas Durin (Fra) & Julien Saussac (Fra) Comit? Rhone Alpes0:45:12
25Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) & Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf Trek Pro Racing0:46:55
26Simon Zahnd (Swi) & Damian Perrin (Swi) Baumat / zaboobikes.com0:48:18
27Craig Boyes (RSA) & Stefan Ihenfeldt (RSA) Cape Town Market0:49:58
28Giuseppe Ribolzi (Swi) & Daniele Zucconi (Swi) ASSOS XC0:51:19
29Hannes Hanekom (RSA) & Sakkie Hanekom (RSA) Tru-Cape0:52:56
30Mathieu Alba (Reu) & Giovanni Gonthier (Reu) Cyclozone0:55:48
31Cesar Moura (Bra) & Silvio Amorim (Bra) Brasil0:58:14
32Jean Van Wyk (RSA) & Greg Goodall (RSA) Enjoy Fitness1:01:32
33Chuck Gibson (USA) & Gregy Gibson (USA) www.TruckerCo.com1:04:18
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37Hennie Kriek (RSA) & Nico Bell (RSA) Mankele / Bells Cycling1:10:41
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40Uros Breski (Slo) & Valerio Lutman (Slo) VENKO by DJAK1:15:14
41Pedro Lourenco (Por) & Andre Pinto (Por) Aventura Gislotica/Sysmo/Rocky mnt1:16:48
42Ben Melt Swanepoel (RSA) & Jock Green (RSA) Ghost/Specialized1:17:33
43David Zimmermann (Swi) & Mike Fridelance (Swi) Jura Swiss1:17:41
44Herman Keuler (RSA) & Jan Scannell (RSA) Attix5/SCAS1:18:00
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86Joao Mendes (RSA) & Ryan Binedell (RSA) GVK Racing2:00:30
87Patrick Van Schoor (RSA) & Benjamin Howard (RSA) Supersport2:00:57
88Gareth Rees (RSA) & Rory Wilson (RSA) Parks Cycling Club2:01:01
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90Jose Correia Pinto Filho (Bra) & Lourenco Bizarria (Bra) Abrame2:02:47
91Francois Finlay (RSA) & Mark Pienaar (RSA) Big Ring Action2:02:52
92Christo Groenewald (RSA) & Lawrence Lindeque (RSA) Burn jOules2:02:56
93Sylvain Ecoffey (Swi) & Daniel Gremaud (Swi) Movement2:03:52
94Andrewe Procter (RSA) & Wesley Procter (RSA) ABSA 10ACITY2:04:24
95Greg Keers (GBr) & Conan Gibney (GBr) Ful-On Tri2:04:28
96Willem Coetzee (RSA) & Malan Wykerd (RSA) Team Distance 4 Difference2:05:02
97Gary Sherriff (GBr) & Duane Vock (GBr) Continental Tyres LSA2:05:56
98Mark Everdij (RSA) & Jason Deane (RSA) Living the Dream2:06:19
99Jordi Collell (Spa) & Josep Serra (Spa) CC Pedal Ter-Fanatik Sports2:07:41
100Danie Viljoen (RSA) & George De Kock (RSA) Delecta and Graaff-Fruit2:08:40
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211Werner Du Toit (RSA) & John-William Awbrey (RSA) Mountain Bike Assassin's3:35:36
212Jaco Du Plessis (RSA) & Louis Groenewald (RSA) JIP 4 Kleine Kuikens3:36:00
213Anthony Jankovich-Besan (RSA) & Herman van der Werf (RSA) Arniston Guzzlers3:36:01
214Peter Kneeshaw (GBr) & Robin Larcombe (GBr) Banchory Cycles3:36:13
215Johannes Van Zyl (RSA) & Michael Van Zyl (RSA) Hex Diagnostics3:36:51
216Lourens Van der Westhuizen (RSA) & Rowan Marais (RSA) Sinethemba3:39:24
217Attie Visser (RSA) & Marais Steyn (RSA) Spartans3:39:35
218Bertie van Zyl (RSA) & Anton Lume (RSA) JAG ZZ23:43:35
219BASF - Horticoop - Abyssinian Lions3:46:33
220Gavin Ritchie (RSA) & Paul Goodsell (RSA) Easy Riders3:46:48
221Earl Van Zyl (RSA) & Adrian Smit (RSA) Cutoff Dodgers by Transition Risk3:46:51
222Simon Turner (RSA) & Andy Wright (RSA) Ride For Recovery3:47:47
223George Taljaard (RSA) & Kobus Nell (RSA) 4EVER4WARD3:48:14
224Victor Mcloughlin (RSA) & David Hudson (RSA) The Dirty Beezers3:49:26
225Sander Hartog (Ned) & Michel Robert (Ned) Van Diepen Van der Kroef3:51:21
226Azukile Simayile (RSA) & Sivuyile Kepelele (RSA) Songo-23:52:31
227Werner Gerntholtz (Can) & Jake Crowther (RSA) The Outeniqua Rockies3:52:57
228Jean De Jager (RSA) & Casper De bruin (RSA) CAT3:53:32
229Hannes Nel (RSA) & Johan De Kock (RSA) Absa Kalahari3:53:35
230Craig Moyes (RSA) & Gerhard Bester (RSA) Fat Fish3:54:21
231Frederic Nicolin (Mri) & Lawrence Wong (Mri) S-Works Mauritius3:54:36
231Nico Smit (RSA) & Stefan du Toit (RSA) Shaft Old Boys
233Russell Mawson (GBr) & Simon Neuhoff (GBr) Kiss My Granny Ring3:55:14
234Gert van der Walt (RSA) & Johan Maartens (RSA) MyRoof.co.za Doctors for Life3:55:36
235Stamatis Balidis (RSA) & Denzil Nightingale (RSA) Working Class3:56:30
236John Woodrow (GBr) & David Tibbs (GBr) Nae Brakes Nae Brains3:59:27
237Coen De Kock (RSA) & Clayton Hindle (RSA) Dimsiss Assist4:01:33
238Ferdi Van Zyl (RSA) & Michael Dippenaar (RSA) Mega sore ass4:03:25
239Benoit de Backer (Bel) & Vincent Baert (Bel) Dickies Xtreme4:07:30
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Men - Individual Finishers
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
IFDavid George (RSA) 360LIFE5:12:08
IFSandro Soncin (Swi) Hammermann Racing5:56:41
IFKen Van den Bulke (Bel) Trisport Pharma - SABMA6:11:55
IFMike Blewitt (Aus) MarathonMTB.com6:15:31
IFLuis Octavio Costa (Bra) Rasta6:45:23
IFJohn Loehner (USA) Stan's NoTubes/AXA6:48:13
IFCarel Le Roux (RSA) Vela VKE6:53:28
IFCorsin Caluori (Swi) Tritime7:10:39
IFPierre Winshaw (RSA) Retief Wines7:13:47
IFDylan Victor (RSA) JAGADIDAS7:19:12
IFGus Albuquerque (Bra) Mangho7:26:04
IFChris Cronje (RSA) IHAHA7:29:40
IFJake Opie (RSA) Phat Racing7:37:40
IFAlex Rebes (Spa) sintuvives.com7:42:17
IFNico Van Zyl (RSA) Iron Fist7:42:46
IFAlex Kruger (RSA) (RSA) Ossur7:45:03
IFHennie Storm (RSA) C&C Crushers7:57:31
IFFrancois Swart (RSA) Ecotech Converge Bigtree7:58:07
IFClinton Halsey (RSA) WTF8:08:01
IFJohann Gerber (RSA) GT Bumble Bee's8:14:34
IFAlvaro Castro (Bra) Alvorada8:34:26
IFAndre Mendes (Bra) Papal?guas Do Cerrado/DF/
IFMatthew Parkes (GBr) Alpenforce8:36:12
IFLuke Ferris (Can) Serenity Now8:37:07
IFSean Hanekom (RSA) Invictus8:47:59
IFPaul Candelaria (RSA) Quick Release8:53:34
IFRenier Kriel (RSA) Overberg Water Titans8:53:47
IFDanie Van Jaarsveld (RSA) Founties Mounties8:56:08
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eva Lechner (Ita) & Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol6:24:46
2Hannele Steyn (RSA) & Leana De Jager (RSA) Attix5 Ladies0:13:07
3Sally Bigham (GBr) & Karien van Jaarsveld (RSA) USN0:14:57
4Niki Fisher (Aus) & Jenni King (Aus) Swell/Giant0:34:38
5Naomi Hansen (Aus) & Jodie Willett (Aus) Adidas0:35:03
6Catherine Townshend (RSA) & Julia Skea (RSA) RSAWeb Ladies0:35:41
7Katja Cauwenbergh (Bel) & Sara Mertens (Bel) O2BIKERS ladies0:37:57
8Selene Yeager (USA) & Cheryl Sornson (USA) CF0:49:23
9Cathryn Zeglinski (Can) & Sabina Compassi (Swi) Northlands Medical Clinic0:56:34
10Hanlie Booyens (RSA) & Ischen Stopforth (RSA) ABSA aBreast1:02:14
11Robyn Adendorff (RSA) & Sarah Van Heerden (RSA) ASPEN1:07:05
12Michelle Harris (RSA) & Charlize Wiederkehr (RSA) Mal Kwaggas1:32:10
13Ann Harrison (RSA) & Nikki Haywood (RSA) Dawn Wing1:32:48
14Anka Martin (USA) & Tracy Moseley (GBr) Downhillers for World Bicycle Relief1:50:46
15Desiree Loubser (RSA) & Marleen Lourens (RSA) Fairest Cape2:09:45
16Bonny Swanepoel (RSA) & Linda Davidson (Zim) Adidasmaidens2:18:09
17Dawn Herbert (RSA) & Caren Mills (RSA) Rugged Roses2:38:23
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Ladies Individual Finishers
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
IFHuser Andrea6:27:35
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carsten Bresser (Ger) & Udo Boelts (Ger) juwi5:28:44
2Robert Sim (RSA) & Doug Brown (RSA) Robert Daniel0:10:23
3Gary Marescia (RSA) & Bruce Diesel (RSA) Toyota/Cyclelab0:26:06
4Adrian Enthoven (RSA) & Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Nandos0:26:07
5Thomas Frischknecht (Swi) & Urs Gerig (Swi) Scott-Swisspower equiped by ODLO0:27:32
6David Roqueta (Spa) & Fran Lopez Costoya (Spa) buff thermocool0:33:42
7Alec Petro (USA) & Kevin Hines (USA) Bay Hill Capital/Corner Cycle/Big Tree0:38:04
8Ollie Klein (Aus) & Andrew Field (Aus) scaerdyk@t racing0:43:37
9Paul Furbank (RSA) & Andrew Mclean (RSA) Cycle Lab Toyota0:53:18
10Steve Van Der Merwe (RSA) & Nicolas Gaudard (RSA) RAW0:57:43
11Dirk Rossignol (Bel) & Michel Wynsberghe (Bel) Versluys-Evenza/S-Bikes0:59:58
12Shane Thomson (RSA) & Wayne Collin (RSA) Safindit.co.za1:01:23
13Roy Mcgladdery (RSA) & Gert Muller (RSA) Underwater farmers1:06:06
14Christian Orlowski (Ger) & Gerd Sowa (Ger) Focus Cape Epic1:07:51
15Michael Opper (Ger) & Ralf Kropp (Ger) Rohloff Endorfin BSN1:11:04
16Marius Nel (RSA) & Guy Pike (RSA) Diakin GU 21:11:54
17Raul Navarro (Ven) & Ernesto Navarro (Ven) Irdesir Venezuela1:15:48
18Nicholas Miller (Ken) & Peter Viljoen (Ken) North Kenya1:18:17
19Brett Burton (NZl) & David Stachon (Can) Olympic Cycles1:19:16
20Rob Hamlyn (RSA) & Kim Phillips (RSA) 29ers1:20:44
21Michael Charlewood (RSA) & Graham Taylor (RSA) Coega1:22:01
22Trevor Seinen (RSA) & Lawrence Van Lingen (RSA) Virgin Active Health Clubs1:23:52
23Deon Wilkins (RSA) & Francois Malherbe (RSA) Doringdraad1:24:00
24Matthias Klug (Ger) & Michael Tessmer (Ger) MTBC Wehrheim1:25:57
25Alain Schroeven (Bel) & Erwin Renders (Bel) ODTeam1:27:04
26Olivier Vernaton (Reu) & Daniel Chane Foc (Reu) Cyclozone 21:27:50
27Liam Somers (Mri) & Christophe Gerard (Mri) Mauritius Old Stars1:27:54
28Robert Thooft (GBr) & Michael Gardner (GBr) Midlife Crises1:29:23
29Rory Mapstone (RSA) & Craig De Wet (RSA) Gravity Sux1:31:24
30Jaap Van Dijk (Ned) & Dale Mclean (RSA) YOLO1:31:57
31Andrew Murray (RSA) & Dan Owens (RSA) RG Group-Robsteel-Goldenmarc1:32:12
32Michel B?gli (Bra) & Eduardo Soares (Bra) Epic Brasil1:35:36
33Andries Duminy (RSA) & Cd Du Toit (RSA) Suid Kaap1:35:39
34Laurent Sillon (Spa) & Christophe Desimpeleare (Den) club la santa1:35:46
35Wim Tollenaere (Bel) & Franky Taelman (Bel) De Fietser - Ridley1:36:41
36Landon la Grange (RSA) & Richard Lurie (RSA) N-Level1:36:47
37Robert Watts (RSA) & Shane Schreiber (RSA) 2 Snakes Racing1:38:21
38Koen Thijssen (Bel) & Jo Stragier (Bel) TTHZ Cycling1:40:36
39Frank Beelen (Ned) & Roger Stienen (Ned) BEST1:41:08
40Christiaan Van Zyl (RSA) & Riaan Boshoff (RSA) Merlin 21:41:52
41Mike Nixon (RSA) & William Simpson (RSA) William Simpson Addidas1:43:28
42Bob Malfliet (Bel) & Eddy Feliers (Bel) 2Xtreme Masters 21:43:53
43Marcel Joubert (RSA) & Noel Wright (RSA) Aca Joe1:44:25
44Philip Faure (RSA) & Colin Anderson (RSA) Wilde II1:46:10
45Richard Muller (RSA) & Pieter Breytenbach (RSA) NMMU Saasveld1:46:17
46Leigh Durham (RSA) & Gerald Holland (RSA) Leigh Cycle Centre1:46:26
47Clinton Bunch (RSA) & Scott Thorburn (RSA) Psycho Gump1:49:03
48Benoit Bernard (Reu) & marcel boillon (Fra) CYCLOZONE 31:50:01
49David Walsh (RSA) & Dirk Maarsingh (RSA) ABSA Outspokin'1:50:57
50David Durandt (RSA) & Wayne Booysen (RSA) Gidday1:52:18
51Graham Taylor (RSA) & Gary Taylor (RSA) GT X 21:55:11
52Colin Van Zyl (RSA) & Michael Petersen (RSA) RBS-Works1:56:37
53Trevor Bodington (RSA) & Dirk Fyfe (RSA) FASTLIFT / TESA Security Fencing1:57:25
54Andre Hugo (RSA) & Adrian Hobbs (RSA) The Uncleatables1:57:55
55Andrew Kenny (RSA) & Dave Buckingham (RSA) Mr Price Tops@Spar1:58:17
56Morgan Zbinden (Swi) & Denis Glardon (Swi) Rochat Cycles, Aubonne1:58:26
57Cedric Jakobsen (RSA) & Johan Engelbrecht (RSA) WE Bike1:58:35
58Hendrik Van Huyssteen (RSA) & Gerrie Steyn (RSA) Energas2:00:36
59Pierre Loubser (RSA) & Joel Stransky (RSA) Absa Ghost Riders2:01:08
60Oran Uzrad (Isr) & Amos Gery (Isr) c.c.c.12:01:40
61Wolfgang Renner (Ger) & Reimund Dietzen (Spa) Centurion2:03:20
62Johan Walraven (Ned) & Geert Swinkels (Ned) Medic First Aid (r) Europe2:04:40
63Pieter Swart (RSA) & Nick Van Zyl (RSA) Intersped2:05:55
64Christian Spang (Ger) & Rainer W?rtele (Ger) Corratec2:06:30
65Richard Hawkins (RSA) & Geoff Pinnock (RSA) Best Mates2:12:57
66Ralton Roebert (RSA) & Robert Vogel (RSA) Bolt & Nutter2:13:03
67Ian Wilson (Can) & Gary Young (Can) Trail dogs2:13:07
68Clive Banks (GBr) & Peter Hutson (GBr) The Crankies2:13:45
69John Gale (RSA) & George Evans (RSA) Fat Bob2:15:03
70Chris Vercammen (Bel) & Naas Kruger (RSA) Mopani2:15:38
71Nicola Ceccon (Ita) & Francesco Marin (Ita) 2 out of 22:17:40
72Johan Bezuidenhout (RSA) & Hilton Foster (RSA) Afri-Buzz2:18:14
73Carl Van Maanen (RSA) & Roger Rusch (RSA) Nunc aut nunquam2:20:04
74Giusep Alig (Swi) & Hubert Fl?eler (Swi) Capricorns Grischuns2:20:14
75Thijs Toonen (Ned) & Erwin Aarts (Ned) schaijk2:22:43
76John Thomson (RSA) & Duncan Bowman (RSA) Toyota Mates2:24:36
77Grant Benn (RSA) & Hylton Adie (RSA) NCC MTB2:24:44
78Graeme Brien (RSA) & Douw Steyn (RSA) RBS Vets2:24:53
79Gavin Watchurst (RSA) & Craig Lindeque (RSA) Nutty 22:29:39
80Daniel Smit (RSA) & Kobie Pruis (RSA) Toyota2:32:20
81Markus Lang (Swi) & Daniel Rindlisbacher (Swi) Lost 2 ?2:32:26
82Ralf Gaedicke (Ger) & Michael Otto (Ger) Die Schlammpeitschen2:32:38
83Jaen Van Aardt (RSA) & Gustav Slabber (RSA) Datnis King William's Town2:35:13
84Greg Hardham (RSA) & John Soper (RSA) Spacing Guild2:35:56
85Phil Smith (GBr) & Richard Edwards (RSA) Tranmere 4 Southampton 32:36:34
86Malcolm Charles (RSA) & Alan Dawson (RSA) Wilde2:41:18
87Willie Van Der Vyver (RSA) & Bertus Van Der Veen (RSA) Miele Euro2:43:26
88Lood Rabie (RSA) & Chris Rabie (RSA) Lyngrove2:43:53
89Pep Terradellas (Spa) & Jaume Palau (Spa) Fitness VIC -RCB Specialized2:47:02
90Marc Fauconnier (Bel) & Jan Boelaerts (Bel) Goeie Hoop2:49:17
91Etienne Roux (RSA) & Fanus Vorster (RSA) Easy2:49:21
92Axel Schienbein (Ger) & Wolfgang Schenck (Ger) Campana Masters2:50:35
93Koos Pretorius (RSA) & Andre Van der Veen (RSA) ENS 22:50:45
94Andrew Brooking (RSA) & Avram Levy (RSA) Java Plodders2:53:30
95Cornel Korff (RSA) & Wikus Du Plessis (RSA) 2 Blues2:55:42
96Ivar Tollefsen (Nor) & Trond Hilde (Nor) Gutta Boyz2:56:19
97Henry Fagan (RSA) & Mike Vomund (USA) Henry Fagan & Partners2:58:53
98Jurie Botha (RSA) & Pieter Jordaan (RSA) Hairylegs2:58:59
99Simon Hough (RSA) & Michael Childes (RSA) Afripex Tygirs2:59:16
100Chris Uniacke (RSA) & Craig Irvine (RSA) PowerPlay2:59:19
101Pieter Lategan (RSA) & Hermanus Engelbrecht (RSA) Vela VKE Masters3:04:01
102Maurice Ferreira (RSA) & Steven Schoeman (RSA) Full Cycle3:05:26
103Chris MacIntyre (Bot) & Richmond Macintyre (RSA) MacIntyre3:06:27
104Mario Firmani (RSA) & Andrew Paterson (RSA) Mondipak3:07:37
105Waleed Baker (RSA) & Dawood Osman (RSA) pitstop3:07:55
106Johan Slabber (RSA) & Ludwig Terblanche (RSA) Barnard Jacob Mellet3:08:51
107Craig Knott (RSA) & Miles Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Powerade3:09:29
108Wentzel Van der Merwe (RSA) & Fanie Roux (RSA) GRW Engineering3:11:31
109Joerg-peter Wagner (Ger) & Egbert Ramge (Ger) Toa's Bike3:12:20
110Mark Kleynhans (RSA) & Vaughan Archer (RSA) Northwold Drive Vets3:13:49
111carlos alberto Luz (Bra) & Pedro Morganti (Bra) Race Ravena3:15:59
112Tim Hubert (GBr) & Ian Cabot (GBr) Casearean Cycling Club Jersey3:17:27
113Johan Pentz (RSA) & Gert Jacobus Van Zyl (RSA) Watoto3:19:40
114Pieter Lategan (RSA) & Neels Nel (RSA) SAC Trucks3:19:50
115Andrew Steytler (RSA) & Wayne Baker (RSA) Men of Thirst3:19:52