Sauser,Looser claim 2nd stage victory at FNB W2W MTB Race

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler set the course on fire on Saturday, 09 November 2014 completing Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race that started and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 35 minutes 18 seconds.  Seen here:   Konny Looser in action on the day.  PHOTO CREDIT:  Volume Photography

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler set the course on fire on Saturday, 09 November 2014 completing Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race that started and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 35 minutes 18 seconds. Seen here: Konny Looser in action on the day. PHOTO CREDIT: Volume Photography

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler set the course on fire completing Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race that started and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Saturday, 09 November 2014 in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 35 minutes 18 seconds.

Fondly referred to as the ‘Play Day’, Stage Two consisted of a 67km route that featured the best bridges and structures built for the sport of mountain biking including the much loved Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park and the  madly creative Peri-Kromco Play Park.

“The first part of the race was open gravel.  No one seemed to want to create speed, so Rourke Croeser and I took control,” said Looser.  “Having a good Stage One lead, the other team had to make up speed.  I could see Travis was struggling, but Rourke was pushing hard.  It was at King Of The Mountain that Sauser started to sprint, so I just followed.  The stage was super fun with nice single trails.  The nice thing about the stage not being so long is that you can go harder and try everything.  Sauser has been my idol since I started riding at the age of ten.  It’s a real honor for me to be riding Wines2Whales with him”.  Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker of Team Kargo Pro Team came in second, while Hanco-Kachelhoffer and Chris Wolhunter of Team Altech Autopage Pro Cycling finished third.

In the women’ field Robyn De Groot and Catherine Williamson of Team Biogen Toyota / Asrin Cycling were the team to beat crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 03 hours 42 seconds.   “I’ve never ridden anything like this before,” said De Groot.  “Stage Two featured the most amazing trails from start to finish.  It was fast and smooth, absolute bliss for any mountain biker.  I’ve only heard good things about the Wines2Whales.  After two days of riding, the event is definitely living up to its reputation”.  Jennie Stenerhag and Candice Neethling of Team Cape Brewing Company / Time freight Velolife came in second, while Theresa Ralph and Jeannie Dreyer of Team Tribe Suunto USN finished third.

Ashleigh Moolman and Darren Lill of Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E claimed their second victory in the mixed team category completing the stage in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 04 minutes 46 seconds.   According to Moolman, her lack of experience showed on the single track.  “I am just happy to have stayed up right.  The stage is beautiful with flowing single track.  It was a nice day and I managed to stay within myself.  Wines2Whales is a wonderful event and I’d love to experience more”.  Fienie and Kobus Barnard of Team Kromco1 came in second, while Mariske Strauss and Hannes Hanekom of Team Giant/Orange Monkey finished third.

GC Results going into Stage 3:

 

Men
P_Group Time Day1 Time Day2 Time GC Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2
1 03:09:34 02:35:18 05:44:52 480AB Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler Konny Looser Christoph Sauser
2 03:16:09 02:37:20 05:53:29 3AB Kargo Pro Team Rourke Croeser Travis Walker
3 03:17:51 02:40:44 05:58:35 426AB Team EAI Cycling Johann Rabie Gawie Combrinck
4 03:23:01 02:39:55 06:02:56 45AB Altech Autopage Pro Cycling Hanco – Kachelhoffer Chris Wolhuter
5 03:22:55 02:40:24 06:03:19 1AB Team RSA Web/Dorma Nico Pfitzenmaier Renay Groustra
 
Mixed
P_Group Time Day1 Time Day2 Time GC Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2
1 03:46:55 03:04:46 06:51:41 2AB Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E Darren Lill Ashleigh Moolman
2 03:55:28 03:07:05 07:02:33 37AB kromco1 Fienie Barnard Kobus Barnard
3 03:56:15 03:08:28 07:04:43 31AB Giant/Orange Monkey Hannes Hanekom Mariske Strauss
4 03:58:09 03:22:40 07:20:49 501AB ChallengeYourself Ariane Kleinhans Albe Geldenhuys
5 04:07:39 03:17:23 07:25:02 429AB Haaskat Anneke Hanekom Russell Lund
 
Women
P_Group Time Day1 Time Day2 Time GC Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2
1 03:49:41 03:00:42 06:50:23 5AB Biogen Toyota / Asrin Cycling Robyn De Groot Catherine Williamson
2 03:48:03 03:03:08 06:51:11 500AB Team Cape Brewing Company / Time freight Velolife Jennie Stenerhag Candice Neethling
3 03:57:55 03:16:23 07:14:18 11AB Tribe Suunto USN Theresa Ralph Jeannie Dreyer
4 04:08:03 03:19:15 07:27:18 9AB Africa Silks Garmin Anriette Schoeman Yolandi Du Toit
5 04:12:59 03:24:14 07:37:13 36AB VeloLife Ashleigh Moffatt Carla Van Huyssteen

 

STAGE THREE:  Sunday, 09 November 2014

According to Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director, the two most challenging sections on the Stage Three route are the Houwhoek Switchback Single Tracks and the infamous Hamilton Russel climb, which is the last major climb of the FNB W2W MTB Events, just after the third water-point.

Start:     Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:                  Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Start Time:          07:00

Distance:             73km

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About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Clients have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through a sport that continues to grow in popularity as one of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar.

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