The Slanghoek Mountain Bike Classic – Great day, great race, great everything!

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Spectacular setting at the Slanghoek Wine Cellar with Frank Smuts and Tiaan Pretorius

There are always racing snakes at any mountain bike race, for the simple reason that men and lately, also women, are always searhing for an opportunity to express their unquenchable competitive tendencies. However, with a prize purse of R3000 just for first place to start with, the Slanghoek Mountain Bike Classic offered even more reason for the racing snakes to crawl out of the woodwork. For the back markers, great lucky draw prizes including a R26 000 KTM mountain bike offered as much reason to join the race. The day presented perfect Cape weather and Iqela events ticked off all the boxes with ample clearly marked parking, mouthwatering food stalls and a great bar to quench the shattered post-race bodies.

The starting gun got the main race going at 8 am. After an initial tar section that allowed the lesser beings a false sense of “staying with the bunch”, the racing snakes disappeared in a cloud of dust. The race offered most of everything, single track, fast and flat sections where you could score a lot, especially if you where part of a bunch. Many sandy patches paid off well in terms of gaining ground if you chose the right line, kept your weight on the back wheel and dropped down quickly to a fast-spinning gear as soon as the sand grabbed your wheels. Sandy patches can be very energy sapping and is one of the lesser developed MTB skills, because it is tough!

Near the end everyone got suprized with a technical ascending single track that sapped the the legs quite a bit. Many weekend warriors that attempted the 35 Km route found themselves walking the tough last bit. Shortly after everyone enjoyed the colourful welcoming site of the finishing shute, together with the enthusiastic cheers of many great supporters.

The male podium for the 63 Km race was made up of Heiko Redecker 3rd, Louis Knipe 2nd, and Jurgens Uys in 1st. The ladies were Cherie Vale 3rd, Thandi Kitching 2nd and two weeks after her Enduroman Ultra Off Road Triathlon win, Hanlie Booyens once again took 1st place. In the 33 Km race Morne Hollander, Johan Trotsky and Anrique Davids took postion 1, 2 and 3 for the men and Bianca Grobbelaar, Ronel Spangenberg en Helene Muller took 1, 2 and 3 for the ladies.

The post-race social vibe was great, with a prompt and well executed podium ceremony and awesome lucky draws. The grand prize, an awesome KTM bike, left everyone green with jealousy, except for the exstatic winner.

Iqela Events, under the efficient command of Pieter du Plessis, once again had all its ducks in a wonderful row, and we are looking forward to the Slanghoek Triathlon in two weeks time.

Press Release written by Frank Smuts for Enduro Hub.