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Erik and Oliver ride off with title
- Updated: November 16, 2009
Top South African mountain bikers Erik Kleinhans and Oliver Munnik rode off with the championship title in the overall men’s category of the inaugural Wines2Whales mountain bike race at the weekend.┬á They completed the three-day stage race in an awe-inspiring combined time of 10hr 41min 35sec.
According to Kleinhans, the final day’s route was once again very creative.┬á ÔÇ£We rode over some seriously rough terrain today where some sections actually looked like no-one had ever ridden there before.┬á It was great!┬áOverall the Wines2Whales race was amazing.┬áThe event organisers have really done an outstanding job in putting together an exciting new event for mountain bikers.┬á Oliver and I will definitely be back next year,ÔÇØ says Kleinhans.
‘Team Raubwood’ placed second, while ‘Team Fairbairn Private Bank’ finished third.
Penni Rawstorne and Tatum Prince of ‘Team Hot Box’ were crowned overall women’s champions when they completed the race in a combined time of 13:33:45. According to Prince, they had a fantastic ride.┬á ÔÇ£The race will most certainly be sold out next year.┬á It offered one surprise after the other and really is a fantastic event.┬á Each day’s route was lovely and diverse with the most amazing scenery.┬á I’m definitely going to get my husband to take part next year as well,ÔÇØ says Prince.┬á ‘Team Crazy Chicks’ placed second, while ‘Team Grapes & Guppies’ finished third.
‘Team GT Jeep Maties’ obtained a first place position in the mixed team category in 11:31:28.┬á ‘Team Survivors’ placed second, while ‘Team Oak Valley’ finished third.
Over the course of three days teams consisting of two cyclists each had to cross approximately 230 km of the Western Cape’s most beautiful and unspoilt terrain.