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Tsungai, Bernard on top
- Updated: May 6, 2011
Tsungai Mwanengeni and Bernard Rakudza of Team ProNutro┬áMen’s set a blistering pace to win stage one of the ProNutro AfricanX Trail run presented by New Balance in Kleinmond on Friday.
Team Hi-Tec Infinity Girls took gold in the womens category, while Team ProNutro mixed were victorious in their category.
The field of 250 teams of two started the first leg in Betty’s Bay, watched by Olympic athlete Elana Meyer. According to Mwanengeni Friday’s route was exceptionally beautiful.┬á ÔÇ£But our strategy for today was to start fast.┬áWe wanted to build as large a gap as possible on the flats so that we could take it easy on the climbs.
“We basically have the same strategy for tomorrow.┬áIdeally we’d like to win both the remaining stages,ÔÇØ says Mwanengeni.┬áTeam ProNutro Men’s completed the 23.7km route in an impressive time of 1hr 53min 54sec. Team Velocity Sports Lab came in second, while Team Hammer Nutrition finished third.
For Jeannie Bomford of Team Hi-Tec Infinity Girls the section through the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens was truly magnificent.┬áÔÇ£Today’s route had the perfect balance between technical, rocky sections and climbs.┬áWe really had a blissful day out on the trails and we couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions.┬áStage two features a new and exciting route.
“It’s going to be a long day.┬á Our plan is to secure and maintain a good position from the start,ÔÇØ says Bomford.┬áthe Team Hi-Tec Infinity Girls crossed the finish line in 2hr 11min 13sec.┬á Team Sport Forty came in second, while Team Road Runners finished third.
Husband and wife duo, Iain and Su Don-Wauchope of Team ProNutro Mixed took no prisoners on Stage One. They boast a great finishing time of 2:02:49.┬á Team Pure Planet Racing Presented by Fairbairn came in second, while Team Puma finished third.
Saturday’s stage, at 40.7km is the longest of the three-day event, involving 1137 metres of climbing.