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Team Peg post a win
- Updated: November 7, 2011
Team PEG’s veteran combination of Bruce Poole and Eben Espach came out with guns blazing to win the 2011 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure race in Onrus.
More than 700 mountain bikers ended the event which had started in Somerset West three days previously and also taken in Grabouw en route to the finish for a total ride of 220 kilometres.
A mechanical problem had cost Poole and Espach the stage win the previous day.┬áAccording to Poole, their goal was to make up on as much time as possible.┬áÔÇ£The Wines2Whales route definitely tests your mountain biking ability.┬á You need to be able to ride a bike to participate in this event.┬á Getting some technical riding under the belt before the time is also a mustÔÇØ, suggests Poole.┬áÔÇ£The route features a proper mixture of mountain biking terrain.┬á You can’t get better than thisÔÇØ.
Team PEG completed the three-day event with a combined time of 10hr 29min 02sec, securing an overall win in the men’s team category.┬á Team TBA came in second, while Team Craib Bros finished third.
Ronel van Wyk and Ben Cronje of Team ASG Sport Solutions had a hat trick win on the day, reaching the finish in 4:24:19.┬áTheir combined time for the three days was a spectacular 11:53:46.┬áVan Wyk said they had a great time on route.┬áÔÇ£The Wines2Whales Adventure is definitely one of the best mountain biking events that the Cape has to offer.
“The scenery is absolutely beautiful, while the routes are magnificent.┬áIt is obvious that a lot of effort went into building these stunning routes.┬áIf Uncle Ben is keen we’ll definitely be back next yearÔÇØ, says van Wyk.┬áTeam Smile placed second in the mixed team category, while Team The Comets finished third.
Adele Ambrose and Amoryn Saayman of Team Cycle Nation rode to victory in the Women’s Team category with a combined time of 13:16:05. Ambrose said they were not embarrassed to admit that they chose the ‘Erdwurm’ section at Paul Cluver over the infamous Pofadder route.┬áÔÇ£We were very happy with our decision especially after hearing all the men screaming as they rode down Pofadder.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the race and will definitely choose it next year again.┬á The Adventure is very chilled with riders joking on routeÔÇØ, says Ambrose.┬á Team Goemans Farm placed second, while Team Turf2surf ladies finished third.