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Groustra, Pfitzemaier in second W2W stage victory
- Updated: November 10, 2013
Renay Groustra and Nico Pfitzemaier of Team RSA Web/Bridge claimed their second stage win at the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race at Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin) on Saturday after completing the 69-kilometre Stage Two in a mind-blowing time of 2hr 41min 35sec.
Today was amazing and played into our hands,ÔÇØ said Groustra.┬áÔÇ£We dropped a chain in the first single track.┬áDarren Lill and Andrew Hill took the lead, but then Darren also dropped a chain at the Paul Cluver Amphi Theatre.┬áWe kept a steady tempo, as they did when we dropped a chain.
“We struggled up the climbs and decided to push where we are strongest, the single track.┬áWe just kept it steady, with me grabbing food for Nico at the water points.┬áThe amazing suspension bridges at Paul Cluver just blew my mind. Stage Three could be rather treacherous and rocky. There’s no reason for us to push the pace, so we’ll just sit on the wheelsÔÇØ.
Johann Rabie and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team EAI Reeds Nuwater came in second, while Darren Lill and Andrew Hill of Team Cannondale Blend finished third.
Yolande De Villiers and Jennie Stenerhage of Team ISUZU 1 once again took the lead in the women’s race completing the stage in 3:11:17. ÔÇ£Today was fantastic,ÔÇØ said De Villiers. ÔÇ£The single track is unbelievable with beautiful trails.┬áThe vibe between riders at the water points and on route has been awesome.┬áAlthough it’s always nice to race the FNB W2W, it’s also a fun event.┬áTomorrow we’ll focus on being consistent as anything can happen.┬á Winning Stage Three will be the cherry on the cakeÔÇØ.
Ashleigh Moffatt and Candice Neethling of Team BMC Velolife came in second, while Hanlie Booyens and Sharon Laws of Team Food Lover’s Market 5 finished third.
Paul Cordes and Yolande Speedy of Team asg MTB Academy were the first mixed team to cross the finish line on the day, in 3:09:38.┬á ÔÇ£Today’s start was not as rude, there wasn’t a big hill to go up,ÔÇØ laughs Cordes.┬á ÔÇ£The route was very different from stage one.┬á It was flatter, which meant we had to work a lot.┬áThe route builders did a good job with the bridges at Paul Cluver.┬á They’ve managed to build something quite specialised.”