The inaugural ISUZU MTB Festival Cape Town kicked off at the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate on Saturday, 05 September 2015.
Day one of the festival included a bouquet of exciting events including a YBIKE Kiddies Trail Event, an ISUZU 3km Team Relay, Off-Road Academy Experience , MTB Skills Coaching Session and three Fedhealth Kids MTB Events for ages 0 – 6 years, 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years of age.
The 3km Team Relay was a true crowd pleaser. Although Bradley Weiss, Stuart Marais and Pieter Malan of Team Fedhealth XTERRA took the lead from the start, they nearly had to settle for the second step on the podium if it wasn’t for Malan’s super strong sprint to the finish. “I wasn’t too nervous about teaming up with XTERRA athletes Stuart and Bradley as today’s event didn’t feature a swim,” laughed Malan. ““I broke my bicycle chain literally two minutes before the start and ended up riding my girlfriend’s bike that is way too small for me. The team relay was great fun. I’ve also just entered the 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge. So I will be back tomorrow.” Team Fedhealth XTERRA completed the team relay in 26 minutes 31 seconds. Team Podium Pedal Pushers came in second, while Team William Simpson finished third.
Tanya Rabie, Robyn Williams and Lara Woolley of Team Mud and Mascara claimed gold in the women’s 3km Team Relay in a deserving time of 44 minutes 28 seconds. “I had so much fun,” says Williams. “The course was very nice. You were either going up or riding single track. It was so much fun being part of a team for a change. It adds a new dimension as you’re not just racing for yourself. I’ll definitely recommend the team relay to women mountain bikers as the route is more than manageable.”
Luke, Mark and Mary Moir of Team Beanstalk claimed gold in the mixt team category of the 3km Team Relay in an impressive time of 31 minutes 34 seconds. Team ISUZU Kayamandi MTB Academy 2 came in second, while Team Reeds N1 City – A Team finished third.
The ISUZU MTB Festival has captured the attention of a number of South Africa’s leading sports men and women. On Sunday, National Women’s Marathon Champion Robyn De Groot, Erik Kleinhans and Nico Pfitzenmaier will be seen toeing the line at the much anticipated 60km Fedhealth MTB Challenge.
Event Schedule: Sunday, 06 September 2015
|Time & Event:||08:00 / Fedhealth MTB Challenge: +- 35km|
|Time & Event:||08:30 / Fedhealth MTB Challenge: +- 60km|
|Time & Event:||09:00 / Fedhealth MTB Challenge: 15km Fun Ride|
ROAD CLOSURES: Please note on Sunday, 06 September 2015 between 08:00 and 13:00 there will be intermittent road closures on the Vissershok Road (M48) between Meerendal and Malanshoogte Road. This will not be a permanent closure, merely a stop and go.
Photo Credit: Volume Photography