Fedgroup Itec riders Kevin Evans and Neal McDonald dominated the field and won the Overall Men’s Team category in a time of 08:55:13 at the fourth edition of the Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience, which took place in Gauteng from Friday 14 February until Sunday 16 February 2014.
Known to be one of the most challenging multi stage races in Gauteng, participants battled it out from ExecuJet at Lanseria, on to the Van Gaalen Cheese Farm in Skeerport, followed by a tough climb to Maropeng, and finally finished at Kloofzicht some 210km’s later.
Former World Cup winner Andrew McLean claimed the Overall Men’s Solo 3-Day race in a time of 09:08:35, whilst the Overall Women’s Team champs were the T L C Ladies who completed the course in 12:06:17
Springbok rugby legends John Smit, Butch James and John Slade were among the 600 strong field of top professionals, corporate teams and amateur riders who covered the grueling terrain over three days, chasing their share of the R50 000 in prize money up for grabs.
Family, friends and supporters were treated to thrilling action from the likes of Olympic cyclist Robyn de Groot who finished in the top 10 overall, and took the title of the Overall Women’s Solo 3-Day race winner, completing the course in 09:41:08.
“We were delighted to have some former rugby greats riding in Bridgestone kit this year, although it was definitely not the walk in the park they expected!” said Jan Maritz, the Promotions and Advertising Manager for Bridgestone South Africa.
The race organizers gave riders the opportunity to get a unique shot of themselves in action when riding through the Bridgestone Bike Booth 2.0 – a uniquely designed looped rig with multiple GoPro cameras that captures a 360 degree image. Participants will soon be able to view these images on the Bridgestone Facebook page and the blog.
One lucky rider, Tony Ramatladi, walked away with an Anchor 27” MTB worth close to R30 000 that was specially imported from Bridgestone Cycle Japan after his name was picked in a lucky draw competition.
“The 2014 Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Challenge proved to be an unqualified success. It was well supported and The Leverage Corporation’s organization was slick and efficient,” said Maritz. “The event secured its reputation as a tough, technical but enjoyable race, and I would like to congratulate all the category and overall winners and thank everyone involved for their support.”