Stuart Marais and HB Kruger seal Transcape Title

Stuart Marais and HB Kruger seal Transcape Title

SA pair seal TransCape title with sixth stage win

The ASG-Ellsworth team of HB Kruger (left) and Stuart Marais celebrate with Eldorette Carinus of La Couronne Wine Estate after winning the UCI Elite men’s category in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 73km seventh and final stage of the 614km race started in Houwhoek and finished at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Photo: Full Stop Communications

After a dominant week, South Africans HB Kruger and Stuart Marais were crowned overall winners of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on Saturday the 10th of February. The ASG-Ellsworth pair set the pace in the UCI Men’s category from the start of the 73km final stage between Houwhoek and La Couronne Wine Estate to add a sixth stage victory to their tally.

Kruger and Marais took the lead on the opening day and never looked back as they went about their business – completing the seven-day race in 19:32:36. In their debut in the race, they finished comfortably ahead of Eirik Fiskvik and Thomas Engelsgjerd of Norway (20:19:02) and Marecaille and Biefang (20:44:00).

The Paarl-based Kruger said claiming the title in the 614km race was immensely satisfying.
We came in with the big goal to win the race so we were very happy with the way it turned out,” he said. “Getting the stage wins were a bonus. Luckily Stuart and I clicked well. We got a good partnership going and we really enjoyed riding together.”

Marais, from Howick in KwaZulu-Natal, explained they had decided to go hard from the start of the ultimate stage, which set up their win.
There was quite a lot of single-track and I went to the front from the beginning because I didn’t want to get stuck behind on that section,” he said. “Actually, the single-track section was a bit further into the stage than I thought, but the three main teams did manage to break away. Up a climb one of the Norwegian guys was not feeling great, so they dropped off. We rode with the French-German team and after the first water point HB went to the front and we managed to get away from them.”

Stuart Marais (front) and ASG-Ellsworth partner HB Kruger (right) lead the bunch on the last day of the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 73km seventh and final stage of the 614km race started in Houwhoek and finished at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Photo: Robert Ward

Marais, who concentrates on cross country racing, said he was now well set for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch in March.
I am trying to peak for the World Cup. I’m looking forward to recovering from this and then to get in some speed work.

 

 

 

 

 

The UCI Elite Women’s title went to Pretoria riders Janine Muller and Mari du Toit (Oakley4), who finished in 27:14:29.

Pretoria riders Janine Muller (front) and Mari du Toit won the UCI Elite women’s category in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter today. The 73km seventh and final stage of the 614km race started in Houwhoek and finished at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Photo: Robert Ward

The mixed category was dominated by British star Catherine Williams – who successfully defended her title – and Belgian’s Kristof de Neys for an overall time of 22:31:42.

Results

Stage Seven

UCI Elite Men
1 HB Kruger, Stuart Marais (ASG-Ellsworth) 2:50:16
2 Antonin Marecaille, Julian Biefang (Chiru-Magura-Canyon) 2:53:19
3 Hanco Kachelhoffer, Pieter Seyffert (Ellsworth-ASG) 3:08:17
4 Grant Usher, Yuki Ikeda (Topeak-Ergon-Sprocket & Jack) 3:11:25
5 Eirik Fiskvik, Thomas Engelsgjerd (Team Happysalmon) 3:14:49

UCI Elite Women
1 Janine Muller and Mari du Toit (Oakley4) 4:10:38

Men’s Team
1 Arthur McDuling, Fanie Venter (Business Print Oldies) 3:18:04
2 Louis Fourie, Francois Ebersohn (Linde & Viljoen Melkmanne) 3:20:10
3 Bruce Poole, Eben Espach (PEG) 3:20:10
4 Will Aymes, Waz Squires (NUK Orthodontic) 3:33:39
5 Richard de Villiers, Holden Marshall (Team STF) 3:33:40

Women’s Team

1 Jeanette Treherne, Vivienne Turvey (Team T and T) 4:35:24

Mixed Team
1 Catherine Williamson, Kristof de Neys (LawPack) 3:22:43
2 Donald Weir, Nicolle Weir (Weirdos) 4:14:06
3 Reinette Geldenhuis, Wolf Stinnes (Woolies Trance) 4:22:10
4 Victor Terblanche, Hildegarde Cronje (VictoryHill) 4:24:07
5 Wayne Albertyn, Catherine Albertyn (BigD & The Hammer) 4:40:46

Solo Men
1 Udo Mueller 3:08:17
2 Roland Mueller 3:10:22
3 Conway Oliver 3:21:25
4 Massimo Mancini 3:22:34
5 Jose Frazao 3:25:55

Solo Women
1 Jeanie de Villiers 3:48:50
2 Aryna Edwards 4:31:01
3 Jessica Knight 4:47:38

General Classification

UCI Elite Men
1 HB Kruger, Stuart Marais (ASG Ellsworth) 19:32:36
2 Eirik Fiskvik, Thomas Engelsgjerd (Team Happysalmon) 20:19:02
3 Antonin Marecaille, Julian Biefang (Chiru-Magura-Canyon) 20:44:00
4 Hanco Kachelhoffer, Pieter Seyffert (Ellsworth-ASG) 21:12:04
5 Grant Usher and Yuki Ikeda (Topeak-Ergon-Sprocket & Jack) 21:48:30

UCI Elite Women
1 Janine Muller and Mari du Toit (Oakley4) 27:14:29

Men’s Team
1 Arthur McDuling, Fanie Venter (Business Print Oldies) 21:53:53
2 Louis Fourie, Francois Ebersohn (Linde & Viljoen Melkmanne) 22:11:05
3 Bruce Poole, Eben Espach (PEG) 22:17:07
4 Will Aymes, Waz Squires (NUK Orthodontic) 23:51:35
5 Richard de Villiers, Holden Marshall (Team STF) 24:07:51

Women’s Team
1 Jeanette Treherne, Vivienne Turvey (Team T and T) 29:19:29

Mixed Team
1 Catherine Williamson, Kristof de Neys (LawPack) 22:31:42
2 Donald Weir, Nicolle Weir (Weirdos) 28:18:54
3 Reinette Geldenhuis, Wolf Stinnes (Woolies Trance) 28:52:23
4 Victor Terblanche, Hildegarde Cronje (VictoryHill) 29:31:02
5 Wayne Albertyn, Catherine Albertyn (BigD & The Hammer) 30:52:43

Solo Men
1 Udo Mueller 21:13:06
2 Roland Mueller 21:35:20
3 Conway Oliver 22:10:56
4 Massimo Mancini 22:14:04
5 Jose Frazao 22:58:50

Solo Women
1 Jeanie de Villiers 25:39:21
2 Aryna Edwards 29:20:22
3 Jessica Knight 31:48:38