Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit took the honours on the final day of the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain-bike race, which finished near Paarl today, after an unfortunate accident to HB Kruger.
The three-stage race in the Cape Winelands, presented by STANLIB, came to a conclusion with a 50km route from Le Franschhoek Hotel to the Nederburg Wine Estate.
Kruger and Matt Beers, riding for ASG-NAD, were hoping to make up a deficit of nearly two minutes on the final stage when the former went over the handlebars on a single-track section at the 25km mark.
Damaging his right shoulder, he was not able to continue and the DSV Pro Cycling team of Heyns and Du Toit completed their second stage win for the overall honours.
They won in 1:55:01 for an overall time of 5:29:29, ahead of Imbuko-Momsen’s Dylan Rebello and Marco Joubert.
Richard Simpson and Alexander Rohrer, of First Ascent, finished third on the day, as well as overall.
“This was definitely a good win for us, especially as we will be riding the sani2C next month,” said Heyns.
“Our partnership worked well after doing the Cape Epic with each other a few years ago.
“We come from the same background and are comfortable on the more technical sections, so in the end our plan worked out well.”
In the mixed category, Samantha Sanders of Nelspruit and Stellenbosch-based Matthew Stamatis, of Home Ice Cream-dormakaba, completed a clean sweep of the stages to take the general classification in 6:10:16.
They were followed overall by David George and Katie Lennard (The Gear Change) eight minutes behind, with Carmen Buchacher and Paris Basson (dormakaba) third.
The women’s category went to Louise Ferreira and Marleen Lourens, who completed the final leg in 2:22:39 for an overall time of 6:58:59.
Ilse Viljoen and Jana Kruger were overall, with Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers (Pool Nurse) third.