Former champion Waylon Woolcock will use his experience to show young colleague Hennie Roux the ropes when they tackle the Liberty Winelands Encounter this weekend.
The annual mountain-bike race through the scenic trails around Franschhoek and Paarl in the Cape Winelands will take place from Friday to Sunday.
In partnership with HB Kruger, Woolcock took the honours in 2017, but this time he will take the 19-year-old Roux through his paces.
Since retiring from competitive racing in 2017, the 36-year-old Woolcock is focused on helping others and he has been mentoring Roux for about two years.
“Hennie has always been bugging me about doing an event with him,” explained Woolcock. “Fortunately, these dates fit in with my schedule and we were able to take up this opportunity.
“A promising young rider who started his mountain-biking career relatively late, Hennie is a really hard worker and his dedication is second to none.
“So this is a great chance to expose him to one of the iconic mountain-bike races.”
Although he added that they had not set themselves any specific goals going into the weekend, Woolcock said he was sure their competitive instincts would kick in once the racing started.
The Winelands Encounter will be raced over 146km, starting at Boschendal and finishing at the Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl on Sunday.