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Hatherly, Andreassen set Cape Trek field alight

Team Spur Specialized’s Alan Hatherly and Simon Andreassen outshone their competitors in stage three of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek on Wednesday, where they were presented with a short, sharp and extremely fast 31km time trial.

Hatherly and Andreassen set a blistering time of 1hr 13min 30sec, with an average pace of 27km/h – something most road cyclists would be happy to achieve over a similar distance. The majority of this stage was described as the Saasveld Singletrack, which is made up of lush forest trails in George.

‘This was by far the best stage for me. We managed to make up some crucial time to get back into contention for the overall win,’ said Andreassen.

Securing second overall was Team Pyga Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys, who finished roughly 51 seconds behind their rivals. While the pair was far more comfortable over longer distances, their hard efforts were enough to secure the yellow jersey for yet another stage.

‘Hats off to Alan and Simon, they were incredible out there. Thursday is going to be long and tough through Montagu, and hopefully we’ll extend our lead,’ said Beukes.

Taking third place was Team NAD MTB’s Matt Beers and Gawie Combrinck in a time of 1:16:00.

In the female category, it was once again the ladies in pink and overall leaders who set the fastest time.

Cemile Trommer and Karen Brouwer from Team KCM Focus were untouchable as they pushed the pace through tight switchbacks to finish in 1:34:57.

With an impressive two-minute gap on their closest competitors, Trommer commented, ‘I knew that there was no room for error today, so I was so grateful that I could stick behind Karen and just follow her back wheel. It was all terribly exciting!’

Land Rover Women’s Michelle Vorster and Aurelie Halbwachs snatched the second spot for the day, with Yolandi du Toit and Catherine Williamson from Team Garmin finishing in third with a time of 1:40:21.

Photo: Andreassen in his element during the third stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek, by Zoon Cronje from www.zcmc.co.za


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