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Victory for Knipe, Louw

Adriaan Louw and Louis-Bresler Knipe of team Contego Elite rode off with the honours in the Contego Wines2Whales mountain bike event in Onrus on Sunday.

They continued their winning streak in Onrus, completing the third and final stage, an 85km ride from Grabouw Country Club to Onrus, in an impressive time of 3hr 33min 30sec.┬áTheir combined race time over the three day period was 10:33:39. Karien van Jaarsveld and Cherise Taylor of team Ladies USN were crowned overall women’s champions, while Yolande de Villiers and Johan Labuschagne of team Cyclelab KTM walked away with the title in the mixed team category.

ÔÇ£Stage three was tough,ÔÇØ says Louw. ÔÇ£The route featured quite a lot of flat sections, which gave the roadies an advantage and resulted in Louis and I having to work extra hard to keep up.┬áWe are both, however stronger on the hills and used these sections to our advantage.┬áThis is the first time that Louis and I rode together as a team, as we are usually racing on opposing sides. Our riding styles have complimented each other really well from stage one through to stage three.┬á Louis is good at keeping me focused. This will definitely not be our last race together. We had a great time,ÔÇØ says Louw.┬á Team GT Mr Price William Simpson came in second, while Team Cyclelab Sub Vets finished third.

According to Van Jaarsveld the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race tested their limits.┬áÔÇ£There definitely wasn’t a lack in competition this weekend.┬á Cherise and I went out hard each day.┬á It’s an awesome feeling walking away with a win after all three stages.┬áThe course is really beautiful with a great variety of terrain.┬á This is definitely the best race that I’ve ever had the privilege to compete at in the country.┬á We’ll definitely be back to defend our title next year,ÔÇØ says Van Jaarsveld.

Team Ladies USN completed the three stages in a combined time in 12hr 50min.  Team Momentum Specialised Insurance Ladies came in second, while First Ascent Wines2Whales finished third.

De Villiers and Labuschagne of team Cyclelab KTM obliterated the field in the mixed team category during all three stages for an overall time of 12:09:48. Team Decorton came in second, while Team Fair Cape Mixed finished third.