Cape Pioneer Champions crowned after Chandelier Stage

The ‘Race with Soul’ Champions were crowned in front of the Queen’s Hotel in Oudtshoorn today.

After six spectacular stages and 530 km’s in the saddle, Team Pyga Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys stormed to victory at the 10th edition of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen.

Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys.  Image by ZC Marketing Consulting

It was a first-time win as a team for South Africa’s mountain biking giants. Buys enthused, “It feels so good to be back to racing form! I haven’t done a serious stage race in ages, and was quickly reminded of how sore the legs get from competing at this level! I’ve never won this event before – it’s all been incredible.”

Beukes, who grew up in Oudtshoorn, is a familiar favourite at the iconic event. With high-priority races like the ABSA Cape Epic coming up, he explained, “I know these trails really well. We get to encounter some tough terrain out there that put our bikes and bodies to the test. This race is really good preparation for the major events on our international racing calendar.”

The Pyga-Eurosteel finished the seven-day event in 21:14:14 to beat Spur’s Alan Hatherly and Simon Andreassen (21:17:04). Third were NAD MTB’s Matt Beers and Gawie Combrinck (21:24:55).

The women’s team event was won by Cemile Trommer and Karen Brouwer (KMC Focus) in 25:26:25. Second were Garmin’s Yolandi du Toit and Catherine Williamson (26:24:17), followed by Simone Rhoda van Aardt and Sarita Louw (30:41:32).

Cemile Trommer and Karen Brouwer. Image by ZC Marketing Consulting

Yolande de Villiers and Charles McFall were crowned the champions of the mixed category when they finished in 24:07:46. Fienie and Kobus Barnard (25:29:45) came second with Kevin Taljaard and Siska van der Bijl (26:50:44) rounding out the podium.

Andrew Johnson (22:51:28) took the spoils in the solo men’s race, beating Andrew Stockwell (23:47:24) and Gregory Harrup (23:51:11) to the title.

Marisa van der Linde (27:45:53) finished first in the solo women’s event to beat Lehane Oosthuizen (28:05:00) and Hanlie Snyman (30:48:18).

Cemile Trommer and Karen Brouwer. Image by ZC Marketing Consulting

View more results below.

Stage six results

Men’s teams

1. Simon Andreassen & Alan Hatherly (Spur-Specialized) 2:28:41
2. Philip Buys & Matthys Beukes (Pyga-Eurosteel) 2:28:41
3. Matt Beers & Gawie Combrinck (NAD MTB) 2:28:55
4. Erik Groen & Robbert de Nijs (Stappenbelt Torq) 2:30:54
5. Jarrod van de Heever & Timo Cooper (Anderson Transport 1) 2:30:58
6. Tim Smeenge & Gerben Mos (KMCFruittogo) 2:32:30
7. Jan Withaar & Danny Fowler (Continental Tyres) 2:32:42
8. Lincoln Yannick & Ben Melt Swanepoel (Land Rover-Moka Rangers) 2:37:29
9. Luke Evans & Richard Simpson (First Ascent 1) 2:40:25
10. Andrew Duvenage & Craig Uria (NFB-Spine and Sport) 2:40:42

Women’s teams

1. Cemile Trommer & Karen Brouwer (KMC Focus) 2:54:33
2. Yolandi du Toit & Catherine Williamson (Garmin) 2:35:10
3. Simone Rhoda van Aardt & Sarita Louw (Faith) 2:52:26
4. Tandi Kitching & Jenna Borrill (Liquimoly) 3:26:34
5. Auralia Edwards & Gina Wills (Cycles Direct) 3:12:30

Mixed teams

1. Yolande de Villiers & Charles McFall (Silverback-Volvo-Mad Macs Kawasaki) 2:49:18
2. Fienie Barnard & Kobus Barnard (Giantliv) 2:52:10
3. Kevin Taljaard & Siska van der Bijl (Karoo Ford) 3:06:49
4. Christine Staub & Marco Schaer (Staub Bulls) 3:09:44
5. Janine Stewart & Jonathan Peers (Keep up) 3:19:34

Vets men

1. Max Friedrich & Thorsten Keller (Giant-Maxalami) 2:52:05
2. Pieter Hugo & Johannes Smit (Radicle Foundation) 2:57:30
3. Nick Bester & Anton Smal (Biogen) 3:00:03

Master men

1. Shaun Sale & Martijn Mellaart (Sales Hire) 2:57:23
2. Robert Sim & Waleed Baker (PitstopSport24hrs) 3:03:39
3. Eberhard Moeck & Albert Rundel (Killertal Rider) 3:18:11

Solo men

1. Simon Lassen 2:40:24
2. Andrew Johnson 2:40:34
3. Drikus Coetzee 2:42:58
4. Gregory Harrup 2:43:46
5. Andrew Stockwell 2:43:57

Solo women

1. Marisa van der Linde 3:03:41
2. Lehane Oosthuizen 3:19:11
3. Hanlie Snyman 3:26:45
4. Raine Fouche 3:49:21
5. Jadde Jon de Hutton 4:19:38

General classification

Men’s teams

1. Philip Buys & Matthys Beukes (Pyga-Eurosteel) 21:14:14
2. Simon Andreassen & Alan Hatherly (Spur-Specialized) 21:17:04
3. Matt Beers & Gawie Combrinck (NAD MTB) 21:24:55
4. Tim Smeenge & Gerben Mos (KMCFruittogo) 21:43:06
5. Erik Groen & Robbert de Nijs (Stappenbelt Torq) 21:56:13
6. Jan Withaar & Danny Fowler (Continental Tyres) 22:09:35
7. Luke Evans & Richard Simpson (First Ascent 1) 22:40:42
8. Andrew Duvenage & Craig Uria (NFB-Spine and Sport 22:49:38
9. Jarrod van den Heever & Timo Cooper (Anderson Transport 1) 22:52:36
10. Lincoln Yannick & Ben Melt Swanepoel (Land Rover-Moka Rangers) 23:02:42

Women’s teams

1. Cemile Trommer & Karen Brouwer (KMC Focus) 25:26:25
2. Yolandi du Toit & Catherine Williamson (Garmin) 26:24:17
3. Simone Rhoda van Aardt & Sarita Louw (Faith) 30:41:32
4. Tandi Kitching & Jenna Borrill (Liquimoly) 32:43:30
5. Auralia Edwards & Gina Wills (Cycles Direct) 33:45:22

Mixed teams

1. Yolande de Villiers & Charles McFall (Silverback-Volvo-Mad Macs Kawasaki) 24:07:46
2. Fienie Barnard & Kobus Barnard (GiantLiv) 25:29:45
3. Kevin Taljaard & Siska van der Bijl (Karoo Ford) 26:50:44
4. Christine Staub & Marco Schaer (Staub Bulls) 28:16:31
5. Janine Stewart & Jonathan Peers (Keep Up) 29:55:54

Vets men

1. Max Friedrich & Thorsten Keller (Giant-Maxalami) 24:31:17
2. Nick Bester & Anton Smal (Biogen) 27:35:40
3. Pieter Hugo & Johannes Smit (Radicle Foundation) 28:31:31

Master men

1. Shaun Sale & Martijn Mellaart (Sales Hire) 26:22:13
2. Robert Sim & Waleed Baker (PitstopSport24hrs) 26:50:19
3. Eberhard Moeck & Albert Rundel (Killertal Rider) 29:25:25

Solo men

1. Andrew Johnson 22:51:28
2. Andrew Stockwell 23:47:24
3. Gregory Harrup 23:51:11
4. Johan Labuschagne 24:16:36
5. Ecoffey Sylvain 24:31:20

Solo women

1. Marisa van der Linde 27:45:53
2. Lehane Oosthuizen 28:05:00
3. Hanlie Snyman 30:48:18
4. Raine Fouche 35:13:50
5. Jade Jon de Hutton 38:49:24

In The Bunch

Caption: Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys.  Image by ZC Marketing Consulting

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