PRESS RELEASE – October 2018
The Breedenet Cape Duo enjoys a second year of success
A multi-discipline, multi-stage cycling event, the Breedenet Cape Duo took place in the Western Cape over three days in October, with participants stating they are eager to return in 2019 to take up the challenge yet again.
This innovative concept, which took stage race cycling to a new level by combining road racing and mountain biking disciplines – saw Team Aluserve/Breedenet of David Garrett and AJ Davids take the overall lead to triumph in the men’s elite category on the final day at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl. In the ladies elite event, Team Breedenet of Lehane Oosthuizen and Courteney Webb took the win after four stages, while the men’s master’s category honours went to Team Wolfpack 2’s Graham Coker and Alex Blake.
Cape Duo Founder, Peter Diesel-Reynolds said, “We at the Cape Duo are under no misconception of where we fit into the cycling calendar both time-wise and brand-wise. October is always a big cycling month on the annual calendar – for many obvious reasons. Yet, we are busy carving out a place in between some great events mostly because of the absolute uniqueness of the Duo and the fact that we have been able to present Cape Duo two years in a row without hassle and with a high standard of presentation.”
The 2018 three-day challenge saw cyclists riding in sweltering summer temperatures while enjoying the Boland nature in full bloom.
Day one of the race, started on 5 October on Schalk Burger and Sons Welbedacht Wine Estate in Wellington, and saw riders setting their pace over the 125 km road stage over the tough Bains Kloof Pass through the Slanghoek Valley and back again. It was also an opportunity to crown the Skills Resource Group’s “King of the Mountain”, which went to John Wakefield of team Wolfpack 1, bringing him and his teammate, Donovan le Cok, in for the win with a six-minute lead over Team Flandria’s Young and Old – Linus van Onselen and Phillip Botha.
This meant the heat was on for Day Two, stage two as many mountain biking greats were determined to make up the gap and claim their spot on the top of the General Classification (GC) – It was Aluserve/Breedenet’s David Garrett and AJ Davids who crossed the finish mat first at the end of approximately 55 km Welvanpas mountain bike stage in Wellington at Schalk Burger & Sons Wine Estate, to the delight of fans.
Day Three dawned and challenged riders with both a road and mountain stage where riders had to tackle a 45 km road time trial followed by a 32-km single-track mountain bike ride with its picturesque views over the mountains and wine farms of Paarl. With a just over 3-minute lead on Team Flandria Young and Old – Van Onselen and Botha – it was Garrett and Davids (Team Aluserve/Breedenet) who crossed the finish line first and topped the GC with an overall time of 09:31:32. Breedenet’s ladies team of Webb and Oosthuizen solidified their win with a time of: 11:16:49. Lehane Oosthuizen commented, “Although we were so far ahead on Day Three, I’ve learnt by now to NEVER count on a win until you’ve crossed that line. Anything can happen at any time on a bike.”
“It’s so reassuring to have a 50% growth in the event this year moving up to to 78 starters and we look forward to breaking the hundred mark in 2019!” Diesel-Reynolds said.
The final day also saw the introduction of the Cape Duo 1-day experience, which allowed participants to cycle the 45-km road stage and the 32-km mountain bike stage as a standalone event. Douglas Burger took top honours in an overall time of 03:06:15.
2018 Men’s elite champ, AJ Davids, commented, “Another successful event. This year was amazing and everything was perfect.”
“The Cape Duo is a great event mixing mountain and road bike which was a first for me. Extremely challenging, well organised and well supported. A unique event to test your skill across both disciplines. Being a team or solo event, it caters for all.” said John O’ Connor who cycled with teammate Andrew Payne as Team JOC Cycles.
2018 SA Vet Road Cycling Nat Champ Graham Coker summed up the Cape Duo “Great three days racing both road and Mtb. The 1st day is full gas to sort the placing and leaving many with tired legs, day 2 brings in an element of survival to the Mtb in Welvanpas and day three the road team time trial requires a bit of suffering and team work but it’s all worth it when u change bikes and head out into the fun trails of Rhebokskloof and finish three days of racing on some of the nicest flowing single track. Three days of racing allowing riders to exploit their strengths and for others to learn the dynamics of a different discipline within their sport. Well worth entering and having a go”
Peter Diesel-Reynolds shared a message, “To all who participated and those that took part in some way, what an amazing event. Events are one of those things that are only made up of the individual pieces and depending on the ‘gees’ [spirit] and contribution of all involved it will always be directly proportional to the outcome. I guess that’s just a fancy way of saying it was an awesome success because you were all amazing participants.”
Ground Level Projects, the sole beneficiary of the Breedenet Cape Duo received some much needed awareness and is looking forward to some increased support for the school readiness programme they are currently running for the little ones of the infamous Blikkiesdorp in Delft.
For further information, please contact Lee Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.capeduo.com. Alternatively contact the race director at email@example.com
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Breedenet, Skills Resource Group, Land Rover N1 City, RaceTec, Schalk Burger & Sons Welbedacht, Drakenstein Municipality, Stuttafords, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Hero Adventure Trails, Silverback, Ceres Cycles, Epieq, Pedal Power Association, SA Mobile Shower Solutions, Radio 2 Radio Communication, WRFM 105.9, EPT Recovery, Brunox, Woolf Security, EMO Emergency Medical Operations, CSA Cycling South Africa, PPA Pedal Power Association