As they have done throughout the event, the BCX pair created a lead in the first half of the 48km final stage in the Wellington area to cross the line first in 1:49:34.
Woolcock and Kruger sealed the title with an overall time of 6:18:53, ahead of Hill and Joubert (6:28:01) and Uys and Carstens (6:30:57).
Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag added the women’s title to the Cape Epic crown she won last month when she and her Cape Brewing Company teammate Katie Lennard headed the general classification in 7:38:48.
Woolcock pointed to the three-minute buffer they had seized on the opening day as the key to their success.
“We always knew it would be important to get a gap on the opening day,” he said. “It always gives you a mental head start on the rest so we went hard from the start on the first day.”
Kruger said they began the final leg with the aim of staying near the front and avoiding any final day mishaps.
“As we both come from the region – I’m from Paarl and Waylon from Stellenbosch – it was very satisfying to win this title,” he said.
Kruger said they had particularly enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB.
“Generally it was quite a relaxed vibe. There are some good routes and a thumbs up to the organisers for their hard work.”
Stenerhag was pleased with her effort after she and Lennard won the final stage ahead of Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen.
“I particularly enjoyed riding with Katie, who was always very good on the technical sections. Overall it was a good experience.”
In the mixed category, dormakaba RA’s Corne Barnard and Vera Adrian won their third stage in a row in 2:03:10 to head the general classification on 7:07:28.
Home Ice Cream’s Matthew Stamatis and Carmen Buchacher were second on the stage in 2:06:34 and overall in 7:16:12, followed by Bestmed-Ellsworth-ASG’s Pieter Seyffert and An-Li Kachelhoffer in 2:13:58 and 7:38:48.