Swiss Matthias Stirnemann won the 31.5km, seven-lap race at the SA MTB Cup Series XCO opener in Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch, today.
Stirnemann beat his compatriot and Cape Epic teammate Nino Schurter in second. Marcel Guerrini, also from Switzerland, rounded out the podium.
Alan Hatherly, who expected a tough field in today’s race, was the first South African finisher, placing fifth.
German Helen Grobert won the women’s race, beating South African Candice Lill in second and Swiss Kathrin Stirnemann in third.
View more results below.
Elite men (seven laps)
1. Matthias Stirnemann (Switzerland) 1:37:23
2. Nino Schurter (Switzerland) 1:37:23
3. Marcel Guerrini (Switzerland) 1:38:36
4. Michiel van der Heijden (Netherlands) 1:39:46
5. Alan Hatherly (South Africa) 1:40:09
6. Philip Buys (South Africa) 1:41:08
7. Andri Frischknecht (Switzerland) 1:43:46
8. Simon Andreassen (Denmark) 1:44:04
9. Arno du Toit (South Africa) 1:44:08
10. Matthys Beukes (South Africa) 1:45:18
Elite women (six laps)
1. Helen Grobert (Germany) 1:39:26
2. Candice Lill (South Africa) 1:45:34
3. Kathrin Stirnemann (Switzerland) 1:48:27
4. Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 1:49:02
5. Flora Duffy (Bermuda) 1:49:40
6. Amy Mcdougall (South Africa) 1:51:24
7. Lotte Koopmans (Netherlands) 1:51:36
8. Sarah Hill (South Africa) 1:51:47
9. Bianca Haw (South Africa) 1:55:18
10. Ila Gray (South Africa) 1:55:50