The three-day Tankwa Trek stage race took place in and around the Ceres area in South Africa from February 9.
Stage one of the Tankwa Trek covered 83km with 1 900m of climbing in the Witzenberg Valley.
Canyon Topeak’s Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek won the stage with Cannondale 1’s Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini in second. Cannondale 2’s Maxime Marotte and Marcel Guerrini completed the podium.
In the women’s race dormakaba’s Candice Lill and Helen Grobert topped the standings. Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot and Sabine Spitz came in second, with Meerendal CBC’s Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Süss in third.
Stage two of the Tankwa Trek, also known as the queen stage, took riders on a 87km long stage with 2 200m of climbing.
Spur Specialized’s Alan Hatherly and Simon Andreassen took the stage win, Canyon Topeak’s Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek finished in second with NAD Pro MTB’s Nico Bell and Matt Beers in third.
Lakata and Hynek led overall after stage two, with Cannondale 2’s Maxime Marotte and Marcel Guerrini second. PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes were third overall.
dormakaba’s Candice Lill and Helen Grobert won the women’s race and were in the lead overall. Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot and Sabine Spitz came in second, with Silverback Volvo OMX’s Yolande de Villiers and Mariske Strauss in third.
De Groot and Spitz are also second overall, with De Villiers and Strauss third overall.
Centurion Vaude by Goldwurst Power’s Nicola Rohrbach and Daniel Geismayr won the men’s race, while Silverback Volvo OMX’s Yolande de Villiers and Mariske Strauss claimed victory in the women’s race on the final stage of the Tankwa Trek.
The overall leaders’ jerseys did not change hands as Canyon Topeak Factory Racing’s Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek and dormakaba’s Candice Lill and Helen Grobert were declared the respective 2018 winners.
The stage featured a rolling start which separated the rave village at Kaleo from the Houdenbek singletracks.