Pieter du Toit of Pyga-Euro Steel narrowly won the fourth round of the Trailseeker Series, which took place at Sondela Nature Reserve in Bela-Bela this morning.
Du Toit got the better of Wessel Botha (NanoTime) in a two-up charge to the line to take the 68km race in 2:17:34. Brendan van Eeden (Absolute Motion) led a six-man splinter group home four seconds later to grab the final podium position.
“The race really worked out great for me,” said Du Toit. “I planned to win today and that’s exactly what happened. Every race we enter we try to win.
“It was a really flat race with two climbs but it was a big bunch the whole race. It ended up with me and Wessel (Botha) having a breakaway three kilometres from the finish and fortunately I managed to take the sprint.”
Du Toit’s teammate and former Olympian, Philip Buys, had to settle for fourth place ahead of Matt Beers (NanoTime), who won the 162km Race to the Sun at Sun City last weekend.
Jan Withaar took fifth ahead of Nico Bell (NanoTime) with Keagan Bontekoning (Insect Science) trailing in at the back of the group.
HJ Cronje and Shaun-Nick Bester (Darkhorse Wheels) completed the top 10.
Veteran campaigner Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk-Infiniti), runner-up in the Race to the Sun, took a fine solo win in the women’s race, stopping the clock on 2:37:09.
The race traditionally takes place in Wellington in the Western Cape, but was moved to Sondela to comply with the Covid-19 regulations at the time.
|1||Pieter du Toit||2:17:34|
|3||Brendan van Eeden||2:17:39|
|2||Kim Le Court||2:38:33|
|4||Monique du Toit||2:48:48|
|8||Ronel van Wyk Nel||2:59:48|
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