Louw, Kachelhoffer claim victory

2016-08-11 06:00
The three-day Glacier Storms River Traverse wrapped up with a final beautifully scenic stage through the Tsitsikamma Forest on Monday, August 8. Photo: SUPPLIED

The three-day Glacier Storms River Traverse wrapped up with a final beautifully scenic stage through the Tsitsikamma Forest on Monday, August 8. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE three-day Glacier Storms River Traverse wrapped up with a final beautifully scenic stage through the Tsitsikamma Forest on Monday, August 8.

The race victory was secured by Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team NFB Altech Autopage, but their elation was shared by every rider in the field.

Riders were treated to clear skies throughout the third and final stage, which didn’t seem likely during Sunday night when the heavens opened for a typical Storms River downpour. Fortunately, the rain blew over and although the Stage 3 route was the wettest of the race, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

Louw and Kachelhoffer rode to an assured stage victory to claim the general classification victory, despite Louw crashing spectacularly on a muddy descent. The leading mixed team remained Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer, who capped a fine weekend – during which they proved to be the most festive of the riders competing for overall victory – with another stage victory.

The women’s team category saw Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom claim stage and general classification victory after the Cape Brewing Co women dropped out of contention.

The muddy trails meant that the water point support crew had to work overtime cleaning drivetrains as the riders enjoyed the treats on offer at the water point tables. The highlights of the Stage 3 route were the long indigenous forest sections, where the sunlight filtered through the leaves and Knysna louries called from the canopy. Though the riding was by no means tough, the average pace dropped for the final stage as the riders seemed to be soaking up every last moment at the Glacier Storms River Traverse.

Results

Men’s Team

1.Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer

2.Cwynton and Richard Collett

3.Carl Rohwer and Juan Slabbert

Mixed Team

1.Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer

2.Liza and Michael Kingston

3.Ross and Victoria Reuvers

Women’s Team

1.Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom

2.Vanessa Irvine-Fortescue and Tanya Gazet

3.Jade de Hutton and Kathy Crabbe

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