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Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill2Hill

[image] 28 January 2015


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The Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill was not so much about the hills as it was about the mud and all who braved conditions need a big congratulations for just getting to the start line. Late on Saturday night, course designer Nic Floros was still making a few last-minute changes to the route to alleviate some of the problem areas which made a big difference to the rider's enjoyment of the race.

Saturday's conditions were horrendous and everybody who managed to splash their way to the finish deserved their medals, while Sunday's 100km threw up perfect conditions above the ground, but under the wheels things were still a bit sloshy.

The race was won by Max Knox who produced his race-winning move up the dreaded four kilometre Sunrise Hill climb where he opened a small gap on Kevin Evans and Brandon Stewart. In the women's race Ischen Stopforth was dominant and never challenged too much as she recorded her second win in a row - a deceptively narrow victory over teammate Nicci Grobler.

The race stats make for some interesting reading with just under 50 percent of the entrants starting on Saturday in the 45km and about 65 percent of those riders finishing. For the 100km we had about 70 percent registering with 44 percent of the entrants finishing.

In the 100km race about 15 percent of the field were quicker over the final 42km from Cato Ridge to the finish than they were over the first 56km to Cato Ridge, including the leading top three finishers, Max Knox, Kevin Evans and Brandon Stewart who all rode the hilly second half of the course quicker than the first half.

There is no doubt the conditions made the already tough event just that little bit harder, and had it not been for some wonderful seconding points the finish stats would have been even more bleak, so we have to say a huge thank you to water point sponsors Compendium Insurance Group, Group Five, Thule, Stedone, Step Irrigations and Ellis Park Butchery as well as Trudy, Barbara and their team of water-point co-ordinators.

And finally, the race would not take place if it was not for the sponsors: Jeep Apparel who produce those sought-after T-Shirts; Sunday Tribune who printed all the race results on Sunday and will have more pictures from the race this weekend; Spur Steak Ranches; Nedbank's 360Life; 100 Plus and Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles.

There were also a host of other suppliers and sponsors who help out and we thank you for your assistance, including Concept Cyclerywho sponsored the R28 000 Specialized bicycle which was won by Marielaine Prins of Cato Ridge.

8 comment(s)

Rory Nossiter
This was my first 100km H2H and I had trained too hard to bail - I'm glad I didn't! The mud made it very tough so I decided not to go for a time but just to enjoy the experience and to finish - I achieved both :-)!

Thanks to the organisers and sponsors for a truly memorable experience.

Blake
Riding the Hill2hill has been a goal of mine for a number of years, towards the end of last year I decided to do something about training for it and I am glad I did. I made a few training mistakes in the week leading up to the ride which messed my legs up a bit but will definitely not make those for next years ride and hopefully make a big improvement on my time

Blake
Riding the Hill2hill has been a goal of mine for a number of years, towards the end of last year I decided to do something about training for it and I am glad I did. I made a few training mistakes in the week leading up to the ride which messed my legs up a bit but will definitely not make those for next years ride and hopefully make a big improvement on my time

Chris
My training partner and I flew from Tanzania for this race and we went there expecting to complete it in 6 hours with all the training we had done. My mate got flu the night before and had to pull out and I had the toughest ride of my life, including a chain stuck with only 20ks to go threateing to end my ride, A huge thanks to those 4 cyclists who stopped and helped, without you we would have both returned to Tanzania disappointed! & thanks to Neil who dispite his flu encouraged me to the finish. A great event with great organisation and support......but very tough if your used to flat dry tracks with no rocks or mud! Thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful event!

James
For all those who decided to not start , you missed a great ride. Mud made it tough ,well done to all those who did it!!!, Looking fwd to next years , hopefully in the sun

Chris
My training partner and I flew from Tanzania for this race and we went there expecting to complete it in 6 hours with all the training we had done. My mate got flu the night before and had to pull out and I had the toughest ride of my life, including a chain stuck with only 20ks to go threateing to end my ride, A huge thanks to those 4 cyclists who stopped and helped, without you we would have both returned to Tanzania disappointed! & thanks to Neil who dispite his flu encouraged me to the finish. A great event with great organisation and support......but very tough if your used to flat dry tracks with no rocks or mud! Thanks to everyone involved in this wonderful event!

Bradley
Brakes , what brakes , mud yes lots and lots . Bike service oh yes , and yes it was an expensive ride , had fun though and don't regret doing it !

Paul
Was our first Hill2Hill so did not know what to expect ..... The mud made it hard but thank goodness the sun was not out in full force !!!
We made it and am sure we will be back to try the dry ride next year.
Thanks for an awesome experiance and a very well run event.