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Resnosterbos MTB & Trail Run

[image] 26 February 2016

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BARRYDALE. – Despite the temperature reaching north of 30 degrees and more challenging routes, the fifth Renosterbos MTB  and trail running challenge that took place on Saturday, 7 September 2013 in Barrydale was a great success. No less than 200 people took part in the mountain bike races of 35km en 71km respectively as well as the 13km trail run.

The 71km mountain bike race was a particularly important event on the mountain biking calendar as it was the only qualifying race this year for WP colours and a placement race for the FNB Wines2Whales MTB challenge taking place in November 2013.

For more details on the Renosterbos route, click here.

71km winners

Congratulations to Matthys Beukes who took the first place in the 71km men's race in a time of 02.48.26. Louis-Bresler Knipe (last year's winner) was placed second with a time of 02.57.47, while Matthew Beers came third in a time of 02.57.59. According to Beukes the route was of a very high standard and he is keen to return for the 2014 race.

Nicola Giliomee was placed first among the women in time of 03.57.00, while Sanri Immelman took he second spot with a time of 04.24.42. Ilse Esterhuyse came third in a time of 04.37.10. Giliomee also said that she will be returning next year to defend her title and described the route as challenging yet scenic.

35km winners

Benjamin Giliomee took the top spot in the 35km men's race in a time of 01.35.29, while Sakkie Nel was placed second (01.35.40) and Daniel van der Walt third (01.48.07). Amongst the women, the first place was achieved by Maryka Burger (01.58.29), while Yvonne Cronje (02.09.07) came second and Theresa Geldenhuys (02.12.01) third.

Trail Running winners

Nelene Gous, the winner of the ladies' race with a time of 1.28.51, reckons that this year's route was equally more challenging and more enjoyable than last year's. Daniel Minnaar, who took the top spot among the men, agrees that that the hills were a challenge, but enjoyed the race nonetheless. He finished in a time of 1.1.35.

Something for the taste buds at this year's Renosterbos event

Participants and their supporters enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast prepared by the winners of the 2013 kykNET Kokkedoor finalists, amongst others one of the top chefs in this year's competition, Tiaan Langenegger. Five lucky spectators were also invited to try their hand at cooking with the kykNet Kokkedoor finalists (Tiaan, Marinda Engelbrecht, Mathilda Venter, Aletta Coetzee en Rendil Pieterse). The challenge? To prepare a winning dish within 60 minutes, using the ingredients: ostrich steak, ostrich sausage, green figs and red wine. The cook-off was supervised by another Kokkedoor finalist, Toinette du Toit, and judged by the chefs Francois Ferreira and Errieda du Toit along with guest judge Beate Joubert (of Barrydale). The judges agreed that the quality of the dishes served were of an incredibly high standard and full of flavour. But, as with any competition, there could be only one winner. Congratulations to Marco Olivier of Riversdal and Mathilda who served the winning dish: Karoo ostrich pizza with a taste of the Cape.

We would also like to thank our sponsors without which the day would not have been possible. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Net vir Pret, a local non-profit organisation that facilitates after school and holiday programmes for learners from less privileged communities.

To read some more comments from those who attended and participated, click here to visit our Facebook page.

Also, keep an eye on our website, www.renosterbos.co.za, for more information about the 2014 Renosterbos MTB and trail running challenge!

For more information, please contact:

Yvonne Smit 
Tel: 028 572 1470
Cel: 084 597 1281
E-mail: doornrivier@barvallei.co.za.

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