Starting at Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin), the home of the 2012 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race, riders had to complete a total distance of 65km before once again crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Sport Field. This time team RSA Web/Cango MTB’s Renay Groustra and Matthys Beukes turned on the heat, completing the much talked about stage in a mind blowing time of 02hours27minutes11seconds. According to Groustra stage two was awesome. “Today’s route was winding and technical, making for interesting racing. It was literally a 2 ½ hour cross country race, which leaves everything hurting in the end. We definitely want to go for an overall win tomorrow, but will have our work cut out for us. We’ll just sit back and follow the wheels, in stage racing every second counts. So far I’m completely blown away by the Wines2Whales and will definitely be back in 2013,” says Groustra. Team Daikin Gu/Cycle Funatics came in second, while Team Blend Property Group finished third.

Team Contego Ladies was the women’s team to beat on the day, with team members Cherise Stander and Mariske Strauss crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 02hours54minutes58seconds. “Today’s stage was really hard and fast,” says Stander. “I had a really bad stage yesterday with Mariske having to push me the entire time. Luckily my legs felt much better today. We made a break at round about the 25km mark and managed to hold the gap. Mariske is incredibly strong, I’m just glad I could stay with her. The Wines2Whales definitely feels harder this year compared to 2010 when I competed with Karien van Jaarsveld. It’s such an incredible race the vibe is amazing, the water tables are well stocked and the food is great. This is definitely an event that I’ll try to come back to each year”. Team Momentum Specialised Insurance Ladies came in second, while Team Bizhub Ladies finished third.

In the mixed team category Team J&Y’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande De Villiers weren’t pulling any punches, claiming victory in a superb time of 02hours54minutes57seconds. Team USN Inov-8 came in second, while Team Gogo and Gramps finished third.

STAGE THREE:

Date: Sunday, 11 November 2012

Distance: 75km

Start: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)

Finish: Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Prizes up for grabs compliments of our incredible sponsors will include: 1x KTM Phinx 2.29 mountain bike (Valued at R 25 995), Suunto Ambits, ION AIR PRO action cameras, Maserati vouchers (this includes a track day and lunch with Maserati), Mizuno shoe vouchers, Thule travel product and hampers from ProNutro Active, REHIDRAT® SPORT and First Ascent.

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Team RSA Web/Cango MTB’s Renay Groustra and Matthys Beukes turned on the heat, completing the much talked about Stage Two of the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati in a time of 02hours27minutes11seconds. Seen here: Renay Groustra in action. Photo Credit ~ Jetline Action Photo

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Team Contego Ladies was the women’s team to beat on Stage Two of the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati, with team members Cherise Stander and Mariske Strauss crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 02hours54minutes58seconds. Seen here (front to back): Mariske Strauss and Cherise Stander in action on the day. Photo Credit ~Peter Kirk Media

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Team J&Y’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande De Villiers were the mixed team to beat on Stage Two of the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati, claiming victory in a superb time of 02hours54minutes57seconds. Seen here (front to back): Yolande De Villiers followed by Johan Labuschagne. Photo Credit ~ Peter Kirk Media