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Karl Platt (Team Bulls) leads the pack with defending champ Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing) in tow

Photo: ZOON CRONJE/NIKON

The 28-year-old former Swiss national champion clocked a time of 04 hours 47 minutes 46 seconds, almost nine minutes faster than the previous record of 04:56:29 set in 2013 by compatriot, Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing). It was Huber’s first attempt at the 121km event, which includes 2900 metres of vertical ascent.

Sauser, the current marathon World Champion, was runner up on Saturday in a time of 04:54:33, with Germany’s four-time ABSA Cape Epic winner, Karl Platt (Team Bulls) rounding out the podium in a time of 04:55:16. Erik Kleinhans (Team RE:CM) was the first South African home in fifth place.

Current Swiss marathon champion, Ariane Kleinhans (Team RE:CM) captured her third successive Attakwas Extreme title when she set a course record in the women’s race.

Kleinhans clocked a time of 05:40:38, which sliced almost two minutes off her previous mark of 05:41:29 and placed her in 22nd place overall. Second place went to South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota) with Ischen Stopforth (Sasol Racing) completing the podium places.

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Urs Huber (Team Bulls) solos his way to victory

Photo: ZOON CRONJE/NIKON

Fairview Attakwas Extreme – 121km, 2 900m ascent

Oudtshoorn, South Africa, Saturday 18 January 2014

Leading results:

Men

1 Urs Huber – SUI (Team Bulls) 04hrs 47min 46sec

2 Christoph Sauser – SUI (Specialized Racing) @ 06min 36sec

3 Karl Platt – GER (Team Bulls) @ 07:19

4 Frantisek Rabon – CZE (Specialized Racing) @ 07:23

5 Erik Kleinhans – RSA (Team RE:CM) @ 09:41

6 Stefan Sahm – GER (Team Bulls) @ 09:41

7 Simon Stiebjahn – GER (Team Bulls) @ 10:24

8 Kevin Evans – RSA (FedGroup Itec) @ 19:38

9 Darren Lill – RSA (Cannondale Blend @ 19:53

10 Waylon Woolcock (Cannondale Blend) @ 19:54

Women

1 Ariane Kleinhans – SUI (Team RE:CM) 05:40:38

2 Robyn de Groot – RSA (Biogen Toyota) @ 16:48

3 Ischen Stopforth – RSA (Sasol Racing)