After a week of rain and dismal conditions, riders were greeted with very hot and humid weather.
Crossing between long distance training for the Absa Cape Epic and short course training for the cross-country (XCO) races Strauss’ year has been a busy one already, not to mention her Varsity studies.
“Everything has been going smoothly,” said Strauss. “Thanks to Jeroen (Swart) and Science 2 Sport, we’re getting the balance right and all the data is looking good. It’s definitely a bit of a change training for ’Epic and trying to fit everything in. At the moment I’m feeling good but the season is long and I am taking it one race at a time. Cascades is always technical, but it’s an awesome course. It was good training for next month’s World Cup.”
The Pro-Elite Men’s XCO race is currently underway (started at 14:00) and can be followed by LIVE streaming at www.streamit360.tv.
Summary of results: SA XCO Cup #1 (Cascades) 15 March 2014
Elite Women – 4 laps
1 Mariske Strauss 01:24:32
2 Hayley Smith 01:32:16
3 Kim Westbrook 01:38:29
4 Ashleigh Moffatt 01:24:56 (3 laps)
Junior Women – 3 laps
1 Bianca Haw 01:05:22
2 Frances du Toit 01:09:21
3 Genevieve van Coller 01:14:34
4 Kimberley le Court 01:17:47
5 Amy Williams 01:19:33
Youth Women – 2 laps
1 Saffron Vosloo 00:54:42
2 Sabrina van Wyk 01:01:18