PE to Plett success for Kargo

Durban – Kargo Pro MTB Team’s pair of Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker were ecstatic with their victory in the recent Isuzu Trucks PE to Plett mountain bike stage race in the Eastern Cape after the duo clinched victories in all four of the stages which saw them soar imperiously to the top of the overall standings.

The result was particularly meaningful for Croeser after a disappointing UCI MTB & Trials World Championships in Norway recently and the victory is the pair’s second podium finish in their two stage race outings this year after claiming an impressive third place finish in the Nedbank sani2c earlier in the year.

“PE to Plett was a really good one for us!” said Croeser. “I’ve struggled for the past ten to fifteen days with all the traveling I’ve done in the build up to and then since Worlds plus that was a big disappointment for me so to get the win was really great!”

“Trav (Walker) was really strong and we really rode well together as a team for the full four days.

“We also looked to ride each day as if we were being hunted down, not as if we were looking for just a minute or two’s lead, and so it was really nice to put in a strong performance on all four days,” he added.

Walker, coming off his confidence boosting victory in the high profile Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, was in good form leading into the race and the result was particularly pleasing for Croeser and the rest of the Kargo setup given its proximity to the team’s bike supplier’s headquarters.

“To have won is really pleasing and to have done so down in Momsen country was also really special!” explained Croeser.

“The field wasn’t quite as strong as it was at sani2c a few months ago but with the likes of PSG’s Adriaan Louw and Jurgen Uys, Louis-Bresler Knipe and Jay-Cee van Genderen as well as Andrew Mclean and Greg Anderson all there it was still a strong field.

“It was also really good preparation for the upcoming Cape Pioneer Trek where again the team will be looking to do well,” he added.

While Croeser and Walker surged to victory in the Eastern Cape, fellow teammates Brendon Davids and Stuart Marais took on the testing 105km Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill2Hill ultra-marathon from Hilton to Hillcrest in KwaZulu-Natal.

Davids, having suffered a nasty crash in training just two days before the race, put in a brave effort but had to settle for eighth place in the end – a little off his 2013 podium performance – while Marais offered his teammate good support throughout, eventually crossing the line in ninth position.

Saturday 13 September’s 45km Hill2Hill showdown saw junior talent Alan Hatherly claim a commanding victory as he successfully defended the title he clinched in 2013.

“I was super stoked to have beaten my time from last year on a longer course and to get the overall win by around seven minutes!” said a satisfied Hatherly afterwards.

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1.Kargo Pro MTB Team (Rourke Croeser/Travis Walker) 15:49.29
2.Team PSG Giant (Adriaan Louw/Jurgen Uys) 16:15.49
3.JVG-PYGA (Louis-Bresler Knipe/Jay-Cee van Genderen) 17:19.07


1.James Reid (Trek South Africa) 3:38.48
2.Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) 3:39.58
3.Matthew Beers (Team Jeep) 3:42.31
4.Darren Lill (Cannondale-Blend) 3:47.26
5.Tyron Bird (Quattro) 3:47.51
6.Derrin Smith (Team Jeep) 3:48.15
7.Sithembiso Masango (RMB Change a Life Academy) 3:451.35
8.Brendon Davids (Kargo Pro MTB) 3:53.13
9.Stuart Marais (Kargo Pro MTB) 3:54.22
10.Dan Fowler3:55.33

1.Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB)

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