Ride the Rock

Over the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th of February 250 riders took on the Cederberg classic, the Isuzu Ride the Rock. While there will be a full ride report in the March issue of Full Sus here are a few highlights form the second of the big tests leading up to the 2014 Cape Epic. Ride the Rock is a solo race with a field limited to 250 riders.

Hanlie Booyens
Hanlie Booyens

Stage 1:

Won by Erik Kleinhans (South Africa) and Hanlie Booyens (South Africa).

Known as the endurance stage it featured 81km route with 1600m of vertical ascent.

What the pro’s said:

Hanlie Booyens: “This is always a challenging stage. The section at Voelvlei is rugged. I definitely took longer there today than ever before. This is my third ISUZU Ride The Rock, but my first stage win at the event. With Ariane not racing, it’s definitely opened the door for us. I think Vera (Adrian) is the rider to look out for on stage two, she’s good on the technical sections.  My strategy will be to climb hard and hang on, on the decents”.

Erik Kleinhans: “If you can survive this you can survive anything.”

Erik Kleinhans
Erik Kleinhans

Stage 2:

Won by Konny Looser (Switzerland) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda).

Known as the play stage with plenty of single track in the 60km course with 1000m of vertical ascent.

What the pro’s said:

Konny Looser:  “Today was perfect. I really wanted to go for the overall win, but after Stage One I have to be happy with a Stage win today.  I felt good on the climb.  On the downhill I managed to build a gap, although they caught me again I was always in front.    It is nice to be in this area especially as a cyclist.  This is a very nice event, with a great atmosphere.  I would like another stage win, but we’ll see”.

Flora Duffy: “Today was very technical.  I really enjoyed it, but this last single track was super gnarly, who ever thought of that is cruel.”

Stage 3:

Won by Rabon Frantisek (Czech Republic) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda), with Erik Kleinhans (South Africa) and Hanlie Booyens (South Africa) claiming the overall victories.

Known as the fast and flowing stage with lots of jeep track to spin out those tired legs in the 55km route with 1200m of climbing.

What the pro’s said:

Hanlie Booyens: “It’s different in the Cederberg, you feel more relaxed and go away keen to ride your bike. I think circumstances just played in my hands this year. This is one of my favourite events. I’d definitely like to be back next year.”

Erik Kleinhans: “The competition has always been strong at Ride the Rock. Originally when I entered I thought it would be between Nico Pfitzenmaier and me, but then Adriaan Louw entered, Frantisek Rabon, Andrew Hill, Konny Looser and even the XTERRA guys, Dan Hugo, Stuart Marais and Bradley Weiss. Having all these top riders here makes the win even more special, while starting the year with a win definitely boosts the confidence. Isuzu Ride the Rock is different to any other event.  The terrain, rock formations and sunsets are spectacular. If my calendar allows it I’ll definitely be back next year”.

General Classification Results:

Women

  1. Hanlie Booyens 10 hours 52 minutes 52 seconds
  2. Vera Adrian 11 hours 14 minutes 12 seconds
  3. Flora Duffy 11hours 21 minutes 08 seconds
  4. Kim Westbrook 11 hours 30 minutes 40 seconds
  5. Leona Kadir 11hours 57 minutes 01 seconds

Men

  1. Erik Kleinhans 08hours 21 minutes 24 seconds
  2. Adriaan Louw 08hours 25 minutes 52 seconds
  3. Dan Hugo 08hours 34 minutes 25 seconds
  4. Stuart Marais 08hours 49 minutes 27 seconds
  5. Doug Brown 08hours 55 minutes 02 seconds

Follow Ride the Rock on Twitter @ridetherockmtb or find out more at www.cederbergevents.co.za.

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