The much-anticipated mountain bike challenge, the Darling Brew Extreme (DBX), took place for its fifth consecutive year.
The DBX have become one of the most anticipated single-day races in the Western Cape and is hosted in the quaint town of Darling by Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery, Darling Brew.
The DBX18 mountain bike challenge, together with Retail Capital, offered four routes to choose from. Each route was named after one of Darling Brew’s quaffable brews and made use of a combination of single track, jeep track and farm roads in and around Darling.
The routes ranged from the super endurance long course for experienced MTB enthusiasts, to the less challenging short ride for the family, novices and youngsters.
The race started and finished at Darling Brew, where the Brewery offered riders and spectators a relaxed ambiance with family friendly surroundings, ample secure parking, locally brewed craft beer, entertainment and tasty eats.
The race was won by HB Kruger and Katie Lennard in the respective men’s and women’s categories. Kruger an experienced mountain biker from the Cape Winelands and rider for ASG-Ellsworth, had an magnificent ride and finished the 70km route solo in a time of 3:13:38, 23 minutes before Andreas Studer with Cobus Swanepoel crossing the finish-line in third. Lennard won the women’s race in 3:40:55, with Lara Tennent second and Leorine de Wet taking third place.
Juan Louw won the 50km race in 2:14:32, while Nicholas Allen placed second and Albert Muller in third. The women’s race was won by Robyn Williams who finished in 2:31:01 with Lorna McLaren in second place and Unice Vorster rounding off the podium in third.
This year there was awesome prizes to be won and the Stone Jets entertained the crowds before and after the prize giving.
DBX’s community project of choice for 2018 was DRESS, a recycling swap shop based close to the brewery and to their hearts. DBX donated bicycles for Darling youths to ‘buy’ with their recycling collections. DRESS was on site all day recycling guests valuable waste. Riders had the option to contribute further on entering and an amount of R5860.00 was raised.
The dates for DBX19 is the weekend of the 25th and 26th of May, so be sure to mark that on your calendar.
Photo gallery from Darling Brew Extreme
For more information www.darlingbrew.co.za/dbx2018.html