The 13th edition of the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge took place on Sunday, 29 July 2018 from the new venue at the Spier Wine Estate, with a huge field of competitors taking part in the 22km and 50 km distances. For outdoor enthusiasts this was the ultimate experience, while they enjoyed riding in the stunning area of Stellenbosch – in perfect weather conditions.
The picturesque routes catered for beginners, intermediate riders, young riders as well as professionals – keeping with this year’s theme of having fun outside with friends and family.
The water points were well stocked, there were adequate technical support on route and all finishers received a special commemorative medal at the finish-line. As one of the premier venues in South Africa, the Spier Wine Estate had lots to offer the riders and spectators after the race with wonderful food, wine, and beautiful scenery.
HB Kruger – Winner of the Stellenbosch MTB
HB Kruger, rider for Team ASG Ellsworth won the 50km Stellenbosch MTB Challenge in a time of 1:54:01, followed by Ryan Kellerman in second and Nico Pfitzenmaier in third to complete the podium.
After the race Kruger said that there was almost no competition. He described the route as quite flat with a man farm roads and trails through the vineyards, with only one soft sandy section which was a bit challenging.
The Stellenbosch MTB was the third win in a row for HB. He also won the Robertson Winery MTB Challenge in June and earlier this month he was the winner of Around the Pot in Swellendam.
HB has also been selected by Cycling South Africa as part of the National Mountain Bike Team to represent South Africa at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy on 15 September.