The Maserati BIG5 Challenge has kicked off in earnest with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour mountain bike races the focal point of the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.
The mountain bike race is the first of five events participants will compete in over the coming ten days. Taking an early lead in the Maserati BIG5 Challenge was Bradley Weiss in the Men’s category and Fienie Barnard in the Women’s category after being the first to cross the line after 80km in the saddle.
On Saturday, 8 July top cyclists battled it out on the forest and singletrack trails before Matthys Beukes took overall victory, followed closely by Gert Heyns and Matt Beers. In the Women’s category Robyn de Groot arrived first on the finish line in sweeping style with Candice Lill and Yolandi de Villiers finishing second and third respectively.
Brendon Davids clinched his first Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour road race title on Sunday, 9 July finishing the 115km event in a time of 02:45:30 and beating Reynard Butler and Thando Zothe by more than a minute. Carmen Buchacher also took her first ever win in the event, beating Candice Lill by 6 seconds with defending ladies champion Anriette Schoeman in third place.
Next up for the Maserati BIG5 Challenge competitors will be the Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim on (Monday, 10 July). BIG5Lite athletes can opt out of the swim and choose to paddle in the Harbour2Heads or Cycle in the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Cycle.
If you are not participating but wish to be a part of the action support a Fundracer through www.big5fundracing.co.za and help #RebuildKnysna. The Fundracer platform allows for safe, secure and direct donations One click allows supporters and fans to donate via the secure payment portal, PayFast.
There are events to suit every taste lined-up for the duration of the Best 10 Days of Your Winter, for more information visit www.oysterfestival.co.za.
Maserati BIG5 Challenge Results:
Bradley Weiss 3:01.31
Michael Cannon 3:27.40
Mitchen Sparrow 3:30.44
Fienie Barnard 3:32.44
Johandri Leicester 3:46.10
Kate Dodds 3:47.16
Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Results (80km):
1st Matthys Beaukes
2nd Gert Heyns
3rd Matt Beers
1st Robyn de Groot
2nd Candice Lill
3rd Yolandi de Villiers