10 Days, 5 Events and 1 Race came to a nail-biting end today as competitors in the Maserati BIG5 Challenge raced each other and the clock in the final event of the Challenge, the Momentum Knysna Forest Half Marathon.
After completing a mountain biking, open-water swimming, trail running and an MTB X course over the past 10 days competitors were relieved to only have a 21km run between them and the title of Maserati BIG5 Challenge Finisher.
In the Men’s race the main dual was between Bradley Weiss and Keegan Cooke for the overall title with Bradley taking it in an accumulative time of 7:21.05. The Women’s Category saw the leader board change multiple times during the 10 days of the competition with Vicky van der Merwe pipping Kate Dodds at the post to claim the overall title with a cumulative time of 8:37.52.
Bradley had this to say, “There was such a cool vibe, this is such a unique race. I am very happy to come away with the overall win, I had the lead coming into the last race and that gave me the opportunity to run within myself. The Women’s race was very exciting and I think Vicky did amazingly well to regain the time deficit that she had going into the run this morning.” Vicky agreed, “I am really happy, I had a very bad first day and I lost a lot of time on that 80km mountain bike race and I have been chasing ever since. I had a very definitely plan for today and I stuck to it. I just made sure I maintained my pace, after four events I was definitely hurting but I am happy at how it turned out.”
Make this your 2018 bucket-list, must-do mulitsport event and start training now for the 2018 Maserati BIG5 Challenge.
MASERATI BIG5 CHALLENGE GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1st Bradley Weiss 7:21.05
2nd Keegan Cooke 7:49.36
3rd Mitchel Sparrow 8:20.35
1st Vicky van der Merwe 8:37.52
2nd Kate Dodds 8:41.01
3rd Fienie Barnard 8:43.40