Waylon Woolcock and Carmen Buchacher are the 2017 Nissan Trailseeker Western Cape Series champions. The final points standings for the popular series were confirmed after the fourth and final round was completed at Hemel & Aarde, Hermanus last weekend.
Despite going off the course at Sunday’s event, where he ended up finishing fifth, Woolcock’s top three performances in the Series see him conclude with a total of 11 402 points. The Team BCX rider won Round 1 at Tulbagh in April, finished second at Round 2 in Grabouw in June and third in Wellington in August.
Port Elizabeth-based Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes) finished the series in second place on 10 942 points with Dominic Calitz claiming third place on 10 653.
“I’m super happy with the series win. It’s nice to have won both the Nissan Trailseeker Gauteng Series, back in 2012, and now the Western Cape Series,” said Woolcock.
He added, “I’ve never been much of an overall series contender because I usually take a bit of a break from racing in the winter and miss one or two of the Trailseeker Series events or arrive to race under conditioned. This year my racing schedule was different and I was in good form at three of the four events.”
The women’s series saw Buchacher conquer with consistency. Although the Velocity Sports rider never won any of the three rounds she competed in, she got two second places and a third to give her a total of 10 779 points.
“I didn’t win any of the events but the racing standard was always quite high. I had a problem with my shock at Wellington, which definitely cost me time, but fortunately I had steady results at the other events to give me enough points to win the series,” said Buchacher.
Reflecting on the season, she added: “I have loved racing the Nissan Trailseeker Series. The organisers chose some of the best local mountain biking locations for the events and the organisation was always of a very high standard.”
Courteney Webb claimed second place in the Series with 9 891 points, narrowly beating Louise Ferreira who had a total of 9 847 points.
In the popular Half-marathon Nissan Trailseeker Series, Western Cape, Junior Rossouw Bekker’s perfect win record saw him claim the male title, while another Junior, Allison Morton, secured the top female prize.