PRESS RELEASE: TOP NAMES PERCHED TO POUNCE AFTER SCORCHING POINT PURSUIT
Mountain bikers began a surreal seven-day journey in Mossel Bay today for the highly anticipated Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen. The event kicked off with the popular #PointPursuit Prologue where riders were put through their paces on the cliff-hugging trails of St.Blaize.
In a men’s field stacked with any number of potential winners, it was a much anticipated start to the event. The established pairing of Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit DSV Pro Cycling lead the charge with a blistering winning time of 00:24:45.
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Just 43 seconds behind them was the young Julian Jessop and Timothy Hammond (DEVMCO). As marathon specialists, the podium result took the powerhouse DSV pairing by surprise: “Historically a short course is not our thing – so a podium spot today gives us a lot of confidence heading into the marathon stages.”
A somewhat surprising third place came from Aspin Cycling’s Krenn Wolfgang and Moran Vermeulen. As new comers to both the mountain bike and stage racing scene, the international team admitted to being completely out of their comfort zone.
“We didn’t really know what to expect today, except that we had to approach this race completely differently than what we’re used to. It’s an amazing experience to be in South Africa and we look forward to getting a feel of what stage racing at this level is like,” said Wolfgang.