Trail runners wrap up 2018 Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race
The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Mountain Bike Stage Race was launched in 2016 in collaboration with Fairtree Capital, the Simonsberg Conservancy, local landowners and event organisers Dirtopia to showcase and expand the expansive single track trail network on the Simonsberg Mountain.
Last year the event was expanded to include the Trail Run starting and finishing from the Dirtopia Trail Centre with a total purse of R10 000 up for grabs for the overall winners with equal prize money for the ladies and men.
Trail runners in the 25km route climbed 523m to the top of Klapumutskop on day one of the two-day event.
On Sunday participants ventured towards Uitkyk Wine Estate with long route runners treated to the 10km Never Say Neverending Again single track trail winding midway up the Simonsberg Mountain. Climbing to 640m above sea level, the route offered panoramic views of False Bay all the way to Table Bay and north up the West Coast.
Evan Fortuin taking line honours in the 15km in an overall time of 2:13:30, followed by Herman de la Guerre second in 2:24:19 and Daneel de Villiers third in 2:26:24. First lady across the line both days was Malin Stafelt in 2:18:37 with Tanya Posthumus-Fox second in 2:34:14 and Cathey Weedall third in 2:50:22.
Podium positions for the 25km remained unchanged over the two days Chris Strydom won the 25km in 3:22:14 followed by AJ Calitz in 3:33:12 and Gabriel Kriel third in 3:38:30. Defending Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Stage Race champion Katya Saggot clinched the title again in a time of 4:00:07 with Anna Oliver second in 4:24:55 and Julika Pahl third in 4:36:42.
The King and Queen of the Mountains trophy went to AJ Calitz on Saturday and Chris Strydom on Sunday, while Katya Saggot took the title both days.
The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour stage race partnered with the Jan Kriel Institute as the official 2018 charity. This non-profit organisation is responsible for raisings friends and funds for the children of Jan Kriel School – recently announced as the best “Special Needs School” in South Africa.