Queen Stage Wins for Imbuko {type}DEV B and Efficient Insure Infiniti Racing – Event & Industry News

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Wessel Botha (left) and Rudi Koen (right) won the Queen Stage of the 2022 Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, at the top of Swartberg Pass. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

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Kim le Court and Theresa Ralph virtually won the overall title at the 2022 Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, with their fourth stage win of the race. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

However, it wasn’t all easy for Wessel Botha and Rudi Koen. The Imbuko {type}DEV B riders worked for their stable mates, Marco Joubert and Pieter du Toit, before being granted the freedom to compete for stage honours. Initially, they were to help control the Insect Science Pro suit, consisting of Arno du Toit and Keagan Bontekoning.

After a rolling, sometimes technical and always trying, on the first 65 kilometers of the 84 kilometer stage, one of the Imbuko {type}DEV B riders punctured. It was moments before the group – which consisted of the Imbuko {type}DEV A, Insect Science Pro and Valley Electrical Titan Racing teams – hit the asphalt at the foot of the Swartberg Pass. That left Botha and Koen in a frantic chase to close the one-minute gap that developed as they repaired the puncture.

The duo caught up with the leading group after the Kobus se Gat water point, 72 kilometers away. In doing so, Arno du Toit attacked, hoping to get clear so Keagan Bontekoning could join him later. Insect Science Pro had to make up 3 minutes and 46 seconds to regain the overall lead, which required them to race aggressively. Botha still had energy to spare and closed the gap with Arno du Toit for his teammates. Bontekoning then attacked on capture, but this move came to nothing under the relentless pace of Team Imbuko {type} DEV.

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The Klein Karoo provided typically difficult terrain in the 70 kilometers to the foot of the Swartberg Pass. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

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Rudi Koen’s puncture cost Team Imbuko {type}DEV B a minute, but they still managed to close the gap to the leading pack before the start of the Swartberg Pass climb. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

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The Swartberg Pass may have only provided Imbuko {type} DEV A with a time saver of 39 seconds, but it took their buffer to over 4.5 minutes with only 65 kilometers of the event remaining at to run. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

“I didn’t give our support team any gels in the feed zones today,” admitted Bontekoning. “I was starting to feel the bonk coming from before waterhole 3 so it was no surprise when I went totally flat on Swartberg Pass.”

As Bontekoning began to slow down, both Imbuko {type}DEV teams kept up their pace, setting what was clearly a winning buffer by the time they reached the 1 kilometer banner. “With the guys from Insect Science behind us, we knew we were making up time in the general classification, explains Marco Joubert. “We discussed with Wessel [Botha] and Rudi [Koen] with about 100 yards to go and decided they had to take the win. They deserve it for all the hard work they put in this week. That they win their second stage and that we are in the yellow jerseys… it’s almost perfect.

As a result, Joubert and Pieter du Toit gain another 39 seconds over Arno du Toit and Bontekoning. This means Imbuko {type}DEV A leads Insect Science Pro by 4 minutes and 37 seconds overall. Team Imbuko {type}DEV B is third, Valley Electrical Titan Racing is fourth and KMC is fifth, after Varsity College failed in Stage 5.

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Second place on Stage 5 was Pieter du Toit (left) and Marco Joubert (right) third runner-up Imbuko {type} DEV A to go with their three stage wins. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

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The Efficient Insure Infiniti Racing suit spent much of Stage 5 in a group with mixed class race leaders Danielle Strydom and Franko van Zyl. Photo by Sage Lee Voges for zcmc.co.za.

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Stéphanie Wohlters had a badly timed mechanic which relegated her and Yolande de Villiers from the group which contained the first women in the race. Photo by Sage Lee Voges for zcmc.co.za.

In the women’s race, the Efficient Insure Infiniti Racing team added another 6 minutes to their overall lead. Kim le Court and Theresa Ralph were sometimes under pressure during the stage, but always managed to distance their rivals again. Le Court’s prowess allowed him to help Ralph in times when the 2019 Race with Soul winner struggled. The Mauritian champion’s ability to push her partner may not have been the deciding factor in their run for the overall victory, but it certainly added to their advantage.

Efficient Insure Infiniti Racing leads Yolande de Villiers and Stephanie Wohlters of Madmacs/Coopetto/Bester Performance by 32 minutes and 22 seconds. Ila Stow and Robyn Williams of Clickatell are third; Action Cycles Scotrho Brokers are fourth and the team from Echotel Communications are fifth, despite a serious puncture from Kylie Hanekom which relegated them to sixth place in the stage.

The final leg of the 2022 Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, is a 65 kilometer loop through the Chandelier Game Reserve. It includes 1,150 meters of climbing and ends on the main Oudtshoorn road, opposite the Queens Hotel. To follow the action of the last stage of the Race with Soul, such as the Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, Facebook page, follow @CapPioneerTrek on Twitter and follow @capepioneer on Instagram. For more information, visit www.capepioneer.co.za.

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Stage 5 men’s podium (from left to right): Pieter du Toit, Marco Joubert, Wessel Botha, Rudi Koen, Arno du Toit and Keagan Bontekoning. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.

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The Swartberg Game Reserve Giraffe provided additional excitement on the Queen stage. Photo by Sage Lee Voges for zcmc.co.za.

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Die Top, the summit of the Swartberg Pass offers the most emblematic stage finish in South African mountain biking. Photo by Justin Reinecke for zcmc.co.za.


Results

Elite Men | Step 5:

1. Imbuko {type}DEV B: Wessel Botha and Rudi Koen (3:18:22)

2. Imbuko {type}DEV A: Marco Joubert & Pieter du Toit (3:18:31|+09)

3. Insect Science Pro: Arno du Toit & Keagan Bontekoning (3:19:10 | +48)

4. Valley Electrical Titan Racing: Matthew Keyser and HB Kruger (3:21:19 | +2:57)

5. Insect Science Pro 2: Herman Fourie and Alan Gordon (3:29:45 | +11:23)

Elite women | Step 5:

1. Effectively insuring Infiniti Racing: Theresa Ralph & Kim le Court (4:06:52)

2. Madmacs/Coopetto/Bester Performance: Yolande de Villiers & Stéphanie Wohlters (4:13:06 | +6:14)

3. Clickatell: Ila Stow and Robyn Williams (4:28:11 | +21:19)

4. Action Cycles Scotrho Brokers: Nicola Freitas and Juanita Mackenzie (4:52:14 | +46:22)

5. De-Rail-Ed: Auralia Edwards and Denni Cartwright (5:11:12 | +1:05:20)

Elite Men | General classification after stage 5:

1. Imbuko {type}DEV A: Marco Joubert & Pieter du Toit (15:12:21)

2. Insect Science Pro: Arno du Toit and Keagan Bontekoning (15:16:58 | +04:37)

3. Imbuko {type}DEV B: Wessel Botha and Rudi Koen (15:20:36 | +08:15)

4. Valley Electrical Titan Racing: Matthew Keyser & HB Kruger (15:35:39 | +23:18)

5. KMC: Teus Ruijter & Gerben Mos (16:01:54 | +49:33)

Elite women | General classification after stage 5:

1. Effectively insuring Infiniti Racing: Theresa Ralph & Kim le Court (18:58:26)

2. Madmacs/Coopetto/Bester Performance: Yolande de Villiers & Stéphanie Wohlters (19:30:48 | +32:22)

3. Clickatell: Ila Stow and Robyn Williams (20:30:51 | +1:32:25)

4. Action Cycles Scotrho Brokers: Nicola Freitas and Juanita Mackenzie (21:40:01 | +2:41:35)

5. Echotel communications: Tarryn Povey and Kylie Hanekom (22:07:13 | +3:08:47)

For the full results of the Momentum Medical Scheme Cape Pioneer Trek 2022, presented by Biogen, click here.

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