On Saturday some 410 cyclists took part in the Hermanus Whale Festival Mtb Challenges. Hermanus Adventures has again stage these hugely popular events taking bikers into the Hemel en Aarde Valley. New single tracks, river crossings and mountain tracks were built to ensure every participant was challenge to their maximum. Curro Hermanus was the start and finish line and the school was most accommodating to make this event one of the most successful ever. The school also supplied scrumptious eats and drinks to a hungry crowd of family and friends how joined the action. Curro Kids entertained the youngsters with a jumping castle and all round fun.
The very challenging 50km Mtb was won by Jarred Haley in a very fast time of 1hr53min. Close on his back wheel was Craig Boyes and Scott Watermeyer, second and third respectively. A local lass, Jeanie de Villiers, was the first lady to cross the finish line at 2hr36min, Emma Pienaar rushed in second and Famke Allan came third. In the 30km Mtb Challenge Daniel van der Walt clocked in at 1hr35min with Shane Griddings and Marc Ruwiel fighting it out for second and third.
Kylie Hanekom was just too strong for the two Steyn sisters in the ladies 30km, clocking a time of 2hr02min.
In the 18km Mtb Challenge Luca Ruwiel, brother of Marc, out sprinted Josh Langton to win in 48min48sec with Josh crossing the line in 48min54sec. Nick Pearce was the third rider in. In the 18km ladies Landi Jordan in 53min37sec was just too strong for Lisa Finegan and Lauren Usher.
Thomas Rood, Brand Manager of Royalty Sport and Craft sport apparel, congratulated Hermanus Adventures on staging these hugely successful events and commits themselves to be back in 2015 as a sponsor.