After seeding placing first just ahead of Tiaan Odendaal (four minutes and 23 seconds) with a time of four minutes and 22 seconds, youngest Philogene, Christopher knew what needed to be done in order to stay safe for his final. “I had a slight idea from our (Tiaan Odendaal and both Philogene brothers) seeding runs of where we all would place if we kept it the same. I knew that I had to put in some more power in order to secure a good enough time,” he said.
His brother, Jonathan, rode a four minute and 24 second seeding run, only to have timing officials flabbergasted when he repeated the exact same time in his final run. “I heard about his time when I got down – maybe he (Jonathan) should take a lotto ticket tonight,” Christopher said.
Christopher had had a great race in Friday’s Enduro as well, taking the second place spot behind Tiaan Odendaal. “I had so much fun out there. I was conserving most of my energy for today’s downhill race of course, but it was really good to just get out there. It was tiring though, but everyone had a great day by the looks of things, and so did I,” he said.
The fastest woman rider down the hill on the day was firecracker Sabine “Beani” Thies with a time of five minutes and 41.165 seconds, making it three victories across three disciplines in three days.
She chatted about her victories: “I knew this weekend was coming up and I did train for it. On Friday we had the Enduro and I was hoping to my best. There was one stage I had never ridden and to my surprise it was very similar to SA National MTB Marathon Champs – which I didn’t do very well in. I was surprised at the bottom to find out that I was first though.
“The cross-country course was just a lot of fun. It was great competition and all in all a great day.
“In practise this morning something felt different when I went over a specific jump, which made my gut feeling to choose not to do it. I realised I still had the speed so I used it all, which paid off.”
1.Christopher Philogene 04:19.905
2.Tiaan Odendaal 04:21.124
3.Jonathan Philogene 04:24.532
4.Timothy Bentley 04:27.045
5.Cullen McMaster 04:39.003
1.Sabine Thies 05:41.165
2.Sonja Engelbrecth 06:43.086
3.Nikki Alvin 07:04.823
4.Dorette Crous 07:43.821