Late Drama as dormakaba Win FNB W2W Chardonnay

A puncture, just 10 kilometres from the finish line in Onrus, turned the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay race on its head; on Sunday, 27 October. Seizing the opportunity provided by the overnight leaders’ misfortune, the dormakaba team, of Robyn de Groot and Amy McDougall, raced to stage and overall victory. Adelheid, who suffered the rear wheel puncture, and Candice Lill, finished 2 minutes and 37.8 seconds down on the stage to slip to second overall.

2019W2W_Chardonnay_S3_XavierBriel-851956.jpg
Photo credit: Xavier Briel.

 

Team dormakaba had put the pressure on all stage, and forced Faces into an error. De Groot and McDougall accelerated from the Elite Women’s group on the Houw Hoek switchbacks. They established an advantage of 15 seconds, which they held through Water Point 1 in Botrivier; but in the Wildekrans singletracks, after 30 kilometres of racing, Lill and Morath caught them. For the next 30 kilometres the two teams went head-to-head through the trails, jockeying for any advantage.

 

 

Towards the end of the stage’s Land Rover Experience Section, the technical descent through The Gorge, Morath punctured. “Adelheid had a puncture in the last singletrack before Water Point 3” Lill explained. “Then we somehow managed to go past the tech-zone without communicating that she had a puncture. So, we had to fix it ourselves. But we didn’t do the greatest job, so she had to ride with a flat to the finish line. It’s unfortunate, but that’s racing. Hats off to Team dormakaba for a great race” she philosophically concluded.

 

2019W2W_Chardonnay_S3_XavierBriel-851069.jpg
Photo credit: Xavier Briel.

 

“It’s never nice to win because of someone else’s misfortune” a gracious De Groot began. “But it happens and we had to take the opportunity when it arose. We saw Adelheid stopping and then we knew we had to go flat out for the line.” “It was pretty much a 10-kilometre sprint” McDougall added. “I was counting down every metre.”

 

The dormakaba women sprinted over the line, unsure of how far behind the Faces team of Lill and Morath were. As the clocked ticked closer to the 1 minute and 34 seconds which separated dormakaba and Faces overnight, Paul Valstar, the finish line announcer, provided a count-down while De Groot and McDougall nervously watched the final corner for a glimpse of their rivals.

 

2019W2W_Chardonnay_S3_XavierBriel-851590.jpg
Photo credit: Xavier Briel.

 

When they were confirmed the victors, De Groot and McDougall’s first actions were to commiserate with Lill and Morath. The final margin of victory was 1 minutes and 3.5 seconds, meaning that Morath’s puncture had produced a 2 minute and 37.8 second swing in just 10 kilometres.

 

Behind the stage winners, Fairtee-Rotwild and Kross Spur sprinted for third as Ariane Lüthi and Samara Sheppard raced to make up places on the general classification. The Swiss/New Zealand combination had lost nearly an hour after Lüthi destroyed her rear derailleur by tangling it in a piece of trail-side wire. They had been holding third position for much of the stage, but Jennie Stenerhag and Nadine Rieder caught them on the Onrus beach.

 

2019W2W_Chardonnay_S3_XavierBriel-851054.jpg
Photo credit: Xavier Briel.

 

Racing across the Peri bridges on the beach and up onto the beach-front road into the finish line, the Kross Spur and Fairtree-Rotwild teams jostled for position. Lüthi lead the quartet across the line while Sheppard split Rieder and Stenerhag to secure the final podium position on the stage. Rieder and Stenerhag’s fourth on the day secured third on the final general classification standings.

 

The SA Trippers team of Katie Lennard and Laura Stark were fifth on the stage and fourth overall. Their consistency over the course of the three days was enough to hold off Lüthi and Sheppard by 3 minutes and 19.1 seconds.

 

2019W2W_Chardonnay_S3_XavierBriel-852123.jpg
Photo credit: Xavier Briel.

 




5 Comments

Kom, Oct 28 2019 02:37

i found it amazing and a sign of the times that there was more focus on the ladies event than the gents - between twitter and all the social media, there was definitely more entertainment here for sure.

 

On that thought, Erik Kleinhans is still a machine!

John Smith_116382, Oct 30 2019 09:35

cdcscddvdvdv

Fitbull, Oct 30 2019 10:11

i found it amazing and a sign of the times that there was more focus on the ladies event than the gents - between twitter and all the social media, there was definitely more entertainment here for sure.

 

On that thought, Erik Kleinhans is still a machine!

I think you need to understand that the Chardonnay event is specifically aimed at the lady pros. The mens pro teams race is part of the Shiraz which only kicks off on Friday.

babse, Oct 30 2019 10:36

I think you need to understand that the Chardonnay event is specifically aimed at the lady pros. The mens pro teams race is part of the Shiraz which only kicks off on Friday.

lol it's a sign of our times... making noise over something you don't completely understand. 

 

https://www.bikehub....ong-field-r7571

Kom, Oct 30 2019 05:03

lol it's a sign of our times... making noise over something you don't completely understand. 

 

https://www.bikehub....ong-field-r7571

Thanks for the wisdom!