Photo Epic: Gravel bikes popular at the eleventh Amarider 100Miler

A beautiful morning broke in Malmesbury with blue skies and no wind, but by lunch time the 160km riders struggled against a head wind towards the finish. The 50Miler started at 9am in Riebeeck-Kasteel where it was cloudy and misty from the start, which turned into light rain a few hours later.

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The two top riders of the 100Miler were both on gravel bikes with Jaco Davel coming in first in a time of 5 hours 59 min and Bennie Viljoen to follow just over three minutes later.

 

Yolande de Villiers won the ladies for the second consecutive year in a time of 6 hours 21 min to finish fifth overall.

 

The event has become popular for gravel bikes and even a road bike was spotted! Some roads are corrugated, which could become a hard day in the saddle. There is also an E-bike category in both distances, but most riders are still on full suspension 29er mountain bikes.

 

In the 50Miler event, Freddie Visser took the win with Jan-Hendrik Theron and Coenraad Maas to follow. Nienke Mostert was the overall ladies winner. Full results and times can be viewed on www.trailtag.co.za.

 

Local Malmesbury cycling club uses the event as a fundraiser by providing staff for marshals and waterpoints. The event was held a month earlier in 2019 and the farm life is beautiful this time of year with lambing season in the Swartland.

 

More information about the event, presented by Bike Hub, can be found on www.amarider100miler.co.za

 

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13 Comments

trail - er - park, Apr 16 2019 10:42

Amazing pics! Inspires me to enter!

Eldron, Apr 16 2019 10:47

Amazing pics! Inspires me to enter!

 

Agreed! Photographer has a great eye - really captured the feel of the race.

Farrnus, Apr 16 2019 11:18

Gravel Bikes really make alot more sense than a MTB for rides like these ... ( runs for cover )

slickjay007, Apr 16 2019 11:22

 

A beautiful morning broke in Malmesbury with blue skies and no wind, but by lunch time the 160km riders struggled again against a head wind towards the finish. The 50Miler started at 9am in Riebeeck-Kasteel where it was cloudy and misty from the start, which turned into light rain a few hours later.


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Sorry my OCD has to kick in.. :thumbup:

Mamil, Apr 16 2019 11:27

Who's that beast on the orange trek? .... its the mamil!!!!

Hairy, Apr 16 2019 11:31

some great pics!

LeoKnight, Apr 16 2019 12:15

agree on the photos, they really capture the race and riders

Underachiever, Apr 16 2019 12:17

Stunning pics!!!

Pure Savage, Apr 16 2019 03:48

HAMMER!!

Allrounder, Apr 16 2019 04:07

Looks like I missed a great day out. 

Hendrikvh, Apr 16 2019 04:07

Well you have to use gravel bikes for something, so it's great seeing that the owners finally found something where they are not worst of both worlds.

 

I would even go as far as to say that for this race they are almost as good as riding a normal MTB. Very nice.

BaGearA, Apr 16 2019 06:49

Shout to the guys that completed it on their Mountainbikes 

Mongoose!, Apr 23 2019 06:42

Next year...