Pieter du Toit and Danielle Strydom made light work of the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic aka “The Monster” that was hosted at the ATKVBuffelspoort today.
Just under 1300 eager mountain bikers toed the line to test their mountain biking prowess against the 17th edition of this much
Du Toit, who was still smiling when he crossed the finish line, claimed victory in the Marathon (+-65km) in a deserving time of 02 hours 53 minutes. “The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is a very cool race to do,” says du Toit. “It’s one of the tougher races, so it’s very nice to do well here. The race started quite slow with a big bunch of riders staying together. I managed to get a small gap of 10 – 15 seconds on the Monster climb. From there the gap just grew and I had a good race. It’s really nice to claim gold because last year I punctured and the Monster beat me. It’s great to beat the Monster this year.” Marc Fourie came in second, while Keagan Bontekoning finished third.
In the women’s
Bertie Anderson (Pretoria East) was the first rider to cross the finish line in the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Half Marathon (+-33km). “I had a fun race. I managed to get to the top of the big climb. It means a lot to finish first because I am younger than the rest of the riders.” Anton Roelofse came in second, while Antonie Lit finished third.
Monique du Toit (Pretoria East) set the route on fire in the women’s FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Half Marathon (+-33km). “The route was very nice, rough and hilly,” says Du Toit. “It’s tough to ride with a hardtail, but I enjoyed it. This is a really tough race and I am glad to win it. I’d definitely recommend the event to family and friends, but you do need to be fit. It’s tough, but the route is scenic and the atmosphere at Buffelspoort is really nice.” Jone van Eeden came in second, while Caitlin Thompson finished third.
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