Stellenbosch – Michael Lord (Jeep Team) successfully defended his duathlon title to claim his second consecutive Standard Bank Banhoek Duo victory on Saturday, 21 May 2016 in the Western Cape.
Lord won the long Duo Leopard Challenge, a 20km MTB and 10km Trail Run through the picturesque Banhoek Conservancy, just outside of Stellenbosch, in 1h23m34, just ahead of Azukile Simayile in 2nd (1h23m50), with Matthew Daneel 3rd in 1h26m58.
Said Lord, “This is one of my favourite races, set in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa – the Banhoek Valley. The course is spectacular and challenging, winding through vineyards and forests, with steep climbs and amazing views of Banhoek Mountain. I just love it! It’s great to win again after my victory in 2015.”
Bridget Fouche won the women’s event in 1h56m32, followed by Carla Beyers in 2nd (2h01m15) and Deleen-Marie Steyn 3rd (2h08m58).
The local community established the Banhoek Conservancy in 2013 to protect the stunning environment, which now forms part of the Hottentots-Hollands Nature Reserve. The conservancy generates an income by providing well-designed, permanently marked, off-road tracks for trail running and MTB.
All profits generated from events, including the annual Standard Bank Banhoek Duo, are used to maintain the tracks and facilities, preserve the flora and fauna, and remove alien vegetation from the area.
2016 STANDARD BANK BANHOEK DUO LEOPARD CHALLENGE RESULTS:
- Michael Lord – 01:23:34
- Azukile Simayile – 01:23:50
- Matthew Daneel – 01:26:58
- Pieter Manuel – 01:31:58
- Francois Burger – 01:40:10
- Bridget Fouche – 01:56:32
- Carla Beyers – 02:01:15
- Deleen-Marie Steyn – 02:08:58
- Su-Mari Jooste – 02:15:14
- Sandy Russell – 02:19:53
Other Jeep Team results
Obstacle Course Racing
Jeep Team’s OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder, Carina Marx and Joshua Masudi, competed in Race#2 of the IMPI Challenge (Gauteng), which took place at Laurentia Farm in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, on Saturday, 21 May.
Racing in IMPI Elite, which consisted of 26 to 28 obstacles over a muddy 20km trail run, Van Tonder placed 2nd Male in 1h45, Marx placed 3rd Female in 2h20, and Masudi finished 6th Male in 1h58.
Claude Eksteen won the men’s race in 1h43, with Carla Van Huyssteen winning the women’s event in 2h03.
The Jeep Team athletes agreed that the obstacles weren’t that taxing, making it more of a technical trail run rather than a challenge obstacle course race, but that it was a great build-up race to several upcoming tough obstacle course races such as the Hollard Jura, the KZN Impi and The Beast.
IMPI CHALLENGE #2 GAUTENG RESULTS:
- Claude Eksteen – 01:43:17
- Thomas van Tonder – 01:45:07 (Jeep team)
- Bradley Claase – 01:46:08
- Joshua Masudi – 01:58:25 (Jeep Team)
- Carla Van Huyssteen – 02:03:01
- Nicolette Griffioen – 02:14:26
- Carina Marx – 02:20:40 (Jeep Team)