Nissan Trailseeker Series travelled to the heart of the Cape Winelands in the picturesque town of Wellington. Draped with scenes of wine estates, fruit orchards and mountains, riders were in for a spectacular day out on the bike. The cool winter morning breeze welcomed trail seekers to the second round of the Western Cape.

 

This event not only brags with its natural beauty and scenery but is also known as the toughest trail for climbing and endurance, with an accumulated elevation of 1857m.

 

The pro field lined up at the start of the race eager to claim the title of king and queen of the mountain here in Wellington. Leon, route director, reported live from the race on his Specialized Levo bike, here’s what went down: Quick out of the blocks a breakaway was formed by Matthys Beukes, Philip Buys and Nicol Carstens. The group stayed together for the remainder of the race, at an easy pace. Philip Buys took the lead at 30-kilometres and remained in the lead until the 10-kilometre mark, where Matthys Beukes and Nicol Carstens caught up with him. Matthys Beukes took the lead and was crowned champion of Nissan Trailseeker #4 Wellington. Philip Buys and Nicol Carstens battled it out with a sprint finish, where Philip Buys secured second place.

Trailseeker Series Wellington Matthys Beukes

Trailseeker Series Wellington Matthys Beukes

The pro ladies grouped together from the get-go to form a 4 female lead bunch. This group consisted of Janice Venter, Lehane Oosthuizen, Saskia van der Merwe & Amy Tait. Soon after, Janice Venter dropped the bunch, creating a 2-minute gap. She managed to dominate the field throughout the day and ultimately took the win for the pro ladies.

Nissan Trailseeker #4 Wellington ladies winner Janice Venter

Nissan Trailseeker #4 Wellington ladies winner Janice Venter

Cyclists participating in the half-marathon, fun race and fun ride, followed in their tracks to take on the mighty Bosman trails. Family and friends both enjoyed a wonderful day out, whilst cheering their cycling buds along.

 

2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #4, Western Cape

Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington

 

Leading results:

 

Marathon Men Podium

Matthys Beukes winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #4 Wellington

  1. Matthys Beukes – 02:53:03 (24.27 km/h)
  2. Philip Buys – 02:54:20 (24.09 km/h)
  3. Nicol Carstens – 02:54:22 (24.09 km/h)
  4. Charles Mcfall – 03:01:49 (23.1km/h)
  5. Luke Evans – 03:04:27 (22.77km/h)
  6. Michael Lambrech – 03:07:08 (22.44km/h)
  7. Jarrod van den Heever – 03:08:47 (22.25km/h)
  8. Nico Pfitzenmaier – 03:10:16 (22.07km/h)
  9. Richard Simpson – 03:10:45 (22.02km/h)

 

Marathon Women Podium

Janice Venter winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #4 Wellington

  1. Janice Venter – 03:42:05 (18.91km/h)
  2. Lehane Oosthuizen – 03:50:19
  3. Amy Tait – 03:52:54
  4. Anneke Hannekom – 03:57:38
  5. Lara Tennent – 03:58:04

Full results for Nissan Trailseeker #4 Wellington can be found on Jumpertrax

Round 5 of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series, takes place at Mabalingwe on 15 September 2018. Book your accommodation and make a long weekend getaway out of it: www.mabalingwe.co.za.  Information and online entries available at www.trailseekerseries.co.za