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2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse Stage 1 Review & Stage 2 Preview

2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse Stage 1 Review & Stage 2 Preview

The opening stage of the Glacier Cradle Traverse took riders along 40km of singletrack filled trails through game farms where antelope roam free and past the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The technicality of the riding required absolute focus at times, but at others the flowing trails allowed the riders to simply enjoy the riding experience.

Sean O’flynn-Madden races up a climb on his way to victory in the solo men’s category during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Sean O’flynn-Madden races up a climb on his way to victory in the solo men’s category during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

The Continental Tyres team of Andrew Stockwell and Dan Fowler proved to be the most competitive bursting from the blocks and flying through the Avianto singletracks as they sought to establish a lead over Andrew McLean and David de Lima, riding as The Team, and the leading solo rider, Sean O’flynn-Madden. Stockwell and Fowler soon established a comfortable lead and raced to stage victory by seven minutes over Sean O’flynn-Madden and fourteen over McLean and de Lima.

In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers was the first woman across the line followed closely by Vanessa Bell racing in the Mixed Category with Christo Carelsen. The first women’s team was the TBC Nelspruit pairing of Lousanne Ackerman and Santie van der Westhuizen.

Vanessa Bell on her way to victory alongside Christo Carelsen in the Mixed Category during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Vanessa Bell on her way to victory alongside Christo Carelsen in the Mixed Category during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Stage 1 Media

Take a look at the amazing images Oakpics captured during Stage 1 of the 2017 Cradle Traverse by clicking here.

Stage 2 – #LakeHeritageTraverse

Distance: 54 km

Vertical ascent: 985 m

Water point 1: 18 km Cradle Moon Dam wall (double water point)

Water point 2: 31 km Cradle Moon Dam wall (double water point)

Water point 3: 43 km Lanseria/N14

Stage 2The longest stage of the Cradle Traverse, starts with a short stretch of tar road which leads riders onto the jeep tracks of the Avianto trails, after a short section through Syringa, riders will face the climb of the Driefontein waterworks. After a short tar transition riders are linked in with trails of the newly formed Cradle Moon. Some tough single track and jeep track sections with plenty of short power climbs will be the order of the day. The Cradle moon reserver will offer some fantastic scenery of Lake Heritage and some possible encounters with the game life that roam freely in the newly renovated conservancy.

After exiting the Cradle Moon Conservancy, riders will head into the open farmlands of Lammamoor. Long dirt road drags and descents interspersed with some fun single track sections will give riders a chance to recoup after the harder start to the stage. Some single track climbing and descending  will still need to be conquered  before riders find themselves back into the Avianto trail network and the finish line.

Marko Venter shows off his bike handling skills during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Marko Venter shows off his bike handling skills during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Stage 1 Results:

Men’s Teams

  1. Andrew Stockwell & Dan Fowler (Continental Tyres ) 01:57:27
  2. Andrew McLean & David de Lima (The Team) +00:14:18 | 02:11:45
  3. Janus Marais & Johan Cronje (Zebra Sports) +00:34:02 | 02:31:29

Women’s Teams

  1. Lousanne Ackerman & Santie van der Westhuizen (TBC Nelspruit) 02:51:17
  2. Madeleine Stumpf &Thea Els (Els) +02:08:26 | 04:59:43
  3. Mari Schmidt & Christine Schmidt (Single Track Minds) +02:11:34 | 05:02:51

Mixed Teams

  1. Christo Carelsen & Vanessa Bell (Bellscycling) 02:07:16
  2. Estie van Heerden & Mattheus van Heerden (Trifactri) +00:34:04 | 02:41:20
  3. Yolandi du Toit & Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) +00:48:00 | 02:55:16
Franc Malan enjoying the scintillating trails of Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Franc Malan enjoying the scintillating trails of Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Solo Men

  1. Sean O’flynn-Madden 02:04:33
  2. Dieter Rothman +00:24:26 | 02:28:59
  3. Ken Ruest +00:27:42 | 02:32:15

Solo Women

  1. Yolande de Villiers 02:06:32
  2. Collette Bastard +00:40:23 | 02:46:55
  3. Teresa Coetzee +00:58:58 | 03:05:24

To view all the results please click here.

Anru de Wet, riding in the colours of Klein Karoo Toyota, was one of the host of Western Cape based riders to be blowing away by the trails of Gauteng during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

Anru de Wet, riding in the colours of Klein Karoo Toyota, was one of the host of Western Cape based riders to be blowing away by the trails of Gauteng during Stage 1 of the 2017 Glacier Cradle Traverse, in Muldersdrift on Friday the 5th of May 2017. Photo by Oakpics/Cradle Traverse/Sportzpics.

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