Martin Cilliers from Cape Town was ecstatic to be the overall winner of the Langeberg Link MTB hosted on the Heritage Weekend from 22-24 September 2018 just outside Swellendam on the OudeWerf farm.
The event showcased a true farm feeling of Overberg hospitality from the moment the race commenced at the barn. Now in its second year the event witnessed a significant increase in rider numbers taking on the Langeberg mountain terrain.
The first day followed an undulating route through several working farms and the ‘patchwork’ of fields of several crops, some freshly harvested, others, soon to be -provided the riders with magnificent scenery.
The second day was more challenging and riders were ‘introduced’ to the real Langeberg mountain range. The challenge of the day also crowned a ‘king’ and ‘queen’ of the mountain. There was also a challenge to the rider who managed to cycle furthest up a particular hill, before being forced to carry his bikes to the top. Interestingly, this goal was not achieved by one of the front riders, but by a very accomplished cyclist further down the field. The third day – it being a new route, was a combination of day one and day two with some extras.
The cyclists really appreciated the fact that they were allowed onto routes that would not otherwise be open to the public. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the farmers for letting us traverse their land.”
Having completed three ABSA Cape Epic events, Martin came out on top, winning all three stages. Martin has over the years participated in almost every MTB throughout the country, excluding the Joburg2c and Sani2c. He came to participate in the Langeberg Link MTB as he is always looking for a new challenge.
Martin describes the Langeberg Link MTB as follows: “The event is an absolute must for every cyclist.” He added that the route had its challenges with some technical sections, yet, it was an awesome challenge, and should not to be missed.
“I will be back next year with my friends to overcome that one technical section in which I was forced to carry my bike the last few metres to the top,” Martin concludes.
The riders described the challenge as: “Awesome! Awesome! Awesome” as they passed the marshals along the way. Another successful Langeberg Link MTB – done and dusted!
Don’t miss out next year on this challenging MTB event set amidst a great farming community. This is cycling life at its best, being among farmers who share every moment of your challenge.