Bridgestone's challenging annual three-day Route 66 Mountain Bike Experience took place from the 15th to the 17th of February this year. The event which started and ended at Kloofzicht Lodge in the beautiful Cradle of Humankind west of Johannesburg, offered a tough 85km Day 1, 75km for Day 2 and 60km for Day 3.
Nthabiseng Mogane, Brand Manager at Bridgestone says, “The three-day Route 66 MTB Experience was the perfect event to get in some good foundational training for those with ambitions of taking on some of the “big one’s” later in the year.”
The first significant change was the new route that was introduced to the riders for the first day. “Our aim was always to give our riders the best riding route as possible where they could get to experience The Cradle like never before,” says race organiser, Rob Jackson of The Leverage Corporation.
The next addition was the introduction of The Bridgestone Route 66 Lite. “We realised that the challenges of a gruelling and tough 85km stage may have seemed a bit daunting for some riders although they still want to experience the joy of a stage race. It made sense to look at a slightly tamer option and the idea of the Route 66 Lite was born,” said Mogane.
Finally, there was the Route 66 Mini Experience, a one-day 60km ride for corporate and leisure solo riders seeking a taste of competitive mountain biking without the commitment of a three-day affair. All riders had the option of racing for three, two or just the one day to accommodate their schedules.
"This is definitely one of our flagship races and we are thrilled to have sponsored the race yet again," continues Mogane. "Riders always speak warmly of the event. It's the perfect platform for all levels of mountain bikers to officially kick off the race season and we love the new additions for 2019,” she concludes.
Winners per category as follows:
Route 66 1 Day Lite
- Men – MATTHEW VAN DER WALT
- Women – SUE LATEGAN
Route 66 2 Day Lite
- Men – DOBRI STANISAVLJEVIC
- Women – SARAH INDER-NESBITT
Route 66 2 Day Experience
- Senior Men – KENETH KABELO TSHUKUKUDU
- Sub Vet Men – SIMON WENTZEL
- Vet Men – HAKKIES GRIESEL
- Vet Women – KIRSTY SEARLE
- Master Men – ARMANDO FIGUEIREDO
- Master Women – LAURA KIRKER
Route 66 3 Day Lite
- Open Men – COENIE HOFFMAN
- Open Women – CHRISTINA DURAND
Route 66 3 Day Experience
- Senior Men – SHAUN-NICK BESTER
- Senior Women – MARJOLEIN MANSVELDER
- Sub Vet Men – ANDREW HILL
- Vet Men – GRANT WATSON
- Vet Women – MELANIE KNOWLES
- Master Men – IAN BRYAN
- Master Women – BONNY SWANEPOEL
video footage highlighting each day:
Day 1: https://vimeo.com/317480542
Day 2: https://vimeo.com/317664209
Day 3: https://vimeo.com/317801503