Carelsen, Fourie are victorious at Penryn

Carelsen finished in an overall winning time of 01:47:17, with Fourie in second, and Eric Kobrinowski in third place in the solo men category with a time of 02:01:10.

The race started and finished at Penryn College from Thursday to Saturday, and headed out through some fast bushveld single track. Sludge or tubeless tyres were recommended by the organisers.

Reigning champion in the solo women section, Kirsten Gillespie claimed first prize again in 2017, with an impressive overall time of 02:01:53. Sharon Bell completed the three stages in 02:33:17, earning her second place in the same category.

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In the mixed team event, Rimari Sutton and Johan Oosthuizen finished more than 35 minutes ahead of their closest rivals, Gerhard and Judy Gous. Sutton was also part of the winning pair for the same event in 2016.

In the men’s team event, Matthew Manderson and Duo Landman finished with a winning time of 03:11:13. Fourie, an accomplished junior rider, took part last year in the men’s team event with Zander Bester, walking away with second prize. This year, he decided to go it alone to win second in the solo men category.

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There were no surprises in the women’s team event, with Mariske McLean and Lelanie Loubser winning their second consecutive Innibos MTB stage race title with a formidable time of 02:15:14.

This race was held as part of the Innibos Cycle Festival, and enabled competitors to ride through stunning bushveld routes by day as well as see a performance or two at the Innibos National Arts Festival by night.

It is aimed at families and riders wanting to take the opportunity to make the most of their days and nights while in the Lowveld. According to organisers, it is a not an exceptionally difficult race or too technically challenging, although it does offer a couple of tough climbs each day.
The view is, however, always worth the effort once you get to the top.

Philippa Francis

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