Ramses Bekkenk and Jeannie Dreyer rode to dominant victories at the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, the 21st of April. While Bekkenk started fast and missed out on the course record, Dreyer paced her race to perfection; finishing strong to smash her 2015 record by half an hour.
By saving energy for later in the race Jeannie Dreyer was able to finish strong and shatter her own 36ONE course record on her way to the 2018 title. Photo by Oakpics.com.
In the women’s race Dreyer attributed her fast finish to a more gradual start. “I definitely left more in the tank than last year”, she said upon crossing the finish line in 16 hours, 5 minutes and 34 seconds. “I’m inspired by everyone brave enough to take on this race,” a visibly emotional Dreyer said before elaborating; “I was not thinking about the record, I was not looking at the time, I just rode as fast as I could.”
Slower finishers meanwhile are expected to continue crossing the line well into Saturday night, with the final finishers likely to take well over double the time of Bekkenk to complete the 361 kilometer route.
Photo by Oakpics.com.
Ladies Results: 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge
Full | Solo Women:
Jeannie Dreyer (16:05:34)
Janine Stewart (18:26:39)
Christiane Brenzel (18:41:55)
The Half | Solo Women:
Isabella du Preez (9:23:36)
Kathryn Robinson (9:41:36)
Smiley de Kock (10:21:22)
For the full results from the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge please click here.