Western Cape Open

Rider Cat Result
Mariske Strauss Elite 1st
Ben Roff Elite 10th
Rab Wardell Elite DNF

Mariske Strauss In preparation for the Absa Cape Epic, Mariske, Ben & Rab started a series of warm up races starting with the Western Cape Open on the small hillside in Tyger Valley, Cape Town. The race was set on a challenging course full of features including rock gardens, gap jumps and steep ups and downs.

Mariske made the perfect start with a win, leading from start to finish and challenging the lap times of many of the men. Sitting on board the newly modified Polygon it was the first time Mariske had tested the new Hope brakes and Prologo gloves.

Ben Roff All three of these riders have concentrated much of their pre-season training around the Cape Epic and therefore lack the cutting edge top speed needed for XC but this didn’t seem to have much effect as Rab tore out into the lead of the Men’s race with Ben not too far behind.

Unfortunately Rab had to withdraw from the race midway after a crippling stomach issue forced him to retire; meanwhile Ben was making steady progress to a top 10 finish in his very first race of 2014!