Coming up trumps in Zuurberg

PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain-bike women’s race at Addo over the weekend was won by Ascendis Health-Spur’s Ariane Luthi and Robyn de Groot, who dominated the event from start to finish. Luthi was delighted with her maiden event, especially after she had doubts about entering because of her limited time in South Africa. Although she lives in Stellenbosch, she races in Europe during their summer and returned this week to continue her preparations for the UCI MTB World Marathon Championship in Italy in September. “I was only back for two weeks, but as it turns out this was a really worthwhile exercise and a true African experience. There was the most amazing single-track today and we were able to stay in front, keeping it steady and enjoying the stage’s offering.” She had a really good connection with De Groot, a five-time national marathon champion. It’s always better to race with someone with whom you have so much in common. She’s a champion and has so much experience of racing in South Africa.”

Pictured above, racing, are Robyn de Groot and Ariane Luthi, and at the finish line, below.