Blog: Zuurberg queen stage lives up to reputation for Wolhuter
The hunt continues for professional cyclist Chris Wolhuter after claiming fourth place on the queen stage of PwC Great Zuurberg Trek today.
The queen stage of Great Zuurberg Trek certainly lived up to her reputation.
A similar stage to that encountered in 2016 with some added twisty singletrack through the Karoo section out on course, meant that riders were in for a tough but rewarding day in the saddle.
A hard pace driven by BCX up the first major climb of the day, 20km in, forced the first split.
Up front Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger would ensure that they converted this into their second stage win in as many days.
The rest of the podium was filled out in the same manner as stage one with Arno du Toit and Gert Heyns taking second, while Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert rounded out the podium in third.
For Craig Boyes and I, we spent the majority of the stage on our own, although we did have some company from triathletes Brad Weiss and Stuart Marais and the East Londoners, Jason Reed and Jason Peach.
Eventually we would finish in fourth again, the podium still elusive, the hunt continues.
The stage offered some spectacular descents through the 80km of tough mountain biking, they did require some hard effort to get to the top of them. Couple with an icy wind which also needed to be contended with, it really was a tough day.
All finishers can pat themselves on the back, the back of this race has been broken.
Enjoy a beer or glass of wine tonight, but don’t underestimate the final stage.
A shorter 50km day, but with the famed Hayterdale trails, it’s one to not forget!
CAPTION: Chris Wolhuter interviewed after taking fourth place on stage two of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Shayne Minott