We were able to pull Adriaan Louw, Team Contego team manager and professional rider, from his bike to comment on this weekend’s Wines2Whales race.
Wines2Whales takes riders from Lourensford Wines Estate in Somerset West to Onrus just outside Hermanus, the FNB Wines2Whales is a mountain bike journey that tests, tantalises and rewards participants with its attention to detail, remarkable trails and sublime course design. – Stillwatersports
Who is your teammate for this year?
Vinzent Dorn, the German MTB Champ. W2W is a very fast paced race that requires an XC style depth. Vinzent is a very fast XC racer and visiting South Africa for training during their winter. To me he was the perfect fit as the distances is suitable to a younger rider and someone that is confident to race against other Europeans. You often find that someone that does a race for the first time comes in with a bit more motivation and an eagerness to throw down some speed. It is a long shot to the podium with such a strong field but we have no reason to believe that it is out of reach.
Are you aiming for a podium position over this weekend?
I’ve done the W2W since inception and it is a race that I look forward to each year. Their support of pro riders through bigger prize purses have attracted a bigger and bigger field each year which adds a lot of depth and intensity to the race with this year being no exception. I would like to stay within the top 3 this year and I hope that the mix of youthful depth and experience with the race will help us in our quest.
What can we expect from you and Vinzent riding as a team?
As professional athletes there is a certain level of professionalism and skill that you can expect from your partner and even as a new partnership we don’t have any difficulty understanding what needs to be done en route and how to read a race.
Team Contego Mountain bike team chasing the dream, #bearhunting in the mountains and leaving a better sport behind.
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We’re excited to reveal the first segment in our new online video series titled ‘Contego Segment Hunter’. As the name suggests the series is all about Strava Segments. We’ll be looking for the gnarliest, toughest or just plain coolest sections of road, dirt or trail to unleash our chosen challenger on.
For the first challenge we’ve selected Bloemslang – Just the Drop on the Bloemendal Wines trails. Our host, Ollie Munnik (aka. Pinner), met up with the current KOM holder, Louis-Bresler Knipe, to show what lies ahead for our first Contego Segment Hunter challenger.
Watch Ollie Munnik and Louis-Bresler Knipe take on Bloemslang – Just the Drop here:
We’ve found a challenger brave enough to take on Louis-Bresler Knipe’s KOM in our first Contego Segment Hunter episode which will be aired on 23 May 2016. In the meantime, get out there and ride Bloemslang – Just the Drop. Take on the challenge yourself.
How do I ride this segment?
Bloemslang – Just the Drop is on the Bloemendal trails which are part of the larger Tygerberg MTB Club trails. The Bloemslang trail is found on the upper section of Bloemendal trails. Members of the public must purchase a day permit (or be Tygerberg MTB club members) to ride these trails. Permits can be bought at the restaurant and club house on Lower Bloemendal which is on the Tygervalley Road (M13). Permits allow access to Bloemendal, Nitida, Hillcrest and the Bloemendaaler (Upper Bloemendal). Permits cost R50 for adults and R30 for children 18 years and under.
How does it all work?
In case you missed our introductory video in April you take take a look here.
Here is a run down of the process for each episode:
- The Segment: A suitable segment will be chosen for each episode based on your nominations.
- The Challenger: We’ll choose a suitable challenger for the segment: A pro, an amateur or person of interest.
- The Preview: Once we have #1 and #2 sorted the “Pinner” will take us through the segment in some detail to help you set some PBs and give a us preview of what’s to come.
- The Episode: The final showdown. Our challenger lays it all on the line to take on the segment and bask in the glory of virtual winnings.
Prizes and Segment Nominations
You, the viewers, are a vital part of Contego Segment Hunter series and we encourage all of you to get you all involved. From entering for prizes to selecting the segments our Challengers will face.
Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust
At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!
How to enter:
- For a each episode a new segment is announced. Ollie Munnik will take you through each segment in his preview videos.
- We then invite you to ride that segment and see how well you do. Maybe even offer our Challenger some advice and perhaps take the KOM or QOM yourself.
- For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. If you only have time to ride just one segment, you will receive one entry for the grand prize.
- IMPORTANT: You must record your rides on Strava and join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club to be considered for the Grand Prize.
Nominate your segments and win with Cadence Nutrition
Later this week we will be making a call for you to nominate segments for the first season of Contego Segment Hunter. We’re looking for a wide range of segments, including climbs, descents, or combinations of both be it on or off the road.
Each nomination that is selected to feature in an episode of Contego Segment Hunter will win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,600.
A big thanks goes to Zeekus who nominated Bloemslang – Just the Drop and walks away with the first Cadence Nutrition hamper.
CONTEGO Trail Day 22 August
Mountain Bikers take top honors at the CONTEGO VIP Trail Day Showdown!!!
Luke in the hurt 5m out the start gate. #Wecantrun
On 22 August at the Meerendal Trail Centre, the Contego Trail Running Team went head-to-head against the Contego Mountain Biking Team in a showdown to settle an age-old argument: who’s fastest?
The Contego Trail Running Team of Eddie Lambert and Dion Middelkop went up against The Pro MTB Team of Adriaan Louw and Luke Evans in an epic trail battle to prove who are the fastest athletes. #LouwLuke were crowned victorious in favour of the mountain biking community.
Final stairs in front of the Meerendal Manor house on their way top victory.
Not the usual run vs. ride duel, the format literally pitted the teams directly against each other. Over 58 minutes, the athletes did 6 laps of a course that started with two laps (6km) of trail running followed immediately by a transition to a four-lap (12km) MTB leg.
What added even more spice to the day was that the trail runners don’t ride at all and the mountain bikers never run. So spectators were in for a really bare-knuckle battle like no other.
The runner pulled an early lead on the mountain bikers as the pro mtb team soon realised running is not a task you take up the morning of an event; “All was well a few 100 meter into the event and then Adriaan and I realised we had 5km to go and almost every muscle was already hurting” laughed Luke Evans afterwards.
Transition for #LouwLuke
The mountain bikers had their work cut out to real back a 5min deficit on the 4 laps and 12km MTB route “Eddie and I knew we were going to loose chunks of time on the downhills so we gave it stick in the run but in the end Adriaan and Luke out matched us with amazing skill on the bike leg” said Dion Middelkop.
Dion trying hard!
“We came up with the concept of testing our respective athletes against each other after looking for an appropriate mid- to end-of-season corporate event date. We wanted to create something fresh and interesting for the media and we believe that a battle of this nature is weather-friendly regardless of the Cape winter and it not only provides us as sponsor with a platform to showcase our athletes but it also gives the respective media houses of each sport something to write about in the quieter winter months,” said JC Louw (CONTEGO CEO)
Post Race Interviews on the really big truck.
Adriaan Louw (CONTEGO Pro MTB Team) adds: “As an athlete and a general sport enthusiast I often find myself wondering what will happen if you take specialised professional sports persons and make them compete in other sports. What if a top rower has to run a marathon or a pro tour cyclist has to do a 1km swim, how will they fair given their focus and fitness levels in their respective sports? So today was a really fun ‘experiment’ to be a part of and partake in as an athlete. I’m quite chuffed that we took it in the end but now I have to figure out how I’m going to move walk tomorrow”.