Great way to start the season
Swedish Silverback rider, Jennie Stenerhag finally won the 2020 Attakwas after 8 tries when the 121km mountain bike race finished in the Western Cape, South Africa on Saturday.
Her winning time was 5 hours, 54 minutes and 23 seconds.
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Swedish marathon champion made her victory by the thinnest of margins. Robyn de Groot crossed the line just one second behind her and Hungarian cross-country champion Barbara Benko completed the podium, finishing the race nine minutes and 24 seconds further back.
In the women’s race, Stenerhag broke away from the other elite women at the 30km mark. She distanced her fellow elite women and only Robyn could only get close to her.
The two ladies rode together along the muddy grueling pass through the mountains, “I’ve lost out in a sprint here before,” said Stenerhag.
“Last year I was coming back from an injury and didn’t contest the turn into the cement stripped descent into Pine Creek Resort as fiercely as I could have. This year I made sure to get onto that section first and around the penultimate corner in the lead. Then it was just about keeping the inside line and once I rounded the final bend to kick with everything I had,” she told Bike Network on Saturday.
“I’ve tried to win this race 8 times now. Each time before this year I’ve come up short, so that makes the victory all the sweeter, she said in relief.
2013 – DNF
2014 – 5th
2015 – 3rd
2016 – 2nd
2017 – 3rd
2018 – 2nd
2019 – 3rd
“I was once again impressed of how well my Silverback Stratos handled on this kind of terrain, it was the first time I managed to ride up all the technical climbs and it is also so stable on the downhills! The best bike ever!” adds Jennie Stenerhag.
The wet and muddy condition did not dampen any one’s spirit. The Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen is a race which hurts but you always come back for more.
Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen | Results:
- Jennie Stenerhag, Fairtree Capital (5:54:23)
- Robyn de Groot, dormakaba (5:54:24 | +00:01)
- Barbara Benko, Ghost Factory Racing (6:03:48 | +09:24)
- Yolande de Villiers, Mad Macs (6:07:08 | +12:45)
- Laura Stark, TB Werner (6:26:52 | +32:29)
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