Garden Route 300 to feature some top riders

Several top international mountain bikers are set to descend on Knysna for the Garden Route 300 stage race from February 27.

Leading the pack will be three-time Cape Epic winner Stefan Sahm of Germany’s Team Bulls, who links up with former GR300 champion Timo Cooper for a crack at the title.

Also on the start line will be Austria’s Wolfgang Krenn, who counts the 24-hour European champion’s title among his successes. He will ride with South African partner Craig Boyes.

The South African pairing of Max Knox and Kevin Evans will be strong contenders in their own right after finishing second and third respectively in the five-day Trans Hajar MTB Race in Oman this week.

Evans’s former partner David George marks his return to competitive cycling alongside Shane Thomson.

The star-studded field includes Brit Catherine Williamson and South African rider Nizaam Esa in the mixed category. Williamson has claimed category wins in almost all of the country’s major stage races, including the Nedbank sani2c, Old Mutual joBerg2c, Wines2Whales and Cape Epic.

-The Herald Reporter 

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