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DMS & Co Race to Comprehensive Old Mutual Wealth Double Century Victory

Press release from Old Mutual Wealth Double Century

· By Press Office · 19 comments

The 2023 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century took place in warm conditions, from Swellendam, on Saturday, 25 November. A steady, if not stiff, headwind made record and personal best chasing difficult, but did not stifle the racing. DMS & Co went out fast and overcame punctures to key riders to win the title in commanding fashion. Paceline won the women’s race, while Private Client Holdings raced to a stellar third place overall, en route to victory in the mixed category.

The 202 kilometre route, which is raced in a team time trial format, took 260 teams and 2 780 riders from Swellendam on a loop through the Klein Karoo and Breede River Valley back to Swellendam. Famous climbs on the course included the Tradouw and Op de Tradouw Passes, as well as the smaller but no less ferocious Three Stooges, in the final 20 kilometres. Between the early and final climbs the course alternated between rolling roads and high-speed flat drags along the Breede River.

“It felt like it was headwind all day,” Matthew Daneel, of Joey’s Vleisprodukte, puffed on the finish line. “We need to speak to the weatherman. That was rough.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Lidl Trek superstar, Jasper Stuyven who rode for the Old Mutual Wealth sponsored LPC squad. “It got a bit hard at the end,” the 2021 Milan-San Remo winner laughed. “It was warm and it was a long day. The final was a bit harder than I’d anticipated, especially after some long pulls earlier.”

Even the race winners had their difficulties. DMS & Co were the final team off the line, but rode the first 50 kilometres hard in order to put themselves in a good position in relation to their rivals. Yet, as Kent Main, pointed out they were never certain that they were in the lead on the time charts. “It was brutal,” Main confessed. “Every time I think I have the pacing and nutrition dialled the Old Mutual Wealthy Double Century catches me. It was hot and it was a long day. But we had some very strong guys in our team, luckily. It’s always good to be back at this race, but it’s even better to be finished.”

“I had a puncture on the first stage, and had to change it and chase back, so I didn’t really have a rest at the first feed zone,” Main continued. “It catches up with you. Chris [Jooste] punctured on the second stage so he had to chase back too. Things like that and this race in general take their toll on the body. You have to be on good form if you want to do well here.”

Main and his teammates – Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Keanan Roodt, Gustav Basson, Willie Smit, Gert Heyns, Jaco Venter, Chris Jooste and Eric Kros – stopped the clock in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 43 seconds. Rouleur Tritans Racing posted the second-best time on the day, 10 minutes and 43 seconds slower than the winners. Mik Wertheim Aymes, Matt Trautman, Marc Kourie, Ewert Kleyhhans, Raymond Wagener and Travis Johnston made up the second placed team.

The ride of the day was arguably achieved by the Private Client Holdings team. The mixed category winners were just 6 seconds off the second placed team, Rouleur Tritans Racing’s, time. Alice Towers, Frances Janse van Rensburg, Zanri Rossouw and Hayley Preen helped Lucas Towers, Kai von During, Matthew Leppan, Kelton Miller, Rogan Smart, Cameron MacNair and Tiano da Silva to a dominant category win, and a historic overall achievement. Their ride was made more impressive by the fact that they earned a Charles Milner medal, for finishing with their full compliment of 12 riders.

“I rode last year with a men’s team and I’d say this year, in a mixed team, was arguably even harder,” Smart smiled. “The Old Mutual Wealth Double Century is always fun… especially when you race with a great bunch of riders like I did today.”

Private Client Holdings were joined on the mixed category podium by the Wine Lands Mixed and Hit Squad teams. With the second placed team finishing 14 minutes behind the winners and the next team crossing the line 20 minutes down.

In the women’s race the Paceline team set out with a similar plan and intensity to the DMS & Co squad. They started fast and caught their closest rivals on the road. The loss of a couple of team members nearly derailed the Paceline team’s early good work, but they rallied and closed out the final 50 kilometres in dominant fashion. “It was a tough day out, but it was amazing to see how the women in our team worked together,” Ila Stow praised. “It’s inspiring to see the women’s racing like this, the riders giving everything and sacrificing themselves for the team. We had a good day out, there were highs and lows but we didn’t let that bother us. We just carried on and stuck to the game plan.”

The women who crossed the line to secure the victory were: Layla Schwellnus, Kylie Hanekom, Ila Stow, Catherine Pellow-Jarman, Sarita Louw, and Charlissa Schultz. Their winning time was 6 hours, 9 minutes and 52 seconds. Cape Multisport Club were second, 3 minutes and 11 seconds back, with the Tiletoria women in third.

2023 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century Results:

Open Teams:
DMS & Co (4:49:43)
Rouleur Tritans Racing (5:00:26 | +10:43)
Private Client Holdings Mixed (5:00:32 | +10:49)

Men’s Teams:
DMS & Co (4:49:43)
Rouleur Tritans Racing (5:00:26 | +10:43)
East City Cycles (5:03:51 | +14:08)

Women’s Teams:
Paceline (6:09:52)
Cape Multisport Club Ladies (6:13:03 | +3:11)
Tiletoria (6:54:18 | +44:26)

Mixed Teams:
Private Client Holdings Mixed (5:00:32)
Wine Lands Mixed (5:14:48 | +14:16)
Hit Squad (5:20:31 | +19:59)

For the full results from the 2023 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century click here. For more information on the race visit www.doublecentury.co.za.

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Jbr

Nov 25, 2023, 6:09 PM

What a ride from PCH, seconds away from 2nd overall with a mixed team 😮😮

Titleist

Nov 26, 2023, 12:50 PM

I saw quite a number of teams not actually following the race TTT format, including some podium finishers. You know who you are…..
peetwindhoek

Nov 26, 2023, 6:53 PM

6 hours ago, Titleist said:

I saw quite a number of teams not actually following the race TTT format, including some podium finishers. You know who you are…..

Did you report it to officials?

babse

Nov 26, 2023, 10:46 PM

9 hours ago, Titleist said:

I saw quite a number of teams not actually following the race TTT format, including some podium finishers. You know who you are…..

*Every year except when fastest went first. 

 

No getting around it in current format!

z@z@

Nov 27, 2023, 3:20 AM

4 hours ago, babse said:

*Every year except when fastest went first. 

 

No getting around it in current format!

It felt like we went first , not one caught us :( no-slip.

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throttles

Nov 27, 2023, 4:05 AM

Well done to all that participated.

@z@z@ where did you get them pichas?

z@z@

Nov 27, 2023, 4:59 AM

1 hour ago, throttles said:

Well done to all that participated.

@z@z@ where did you get them pichas?

They bragging about it on their statuses 😂

z@z@

Nov 27, 2023, 5:01 AM

10 hours ago, peetwindhoek said:

Did you report it to officials?

FYI : there was only ONE road official , watching all the possible podium finishers. 
 


 

 

Shebeen

Nov 27, 2023, 2:57 PM

11 hours ago, z@z@ said:

It felt like we went first , not one caught us :( no-slip.

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is that the actual race or just a group ride? If the latter, who is overtaking who?

Nana03345

Nov 27, 2023, 4:33 PM

1 hour ago, Shebeen said:

is that the actual race or just a group ride? If the latter, who is overtaking who?

Seems like a group ride within an actual race to me and clearly nobody is overtaking but rather working together.

Mayo916

Nov 27, 2023, 4:43 PM

I saw the 2nd and 3rd mixed teams also helping each other with some slip. They should be more strict, especially for those riding for the podium. The honesty system clearly does not work.

'Dale

Nov 27, 2023, 5:23 PM

The DC is about team spirit, camaraderie and ‘gees’ and the ultimate price of earning the Charles Milner award by finishing with 12 souls with ordinary athletic capabilities.

 If ever there is a pic that captures this magic of solidarity, this is it; these bras 😄

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bleedToWin

Nov 28, 2023, 7:03 AM

We (Wine Lands Mixed) caught the Hit Squad early and they immediately sat slip.

PCH caught us but came over our paceline and sat up so we tried overtaking again or at least sharing the road. Wasn't really working so we opted to sit 20m behind them. This worked for a good long while until after Tradouw descent where we had a mechanical to a key rider. The whole time we had Hit Squad in our slip.

After the mechanical we were able to ride freely until feedzone 1. Halfway towards feedzone 2 we had 3 teams in our wake and got caught by Savage with 4 teams in their wake. As others have said, the event format makes this unavoidable. Mixed teams have to apply their power at specific areas in the race in order to not burn their ladies. Overtaking was not an option. Dropping off simply resulted in us needing to pass teams dropping from Savage on the climbs and then they latch on to us to reform the mass on the descent. It was impossible to get anything going. Should we have given up our race?

I don't like this aspect of the race. As lame as it is it is allowed in the rules, but it certainly was not a loophole exploited by us intentionally. I do understand that others will feel differently about how things played out. Last year I was in a mens team and our seeding resulted in us never getting caught by a stronger team so we had a clean ride for 9th. I was proud of that one, and I am proud of this one too...

The womens category is these days able to run without interference and the mens too. Perhaps if not possible for the mixed category (and in light of the winners nearly coming 2nd in overall!) it would be best to only have two competitive categories... 🤷‍♂️
 

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For practical purposes we will be lenient in the following areas:
a. Dropped riders who are not with the leading six of the team may slipstream another team but only if that team gives permission.
b. From Montagu through the pass to Ashton (just before the first Team Support Zone) and from Rooibrug to the second Team Support Zone, where the road is narrow and lots of teams (including non-racing) converge, it may not be practical to avoid slipstreaming without slowing down.

 

 

mecheng89

Nov 28, 2023, 7:13 AM

On 11/27/2023 at 5:20 AM, z@z@ said:

It felt like we went first , not one caught us :( no-slip.

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I didn't know WvA pitched to do the DC. 

Jbr

Nov 28, 2023, 7:19 AM

16 minutes ago, bleedToWin said:

We (Wine Lands Mixed) caught the Hit Squad early and they immediately sat slip.

PCH caught us but came over our paceline and sat up so we tried overtaking again or at least sharing the road. Wasn't really working so we opted to sit 20m behind them. This worked for a good long while until after Tradouw descent where we had a mechanical to a key rider. The whole time we had Hit Squad in our slip.

After the mechanical we were able to ride freely until feedzone 1. Halfway towards feedzone 2 we had 3 teams in our wake and got caught by Savage with 4 teams in their wake. As others have said, the event format makes this unavoidable. Mixed teams have to apply their power at specific areas in the race in order to not burn their ladies. Overtaking was not an option. Dropping off simply resulted in us needing to pass teams dropping from Savage on the climbs and then they latch on to us to reform the mass on the descent. It was impossible to get anything going. Should we have given up our race?

I don't like this aspect of the race. As lame as it is it is allowed in the rules, but it certainly was not a loophole exploited by us intentionally. I do understand that others will feel differently about how things played out. Last year I was in a mens team and our seeding resulted in us never getting caught by a stronger team so we had a clean ride for 9th. I was proud of that one, and I am proud of this one too...

The womens category is these days able to run without interference and the mens too. Perhaps if not possible for the mixed category (and in light of the winners nearly coming 2nd in overall!) it would be best to only have two competitive categories... 🤷‍♂️
 

 

Yeah... one of the reasons why I don't like this race. Had a lot more fun when we did Race of Truth even if we had similar problems at the begining, but it didn't last for 200km

avatar

Nov 28, 2023, 7:24 AM

Another little technical point that winelands mixed exploited this year was to leave the chicks with another team to slip then the fast guys race up the road and stop the clock with 6 guys. Theres no "half way" rule, only 6 people have to pass the line. so next year you can go full speed from the gun with all the guys, leave the women to cruise to halfway and then chase to the finish with way fresher legs and not pushing anyone in the first half. 

z@z@

Nov 28, 2023, 7:35 AM

12 minutes ago, Jbr said:

Yeah... one of the reasons why I don't like this race. Had a lot more fun when we did Race of Truth even if we had similar problems at the begining, but it didn't last for 200km

Starting at 7:22 no one caught us , format is good unless your legs are not, it’s the comms that’s weak. I heard some say we waiting for another team at feedzone 1 😂 

Jbr

Nov 28, 2023, 7:39 AM

4 minutes ago, z@z@ said:

Starting at 7:22 no one caught us , format is good unless your legs are not, it’s the comms that’s weak. I heard some say we waiting for another team at feedzone 1 😂 

from memory of my only DC in 2020 or 2021, the problem wasn't teams catching us, but teams not willing to be passed, we were constantly getting *** from the commissaires when in fact we were the team who caught and passed other teams, and they would draft us. We'd drop them on every bump, and they'd come back on the next decent and freewheel behind us.

And my DC wasn't even reversed order !

Taneal Otto

Nov 29, 2023, 10:48 AM

On 11/28/2023 at 9:24 AM, avatar said:

Another little technical point that winelands mixed exploited this year was to leave the chicks with another team to slip then the fast guys race up the road and stop the clock with 6 guys. Theres no "half way" rule, only 6 people have to pass the line. so next year you can go full speed from the gun with all the guys, leave the women to cruise to halfway and then chase to the finish with way fresher legs and not pushing anyone in the first half. 

Why Winelands mixed specifically?? 

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