The 10th edition of the MTN Panorama Tour started at Casterbridge, in White River
just outside Nelspruit on Saturday afternoon. The annual 4-day road cycling stage
race in April, which has become an integral date on the domestic cycling calendar
for amateur racing since its inception in 2006, saw riders battle it out over 107km
on Stage One on Saturday and 80km in Sunday’s Stage Two.
The opening day saw the formidable pair of Alan Gordon and Barend Burger dominate
the 107km-long stage until the finish, which saw the riders pass the Sudwala Caves
as they turned on the climbing legs during a tough stage on Saturday. Their winning
time was 03:03:37.
On Stage Two of racing in the picturesque Lowveld on Sunday morning, the Sub Vet
pairing of Jaco Ferreira and Samuel de Swardt fought off the youngsters to win the
second stage in a time of 02:04:20. Thanks to their consistent riding over the
opening two days, Gordon and Burger now hold a slender lead in the general
In the Open Women’s category of Stage Two, described as quick and painful, the pair
of Desray Sebregts and Annette Loubser from Team DESNET were the first women to
cross the finish line for the second day in succession in a time of 02:19:11.
Stephan Oberholzer and Carla Oberholzer representing Team Clover, clocked in a time
of 02:08:07 in the Mixed section, while in the Sub Veteran category, Samuel de
Swardt and Jaco Ferriera of Team Columbia Energas finished in a time of 02:04:20
Stefano Madies and Tinus Scheepers from Team Dimension Data finished in 02:06:10 in
the Veterans category, while Team Lawson Brothers, which consists of Gavin Lawson
and Glenn Lawson, completed their Stage Two in 02:10:47 in the Masters category.
Grand Masters top finishers on the day were again the sharp pair of Johan Spies and
Pierre van Hell for Team Cyclomaniacs in 02:18:48, while Tandem category finishers
Jay Spendley and Werner Roux of Team Lastborn & Mistake finished in 02:09:18.
The 113km-long Stage Three on Freedom Day, Monday 27th April 2015, will see the
riders facing a long day in the saddle with some tough climbing, especially up Long
The race starts and finishes at Casterbridge in White River.