Cape Town 110403. The 2011 ABSA Cape Eoic came to an end today with the stage starting at Oak Valley near Grabouw headed over the Hottentots Holland Mountains to the finish at Lourensford Estate in Somerset West. Here overall race winners Christoph Sauser(L) and Burry Stander(R). This year was the first year a South African was in the winning pair. PHOTO SAM CLARK

Johannesburg– Leading mountain biking duo Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander say they hope to improve on their performance at this year's Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race at Lourensford Wine Estate outside Cape Town.

According to Sauser, riding with Stander means they will complete each stage quicker than in previous years.

“Our strength as a team can be attributed to a combination of things, including commitment, toughness, talent, equipment, team and experience,” said Saucer.

“Both Burry and I are currently in our off season shape, so I doubt we can beat the Cape Boys who are very well prepared.

“We are however, looking forward to spending more time in the festival village where we can indulge in some good food, although this won't help much with our off season body weight.”

The three stage race starts on Friday, and would take riders through a 209km long course before finishing near the Onrus Caravan Park on Sunday. – Sapa