Former Springbok and Western Province captain, Corné Krige is one of the many former international rugby players to have taken up mountain biking after his playing career concluded. The tearaway flanker is riding the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz with fellow ex-professional Stefan Terblanche.
Like all ex-professional sportsmen and women Krige is competitive to the core. He may have given up the contesting every inch of the rugby field, but that does not mean he and Terblanche are on a joy ride from Lourensford Wine Estate to The Marine Hotel. “There is always a bit of competition! Yesterday Tiaan Strauss left in the group in front of us and we managed to catch him at the third water point. So he wasn’t too happy about that, especially because we’ve done the Epic together. There is always a bit of rivalry” Krige explained.
“All the rugby players like the adrenalin. And obviously if you want to maintain your weight there is nothing better than cycling” he elaborated as to what attracts rugby players to mountain biking.
“Ja it’s been incredible” Krige continued, turning his attention to the riding at FNB Wines2Whales. “The guys in the week and last weekend had a tough time. The one had massive heat and the other lots of rain. But I think we’ve had perfect weather. And the tracks are amazing. I said to Stefan Terblanche today; ‘someone has worked very hard to get these tracks in place for us’. That helped make it an awesome day today.”
“We’re working together and he’s a bit stronger than I am, so he pulled me quite nicely” Krige complimented his riding partner Terblance. “I sat in his slip on the open roads and then in the singletracks I can help myself. We did a good time today and had no technicals, which is the most important thing.”
Commenting on what suits him in his new sport Krige laughed: “downhill.” Then added: “no, I’m lucky my power to weight ratio is pretty good. And Stefan (Terblance’s) is too. So we don’t mind the odd climb, as long as it’s not too technical and rocky.”
Given the Springboks are lining up against his old rivals, the English, at 17:00 on Saturday afternoon – in a game which will be broadcast live in the FNB Rider Lounge and the Cape Brewing Co Chill Zone the parting word had to be rugby related. “It’s a big game, away from home at Twickenham. They are always favourites when they play there. But we have a young team, with some exciting players. So hopefully we can pull it through” Krige concluded.