There is an abundance of mountain bike action taking place over the next 2 weekends, both locally and abroad, with a national cross-country cup race in Gauteng, UCI World Cup event in the Czech Republic, and the national marathon champs next Saturday.
This weekend sees the third round of the Cycling SA-MTB National Cup Series taking place at Thaba Trails in Gauteng. After the opening two rounds in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, the Gauteng leg is set to provide the competitors “with a little bit of everything” in terms of course design.
Meet Jenny Rissveds, a u23 XCO rider from Sweden. Jenny started her 2013 World Cup season off with a bang, finishing 2nd in Albstadt, Germany. Jenny is also the current Swedish Track champion and former Junior European XCO champion. We approve.
Cycling South Africa is saddened at the news of the spate of tragic cycling accidents and loss of lives over the past ten days on South Africa’s roads.
It is with regret and shock that we heard of the death of a commuter in Durbanville on Tuesday morning. According to iol.co.za, the accident took place at the intersection of Durban and Eversdal Roads, where the cyclist was hit by a car and fell to the ground in front of a bus.
The town of Albstadt, Germany welcomed mountain bike racers from around the world for the opening round of the 2013 UCI World Cup XCO season at the weekend.
Twelve riders represented South Africa with solid representation in the under-23 men category, which had seven competitors. Saturday’s riders were faced with sunny conditions, which turned overnight and presented Sunday’s elite classes with wet conditions.
Tokai forest is the mountain biking gem of Cape Town. Situated just 20km from Cape Town CBD it is the most popular mtb destination for riders living in and around Cape Town. If you have ridden there recently you would have noticed the prolific felling of trees, causing a moonscape effect where the ever popular Mumba trails used to be.
Max Knox and Nico Bell held onto their overnight lead to claim overall victory in the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race that finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Saturday.
Riding in the colours of EAI-Westvaal, the pair finished fourth on the 80km final stage from Highflats to Scottburgh to claim the victors’ laurels in an aggregate time of 9:44:50.
Max Knox and Nico Bell mastered slippery conditions to win the decisive second stage and take the overall lead of the Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
After crashing early on the descent into the Umkomaas River Valley, the mud-spattered EAI-Westvaal riders powered their way back to claim the 99km stage from MacKenzie Club near Ixopo to Jolivet farm in the Highflats region.
After a run of bad luck this season, Charles Keey and Darren Lill finally got the break they needed to claim the opening stage of the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
The Cannondale-Blend duo timed it perfectly to hold off all contenders in a bunch sprint to the finish, taking the 87km stage from Underberg to MacKenzie Club in 2:47:10.