Mpumalanga will welcome a flood of cross-country and downhill specialists as they descend on Mankele MTB Park on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July to challenge for their respective mountain bike national championship titles.
Attention towards this year’s championship event is at an all time high with the return to South Africa of our three Olympic representatives, Burry Stander, Philip Buys and Candice Neethling, who will be looking to add a national title to their names ahead of sport’s biggest global spectacular taking place in London in less than a fortnight.
Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Saalfelden Leogang, Austria.
The downhill World Championships take place from 31st August to 2nd September 2012, while the cross-country World Championships take place from 6th to 9th September 2012.
The way in which Philip Buys (USN) won the Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush marathon (70 km) on Saturday (14 July), was an excellent display of what it takes to be an Olympic mountain biker. Right from the start there was no doubt about who would be the winner.
Buys played around, taking the lead whenever he felt like doing it.
French rider Pierrick Fedrigo gave the hosts their fourth win of the Tour de France when he beat American Christian Vande Velde to win the 158.5km 15th stage between Samatan and here on Monday.
Race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain and the main peloton came over the finish line nearly 12 minutes behind a five-man breakaway that had fought hard to form in a frantic opening to the race.
The UCI (International Cycling Union) released the 2013 Mountain Bike World Cup calendar last week and a noticeable absence from the March/April slot was Pietermaritzburg’s already familiar kick-off to the global cross-country and downhill season.
South African mountain biking fans need not be disheartened though because an even bigger prize waits in the form of the once-off MTB World Championship, scheduled for 26th August to 1st September 2013.
Brandon Stewart turned on the afterburners to claim his maiden victory in the Kia Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic, presented by ASG, in sub-zero conditions in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The FedGroup-Itec Connect pro, from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal, made an early break in the 60km main event and was later joined by RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock.
Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez handed his stricken Rabobank team a welcome boost by soloing to victory on a memorable the Tour de France 14th stage on Sunday.
Sanchez, whose team has been decimated by crashes, had been part of an 11-man break which built a 16-minute lead on the peloton well before the end of the 191km stage from Limoux to Foix.
Frenchman Pierre Rolland claimed an epic 11th stage victory on the Tour de France Thursday as race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain took another step towards overall victory.
Rolland soloed over the finish line after an epic day of racing to claim his second victory in the race a year after his maiden win at Alpe d’Huez to hand Europcar their second win in as many days.