Sunday saw the departure of the Para-cycling squad selected to represent South Africa at the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, beginning Thursday 8 September until Sunday 11 September 2011 in Roskilde, Denmark.
The South African team has performed very well at the two UCI World Cup events held earlier this year, having earned a tally of one gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
The sani2c will become the first multistage mountain bike race in South Africa to add a third leg to cater for an ever-increasing demand, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Founder Glen Haw said the new component would further entrench the event’s position as the largest fully serviced event in the world. “I know of no other race that takes a three-pronged approach,” he said.
The Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy today showed the large and enthusiastic crowd in Champéry who is the boss of cross-country: after winning five out of seven rounds of this year’s World Cup he confirmed his current superiority in the discipline by becoming World Champion.
In the Downhill race, Great Britain’s Danny Hart gave a masterful demonstration of what downhill racing is all about as he careered down Champéry’s track undeterred by the torrential rain and treacherous conditions that graced the last day of racing at the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships kicked off yesterday (Wednesday 31 August) with the junior women cross-country (XCO) and the national XCO Team Relay at the Swiss resort of Champéry.
Approximately 840 athletes from 49 countries have entered for the mountain bike races, which sees nearly all the big names that have dominated the season so far battle it out for the ultimate glory: the World Champion’s rainbow jersey.
Arran Brown (MTN-Qhubeka) proved himself to be true to his word when, on Sunday (28 August), he outsprinted Nolan Hoffman (Tasol) to win the last stage of the Tour de Free State.
“It was a great stage. I owe much to my teammates who tactically rode a brilliant race. They set up everything for me so perfectly that I had the luxury of saving myself for the final sprint to the line,” Brown said. He predicted the day before the race that, if given half a chance, he would win.
After the MTN Diemersfontein ultra-marathon this weekend (27-28 August), Kevin Evans and David George from the Nedbank 360Life team can lay claim to the brand new title of ‘Chess masters of South African mountain biking’.
Evans won the race over 105km in 4 hours 32 minutes and 12 seconds.
The battle for the overall supremacy in MTN’s National ultra marathon series will start in earnest tomorrow morning when all of the “top dogs” line up at the start for the MTN Gravel Travel event just outside Wellington at Diemersfontein wine farm.
If David George (360Life) wins he will have ensured that he will also take the overall honors as he will have a near unassailable lead. He already won the MTN Attakwas and MTN Tulbagh and was second at the MTN Barberton.