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.
“I don’t follow a set training schedule. I try to dictate my training by opposites,” says Jonas Colting, two-time Ultraman champion and one of the world’s top long-distance triathletes.
A native of Sweden, Colting is perhaps one of the most interesting and resourceful professional triathletes around, having developed a successful ‘side industry’ around his athletic career.
Professional athlete, writer, coach and motivational speaker all make up Colting’s daily lifestyle and he was kind enough to answer our questions in between these commitments.
I thought that it was about time to feature some local ladies on Happy Friday. As the saying goes, Local is Lekker. Anriette Schoeman is a eight-time South African champion and former Olympian and is still one of the country’s strongest female racers.
MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown won the Lost City Race that took place on Saturday 20 August, outsprinting Nolan Hoffman over the last kilometre to take the victory. Dusty Day (Matlosana) finished third.
Brown viewed the race as an opportunity to make up for the previous weekend’s racing event, where he lost out on the win in the final 500metres of the race. He achieved his goal, despite a challenging race riddled with mechanical problems.