MTN National MTB Series – Clarens, driven by Nissan Fourth Leg Of The UCI World Series

Max Knox (Specialized/EAI Solutions) won the UCI World Series event at the MTN Clarens National Ultra Marathon MTB event over 100km. The race was the fourth event in the MTN National MTB Series driven by Nissan and part of the UCI World Marathon Series, which consists of 15 races around the globe.

Nico Bell (Westvaal/Bell’s Cycles) finished second with Germany’s Stefan Sahm (Team Bulls) third.

Sahm, a three-time winner of the Absa Cape Epic, is now leading the UCI World series with Bell second overall in the MTN National MTB Series.

Knox ensured his victory when he attacked on the last climb about 20km from the finish in the small town of Clarens. None of the other riders were able to keep up with him.

Germany’s Steffen Thum deserves a special mention. His mountain bike’s saddle broke off, which forced him to stand and pedal for approximately 10km. Thum then managed to use duct tape to fasten his water bottle onto his seat post for the next 20km before he was able to fix it. Despite his setback, Thum still managed to finish in 6th place.

Summary of results – MTN National MTB Series – Clarens

Men – Ultra Marathon 103km

  1. Max Knox (RSA) 04:18’17”
  2. Nico Bell (RSA)  + 0’32”
  3. Stefan Sahm (GER) +1’51”
  4. Gawie Combrinck (RSA)
  5. Matthys Beukes (RSA)
  6. Steffen Thum (GER)
  7. Tom Ettlich (GER)
  8. Guylin van den Berg (RSA)
  9. Timothy Hammond (RSA)
  10. Ben Melt Swanepoel (RSA)

Women – Marathon 74km

  1. Samantha Sanders (RSA) 03:14’51”
  2. Christine Jansen van Rensburg (RSA) + 2’17”
  3. Amy Mcdougall (RSA)  +6’14”
  4. Kendall Ryan (USA)
  5. Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt (RSA)