National XCO and DH Series Calendar Confirmed

Cycling South Africa has confirmed the dates for the 2012 National Mountain Bike XCO and DH Series.  The series, consisting of four events and a one-off championship race, will visit five different provinces and span just over five months from February to July 2012.

The cross-country (XCO) format is fast and furious, and those lean and mean athletes who have been training hard during the December holidays and skipping out on the second helpings of the festive treats will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead in 2012, the ‘Olympic Year’.

Downhill racing enthusiasts will feed their gravity-induced appetites on this highly technical form of racing.  Downhill racing does not feature at the Olympic Games.

2012 SA National XCO & DH Series Schedule

Entry Information:

Venues for the above events are to be confirmed and/or announced, and will be announced in separate releases prior to each event.
Online entries are open on

For any further race information, please contact the appropriate person responsible for each event, as per the schedule above. For any entry-related queries please contact Tarryn Duncan on 021 557 1397.

Other Major International MTB Events in 2012

17/18 March 2012 – Pietermaritzburg – UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano, round #1:

The venue to kick off the 2012 global world cup season is right here on South African soil, in the heart of mountain bike country – Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.  Hundreds of professional XCO and DH athletes, their teams, managers and pit crew will descend in southern Africa to log points for the start of the world cup season, which culminates with the World Championships in September.

11/12 August 2012 – London Olympic Games:

Cross-country (XCO) was introduced to the Olympic Games in 1996 at the Atlanta Summer Olympic Games in the USA, and is the only MTB discipline represented; the 5th Olympic cross-country MTB race will take place in London on 11th and 12th August this year.

01-09 September 2012 – UCI MTB XCO & DH World Championships – Austria:

This one-off championship event sees the best in the world competing for the famous UCI championship ‘rainbow stripes’. This year, mountain bikers will head to Austria in the European Autumn where the XCO will take place in Saalfelden, and the DH will take place in Leogang, held over two separate weekends. These esteemed rainbow jerseys are few and far between and it will be the best athlete on the day that will walk away with the World Champion title.