Come and watch the MTN South African cross-country championship at the Pretoria Fountains on Saturday (17 July). It promises to be an exciting event.
This is an invitation from Burry Stander (Specialized/Mr Price), the u.23 World Champion.
Burry Stander (Specialized/Mr Price) won the MTN National Cross Country pro-elite race at Mankele on Saturday (12 June) in dramatic style.
Saturday’s race was almost a carbon copy repetition of the way in which Stander had won the same event last year and one can be forgiven for thinking that drama, Stander and Mankele go hand in hand.
The six-day DCM Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike stage race (18 to 23 October) in the Klein Karoo and Garden route is slowly but surely becoming a ‘must-do’ ride for international riders.
Carel Herholdt, Dryland Event Management, said on Monday (7 June) that twelve international teams have already entered.
It seems to be a foregone conclusion that Burry Stander (Specialized/Mr Price) will win the MTN pro-elite cross country race for men at Mankele on Saturday (12 June).
Even if Stander should have a really bad day, the rest of the riders would have to produce a super-human effort to beat him. And, even then, there is no guarantee that they will win.
Julien Absalon (Fra) riding for Orbea took the lead early and never relinquished it scoring the win in Offenberg in the Elite men’s 36.8km race over top rival, Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott-Suisspower MTB-Racing, in second with Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Rubena-Birell-Specialized Cycling Team claiming 3rd.
South African mountain biking is currently riding on a high with the likes of Burry Stander (MR Price Specialized), Kevin Evans (MTN Energade) and the fresh prince of big air Greg Minnaar consistently performing on both the local and international scene.
There is definitely something in the air at Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal, that brings out the best in Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas). This was the second year in a row that he made his presence felt every time he got on his mountain bike to race during the three-day cycling festival.
On Friday night Buys made mountain bike history when he became the first rider to win the 20km Stihl night race for the second consecutive year. The next day he finished 2nd in the Red Sprint shoot-out and on Sunday he finished 3rd in the marathon.