Max Knox (EAI Solutions/Specialized) is the man to beat this weekend.
This will be the challenge that every pro-elite rider, who has aspirations of winning the MTN ultra-series overall, will have to face when he lines up for the start of the MTN Rooiberg ultra Marathon on Saturday (15 June).
Knox has been in awesome form so far this season. He won at MTN Barberton, MTN Clarens and MTN Wellington and finished 3rd at MTN Sabie.
Max Knox and Nico Bell held onto their overnight lead to claim overall victory in the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race that finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Saturday.
Riding in the colours of EAI-Westvaal, the pair finished fourth on the 80km final stage from Highflats to Scottburgh to claim the victors’ laurels in an aggregate time of 9:44:50.
Max Knox and Nico Bell mastered slippery conditions to win the decisive second stage and take the overall lead of the Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
After crashing early on the descent into the Umkomaas River Valley, the mud-spattered EAI-Westvaal riders powered their way back to claim the 99km stage from MacKenzie Club near Ixopo to Jolivet farm in the Highflats region.
“Cometh the hour cometh the man.”
These words are the perfect way to describe Max Knox (Specialized/EAI Solutions) winning the MTN Gravel Travel National MTB driven by Nissan Ultra Marathon outside Wellington on Saturday (11 May).
Knox might just have made South African mountain biking history. It is not known whether any rider has ever managed to win two of the MTN National MTB Series on consecutive weekends.
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.
Europe’s top mountain bikers will be out for revenge at the UCI sanctioned MTN Sabie ultra-marathon on Saturday (23 February).
Last year’s race turned out to be an unofficial test between the top riders from South Africa and some of Europe’s best riders.
The local riders eventually dominated, with Kevin Evans taking the win. Max Knox finished second and David George was third.
There will be no easing into 2013 for South Africa’s top mountain bike marathon racers. The Attakwas Extreme Challenge in Oudtshoorn is regarded by most as the toughest single-day marathon race in the country and on Saturday, the seventh edition will guarantee another brutal season-opening test.
It’s unlikely any of the Attakwas Extreme Challenge entrants will have felt comfortable resting on Christmas Day. Indeed, most probably trained. The formidable 121km route, which incorporates the unforgiving dry, stony Karoo terrain, will include just under 3000 metres of climbing, with around two thirds of that in the final half of the race.
The adaptation of the old Roman slogan is the only way to describe Max Knox from Specialized’s performances at local mountain bike events: “I came, I rode, I conquered”. Despite all of his success Knox’s hunger to win is not fulfilled yet.