A dress rehearsal for the Absa Cape Epic is what Saturday’s (26 February) MTN Sabie ultra-marathon might just boil down to.
Germany’s Karl Platt (Team Bulls) who has perfected winning the Epic into a fine art has, indicated that he will race at the MTN Sabie.
The MTN Clarens Ultra-marathon that will take place on Saturday (19 February) will in all probability boil down to a battle of wits and brawn between the riders from Garmin-adidas and DCM.
When it comes to racing ultra-marathons, Max Knox (DCM) is certainly the in-form rider at the moment. He finished fourth in the Attakwas and fulfilled the role of destroyer in Barberton when he simply ‘killed off’ his competitors on the last climb of the race to achieve a third consecutive victory.
In-form DCM team-mates Max Knox and Brandon Stewart are set to face off on “neutral” territory in this Saturday’s 85km Extreme Challenge at Addo just outside Port Elizabeth.
The mountain biking duo will aim to continue their impressive early- season form in the race that will form part of the annual The Herald VW
Cycle Tour in the Friendly City for a seventh time.
Max Knox (DCM) proved that hard work pays off when he won the MTN Barberton ultra-marathon (120km) on Saturday for the third year in a row.
Actually the way Knox completed his hat trick of victories was uncanny. It was almost a carbon copy of what happened on the slopes of the Barberton mountains the year before.
One of the most exciting events on the local sports calendar will always be when the Blue Bulls play rugby against the Western Province.
South African mountain biking will have its own ‘north vs. south derby’ on Saturday (29 January) when the pro-elite riders line up for the start of the UCI sanctioned MTN Barberton Ultra-marathon (120km).
David George (360 Life), a born and bred Capetonian, will represent the south and Max Knox (DCM), who grew up in Sabie, the north.
There is no guarantee that a South African mountain biker will win the MTN Attakwas ultra-marathon race on Saturday, 15 January.
For the first time there will be international ranking points on offer, it is a safe bet to say that the overseas ‘visitors’ will race to win.
During the sixth stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Trek, on the last day of his career as a professional mountain biker, Silvio Bundi from Switzerland learned an important lesson.
If you want to end your career as a professional mountain biker on a high note, do not tease one of your main rivals because they have not been able to win a stage. You might just be the one who end up finishing second.