Cycling South Africa has clinched another coup by winning the rights to stage the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, a week before the 2013 MTB World Championships will take place at the same venue.
The announcement was made at the International Cycling Federation (UCI) management committee meeting on Friday afternoon, confirming that the masters event will be bolted onto the World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park next year.
South African mountain bikers participating in the cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) disciplines will be making their way to Cape Town in February for the first round of the national series.
The SA XCO and DHI Series gives riders around the country the opportunity to compete against one another in these disciplines, and provides SA Mountain Biking the chance to see the best of the best in action, and how they handle the competition on the different courses in varying conditions. This process assists SA MTB in selecting the best possible team to represent SA at the MTB World Championships.
Ticket sales are open and selling fast for the RockyRoads UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Pietermaritzburg, to be held at the Cascades Mountain Bike Park in less than two months.
Officials are on track to complete renovations to the world-famous facility well in time to be able to welcome the world’s best downhill and cross-country riders.
The second Columbia Grape Escape 3-day mountain bike stage race – due to take place in the Boland from 1-3 March – has already attracted the interest of major local and international mountain bike riders.
Three-time Absa Cape Epic winners Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm have confirmed their participation and are hoping to take top honours in the competitive two-rider team category.
Top South African mountain biking duo, Kevin Evans and David George will be going solo the weekend of 10 -12 February 2012 when they take part in the inaugural Ride the Rock MTB Race in the beautiful wilderness area of the Cederberg.
The city of Pietermaritzburg will once again play host to the first round of the 2012 Rocky Roads.net UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano, opening the global cross-country and downhill series on African soil for the third time.
The well-loved Cascades mountain biking venue, that hosted both the 2009 and 2011 UCI MTB World Cups, has undergone many transformations and the cross-country course in particular was lauded in 2011 as a challenging course that provided the most fun!
KwaZulu-Natal will be home to no fewer than four UCI Cross-Country events in February and March next year, leading the way locally by raising the bar to international standard in this form of the sport, which is an Olympic mountain biking discipline.
Serving as a prelude to the opening round of the UCI MTB World Cup to be held at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg on 17th and 18th March, the first three of these events, presented by Momentum Health, will be held on courses designed by Nic Floros from KZN, who already designs many of the country’s top marathon and cross-country tracks.
The Western Province downhill mountain bike community is gearing up for their provincial championships, which will be taking place on the popular Contermanskloof downhill track, near Durbanville on the 3rd and 4th December 2011. This event will crown the 2011 Western Province Downhill Champion across all the categories.