The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships have come to an end with yet another spectacular display of mountain bike racing from athletes all over the world, with only one chance of having the perfect race run to earn the prestigious title of MTB World Champion.
South Africa had a very strong presence in amongst a quality line-up of international mountain bikers in the cross-country and downhill disciplines; four-cross and trials were also part of the event schedule.
The sani2c will become the first multistage mountain bike race in South Africa to add a third leg to cater for an ever-increasing demand, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Founder Glen Haw said the new component would further entrench the event’s position as the largest fully serviced event in the world. “I know of no other race that takes a three-pronged approach,” he said.
The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships kicked off yesterday (Wednesday 31 August) with the junior women cross-country (XCO) and the national XCO Team Relay at the Swiss resort of Champéry.
Approximately 840 athletes from 49 countries have entered for the mountain bike races, which sees nearly all the big names that have dominated the season so far battle it out for the ultimate glory: the World Champion’s rainbow jersey.
The infamous Cape Winter could not stop Charles Keey and Cherie Vale from riding to victory at the second annual Oude Molen Distillery MTB Challenge in Grabouw on Sunday, 21 August 2011. Keey completed the 52km course in a deserving time of 2h35min56s, while Vale’s victory was sealed in 3h23min46s.
Geddan Ruddock and Timo Cooper of Team Geru-Tico were victorious in the annual Trans Baviaans Ultra Marathon mountain bike event in Jeffrey’s Bay on Saturday.
The Western Cape duo finished almost 20 minutes clear of their closest competitors, Team Loutrans from the Freestate.
Jaroslav Kulhavy charged to a solo victory on his home turf in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic. With this win, Jaroslav secures himself the World Cup overall title for 2011. Nino Schurter rode to the silver medal, nine seconds ahead of Julien Absalon.
Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won the sixth round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in La Bresse, France. With a final run of 2min 09. sec Greg beat Gee Atherton in second by 0.5sec and Aaron Gwin into third by 2.5sec . Gwin’s third place secures him the 2011 overall World Cup title and makes him the first American to win the overall.