Mountainbike master Burry Stander let a possible podium place slip to finish fifth in the seven-lap 34.08km in the men’s mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm at the London Olympics on Sunday, and there was a clean sweep for Africa in the men’s marathon.
Starting slowly, Stander climbed through to 11th position after being in 19th place halfway into the first lap.
The final World Cup XCO race was in Val d’Isère this past weekend. Nino Schurter set a hard pace from the start and nobody was able to follow.
After the first lap Absalon, Kulhavy and Stander were already beaten, only Marco Aurelio Fontana and Florian Vogel were close behind.
The widely anticipated Elite Men’s cross country race of the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg delivered all the action, drama and excitement as expected with world number two Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team) of Switzerland edging out local hero Burry Stander (Specialized Racing) to claim the spoils in the season opener at Cascades MTB Park.
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 Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy today showed the large and enthusiastic crowd in Champéry who is the boss of cross-country: after winning five out of seven rounds of this year’s World Cup he confirmed his current superiority in the discipline by becoming World Champion.
In the Downhill race, Great Britain’s Danny Hart gave a masterful demonstration of what downhill racing is all about as he careered down Champéry’s track undeterred by the torrential rain and treacherous conditions that graced the last day of racing at the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
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.
The men’s Elite race was the highlight of the day, with the crowds lining the course in full support of local hero Burry Stander. Stander was in the lead bunch on the first lap, until a fall damaged his derailleur which effectively put him out of contention for the rest of the race.