The town of Albstadt, Germany welcomed mountain bike racers from around the world for the opening round of the 2013 UCI World Cup XCO season at the weekend.
Twelve riders represented South Africa with solid representation in the under-23 men category, which had seven competitors. Saturday’s riders were faced with sunny conditions, which turned overnight and presented Sunday’s elite classes with wet conditions.
The third round of the Cycling SA-MTB National Cup Series takes place at Thaba Trails near Alberton in Gauteng on 25 and 26 May 2013.
Gauteng Mountain Bike Commissioner Wendell Bole and his team have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the trails meet the standards of the national cup series race. “This is a proper cross-country (XCO) course with a little bit of everything,” said Bole. “And the team has been working hard to build a downhill course of a high standard from scratch.”
KZN Mountain Bike Commission is hosting round two of the Cycling SA-MTB National XCO/DHI Series in great style at a course that will soon be part of the UCI World Championships.
In perfect weather conditions on an immaculately prepared course at Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg, the Olympic discipline of mountain bike racing took place this morning when the women started the day’s racing.
Right from the outset, Mariske Strauss (Team Contego 28E) racing in the U23 Pro-elite category took complete control of her 5-lap race right through to the finish line, proving her complete dominance over the entire field.
Philip Buys and Brendon Davids set a cracking pace in the Pro-elite category of the Cycling SA-MTB XCO series round 2 that took place at Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg today.
Buys (Scott) racing in the elite category and Davids (Jeep-Specialized) in the under-23 class rode hard and fast setting lap times of little over 11-minutes on the course exceeding 4 kilometres per lap.
Cool and wet weather welcomed mountain biking cross-country competitors in Durbanville, Western Province for the opening round of the national XCO series on Saturday 9 February.
According to Cycling SA Technical Commissioner Grevile Ruddock, excellent racing was witnessed across all categories and of particular significance, the victories in the Elite men and women’s groups for Philip Buys and Mariske Strauss, considering there were several international riders competing as well.
South Africa’s national mountain biking cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) season kicks off this weekend in the Western Cape in Durbanville on Saturday 9 February and in Stellenbosch on Sunday 10 February respectively.
It will be game on as the UCI Category 2 Elite event will attract South Africa’s top performers in the Elite men and women’s groups of this Olympic mountain biking discipline, providing participants a chance to better their UCI world ranking by earning XCO points at home early in the season.
For 2013 Trek Bicycles South Africa and Craft South Africa will partner with one of the country’s rising mountain bike talents, James Reid. The two-year contract gives the 20-year old athlete an opportunity to continue cross country racing at the highest level. James will be chasing his dream of a U23 World Championship podium in 2013, when South Africa hosts the Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg in August/September.
London Olympian and current African cross-country (XCO) mountain bike champion, Philip Buys, will race in 2013 as a fully sponsored member of SCOTT Sports Group.
The announcement to support the 24-year-old South African was made by Brandon Els, Managing Director of SCOTT Sports Africa, a move that allows Buys to pursue his racing career with comprehensive backing from one of the world’s leading performance bicycle brands.