WP XC 2 race report – Nitida farm

This past sunday saw the 2nd WP XC race, hosted by Tygerbery MTB club take place at the Nitida farm in Durbanville. Riders were welcomed by a chilly NW wind and a demanding lap that included 201m elevation gain within the 5.9km’s.

This past sunday saw the 2nd WP XC race, hosted by Tygerbery MTB club take place at the Nitida farm in Durbanville. Riders were welcomed by a chilly NW wind and a demanding lap that included 201m elevation gain within the 5.9km’s.

Being my first lap race in nearly 10 years meant it was never going to be easy. I somehow managed to forget just how much lap racing hurt yet how much fun it was. I raced in the subvets category which meant that I had to do 6 laps. I started on the back row and managed to come through in 4th position after the first lap . I held onto this position for 4 laps until my inevitable cramps set in which cost me a place. It was also at this stage where I feverishly started looking over my should at every turn waiting for Dan from iRide Africa to catch me. Luckily he was on his trail bike and that 201m elevation gain was hurting him more than it was me. Out in front was Geddan Ruddock mocking us each lap. He ended up lapping half the subvets field.

Nitida - Hillcrest XC lap
Route Profile

The main race of the day was the u23 and Pro Elites who had to race a crazy 8 laps! The distance seemed to takes it toll on the riders with only 1 Pro Elite rider finishing. Well done to Dave Morison for soldiering through. The u23 riders were in a class of their own with Dominic Calitz, Louis-Bresler Knipe and Adriaan Louw setting a frantic pace up front. Dominic Calitz eventually won by 5 minutes overall.

The next event is WP champs on 8th August on Zevenwacht Estate. Come and race some laps. Its fun, exciting and a great, social day out for the family.

Full results with lap times can be found here

Thanks to Tygerbery MTB club for a great day of racing.

More photos can be found here – Thanks to Rob Gilmour