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  1. The guys at Drecaso Guest Chalets are making a real effort to establish Bonnievale as a destination for mountain biking. We stayed there over the weekend and rode some amazing trails they have built. Here is a link to a Google Map of the Drecaso MTB Trail Network. The farm is described as follows, "Drecaso self-catering chalets and conference venue is the ideal destination for your family weekend getaway or business brainstorming. The farm began as a break-away for four Cape Town families, offering their children and businesses a taste of country living, close enough to be used on a regular basis. The abundance of fynbos and renosterveld, as well as the natural beauty of the farm, were deciding factors in choosing the location of Drecaso. You will experience unsurpassed views of the valley’s vineyards and orchards, with the Langeberg mountains on the horizon. The proximity to world class wine estates is, of course, an added bonus!" ...and now they have more than 30kms of mountain bike trails!
  2. "Bike Odyssey 2021", the toughest and biggest race in Greece and one of the hardest worldwide, will be held from June 20 to 27 June. Get ready for the most exciting cycling Odyssey in the mountains of Pindos. Stay tuned for many more! More info: https://www.bikeodyssey.gr/en/
  3. Event Name: Overkruin XCR When: 21 October 2017 Where: XCOSA Bike Park Voortrekker Monument, Gauteng Category: MTB Hoërskool Overkruin bied op 21 October 2017 ‘n bergfietswedren aan as fondsinsameling vir ons bergfietsspan. Die wedren sal die formaat van XCR aanneem (aflosspanne wat in die Olimpiese dissipliene kompeteer). Spanne van 2-4 lede neem deel en elke span moet 8 rondtes voltooi. Spanne neem in ouderdomskategorieë deel maar kan ook uit lede van verskillende ouderdomme bestaan – in diè geval neem die span deel in die sterkste ouderdomsgroep van die onderskeie lede. Die 2017 Overkruin XCR vind plaas by die XCOSA Bergfietspark, Voortrekkermonument en vorm deel van die 4-wedren 2017 Portable Shade XCR Reeks. Elke rondte van die wedrenroete is +-5km lank en bied ongeveer 150 m vertikale klim per rondte. Daar is geen ekstreme hindernisse op die “deelnemersvriendelike” roete nie. Die wedren word in oorleg met Gauteng-Noord Fietsry en SA Fietsry, dienooreenkomstig internasionale standaarde, aangebied. Hoërskool Overkruin daag alle skole uit om spanne in te skryf wat teen ons bestes kan kompeteer! Hoërskool Overkruin is presenting a mountain bike race as fundraiser event for our mountain bike team on 21 October 2017. The race will take on the XCR format (relay teams competing in the Olympic discipline)where teams of 2-4 members compete over 8 laps in their respective age categories. Teams can, however, consist of different aged members, in which case that team will compete in the age group of the strongest rider. The 2017 Overkruin XCR takes place at the XCOSA Bike Park, Voortrekker Monument and forms part of the 4-race 2017 Portable Shade XCR Series. Each race lap is +-5km in length and offers approximately 150m of vertical ascend per lap. There are no extreme obstacles on the “rider-friendly” race track. The race will take place in accordance with Gauteng North Cycling and Cycling SA. Hoërskool Overkruin challenges all schools to enter their mountain bike teams to compete with with our best. Go to Event Page
  4. Hello everyone, I am 'new' to taking Mtb biking seriously and I just purchased a Lapierre XL 729 Frame. I wish to build it up to a sweet well specified bike starting With the Cannondale Lefty. All advice is highly welcome. Thanks for reading.
  5. Did the unthinkable, Sold everything here in GP, bought a log cabin in Dullstroom and starting up a MTB-centric backpackers in Aug/Sept this year. Looking for your valuable input into what you'd expect from such a place when you visit. I backpacked across the globe for some years, but only started MTB'ing again in 2012, so I'd appreciate some suggestions to tip the scales evenly and create a place where MTB'ers would feel at home. Sorted so far: - Local trails and friends with farmers for the "unbeaten track" routes - Bike wash bay + free lubricants - Secure lock-up facilities - Small selection of parts/clothing/accessories - Repair specialist in town - Transportation to/from pic-up/drop-off locations - Emergency stand by - Entertainment, awesome vibe, small bar, super comfy sleeping, great view. - Free additional red blood cells when you do altitude training for your enduro races ;-) (Dullies sits at 2100m above sea level) Any suggestions would be awesome. Happy dayz!
  6. The South African team has settled in well and are enjoying the last few moments of practice and preparations ahead of the action-packed week at the 2016 UCI Mountain bike XCO World Championships, which take place for the first time in Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic from Wednesday 29 June to Sunday 3 July. Some of the team members chatted about their spirits ahead of the events. Click here to view the article
  7. Under-23 rider, Alan Hatherly, is feeling relaxed ahead of the weekend, being familiar with the course after competing in the World Cup at the same venue last year, and he feels that this adds to his favour. Kargo Pro MTB Team's Alan Hatherly is thrilled with his front row start ahead of the UCI XCO Championships u23 Men's race in Nove Mesto Na Morave on Saturday 2 July 2016. Photo Credit: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography He also shares his countrymen’s views on the electricity of the crowds. “I'm feeling very confident and positive about this World Champs and, with my front row start, it's definitely the best opportunity for me to do well,” he said. “Our accommodation this side is really awesome and they've been really helpful with meeting our dietary requirements, so on the whole we as a team couldn't ask for a better pre Worlds build up,” said the Kargo Pro MTB Team rider. Looking back at himself on the bike just one year ago, Hatherly feels that his mind set ahead of such races has improved drastically. “There's a lot more to the race than just rolling up onto the line. I think the biggest thing I've worked on however is my strength on the bike as a whole, both legs and upper body/core, which I feel has helped me to be more consistent with my efforts and get my power out more efficiently. It's made my racing a lot more enjoyable because I can attack the descents now,” he added. London 2012 Olympian, Philip Buys says that he loves the peace and tranquillity of Nove Mesto, and has enjoyed a change in scenery. His focus now lies in fine-tuning his lines and looking at weather-dependent options in case of rain. “I would also like to get the bulk of my track training done a few days before Sunday, because it is quite a demanding track to get around, and I would rather take it easy the two days before racing,” he added. The Team Scott LCB rider is looking forward to high-speed downhills and power riding over the roots on the course, but is also cautious of the amount of climbs. “However, I've done the preparation in training for this. Overall I'm having fun on the track and that usually counts for a lot,” he said. Current South African XCO Champion, James Reid, describes the course as being flatter than other cross-country courses with punchier climbs, which seem to suit him better. “There are roots and rocks everywhere, but the soil is grippy and there's a bit of tar to recover too. Providing it doesn't rain, I'm sure it will be good for me,” he said. This will be Reid’s eighth World Championships in a row and intense nerves aren’t an issue for him anymore, except for the odd butterflies that kick in on race day. The Team Spur rider is hoping to have a smooth race that he will be happy with. “Having done seven of these events, it is kind of time to start making it count, you know?” he said. Reid also highlighted the challenge that comes with Elite level racing: “Being 11th in Mont Sainte Anne as a junior in 2010 was special, and 10th in Hafjell in 2014 was too, but Elite level racing is a different ball game all together – there are literally hundreds of fast riders everywhere, and you have to stick to your game plan in your own head.” In terms of the vibe and energy of the crowds at Nove Mesto, he said: “The energy here is always special - these fans are supercharged! They turn out en masse to support their hometown hero, Jaroslav Kulhavy and get really heated up during the event. The passion is contagious, even if you're having a bad day. The roads and trails around Nove Mesto are also fantastic, making for a good week’s preparation ahead of the big day.” Absolute Motion's Henry Liebenberg will be flying the flag high at his first UCI XCO World Championships race on Friday 1 July. Photo Credit: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography The World Championships will be a first for Junior rider, Henry Liebenberg, who is soaking up every opportunity been offered to him. “My experience here so far has been amazing. The day I found out that I was going to worlds was one of the happiest moments of my cycling career. I kept ticking down the days to the trip to Nove Mesto. I couldn't wait to experience the atmosphere here and the trails in Nove Mesto. I've been training for World's non-stop, not peaking for any other races so that my form would be top on the day.”The Absolute Motion rider tries not to think about the race too much, because of nerves. “But I am also very excited for my race. I've been preparing for this race the whole year, so hopefully I can have an awesome one.” Liebenberg concluded by saying: “Being able to wear the South African colours makes me feel very proud. Since I’ve started cycling I’ve dreamt of wearing these colours and cycling for my country one day. I’ve always wanted to compete at world level and being able to have achieved that makes me feel like I've achieved something great. From the races that I did in Germany and Italy earlier this year, I now know what to expect on Friday on the start line.” Schedule for the South African riders: Friday 1 July 201615:00 Women Juniors [Danielle Strydom] 17:00 Men Juniors [Henry Liebenberg] Saturday 2 July 2016 11:00 Men Under 23 [Alan Hatherly] Sunday 3 July 2016 15:00 Men Elite [Philip Buys / Sipho Madolo / James Reid] Live event broadcasting: The elite races will be broadcast live on RedbullTV and SuperSport.Elite Women - Saturday at 14:50 – 17:00 Elite Men - Sunday at 14:50 – 17:00 For further information about the 2016 UCI Mountain bike XCO World Championships, which take place in Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic from 29 June to 3 July, click here: http://www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/News/17/71/93/Competitionguide-XCNMNM2016ENG_English.pdf.
  8. You were riding UP the trail known as DH2 at about 4h15 / 4h30 this afternoon, on your Bianchi Methanol (kick-ass bike, btw) and myself and Marko35s confronted you and informed you that the trail in question was categorised as a mono-directional trail, and as such it was against the rules of the trail system (and by extension TMNP) to ride up said trails. Despite at various points trying to explain that it was both dangerous and against the rules to be riding up a Downhill Only trail, you continued to raise your voice and accuse us of being "gods of the mountain" and "downhillers" and accuse us of creating an "us and them" environment whereby only downhillers needs are seen to. Unfortunately, your instant reaction upon being confronted was one of righteous indignation, arrogance, entitlement and shock at being told that you cannot ride up a trail designated as Downhill only. Your instant attitude was one of aggression, repeatedly telling us that you were "not afraid of us", "don't care how big we are", "do this all the time" and "just want us to all work together" Despite your protestations and attempts at justification (which were numerous) the fact remains that you were riding up a trail that people descend without the expectation of having someone in their way, coming in the opposite direction. The average speed of the majority of riders that come down there does hit 50 plus KPH (the top rider does that entire trail in just 20 seconds) and if you were to encounter someone coming down said trail, there is no way in hell you would hear and / or see them in time in order to react and pull out the trail (despite how experienced you say you are) Now, I know you took none of what Mark & I said to heart, as your opinion of yourself was entirely too inflated in order to accept that you were doing something wrong and were at fault. Despite that, what you are is a typical case study in why this country is going to the dogs. A blatant disregard for the rules of the trail that you (may not, come to think of it) pay to ride, as well as an increasing level of self entitlement which causes you to think that you can do anything without being confronted, as long as you have the louder voice and can try to justify your actions to a level that you think that your actions are okay. The excuses which we were given were, amongst others: I always do it It's the best trail to test your ascending technical skills You're experienced, and can move out the way in time for those coming down You ride without music, so can hear people coming It's god's country, and we should all be able to enjoy it I (as in me) am a downhiller, so I'm only looking out for Downhillers (I'm not a downhiller, btw - I just ride) Who makes up the rules? I didn't sign up for them (you did, actually, when you paid for your annual pass - which I'm assuming you have, btw) It's quiet I paid to ride here You're 57 and you don't care what the rules are (followed by "I just want us all to get along") You ride where you want to... We're doing more damage by pushing our bikes up the trails (we weren't, btw - we pushed up the jeep track as it's much easier. We push up NEXT to the trail when we go to the top of a downhill section) Etc etc. See, the thing is (whatever your name is) - what we tried to say (repeatedly, and every time we said it your voice just got louder and you interrupted us more often) is that you can NOT ride up a trail designated as Downhill Only. End of story. Directionality is one of the few things that maintains order in trail systems, and is shown on the Tokai MTB website, the entry board to the park (designated as highly technical downhill trails) and in signposts on the mountain itself. In your own words, you've previously come up against folks like us who have told you that what you are doing is wrong. Despite that, you continued to do it. Ignorance is not a justification, as by your own words you have been riding there for more than 4 years. The reason you cannot ride up a downhill only trail is that it is dangerous. Not from a technical perspective, but for one single reason. Riders do not expect you to be coming in the opposite direction. As such, they are not looking out for riders ascending, and when they come down at 30 / 40 / 50 kph they will have to take drastic avoiding action and by all likelihood end up injuring not only themselves, but also you in the process. It's the same reason that driving the wrong way down a 1-way street is in no way justifiable. I do hope this gets to you, and that you calm your horses (and sense of entitlement - the force is strong on that one) However - I do regret my profanity - at the time, that was the only way that I could get you to shut up and let me speak, besides just talking louder than you. Whatever your name is, know this. You are not only endangering other riders, you are endangering the access to the park itself. If we (as mountain bikers) cannot adhere to the rules of the park, our attempts to better our relationship with the park and lobby for additional trail (yes, the committee is lobbying for a dedicated climbing trail with suitable technicality, linking up all the trails, but you didn't let us get to that, did you) and all the work over the past year is for naught. But, at the end. I hope you do not continue to ride up the trails designated as down only. If only to prevent somebody from ploughing into you (on bike or fist) in the very near future...
  9. Happening this coming Saturday at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. Entries are done at the venue - Friday from 12pm to 5pm or Saturday between 7am and 9am. As per usual, riders can recce the course on Friday afternoon, with racing taking place on Saturday. The entry fees are R100 for Nipper and Sprog categories and R150 for all other categories.
  10. Defending world champion Nino Schurter successfully retained his title in the elite men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The large crowd was treated to a demonstration of cross country mountain biking of the highest order as Schurter dominated proceedings from start to finish, never relinquishing the lead once, as he followed in the footsteps of his elite women’s compatriot, Julie Bresset (France), who a little earlier in the day also retained the rainbow stripes she earned last year in Austria. “”It was just a perfect race for me and I am just really satisfied at the moment,” explained Schurter. “Coming into the race I didn’t feel any more pressure than I do for any other race as I knew I was in great shape and that the course really suited me plus I was in a really good mood beforehand and just felt great.” The 2012 champion wasted little time in showing his fellow competitors his hand as he shot out of the blocks and bolted straight to the front of the field from the get go. Nino Schurter flew Switzerland's flag high as he soared to victory in the elite men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media With the eventual victor’s fellow Swiss competitors Mathias Flückiger, unable to fly to South Africa due to illness, and Mathias’ brother – Lucas, forced out of the contest after a start line crash, Schurter‘s primary challenge was always likely to come from Frenchman and world number two Julien Absalon. This considered, Schurter’s early tactic had precisely the desired effect as the blistering early pace immediately splitting the field and Absalon - struggling to recover from a big crash in training a few days ago - becoming one of the early casualties unable to stay on the leader’s wheel. “My goal always was to go as hard as I could on the first lap because I knew my biggest rival was going to be Absalon and he often struggles with a high pace early on,” said Schurter. “I had a five second lead after the first lap and from there I just raced at my own pace, kept things going consistent and never really got into the red zone. With only Fabian Giger (Switzerland), José Hermida Ramos (Spain) and Manuel Fumic (Germany) able to respond to Schurter’s early antics it was near disaster for Fumic as an error in the Tree House rock garden on the opening lap saw him rejoin the race down in fourteenth and with a lot of work to do in order to salvage his medal hopes. Fight back he did though and remarkably the German was back in the hunt with in no time at all as he looked to close in on third placed Giger. The Tree House section played havoc with Fumic’s plans once again as he found himself tangled in the wheel on Giger midway down the rock garden after the Swiss rider got it all wrong and crashing through the barrier tape. Once free of the carnage and now racing like a man posed, Fumic somehow managed to claw his way back up to second place Hermida Ramos early on the fifth lap and over the next two laps managed to pull away from the Spaniard to eventually claim a deserved silver medal. “I felt I was well prepared coming into the race. After I broke my collarbone in May and then had a very speedy recovery I was able to focus on this race,” said Fumic. “I had a few problems in the rock garden but I never gave up and managed to catch José on lap five. “José was always putting pressure on me though, I could feel him breathing on my back most of the last two laps, so I knew I had to keep pushing and I’m really happy to have got the silver medal in the end.” José Hermida Ramos (Spain) hung on to his third place in the elite men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media For Hermida Ramos, the early pace eventually took its toll and the 35 year old was eventually left to ensure he hung onto his third position and claim the final step on the podium. “Nino started really quickly so the rest of us just had to suffer right from the start,” enthused the hugely popular MTB character. “I knew being thirty-five I won’t have many more chances to try win a world championship so I tried my best to stay with Nino for as long as I could but he was just too strong.” “Then when Manuel came passed I thought I’d just stay on his back wheel but I couldn’t and then I had to try and just keep up my speed and stay on the podium.” The bubbly, comical Spaniard successfully clung to that bronze medal position and as he crossed the line paid tribute to fallen friends of the cycling community and in particular the late South African cycling legend Burry Stander. “For sure my signs at the finish were for Burry. For Burry and for Iñaki (Lejarreta) as well as Erwin (Wildhaber) who have passed away this season and for everyone else who passes away every season on the road, on the tracks and just doing their hobby,” explained a somewhat emotional and deeply sincere Hermida Ramos. “I think Burry’s memory in particular – especially with us being here in Pietermaritzburg – but the memory of all three of the guys that have passed away recently too, gave each and every one of us a little extra energy out there today and my signs at the finish just showed that we all had him in our minds!” Despite having missed out on a podium place, Maxime Marotte of France put in a performance of Schurter-like consistency as he slotted into fourth position early on and would not be moved from there at any stage of the encounter. Behind Marotte though was action-a-minute as the battle for fifth position to-ed and fro-ed throughout the seven lap affair as broken saddles, crashes and fatigue kept things interesting throughout. In the end it was 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) who came home ahead of Absalon, Moritz Milatz (France), Ondrej Cink (Czech Republic), Stephane Tempier (France) and Giger. A notable absentee from the action at the front end of the field was Australia's Daniel McConnell who, having suffered a near race ending crash when he collided with a troupe of monkeys whilst training on the road a week ago, struggled to find his prime form and disappointingly slipped back early on in the clash. Renay Groustra was the first South African across the line in 47th position in the elite men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The day was also not a good one for the local lads as top South African rider Philip Buys struggled to stay on his bike, leaving Renay Groustra and Matthys Beukes to fly the flag for the host nation as they came home in 47th and 49th position respectively. The first ever hosting of the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships on African soil culminates on Sunday in the elite men’s (15h00) and women’s (14h00) Downhill competitions where PMB local Greg Minnaar will look to defend his world title, whilst the Cross Country Eliminator events take place at 11h00. The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za From left to right: Germany's Manuel Fumic (third), Switzerland's Nino Schurter (first) and José Hermida Ramos (second) enjoy the moment after finishing on the podium in the elite men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media SUMMARY OF RESULTS – UCI MTB AND TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROSS COUNTRY Elite Men 1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:40.17 2. Manuel Fumic (GER) +00.07 3. Jose Hermida Ramos (ESP) +00.21 4. Maxime Marotte (FRA) +00.53 5. Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE)+1.17 6. Julien Absalon (FRA) +1.31 7. Moritz Milatz (GER) +1.45 8. Ondrej Cink (CZE) +2.04 9. Stephane Tempier (FRA) +2.19 10. Fabian Giger (SUI) +2.30 11. Jan Skarnitzl (CZE) +2.50 12. Marco Fontana (ITA) +3.06 13. Alexander Gehbauer (AUT) +3.08 14. Emil Lindgren (SWE) +3.11 15. Kohei Yamamoto (JPN) +3.14 16. Marek Konwa (POL) +3.36 17. Florian Vogel (SUI) +3.43 18. Miguel Martinez (FRA) +3.50 19. Martin Loo (EST) +4.00 20. Martin Fanger (SUI) +4.10
  11. Nino Schurter's seven laps were super-consistent, ranging from 14:08 to 14:42. Photo credit: © Nick Muzik It was Schurter’s third Elite men’s world title and his fifth individual World Championship in total, following his two wins at Under-23 level. He is now level with Dane, Henrik Djernis, on the all-time medal table as the second most successful World Championships XCO racer in history, behind four-time winner Julien Absalon. Schurter led from start to finish on Saturday in what seemed to be his most commanding performance at a World Championships yet, but afterwards he revealed that he felt under pressure until the end and wasn’t as in control of the race as when he won in Leogang, Austria last year. “There was a lot of focus on the Olympic Games last year and many of the riders weren’t as prepared for the World Championships a month later. After finishing second in London, I was super-focussed on it (World Champs) and I felt less pressure from the other riders there. But today, I was being chased by strong riders the whole way. I prefer to race with pressure. It’s more exciting and fun,” said Schurter. “At one stage Jose (Hermida) was just five seconds behind me and I was forced to keep my focus the whole way. This is also a technical course. You have to be aware at all times. I crashed on the last corner of the race actually. The sun was quite low and the shaded areas were getting dark. My front wheel slid on some sand, but I was up very quickly because I knew Manny (Manuel Fumic) was close behind.” In the end, Schurter clocked a time of 01 hour 40 minutes 17 seconds for the seven-lap race, beating Germany’s Manuel Fumic by seven seconds, with Hermida (Spain) claiming the bronze medal another 21 seconds later. Schurter’s consistency on a course that rattled even the most experienced riders, was remarkable. His lap times, in order, were: 14min08sec, 14:08, 14:15, 14:12, 14:23, 14:29 and 14:42 – a microcosm of his impressive consistency over the past few years. Since the beginning of 2010, Schurter has only finished outside the top three in major XCO races six times and in 2012, he won 11 of his 15 races. The world No. 1, who extended his lead in the 2013 UCI World Rankings on Saturday, has also just re-signed with SCOTT Swisspower. This year marks a decade that Schurter has been with the Swiss-based international sports gear and bike brand. He has extended his partnership until the end of 2016. “I love this company. They are prepared to listen to their athletes to create the best possible equipment and rider support. The bike I am now racing, the Scale 700, was made by SCOTT especially for me for the London Olympic Games. I found the 29-inch wheels just too big for me, but the 27.5-inch wheel size is just right. “It helps that I have kept the same race bike for almost 18 months. I raced the 27.5-inch wheel Scale 700 prototype bike when I won the World Cup here in Pietermaritzburg last year in April. The only things that have changed since then are the bottom bracket type and the headtube angle, which is slightly more relaxed. Otherwise, it’s the same bike,” explained Schurter. “This is the perfect bike for me and it’s ideal for this Pietermaritzburg course. The 27.5-inch wheels roll well over the rocks, but are still easy to control through tight turns,” said Schurter. ‘The Treehouse’, the large L-shaped rock garden, considered the most formidable obstacle on the Cascades course, claimed a number of victims during the race, including runner-up, Fumic. And if riders didn’t crash on it, most of them lost time to Schurter on it. Nino Schurter made the most of his confidence on the technical sections to maintain the lead that he took from Lap 1. Photo credit: © Nick Muzik Schurter conquered it with exceptional control on every one of the seven laps, each time gaining an edge over his rivals, who were forced to use up additional energy to regain any lost time. His World Champs race bike appropriately has ‘Rock Garden King’ decaled on the top tube. “I love that rock garden. I find it challenging, but have worked out the best way to ride it as smoothly as possible and use it to my advantage,” he said. Retaining his world title was Schurter’s major goal for 2013. “My build up has been really good and I have a very good support team around me. I am really proud to wear these stripes. There is a lot of pressure that comes with this title, most of it is off the bike though. When you are World Champion, you are a lot more busy than your rivals. But I like to be busy.” Nino Schurter soaks up the moment as he crosses the finish line first to retain his World Championship title. Photo credit: © Nick Muzik
  12. Nothing is certain in mountain bike racing. But the remarkable consistency of Switzerland’s Nino Schurter strongly challenges that well-worn statement. The 27-year-old Swiss successfully defended his Elite men’s Cross-country (XCO) world title when he powered to a clinical victory on a technical course in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  13. Julie Bresset of France makes light work of the tricky Sharka's Playground section of the cross country course at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media It was a group of six riders that held the momentum for the first lap and a half but it was whittled down to three riders – Bresset, Wloszczowska and Slovenian Tanja Zakelj – after Italian hopeful Eva Lechner took a bad dive at the treacherous Sharka’s Playground section on the second lap. The top three fought it out for another lap until more drama unfolded with the Slovenian crashing out at the Corkscrew which meant that the race was all but done for her and the French and Polish riders would be the ones to fight it out for the title. The race ebbed and flowed with both women taking turns to lead the race but it was Bresset who had too much in the tank when both riders arrived at the final Tree House section. This proved to be the defining moment of the race as the French rider negotiated her way through the section ahead and maintained the lead to the end. Bresset was aware of the tactics of Wloszczowska and knew that she needed to be ahead going into the final rock garden in order to win the race. With that advantage it was her race to lose coming down the final straight. “I tried to keep ahead, especially through the technical sections and then on the last lap I got into the last rock garden first and from there it is really fast to the finish and I had good speed so I was very happy. “I’m very happy to have been able to make my come back and I was hoping for a top five but I got first and it is great,” Bresset mentioned. Eva Lechner of Italy was in a good position before she had a bad crash on the Sharka's Playground section during the women's cross country final at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The crash by the Slovenian was unfortunate but for Wloszczowska it gave her a chance to focus on her attack of Bresset at the front. Having a final push at the end was the tactic that the Pole went with but she did not have enough power to take the lead. “I wanted to save my energy for the last lap,” Wolszczowska said. “I knew it would be important to be first on the last downhill and so the race was going to be decided at the corner before the last rock garden. I tried to pass Julie on the climb but she was too strong and it was just her day today but I’m still very happy with my second place.” “(Earlier) I was in front of Eva (Lechner) so I didn’t see her go down, I only saw she wasn’t behind me when we turned the corner and I guess that’s the beauty of sport – you need a bit of good luck,” the silver medalist said. The major surprise of the race came from Swiss rider Esther Süss who ended in third position after coming through the first split in 19th position. The 39 year old showed her skills and experience to make her way through the field into third and consolidate that position for the final three laps of the race. The Russian rider Irina Kalentieva was the biggest challenge for Süss however the Swiss rider was able to get in front of the Russian just before the start of the final lap and had enough energy to hold off the Russian to take the bronze medal. “It was a really hard race,” Süss said. “I felt good this morning but I wasn’t anywhere near the front but I still believed in myself though and step by step I kept coming up. “Kalentieva was behind me and I knew I needed to be in front of her on the last downhill so I pushed on the uphill and managed to get a bit ahead and then I knew I would be safe,” the veteran added. Both Zakelj and Lechner made up a significant amount of time after their crashes with Zakelj gaining a number of places to end in top five but the impressive ride came from the Italian who had to make her way through the field to end in the top 10. Cherie Vale of South Africa in action during the women's cross country final at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The South African contingent battled against the elite international competition with none of the representatives able to avoid the 80% rule along. The local cause was also dealt a further cruel blow when their contingent was reduced by one after Amy McDougall crashed heavily at the Tree House section which meant that she had to be stretchered off the course after she went over the front of her handle bars. Sunday's action will see all the focus on hometown hero Greg Minnaar as he looks to successfully defend his world title on home soil in the elite men's downhill competition, which is preceded by the elite women's clash. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – UCI MTB & TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROSS COUNTRY Elite Women 1.Julie Bresset (FRA) 1:42.54 2.Maja Wloszczowska (POL) +00.05 3.Ester Süss (SUI) +01.06 4.Irina Kalentieva (RUS) +01.29 5.Tanja Zakelj (SLO) +02.03 6.Alexandra Engen (SWE) +02.57 7.Kathrin Strinemann (SUI) +03.05 8.Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) +03.23 9.Lea Davison (USA) +03.41 10.Eva Lechner (ITA) +03.58 11.Blaza Klemencic (SLO) +04.14 12.Katrin Leumann (SUI) +04.17 13.Tereza Hurikova (CZE) +04.41 14.Elisabeth Osl (AUT) +05.59 15.Nathalie Schneitter (SUI) +06.14 16.Kataryna Solus-Miskowicz (POL) +06.15 17.Emily Batty (CAN) +06.16 18.Katerina Nash (CZE) +06.32 19.Adelheid Morath (GER) +07.16 20.Catharine Pendrel (CAN) +08.15
  14. Defending women’s Cross Country World Champion Julie Bresset of France repeated her feat of last year when she held off a relentless onslaught from Polish rider Maja Wloszczowska to claim the gold medal and title of World Champion in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  15. Second place Pauline Ferrand Prevot (left) of France, Winner Jolanda Neff (centre) of Switzerland and third place Yana Belomoyna (right) of Ukraine enjoy their time on the podium after the under 23 women's cross country race at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “Last year’s win was the first time I’d ever won the world championships so that was amazing. This year was a bit different but to win another world title is incredible and still very special,” said Neff. “I felt quite a bit of pressure before the European Champs and I’d had a bit of difficulty leading up to that race so for the Worlds I tried to just relax as much as I could. Having started the second lap of the five-lap clash out in front, Neff was then caught off-guard by eventual second place finisher Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) shortly before the start of the treacherous Tree House rock garden and the pair went into the technically challenging section side by side. “I didn’t expect Pauline to come past me so when she did I was very angry with myself and so as we went into the rock garden I decided I would take whichever line she didn’t. Fortunately it worked out for me, I got ahead and that ended up being the move that made the difference so I was pretty happy in the end. Switzerland's Jolanda Neff defended her title after a storming performance in the under 23 women's cross country race at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Despite a brave effort from second place finisher, the French star just had no answer to the power of the Swiss athlete with Ukraine’s Yana Belomoyna coming home in third and rounding out the podium. “I felt good on the climbs and pretty good in the technical sections too but it was just not enough to win today,” said Ferrand Prevot. “When Jolanda came past me I felt good so I thought I could just stay with her on the downhill and then attack on the climb but she was just too good.” Having ridden out on her own for much of the race, Switzerland’s Andrea Waldis was then heartbreakingly passed by both Helen Grobert (Germany) and Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) however determination and fight from last year’s junior world champion saw her pull herself back up to Rissveds in the closing few meters and narrowly edge out the Swede to take fifth position. After two separate yet equally brutal falls in the Tree House rock garden Switzerland’s Linda Indergand managed to hang on, eventually claiming seventh place whilst South Africa’s Under 23 star Mariske Strauss also recovered from a nasty fall in exactly the same part of the course to claim a career defining eighth place whilst the South African number two, Candice Neethling, claimed a hard-fought fourteenth. South Africa's Mariske Strauss overcame a nasty fall to finish eighth in the under 23 women's cross country race at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “I had a problem with my cleats early in the race and also got caught up in a big pile up so I had to get through quite a lot and really had to fight back to get myself in a good position.” “I took a tumble at the rock garden which put me back a bit but I just kept telling myself to ride constantly and to not freak out otherwise it could have gone wrong for me.” “This is my best World Champs result and I was aiming for a top five but after what I went through I am happy with eighth.” “I really learnt a lot about my riding out there and after my chain problem I just wanted to keep it steady to the end.” 2013 UCI MTB World Cup sensation Rebecca Henderson (Australia), having won two and podiumed in the other three, slumped to a disappointing tenth place after a crash during training on Thursday left her with very little use of her right hand and forced her to back right off through every rock garden and technical section. Saturday sees the cross country programme culminate in the Elite Men’s (15h00) and Women’s (12h30) tussles where the best in the business square off for top honours for 2013 with the Cross Country Eliminator taking place at 11h00 on Sunday 1 September. The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za Candice Neethling finished fourteenth overall and was the second local rider home in the under 23 women's cross country race at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media SUMMARY OF RESULTS - UCI MTB & TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROSS COUNTRY WOMEN Under 23 Women 1.Jolanda Neff (SUI) 1:25.44 2.Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) +02.26 3.Yana Belomoyna (UKR) +03:45 4.Helen Grobert (GER) +05.59 5.Andrea Waldis (SUI) +06.31 6.Jenny Rissveds (SWE) +06.31 7.Linda Indergand (SUI) +07.20 8.Mariske Strauss (RSA) +09.07 9.Maghalie Rochette (CAN) +09.48 10.Rebecca Henderson (AUS) +10.03
  16. The Under 23 women’s Cross Country clash of the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg took place on Friday afternoon where a complete domination from Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff saw her power home to a comprehensive victory which also saw her achieve the rare feat of successfully defend the rainbow stripes she claimed in Austria in 2012. Click here to view the article
  17. Gerhard Kerschbaumer of Italy punches the air as he claims the win in under 23 men's cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media While many of his chasers fell by the wayside, the Italian, who already had one gold medal to his name after playing an important role in the victorious Italian team’s Team Relay on Wednesday, marched on steadily despite the slippery and gloomy conditions, ultimately crossing the line a minute ahead of Germany’s Julian Schleb. “When I saw Luca [braidot – Kerschbaumer’s Italian counterpart] crash I knew that I had a big advantage over the other guys and I just had to control it in the rain and I am really glad that I did and got the win,” said Kerschbaumer. “I went into the race with my normal tyres and they worked well for the first bit of the race but luckily it only started getting wet later in the race so it did get quite tough towards the end!” “Myself and Luca worked well but I didn’t think that we were doing as well as we were and when he fell I felt really sorry for him.” Italians Gerhard Kerschbaumer and Luca Braidot surge ahead on the opening laps of the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “The team relay did help me because it gave me a bit of confidence going into the race today.” With World Cup leader and likely title challenger Markus Schulte-Luenzum of Germany having suffered a flat tyre on the second lap and falling a long way back in the field, it was Schleb – who himself recovered well after a crash at the start saw him get off to a poor start and complete the first lap down in nineteenth position – who ultimately finished twenty-six seconds ahead of third placed Michiel van der Heijden of Netherlands. “I was feeling good in the first laps in the dry but when it became wet I nearly crashed on the second last lap so I decided to walk through the rock garden on the last lap.” “After the bad crash on the first lap I just had to refocus and do my best to catch the guys in front of me.” van der Heijden also had to work his way through the field after the first lap saw him down in eleventh position however a bit of misfortune amongst some of his rivals and good determination saw him claw back to claim the bronze medal. “I had a really good start but I got caught up in a crash which slowed me down quite a bit and I knew that I had to catch up from there.” “A lot of guys started out quickly and then fell back. I kept hearing what was happening on the course so I knew I could catch up and that gave me more energy to keep going,” added the flying Dutchman. 2012 Men’s Junior world champ, Anton Cooper of New Zealand, put in a stellar effort of the difficult encounter to work his way right back into the hunt for a medal however his efforts fell just short and was forced to settle for fourth in the end. Luke Roberts of South Africa has a steady day in the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media In an afternoon which many of the South African’s in the field would prefer to forget, it was the somewhat unlikely figure of Brendon Davids who managed to provide some reason to celebrate for the local crowd as, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the dying moments of the race, hung onto an impressive top twenty position, finishing nineteenth overall and being the first South African home whilst Luke Roberts’ consistent effort saw him finish thirty-first. “I was seeded thirty-seventh on the start line but was lying third last early on after I couldn’t get through the guys on the first climb,” explained Davids through tears and excruciating pain afterwards. “I have been working really hard and wanted a top ten and so after my start I thought back to a race I watched of Burry’s (Stander) here at Cascades once.” South Africa's Brendon Davids overcame a dislocated shoulder to finish 19th in the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “Burry was a long way down early on but just never gave up and rode all himself all the way back. I dug as deep as I could out there and managed to get back up to sixteenth at the start of the last lap and was really hoping to pick up one or two more places before the finish. “I went into the Tree House rock garden and I guess I was a little over eager though and things just got away from me and I crashed. “I’ve been struggling with a dislocated shoulder all year and when I crashed it popped it out again. I got going again and tried to go as hard as I could but unfortunately I lost three positions out there and finished nineteenth. “Given my start, a top fifteen would have gone down better but I left it all out there. I had nothing more to give. The hometown competitor’s gutsy effort was widely appreciated by the Pietermaritzburg crowd and Davids crossed the line to a warm local reception. “Thanks to everyone who came out here and supported me today,” said Davids. “I’m a Pmb boy so to be able race Worlds in front of my family here on a course that I love racing on in the wet, was really special!” Rourke Croeser of South Africa had his podium hopes destroyed when he broke his chain on the start line of the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The race started in the worst possible way for Rourke Croeser, one of two local stars firmly eyeing out a top five finish and secretly hoping to even sneak onto the podium, who snapped his chain just metres from the start line and, after much confusion which resulted in him passing through the first techzone shortly after the start, he was forced to run the first few kilometers with his bike to the next techzone before he received the assistance he needed. Despite departing the techzone stone last, Croeser refused to quit and, showing the determination few others possess, picked off the riders ahead of him on at a time until he found himself inside the top fifty before disaster struck for the second time as he broke his fork, ending his charge. South Africa's James Reid was both disappointed and frustrated by a series of mechanicals that saw him drop from seventh to thirty-fourth in the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Fellow podium hopeful, James Reid, found himself in a far better position than his countryman early on in the encounter as he powered into seventh position overall and perfectly poised to pounce with his local knowledge of the course standing him in good stead to launch his attack. It wasn’t to be though as firstly a loose rear wheel forced him a long way down the field before a broken seat then cost him crucial further minutes and frustratingly and disappointingly destroyed any last hopes he may have had of consolidating things. The action shifts to the elite men and women – the best cross country riders from across the globe – on Saturday afternoon when racing gets underway at 12h30 and 15h00 respectively. The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za South Africa's William Makgopo heads through Buck Jump Alley during the men's under 23 cross country at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media SUMMARY OF RESULTS - UCI MTB & TRIALS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROSS COUNTRY MEN Under 23 Men 1.Gerhard Kerschbaumer (ITA) 1:28.55 2.Julian Schleb (GER) +00.58 3.Michiel van der Heijden (NED) +01.24 4.Anton Cooper (NZL) +01.31 5.Julien Trarieux (FRA) +01.42 6.Jordan Sarrou (FRA) +01.43 7.Christian Pfäffle (GER) +01.57 8.Victor Koretzky (FRA) +02.40 9.Daniele Braidot (ITA) +03.10 10.Markus Schulte-Luenzum +3.16
  18. Friday’s men’s Under 23 Cross Country clash of the UCI MTB & Trials World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg was one filled with drama as Italy’s Gerhard Kerschbaumer made the gold medal his own in testing conditions whilst it was heartbreak from South Africa’s top stars. Click here to view the article
  19. Nino Schurter poses in front of a massive poster of him at Jowett's Cycles, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Schurter will attempt to successfully defend his Elite men's XCO World Championship title on Saturday. Photo © Nick Muzik Speaking at a SCOTT Sports World Championships welcome dinner at Jowett’s Cycles, Pietermaritzburg, Schurter confirmed that he is in peak form and that he is looking forward to Saturday afternoon’s race on one of his favourite tracks. “I have had very good preparation for the World Championships. I am expecting a hard race but knowing that I am well prepared gives me a good level of confidence. I have had good results on this track at the three World Cups that I have raced here and it suits my style,” said the 27-year-old Swiss rider, who is highly skilled on the technical sections and powerful on the steep ascents. Schurter won the opening round of the 2012 UCI World Cup on the Pietermaritzburg course, beating the late Burry Stander, who was killed by a motorist while training in January this year. For Schurter, Stander’s absence is significant. “We were rivals since Under-23 level and we had many good battles, especially here in Pietermaritzburg. It is really very sad that Burry is not here to race the World Championships in his home country,” said Schurter before assessing who his major rivals are likely to be on Saturday. “(Julien) Absalon is going well and is always motivated for a big race like the World Championships. (Jose) Hermida has won here at a World Cup in 2009 and likes this course. He is in good form. I also think (Marco) Fontana will be a rider to watch here. And of course (Jaroslav) Kulhavy can never be ruled out. And you can always expect at least one surprise rider on the day too,” smiled Schurter. From left: Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel pose with top South African XCO racers Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes at the SCOTT Sports World Championships welcome dinner at Jowett’s Cycles, Pietermaritzburg. Photo © Nick Muzik Kulhavy, the Czech who narrowly beat Schurter to the Olympic gold medal in London last year has been relatively unimpressive so far this year, but his ability to focus on one goal race and succeed there is not to be underestimated. Italy’s Fontana (third at London) and Spain’s Hermida (fourth at London and the 2010 World Champion) as well as France’s four-time World Champion, Absalon, have all shown good form leading up to the World Championships. Schurter’s SCOTT Swisspower teammate, Florian Vogel is also a podium contender on Saturday. After a poor start to the year, which included a crash at the ABSA Cape Epic and illness ahead of the first two rounds of the UCI World Cup, the 31-year-old Swiss is confident of his form. “I’m feeling very good. I have good health and my fitness is the best it has been all year. I like the course here and am looking forward to a good result,” said Vogel, who has twice secured bronze (2007 and 2009) and once claimed silver (2008) at the XCO World Championships. Schurter’s World Cup win in Pietermaritzburg last year saw him become the first rider to win a major international event on a 27.5-inch wheel bike, a result that inadvertently sparked a global shift towards the wheel size in a young sport where technology is constantly evolving. “I am very comfortable on the Scale 700. I had my best year on this bike last year. I appreciate SCOTT’s willingness to listen to me and develop a bike that suits me. I find the 29-inch wheels a bit big for my height. With the 27.5-inch wheels I have the best compromise,” explained Schurter, who has been with SCOTT for 10 years. The Elite men’s XCO race will take place at 15h00 on Saturday. It will be televised live on SuperSport and will be live streaming on www.redbull.tv. For ticket information and other World Championships news, visit www.mtbworldchamps.co.za For more information on SCOTT Sports athletes and equipment, visit www.scott-sports.com
  20. SCOTT Swisspower rider Nino Schurter is quietly confident ahead of his Elite men’s Olympic Cross-country (XCO) title defence at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Click here to view the article
  21. Tommy Olsson of Sweden was unchallenged throughout his victory performance in the men's 50-54 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The first race of the day, the men’s 50-54 category, saw a clean podium sweep from the Europeans after the Swede Olsson took the lead early in the race and never relinquished it to anyone. It was a comfortable win in the end for the Scandinavian who beat second place and former 45-49 champion Jean-Paul Stephan of France to win the event. “I am so happy that I managed to win this year after being sick last year,” the former runner-up said. “I woke up the night before the race last year and was sick so I couldn’t race so being able to win it this year was great!” The Swede had been focusing on winning the event this year and once he got in front of the other riders he put his head down and did not look back to see where the other riders where. South Africa's Doug Brown worked his way back up to fifth position after suffering a first lap crash before a third lap puncture put pay to his men's 50-54 cross country race at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “Every single bit of training that I have been doing since I didn’t race last year has been geared at winning this year.“Having a silver medal was great but I was determined to add the gold to my collection and I accomplished that,” the elated Swede said. The race was marred with a controversial incident early in the race when South African Doug Brown was reportedly forced into the barrier early in the race and had to restart from the back of the field. “I was in a great position early but was pushed off my bike and was stone last,” Brown said. “The whole field was in front of me and I worked my way through into fifth and I was on the wheel of the guy in fourth but then I got an almighty puncture and had to pull out of the race,” a dejected Brown mentioned. Coming into the final sprint to the line 10th place Mark Langman crashed and was forced to run with his bike for the last 250 metres to the finish line. In the men’s 45-49 race it was the turn of the Dutchman Patrick Jansen to show his steel and take the win ahead of South African Shan Wilson. The race was packed with drama with potential podium finisher Rob Sims broke the frame of his bike on the second half of the first lap and had to pull out of the race. The man from the Netherlands was in front for the entire race and although he started battling with cramp towards the end of his second lap and started feeling the effects of the Kwa-Zulu Natal winter as the dry air started taking its toll but he had enough of a lead to stay in front. “I started battling a little with the dry conditions and I always knew that the guys behind me were never going to let up,” Jansen said. “My tactic was to get in the front from the start because it worked for me at the Dutch national championships.” The Dutchman was chased down courageously by two South Africans, Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean but it was Wilson who, after a nasty fall, claimed the silver medal. South Africa's Shan Wilson picked himself up from an early crash and dislocated jaw to climb back up to second place in the men's 45-49 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “At one of the drop offs on the first lap I double bounced and went over the handle bars and landed heavily on my face dislocating my jaw. “I was dazed and got up and carried on, if it wasn’t a World Champs I probably would have gone home but I really had to finish,” mentioned a broken Wilson. The Cape Tonian got up and started reeling in the rest of the field and caught his country man Mclean and tried his hardest to pull in the Dutch rider. “We all came here to win but under the circumstances I am really happy with my second position overall,” he said. South African cycling guru Andrew Mclean lost out on a top two position but he was content with his third and felt that he had lost out to better riders. “Before I rode today I said I would be happy with a podium and would not mind losing out to better riders. “Shan (Wilson) was so strong but Jansen was in a class of his own out there today so I am pretty happy with my third place,” Mclean said. Popular cycling personality Andrew McLean claimed a hard-fought third place in the men's 45-49 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from21 to 25 August. More info can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za SUMMARY OF RESULTS - UCI MTB MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CROSS COUNTRY MEN 45-49 (3 laps) 1. Patrick Jansen (NED) 01.22.15 2. Shan Wilson (RSA) 01.23.02 3. Andrew Mclean (RSA) 01.24.38 4. Rafael Garrido (VEN) 01.26.16 5. Petrus Swiegers (NAM) 01.32.50 50-54 (3 laps) 1. Tommy Olsson (SWE) 1.21.44 2. Jean-Paul Stephan (FRA) 1.23.22 3. Mads Boedker (DEN) 1.23.31 4. Patrick Balthazard (FRA) 1.27.26 5. Atle Hansen (SWE) 1.29.47 Patrick Jansen of the Netherlands celebrates his victory in the men's 45-49 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Netherlands' Patrick Jansen was in a class of his own as he cruised to victory in the men's 45-49 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media South Africa's Robert Sim makes his way through the forest on foot after crashing out and breaking his frame whilst occupying fourth position in the men's 45-49 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Jean-Paul Stephan of France winds his way through the course en route to claiming second place in the men's 50-54 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media
  22. The Netherlands and Sweden scooped new world champions in the morning session of the second days racing at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships, before local riders bounced back to take four of the eight titles up for grabs in the downhill discipline. Click here to view the article
  23. The opening day of competition at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg was one of great success for the local cross country riders as no less than twelve of the twenty-four medals available throughout the day went to South Africans. Click here to view the article
  24. Linus van Onselen (men 60-64), Gjertrud Bø (women 50-59), Cathryn Zeglinski (45-49), Christian Jupillat (men's 65+), Paul Furbank (men's 55-59), Nedene Cahill (women's 30-34), Genevieve Weber (women's 35-39) and Natalie Bergstrom (women's 40-44) sporting their world champion rainbow striped jerseys at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Of the twelve local podium finishers five claimed gold and will return to their various communities as world champion of their age group with the coveted rainbow striped jersey to prove it. The day’s action got underway with the all the women’s cross country events and 30-34 competitor Nedene Cahill claimed gold ahead of locally based Hungarian Eszter Erdelyi and fellow South African Jeannie Dreyer before Namibia based South African Genevieve Weber claimed the women’s 35-39 event. Pocket-rocket competitor Natalie Bergstrom then made it three from three as she added a world championship title to the provincial, national and continental titles she claimed earlier in the year. Canada’s Cathryn Zeglinski broke the local stars’ winning ways as she powered to victory in the 45-49 race with Norway’s Gjertrud Bø claiming the seventh world champion title of her career when she cruised home ahead of the rest in the 50-59 category. The three men’s races of the day saw South African riders Paul Furbank (55-59) and Linus van Onselen (60-64) add to the local tally of golds before France’s Christian Jupillat earned the right to stand on the top step of the podium in the 65+ category. In the men's Downhill seeded rides which took place on Friday afternoon it was Frenchman Laurestant Jean-Max was the fastest rider in the men's 30-34 category with Sousa Alcides from Brazil claiming the number one seed in the 35-39 category ahead of Saturday’s racing. South African Myles Kelsey qualified handsomely as he took first place in his 40-44 category and the 45-49 category saw another South African, Chris Nixon, claim the number one spot. The French claimed another top seed in the men's 50-54 as Jean-Pierre Bruni edged out Swiss rider Benoit Fellay by the slightest of margins whilst Max Schuster from Austria will start in poll position in the men's 55+ category. The women's downhill field is substantially smaller than the men's consisting of two divisions, 30-39 and 40+. In the 30-39 category Tifenn Vialatte of France took the top seed and in the women's 40+ category South African Rika Olivier was the quickest and has claimed the top position going into the final tomorrow. Preceding the downhill action, which gets underway at 13h00 on Saturday afternoon, are the men’s 50-54 (08h30) and 45-49 (10h30) cross country events. Likely to stake their claim for top honours in the 50-54 encounter are Sergio Ferrer (Argentina), Johan Geyser (South Africa), Craig Rankin (South Africa), Andrew McLean (South Africa) and Petrus Swiegers (Namibia) whilst defending world champ Jean-Paul Stephan (France) will be a tough nut to beat in the 45-49 event. The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from21 to 25 August. More info can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za The Dreyer family celebrate Jeannie's third place in the women's 30-34 cross country at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Charles Stander, father of the late Burry Stander, rides in memory of his son at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Nedene Cahill and Eszter Erdelyi battle it out in the women's 30-34 cross country race at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Mike Frost puts away a refueling liquid after completing his cross country race at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Local supporters get behind the riders during the cross country races at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Peter Futter of South Africa will be one of the many downhill competitors in action on Saturday at the UCI MTB Masters World Championships 2013 at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media
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