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  1. “I'm a bit lost for words,” commented the 21-year-old shortly after the finish (around 8am SA time). “So stoked with the outcome, it was the plan from early on in the year to get this kind of result here.” The tactical race through the rainforest on the highly technical track at Smithfield Park in Cairns went just about according to plan, admits the young star, “We knew the heat and humidity was going to be a big factor, so JP (Jacobs, team mechanic) and I had our game plan for cooling well mapped out, this included ice towels during warm-up and ice water during the race." According to Alan – who started in pole position, as the highest ranked U23 rider – the start loop was predictably fast and caused an early split, after which tactics came into play. “We all sat up after the start loop and looked at each other to see who would pull,” he says. “By that time a group of seven had formed and we kind of worked together, but watched each other closely, as the tactics continued.” “Things got real on Lap 4,” Alan says. “Sam started going a bit harder up the climb and I – lying fourth – saw guys were losing his wheel, which had me a bit panicked because there was not much chance of overtaking there. “Fortunately with this track it splits on the climb where there are more challenging, rocky straight lines. I attacked through one of these just to get past the bunch and chase Sam down to make sure he didn’t get away too early.” Alan and Sam rode together for a lap before Sam made his decisive move at the top of the climb on the penultimate lap. “He got out of the saddle and kicked really hard, I was feeling really good with a constant steady pace so I couldn’t react straight away. I knew though, that if I rode a steady pace I’d have a chance of maybe pulling him back. However, he got about a 10 second gap and that’s how it stayed until the end.” “Just a massive thanks to everyone who helped along the way to get me to where I finished today, I couldn’t have done it without such an awesome support system,” Alan concluded. Director of Team Spur, Nic Lamond, believes this is just the start for the young Hatherly, "I'm over the moon. It is such a pleasure to work with Alan – a young talent whose professionalism is already so well developed. As a team we pride ourselves on a powerful launchpad for Alan to chase his dreams, but the work still has to be done. And Alan knows how to deliver that. So many heroes behind the scenes make these results possible: staff, coach, sponsors. Special thanks to Spur Restaurants, Specialized South Africa and Kargo International for having our back all season. We need some time to let it sink in, but the team is already excited to see what next year brings – don't forget Alan has another year in the U23 ranks!"
  2. The one to watch: Greg Minnaar will be hoping to put the disappointment of losing the the overall podium at the World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy behind him. Photographer Credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool Live Streaming on redbull.tv The Elite men and Women's DH and XCO races will be live streamed on redbull.tvhttps://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1RA8HCC8N2111/uci-mtb-world-championship as per the schedule below. You can also watch a replay at any time.XCO Women Saturday, SEP 9th – 3:50AM SAST Mariske Strauss, Rozalia Kubyana XCO Men Saturday, SEP 9th – 6:20AM SAST William Mokgopo, Sithembiso Masango DH Women Sunday, SEP 10th – 4:55AM SAST DH Men Sunday, SEP 10th – 5:55AM SAST Greg Minnaar, Johann Potgieter, Stefan Garlicki SuperSport The Elite men and Women's DH and XCO races will be broadcast live on Supersport as per the schedule below. Replays are scheduled as indicated here.XCO Women SS2 Saturday, SEP 9th – 3:50AM SAST Mariske Strauss, Rozalia Kubyana XCO Men SS2 Saturday, SEP 9th – 6:20AM SAST William Mokgopo, Sithembiso Masango DH Women SS2 Sunday, SEP 10th – 4:55AM SAST DH Men SS2 Sunday, SEP 10th – 5:55AM SAST Greg Minnaar, Johann Potgieter, Stefan Garlicki Alan Hatherly will be hoping for a strong result in the U23 race. Photo: BOOGS Photography Live TimingYou can get live timing updates for all the events on www.tissottiming.com. The Junior and U23 races are scheduled as follows: XCO Junior Women Thursday, SEP 7th – 05:00AM SAST Tiffany Keep XCO Junior Men Thursday, SEP 7th – 07:00AM SAST Pieter du Toit, Johann Trotzky XCO U23 Men Friday, SEP 8th – 07:00AM SAST Alan Hatherly, Julian Jessop XCO U23 Women Saturday, SEP 9th – 1:50AM SAST Frances du Toit, Bianca Haw DH Junior Men Sunday, SEP 10th – 2:55AM SAST Cullen McMaster, Niko Velasco Keep an eye out for South African National Champion Mariske Strauss in the Elite Women's race. Photo: DoubleST More information Find out more about the event on the UCI website here.You can view the full schedule of events here: Schedule 2017 UCI Mountain bike World Championships.pdf
  3. Hey guys! I'm having a raffle to raise funds to be able to take part at World Champs this year which is in Cairns, Australia. WIN: You stand a chance to win a Fox mountain bike Jersey, a pair of shorts and gloves of your choice on foxracing.co.za. Tickets are R100 each (you can buy multiple entries) and the draw will take place on Friday, 18th of August. The draw will be done by an independent person from YT Industries. Each entrant will have a number, of course, if you bought more than one entry you will have as many numbers as you bought entries. All the numbers will be thrown into a box, and the winner will be drawn. HOW TO ENTER: You can enter by making payment to the bank account below. Please put your name and surname as a reference and please send me your cell number (johann.potgieter87@gmail.com). Tickets are R100 each (you can buy multiple entries) and the draw will take place on Friday, 18th of August. Absa cheque 4085993240 Code 632005 johann.potgieter87@gmail.com Thanks for the support guys Johann Potgieter www.facebook.com/johannpotgieter-athlete www.instagram.com/johannpotgieter_downhill
  4. Following the recent decision by Cycling SA not to fund South African teams travelling to international competitions, the KZN and WP Commissions have offered R50 000 and R30 000 respectively to support riders to represent their country in Cairns from September 5-10. Bianca Haw is a KZN Cycling member who has been selected for the South African MTB team to go to the World Championships. Liam Whitfield / Hill 2 Hill Tiffany Keep is a junior KZN Cycling member who has been selected for the South African MTB team to go to the World Championships. Liam Whitfield / Hill 2 Hill Eight of the 18 riders selected for the South African team are from KwaZulu-Natal. The KZN MTB Commission has decided the money will be donated to the entire team so riders and support staff from all the provinces are able to benefit from the donation."We take great pleasure in being able to support the team," said Ian Smith, the KZN MTB Commission chairperson. "Good governance and financial controls has enabled us to be in a position to help the team. "We would hate to have riders being forced to withdraw from the chance of representing their country because they do not have any funds and so we felt it was important to help the entire team. "I think there will still be a shortfall for the entire tour so I anticipate riders still having to contribute privately, but hopefully our help will ensure the full team can represent the country." More information on the KZN MTB Commission can be found at www.facebook.com/KZNMTB For more information contact Dellah Paul 082Â 781 5656. Rio Olympian Alan Hatherly, pictured here winning the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, is a former KZN rider who will receive support from the KZN MTB to go to the World Champs. KZN MTB
  5. Hi all Anyone know whether there will be coverage of the World Marathon Champs? Preferably on Super Sport, alternatively online, or is it something that still goes largely under the radar?
  6. The week of the 2016 UCI Doha World Road Cycling Championships has arrived and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has a number of riders in Qatar, all set to represent their respective nations as they do battle for the coveted rainbow stripes between 10-16 October. Click here to view the article
  7. The week of racing got underway yesterday already for our African Team as we had 3 riders competing in the u23 individual time trial. Our young South African, Stefan de Bod put in an excellent ride out in the desert heat to finish 11th, a solid effort by the first year u23 rider. Next up will be the Elite individual time trial on Wednesday followed by the u23 road race on Thursday before finally, the Elite road race takes place on Sunday. Much has been said about the Worlds being located in Doha, Qatar this year but our African Team riders are excited to return to the country where we have already enjoyed success this year. During the Tour of Qatar in February, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Mark Cavendish each won a stage and Cavendish also secured the overall title. The Tour of Qatar also provided our African Team riders the opportunity to have a look at the majority of the 15.2km flat city circuit that is being used throughout this week. While the city circuit is pan flat, there are numerous roundabouts to contend with but the main challenges will come in the form of the heat and infamous Qatari wind, especially during the Elite road race as riders will make a 140km trip along the Arabian Gulf before entering the circuit on The Pearl Qatar island. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka have a few specialists in these trying conditions with Mark Cavendish and Edvald Boasson Hagen both real contenders for Sunday's road race Rainbow Jersey. Here is our full list of riders competing at the 2016 UCI Doha World Road Championships Eritrea Daniel Teklehaimanot (TT & RR) Natnael Berhane Mekseb Debesay Metkel Eyob Merhawi Kudus (u23 TT & RR) Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (u23 TT & RR) South Africa Ryan Gibbons Nic Dougall Stefan de Bod (u23 TT & RR) Great Britain Mark Cavendish Steve Cummings (TT & RR) Rwanda Valens Ndayisenga Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (u23 RR) Algeria Youcef Reguigui Australia Mark Renshaw Austria Bernhard Eisel Belarus Kanstantsin Siutsou (TT & RR) Ireland Matt Brammeier Norway Edvald Boasson Hagen (TT & RR) Spain Omar Fraile For more info on the 2016 UCI Doha World Road Championships see the official site: http://www.dohacycling2016.com/
  8. Last year in August/September 2 boys from Westville in KZN took on the rest of the world when they, along with a few other talented South Africans, were selected to represent their country at the 2015 World Championships in Andorra 2Bros Take on Addorra was by all accounts a well supported attempt to assist these guys in leaving a mark on the international stage and help them to achieve a goal. Many Hubbers stepped forward and offered support in the way of spare parts, much needed funding and moral support. The net result was a 15th for Jono and a 38th for Chris (who crashed twice in his race run) So..... what's been happening since then? Well.... a lot actually and at the same time, not enough.... The boys and their father have relocated to PMB to be close to where the action is and allow the boys to train at the WC track as well as ride Cascades and all the awesome mountain biking around the area every day. Mom is still living and working in Durban so they only get to hook up as a family on weekends. The results speak for themselves though. The hard work and sacrifice is paying off! Chris is home schooling to concentrate on training and racing and Jono is focusing full time on training and racing. 2Bros Racing is a brand. (Much like Atherton Racing and I am pretty sure that is where the idea came from. Marc can correct me if I am out of line). It does however leave the impression that they are a sponsored team. This is not the case. Couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is that 2Bros Racing is a family concern that funds most of their requirements from the grocery budget with a little assistance from friends and family. They are riding dated equipment yet still kicking @ss and taking names. Imagine what they could achieve with the right tools........ Over the years there has been some generous assistance from some good people. These guys however are at the stage now where they need more that a few excess spare parts that came from someone's garage or a donation of a few hundred rand towards race entries and transport. They need proper sponsors! This is an opportunity to take your product/brand overseas and have it showcased by two very bright stars. These guys ARE that good. They have often been referred to as the next big thing in SA Downhill. I have a Sponsorship proposal that is unfortunately too big to upload. However if you know anybody that can assist these two guys or you are able to help in anyway, please PM me and I will send it to you via email. There is an opportunity here to help two rising stars! Really hoping that they can hook up with a few sponsors that can assist with equipment, travel, nutrition, clothing, etc. If we could finance the whole package, take some pressure off the family and help these guys achieve a dream that would be awesome! There was a lot of positive response from the gravity community last year. Here's hoping that we can follow through on some of those ideas Contact details are as follows: Website: 2Bros Racing They also have a face book page and if anybody wants to chat to Marc (Their Dad and Manager), please PM me and I will give you his contact details. PLEASE guys!!! Lets help these boys!!!!!
  9. With registration out the way, we all eagerly bundled into the gondola to head off for track walk. Woo hoo! Glee! (PS Video is at the bottom of the post) Shortly after this picture, we were on track and analysing every rock, root, bump and possible line choice. This went on for about an hour as we happily and confidently realised we could totally manage this track. A mechanic at Cedricate (Cedric Gracia’s shop) had said “Do you ride Cedric Gracia trail? Yeah? It’s similar to that”…which had perhaps lulled us all into a false sense of security. Here are some pics of the merry old times… Starting Gate. First bridge over the main road. Jo considering a line through the rocks. A gappy with no green line. Rika’s line choice…will I fit…hmmmmmm… The start of the bermies. A wee road gap in the middle of the bermies… Naaice… I do love the grasses here… Then stuff started looking more serious… Cobus is standing on a dark grey berm of rock covered in oily looking mud… A rock chute one enters after ripping apart 10 metres of rock and fairy wonderland moss and ferns… Deciding how to walk down what we have to ride down… Rika at the top of where stuff really starts to get steep. We puzzled this for ages, as it’s filled with roots and leads onto a bridge… It was after this point on the walk when we all started to go quiet. It was all well and good analysing what root, bump, rock etc. to go around, over, next to…if we were just going to somersault down the mountain for the last 20% of the track. Nigel is typically a pretty positive person and sees lines for everyone…but when he just stopped and said “oh sh*t”… we knew that perhaps there was only one kind of line. The down line. Straight down. Roots. You’d think roots were good things, until you slip off them on to your face. Ropes. For spectators and marshals to pull themselves up the mountain and lower themselves down…but why do that when you can just “roll down it”… The ending chute. Originally we thought this was scary looking when we saw it earlier in the week. Now it’s the easiest part. Rika loving the gradient. My new best friends – the medics. Uh oh. Rika took much better pictures of the gradient…and these are her pics of areas we walked down. Negotiating the first steep bank full of roots. Rock channel that is actually not too bad at all. Rock chute from Rika’s camera, looks more realistic! Berms which are disintegrating as I type. Vroooom. Braap. This picture actually shows the steep gradient better than most… Mark and I, specks in the landscape…I would later go head over heels in a similar area actually. My bike bounced like a rubber ball until it was lovingly caught by a tree. And of course…the obligatory video: Originally published on southafricansgoingdowhill. Follow the riders as they conquer the World Championships here.
  10. Registration took place on Sunday, which resulted in a rather frantic dash around trying to get our international racing licenses printed. Somehow Mark, Cobus and I had not put two and two together, and the angry man and bewildered young lady at the registration table managed to firmly tell us that showing a picture of it on our phones was not good enough. Note to self: if the CSA say “should you wish to have this licence printed you need to pay another R30 etc etc…” just make the effort to pay the extra R30 and the courier fee. Honestly, it’s not worth being scolded in French, Spanish, Catalan and English… Originally published on southafricansgoingdowhill. Follow the riders as they conquer the World Championships here. Click here to view the article
  11. Race Coordinator Andrew van Rensburg, Event Director Alec Lenferna and globally renowned Course Designer Nick Floros soak up the view of Hilton College Nature Reserve and Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, both of which form part of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships course. Image credit: Kyle Gilham/Gameplan Media Floros and his team are hard at work as they look to wrap things up ahead of the SA MTB Marathon Championships on 7 and 8 June, which will serve as an ideal dry-run for the internationally renowned designer’s creation. “We’ve been working on the course a lot over the past couple of weeks as we look to get things into shape ahead of SA Champs. We are trying our hardest to ensure the full Worlds course is what is used at SA Champs,” explained Floros. “This has been one of the toughest courses I’ve had to put together because it goes through so many different properties however it really will be a fantastic course with such great diversity, features and views!” he added. Starting and finishing at Cascades MTB Park, the course is split into two sections. A 74km first loop and a 21km second loop. The global spectacle’s men’s race will see participants tackle both loops while the women’s title will be decided over the first 74km only. “This is a World Championships and so the standard of the course is obviously at this sort of technical level,” said Floros. “The 95km route includes 3300m of climbing in total and the nature of the climbing, being short and sharp, tends to eat into your legs. “Those who aren’t right on top of their game may be okay in the first loop but they’ll really struggle in the 21km loop!” he warned. The 74km loop takes riders through numerous different ecosystems with the game reserve stretches already being of particular interest. “The first sector of the 74km loop is a 7km stretch through Cascades’ forests and will see riders tackle some forest track, a couple of shortish stretches of single track and one or two sharp climbs before they head up to feed/tech zone one “The forest track allows riders to overtake before they head into the single track stretches while the climbs will see riders jostling for position. A visit to Queen Elizabeth Park is riders’ first game experience of the route before the tough climb up to the Mount Verde estate. “The first climb isn’t steep but the steady gradient will be a good challenge,” said Floros. “The second feed/tech zone is inside Mount Verde before a playful descent should entertain the guys and girls a bit.” “After feed/tech zone three riders head towards Hilton College where the Hilton College Nature Reserve trails offer some typical South African game trail riding. “We’ve had to do very little to these trails as they are used daily by the animals of the reserve!” Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve represents yet another standout feature of the course with spectacular views and a potentially race-defining climb on the cards. “Riders will climb for 20 to 25 minutes on a wide open road so there’s nothing technical about it but it will definitely allow the bigger guys to get into a bit of a rhythm! The return journey towards Cascades contours along Otto’s Bluff before some single track, farm roads and forest track return riders to Mt. Verde. “The views from Mount Verde of the city of Pietermaritzburg, Albert Falls Dam and the Greytown/New Hanover area are incredible! “Riders then head through the start gate of the World Cup downhill course, do a loop of the Hilltop trail before heading past the Umgeni Water waterworks, onto Warwick Road and through the final feed/tech zone of the first loop. A dash down through Cascades’ forests will be fast and furious, particularly for the women who then head for the finish line at the bottom of the hill. For the men, once through the start/finish arch, the second loop has a strong cross country feel to it with numerous descents, none longer than 1000 metres, and frequent short, sharp climbs. “English Road single track – from last year’s Masters World Champs – Forgotten Trail, Muzzlehouts, Fast and Fluffy single track, Bandits Bend, Vandals Valley and Growing Parks are just some of the many features of this short, testing second loop. “A final 1.5km stretch of road then heads into a short single track section and the finish straight where it will be flat out the whole way until the finish line!” added Floros. The UCI MTB Marathon World Championships takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on 29 June 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.zaUCI MTB MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COURSE DESCRIPTION LOOP ONE (74km) The start/finish line at Cascades is in the same place as it was on the cross country course at this year’s World Cup in April. The riders head up the start/finish straight towards the base of Red Face Hill. Just before they get to the base they turn right, past the bottom of Rapid Rocks rock garden, over the bottom of the World Cup downhill finish area and onto a forest road. The course’s first 7km contour through Cascades’ forests and has a couple of 200-300m stretches of single track as well as some short, sharp climbs – each about 250m long – and eventually brings the riders to the first feed/tech zone. After the first feed/tech zone the riders cross over Nonsuch Road, head into Queen Elizabeth Park and climb for 800-1000m before going through the Queen Elizabeth Park nursery which sees the riders get to the start of the first long climb of the course. This climb takes riders through a private farm and into Mt. Verde. Inside Mt. Verde, riders reach the second feed/tech zone and then face the first real downhill which heads through a few valleys to the Mt. Verde exit point and up the biggest climb of the course thus far, up through a private farm, onto the D494 and to feed/tech zone 3. After feed/tech zone 3 riders start a long descent down to feed/tech zone 4 and on towards Hilton College Estate. Riders have a short portage into the Hilton College Estate before they get onto the game trails of the Hilton College Nature Reserve. The course then winds down to the bottom of the valley and riders head into Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve which brings one of the biggest climbs of the course and sees the riders make their way out of the valley. After exiting Hilton College, riders go into another private farm and through to feed/tech zone 5. After feed/tech zone 5 riders go over the D494 again, into another private farm and back into Mt. Verde’s reserve where they wind their way down to the bottom of Mt. Verde’s reserve to another of the day’s bigger climbs . The end of the climb starts a section of contour riding around to Otto’s Bluff before some farm track, forest track and single track takes riders through to feed/tech zone 6. Some more farm and forest track leads to the World Cup downhill course start where riders go through the downhill start gate and do a loop through to the Hilltop trail . From the Hilltop trail the course heads past the Umgeni Water waterworks, onto Warwick Road and through to feed/tech zone 7. Between feed/ tech zone 7 and the start/finish line is the single track Hairpin Descent and Brian’s Gums before riders head into the dual track above the Amphitheatre, go under the crossover bridge used in the World Cup cross country course and back towards the start/finish line where the women finish and the men begin the second, 21km loop. LOOP TWO (21km) Once through the start/finish line – completing the first 74km loop – the men head back out towards Red Face Hill to begin the second, 21km loop. After the same first 500m as loop one, the men turn right, go under the crossover bridge, head up the World Cup cross country track for 800m and go up English road single track. This is followed by a climb up to Forgotten Trail, Blackjack Socks, Muzzlehout and then Fast and Fluffy single track before riders descend down to an extraction road, climb up to above Muzzlehout, descend down Bandits Bend, head through Vandals Valley, Growing Parks, under two bridges and around the back of Sheraton. As the men make their way through the final stages of the race there is a 1.5km forest road stretch before a short section of single track and the final section into the home straight.
  12. The buzz ahead of the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships continues to build in KwaZulu-Natal’s capital as course designer Nick Floros and his team make the final tweaks to the widely anticipated route for of the global showcase. Click here to view the article
  13. The team time trial for the UCI World Championship takes place on Sunday, 22 September and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is proud to have qualified for the event through winning the UCI Africa Tour. Click here to view the article
  14. The team has been training in Lucca, Italy, and has selected the final six riders to start the event. Forming part of the line up is current Lithuanian National Time Trial champion, Ignatas Konovalovas. Konovalovas is also a former time trial winner of the Giro d’Italia and speaking ahead of the event said, “The team is feeling very good and I think we have improved a lot this past week with the specific training we’ve done. We’ve been talking to each other a lot to understand each other perfectly. Everyone is at a good level now. The team time trial is interesting because it doesn’t mean a good time trialist is necessarily the best for a team time trial. It’s finding the best guys who fit into the puzzle. We would like to finish in the top fifteen, that would be a great result for us and we’d be very proud but it’s world championships so let’s see how it goes.” South African road champion Jay Thomson who was runner up in his national time trial championships earlier this year is also part of the squad along with Bradley Potgieter, Johann van Zyl, Kristian Sbaragli and Martin Wesemann. “We’ve selected a team that we believe can do very well,” Director of Health and Performance, Dr Carol Austin said. “We’ve been hit by injuries lately but the depth in the team has been incredible and the athletes have shown a hunger to be part of the event. We’ve done extensive training in Lucca and also on the Mugello Circuit, which was a critical day for us. We’re very happy with what we’ve achieved the past few weeks and are happy to present our athletes to the world stage.” The team time trial discipline was added to the championships last year by the UCI. The race is 57 kilometres long starting in Monetecatini Terme and finishing in Firenze Mandela Forum. UCI TTT World Championships (Italy) – (September 22 / UCI CM): Bradley Potgieter (RSA) Jay Thomson (RSA) Johann van Zyl (RSA) Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU) Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) Martin Wesemann (RSA) LIVE on YouTube:From 14h00, Sunday 22 September 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fygt61MU90U SuperSport SS2 & SSHD2(delayed): 20h00 - 22h10 | UCI Road World Championships Women & Men Elite Team Time Trial
  15. South African H4 Hand-cyclist and defending road race World Champion Ernst Van Dyk squeezed a silver medal in an exciting sprint finish at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that took place in Baie-Comeau, Canada on Saturday (31 August) The day started with H1 Hand-cyclist Justine Asher's road race. Unfortunately she was the only H1 rider entered for the event, following the re-classification of the H1 World Champion Cassie Mitchell into the H2 class. Nevertheless, the two riders still ended up racing one another (unofficially) for two of the three laps of the race with Asher having no problems at all to keep pace. Different to the final road race of the World Cup series in Matane, when Asher was not feeling well, she looked great on the day and has great prospects of becoming increasingly competitive over the next few years, when she is sure to have other riders to compete against. The competition in the T2 class was unfortunately just too strong for the young SA tricyclist Yusthin Lintnaar. Once he had lost contact with the lead group it was just too difficult for him to close the gap. However, it was excellent experience for Lintnaar, who is participating in his first season of international competition. George Rex, who competes as a T1 tricyclist, was involved in a very closely contested race between the Spanish World Champion and a young Czech rider. Playing to his competitive strengths as a climber, Rex attacked on the last lap of the race and held onto the lead for much of the time. However, the technical nature of the circuit was ultimately too much for him and he had to settle for 3rd place. SA's top recliner hand-cyclist (H2) Stuart McCreadie found himself in the best possible position mid-way through his race to secure a personal best World Championship finish. Contributing to a five-rider breakaway group with a significant gap on the following bunch he was extremely unfortunate to have his chain break and have his hopes dashed of a potential 4th place finish. The race of the day was the H4 hand-cycle event, which had defending World Champion Van Dyk pitted against Paralympian gold medallist Alessandro Zanardi (ITA). Van Dyk was well positioned to win the race, but was forced to brake too soon in the final 500m and was not able to hold off Zanardi's last minute attack. The race went to a sprint finish over the last 100m, however, the distance was just too short for Van Dyk to recover the situation. Although he was disappointed to lose his World Champion status, Van Dyk is nevertheless extremely satisfied with the two silver medals that he has claimed at the 2013 World Championships. Summary of Results – 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Women’s H1 Road Race – 3 laps 25.9km 1 Justine Asher RSA 01:20:45 Men H2 Road Race – 7 laps 60.5km 1 Walter Ablinger AUT 01:46:05 2 Heinz Frei SUI 01:46:09 +00:00:04 3 Vittorio Podesta ITA 01:46:09 +00:00:04 Stuart McCreadie DNF Men H4 Road Race – 8 laps 69.1km 1 Alessandro Zanardi ITA 02:03:32 2 Ernst van Dyk RSA 02:03:32 +00:00:00 3 Jetze Plat NED 02:03:35 +00:00:03 Men T1 Road Race – 3 laps 25.9km 1 Aitor Oroza Flores ESP 01:11:31 2 Jiri Hindr CZE 01:11:41 +00:00:10 3 George Rex RSA 01:12:49 +00:01:18 Men T2 Road Race – 3 laps 25.9km 1 David Stone GBR 00:48:55 2 Hans-Peter Durst GER 00:49:08 +00:00:13 3 Nestor Ayala Ayala COL 00:49:27 +00:00:32 9 Yusthin Lintnaar RSA 00:55:33 +00:06:38
  16. South African H4 Hand-cyclist and defending road race World Champion Ernst Van Dyk squeezed a silver medal in an exciting sprint finish at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships that took place in Baie-Comeau, Canada on Saturday (31 August). Click here to view the article
  17. The selected squad will also take part in the final round of the UCI Road World Cup in Matane, Canada one week prior, from 23-25 August. Photo: Reigning Para-cycling Road World Champion Ernst van Dyk (centre) flanked by Wim Decleir from Belgium (left) and Norbert Mosandl from Germany (right). Photo: supplied SA Para-cycling team that will participate in the UCI World Cup event and World Championships in Canada, August 2013 Men Ernst van Dyk – H4 Stuart McCreadie – H2 Yusthin Lintnaar – T2 George Rex – T1 Women Justine Asher – H1 Roxy Burns – C4 The Para-cycling Commission is seeing the culmination of their multifaceted plan for 2013 coming together. The key objective for the commission was to grow the competitiveness of South Africa’s top-tier athletes whilst expanding the depth of talent by exposing promising new riders to international competition. The World Championships squad will be aiming to achieve several outcomes from the forthcoming tour to Canada. Van Dyk (H4 hand cyclist), who claimed silver medals in the first two World Cup events of 2013 (Italy and Spain) is aiming to add to this tally at the Matane World Cup. From this basis, he will move on with the intention of defending his road race World Champion’s jersey in Baie-Comeau. Although he faces some tough competition, his biggest challenge is to beat Paralympic gold medallist Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) in what is certain to be an epic competition. Burns has excellent prospects of earning the most World Cup points in her C4 class, and is focused on returning with the World Cup leader jersey for 2013, having claimed this following the European leg of the competition. If she succeeds, this will be a first-time achievement for a South African Para-cyclist. H2 rider McCreadie aims to draw on all his reserves and experience to achieve the milestone of a podium finish at Matane and Baie-Comeau, which is certainly something that is within his grasp. The recent European World Cups, in Italy and Spain, were a huge success and three new riders have shown immense promise. Justine Asher (H1), George Rex (T1) and Yusthin Lintnaar’s (T2) performances will see them in the national squad for the World Championships, with the potential to return home with a medal or two. The World Championship venue of Baie-Comeau is situated in the Côte-Nord region of the province of Québec, Canada. Three courses will be used during the championship race: the first course will be used during the training period on Wednesday afternoon and for the races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; the second course will be used for the road races on Sunday; and the third course will be used for the hand bike mixed relay on Sunday afternoon.
  18. Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Commission has great pleasure in announcing the squad that has been selected to represent South Africa at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, taking place in Baie-Comeau, Canada from 29 August to 1 September. Click here to view the article
  19. Cycling South Africa’s Track Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to participate at the 2013 UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships in Manchester, England from 6 to 12 October 2013. Click here to view the article
  20. MEN: 35-39: Morne van Greuning – Sprint; TT Peter Wheeler – Points JP van Tonder – Scratch Mark Petersen – Scratch Gavin van Aswegen – Pursuit 40-44: Joseph September – Sprint Abdul Davids – TT Jaco Scholtz – Points; Pursuit Gavin Smith – Scratch 45-49: Almo Pretorius – Sprint Grenville Schullard – TT; Points Andrew Arendse – Scratch David Vigar – Pursuit 50-54: Timothy Abbot – Sprint; TT Piet van Niekerk – Points; Scratch David Robert Dungan – Pursuit 55-59: Ian Louden – Sprint; TT; Points; Scratch; Pursuit 65 +: John Moss – TT; Points; Scratch; Pursuit 70 +: Albert Fryer – Sprint; TT; Points; Scratch; Pursuit WOMEN: 35-39: Debbie Loffel-Dawson – Points; Scratch; Pursuit 40-44: Amanda Wray – Sprint; TT; Points; Scratch; Pursuit 50-54: Valda Scheppel – Sprint Dianne Scullard – TT Rene Mulder – Points; Scratch; Pursuit The 19th UCI World Masters Track Championships will be hosted in Manchester, England again this year. Racing will take place over seven days from 6-12 October with the 5thOctober reserved as a training day. The training day is the only occasion that competitors will be able to access the track for training apart from the one hour before each session for riders competing in that session. Adbul Quayam Davids will captain the squad that represents South Africa in Manchester. Congratulations on your selection and we wish you every success.
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