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  1. https://www.redbull.com/za-en/uci-mtb-world-cup-calendar 2023 UCI World Cup and World Championship calendar May 12-14: Nové Město, Czech Republic (XCO/XCC) June 9-11: Lenzerheide (DH/XCO/XCC) June 16-18: Leogang, Austria (DH/XCO/XCC) June 30-July 2: Val di Sole, Italy (DH/XCO/XCC) August 4-5: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Fort William, Scotland (DH) August 9-12: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Glentress Forest, Scotland (XCO/XCC) August 25-27: Vallnord, Andorra (DH/XCO/XCC) September 1-3: Loudenvielle, France (DH) September 7-17: Les Gets, France (DH/XCO/XCC) September 29-October 1: Snowshoe, USA (DH/XCO/XCC) October 6-8: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada (DH/XCO/XCC
  2. this is a 2016 rocky mountain was recently in for a shock serves and got a new rear tire.
  3. Hi Guys. We are visiting the Stellies area from George this weekend. Just want to know if anyone has info on the XCO track used for the UCI Cup in 2018. I cannot seem to get any info on it, except that it is in Stellenbosch, close to or on varsity grounds? Will we be able to go and ride on it? If so do we have to buy permits and where?
  4. Spice Route Destination and Fairview Estate is one of the most visited attractions in the Winelands area . located lease than 30 min from Durbanville and 40 min from Strand and the City Bowl , it is the ideal venue to take the family or mates for a awesome day out. Spice Route has no less than 5 restaurants , a host of different artisans that include craft beer , gin , chocolate , cheese and 2 new kids play areas that include pump tracks . Developing a Hero Adventure Trail park was a no brainer and together with the land owners we have spent the better part of 18 months developing a network of trails to suit everyone . The Western Cape is blessed with many trails and trail parks .The variety and quality is probably right up there with the best in the world . But when designing and planning the trails at Spice Route our key focus was developing trails for the families and weekend warriors . With Hero - Rhebokskloof , Paarl Adventure Trails and Wild boar trails , the area is packed with great trails for the intermediate -experienced cyclist/runner . We felt there was a gap for trails for the less experienced , juniors and fun trails for tourists . Spice Route and Fairview is a venue where people visit to enjoy the views , wine , food and just have a great time . We have taken that foundation of fun and tried to put it into the trails we have developed . We wanted to develop trails that are not difficult , packed with features and provide a place where newbies - intermediate cyclists/runners can enjoy lots of fun single-track . The majority of trails on offer have very little elevation ,giving weekend warriors ,families and tourists the opportunity to get in some proper distance and experience all the great features on the farm . We have however added in a number of pockets where the more adventrous and experienced get their moneys worth . The 1st few months were not much fun . having to deal with difficult terrain and finding a happy medium between having set trails on a working farm . but as we move into the coming season we are really excited at how the park is developing . TRAILS: * 2 kids areas with obstacles and pump tracks * 3km Yellow Trail : A fun short trail through the vineyards close to the main buildings * 5km Pink Trail : A fun but pretty challenging trail that traverses down to the lower part of the farm and back up. it includes a 2km flow trail and forest , so packed with fun * 10km Green Trail : This Trail in our opinion is perfect for weekend warriors just getting started , families and tourists looking for a fun easy adventure . lots of single-tack , vineyards , olives and and .. * 20km Blue Trail : The popular trail for mates, tourists and families that want some proper distance but not technical . the blue showcases many different parts of the farm and terrain , packed with features and a great experience *35km Red Trail : The Red Trail was built for a great day out for the intermediate cyclist/runner .With all the fun and adventure of the blue but topped off with a few challenges and technical sections to get the adrenalin going . The Red trail also includes sections of the new XCO Trail we developed for provincial xco champs at Diamant Estate next door * XCO Trail : We have a dedicated 5km xco trail on the property next Door ( Diamant Estate ) where you get to experience some proper xco love , also included on the red trail * Link trails : There are also 2 link trails that go up Paarl Mountain and to Hero Adventure - Rhebokskloof . Hero Adventure - Spice Route also forms part of the Paarl Adventure Trail Network and has direct access to over 200km of other trails within the project VENUE: Spice Route is a great venue to enjoy a fun day out after your ride , run or walk . grab a shower at the venue and spend the day with family and friends enjoying all the artisans and experiences . for more info visit : http://www.hero-adventure.co.za
  5. I have never been to an XCO race myself, but I've been following the local and international races for a while now and it looks like a lot of fun! One thing I'm curious to know is, how "beginner friendly" is local XCO racing like the upcoming Gauteng Cycling XCO Cup at Wolwespruit? It seems like the WP XCO events are really well supported, but I don't see much discussion for the Gauteng events, which makes me fear that only top riders will be participating and lapping a poor noob like me
  6. My daughter participated in this MTB League last year as part of a small school team. At her very first XCO race, she went from a 2 minute late unseeded last start to being placed 9th in just three laps. She was placed 6th at the second race. She has since raced successfully in the 2018 CENTURY21 XCO Series. She was looking forward to participating again. We have previously contacted Spur and the organizers about homeschooler participation, but they unfortunately remained adamant that the League will not admit homeschoolers. There is no attempt to try to work out a solution that can work for all parties. The first Gauteng race is this weekend and now we read this on the website: http://www.spurmtbleague.co.za/participation/ My daughter is heartbroken. She has trained, practiced skills, prepared her bike, collected her kit, but Spur want nothing to do with her simply because she is a homeschooler. We are at a loss as to what to do. (For those who might not know Homeschooling has been perfectly legal in South Africa for many years, recognised in section 51 of the School’s Act of 1996. This School’s Act does not govern sporting events.)
  7. Klipheuwel Bike Park situated at Klein-Brakrivier adjacent to the N2 has one of the largest pump tracks in the area with a XCO track starting/finishing right adjacent to it. Safe for children and with Farm Stall and Beer House located on the same premises. Some great trails starts from the venue over private farm land next to the river and into the hills. The park is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 08h00 till 17h00.
  8. Due to the fact that Cycling South Africa (CSA) is not in a position to contribute towards the travel costs of riders that have been selected to compete at at the UCI World MTB Champs in Cairns, Australia, the selected athletes are required to self-fund the trip. The Western Province Mountain Biking Commission (WPMTBC) has decided to contribute R30 000 towards the WC cyclists’ costs to attend the World Champs and are offering cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to contribute as well, and stand a chance to win a SRAM Eagle GX upgrade kit sponsored by Cape Cycle Systems. For more details see the press release below. Click here to view the article
  9. Alan Hatherly and Mariske Strauss both put on commanding performances and dominated their Elite races at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane today. Click here to view the article
  10. KwaZulu-Natal mountain biker Stuart Marais blitzed the tacky and slippery four-kilometre cross-country course during the second round of the 2017 KZNMTB Provincial XCO Cup Series at St. Ives in the Midlands in an incredible time of 1:15:43 today. Click here to view the article
  11. Under-23 South African Cross-Country National Champion, Julian Jessop, is trading off his early season endurance stage races for some high intensity prep-work as he builds up towards the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO, which takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April. Click here to view the article
  12. On Saturday 25 February, Rhebokskloof wine farm outside Paarl hosted the first 2017 LOAD National MTB XCO Series, in combination with the second event of Subaru Cape Town WC XCO MTB Series, and the World Junior World Series. The UCI points on offer, combined with the fact that a large number of pro riders have escaped the clutches of the European winter to train in Stellenbosch, saw a seriously stacked field line up in the Elite men's and women's categories, as well as some strong foreign contenders added to the mix in the junior field. This resulted in the biggest turnout ever recorded for a SA Cup event. Click here to view the article
  13. The country welcomed a host of local and international riders to the first 2017 LOAD National MTB XCO Series event, which took place at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl on Saturday 25 February. The Western Cape winds made sure to give riders more than what they had bargained for compared to an already challenging cross-country race. Both Elite Men and Women’s titles went to international racing heroes Samuel Gaze and Kathrin Stirnermann respectively. Click here to view the article
  14. The first cross-country (XCO) round of the 2017 SA MTB Cup Series went down at the Hero Adventure Trails at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on Saturday, 25 February. The first of four events in the country-wide series boasted one of the most star-studded international fields ever seen at a local XCO race. Click here to view the article
  15. Cross-country mountain biking or XCO (the acronym given to the Olympic discipline) has increased in popularity in South Africa and globally over the past few years. So much so, that famed South African artist, Jack Parow, even wrote a song about it, Eksie Ou. Poor attempts at humour aside, the growth of this particular cycling discipline can largely be attributed to its inclusion in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Click here to view the article
  16. Aside from local rider entries, race organisers have received 34 entries from over 14 different nations so far ahead of this weekend’s 2017 SA National XCO Cup Series event at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl on Saturday 25 February. This also forms part of the UCI (cat 1) Junior World Series. Click here to view the article
  17. Event Name: Western Cape XCO Series 2017 XCO#1 Slanghoek When: 4 February 2017 Where: Slanghoek, Western Cape Category: MTB Next weekend (04/02) sees the series kicking off at Slanghoek (just outside Rawsonville). The series caters for all age categories, from the nippers right up to grand-masters. A special invite to young, AND the old, to come and join in the "fun" - live a little !! #xcoracing Here's a video clip with some footage (photos) of last year's series : All the relevant information can be found on the Western Cape MTB commission's facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/wpmtbc/?fref=ts For more detailed race information and entries : http://www.wpcycling.com/event/xco-1-slanghoek-mountain-resort/?instance_id=1949 Awesome newly built course, stunning host venue (Slanghoek), and event hosting of the highest quality (which includes electronic timing, live commentary, vendors, food stalls, entertainment, etc) - bring the family along and come and experience a great day out. Go to Event Page
  18. After my first taste of cross country racing in the 2016 Subaru Cape Town WC XCO MTB Series, which you can read about here and here, signing up for 2017 was a no-brainer. There is nothing quite like an XCO race to get your adrenalin pumping and endorphins flowing. Click here to view the article
  19. The dust has settled, the thermometer has dropped and we have been blessed by some rain. The cross country (XCO) provincial season has come to an end with much to brag about. Click here to view the article
  20. Along with the changes to the Gravity Series format, the 2017 KZNMTB XCO Cup Series will also see adjustments, with the format being based upon the racing of riders against those of equal ability rather than age and gender. Click here to view the article
  21. The Western Cape has landed another world cycling showpiece event – the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano race. Click here to view the article
  22. In this episode of Ambitions, Emily shows us the lines in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada and talks us through her Olympic preparations and the outcome on race day in Rio. Click here to view the article
  23. The Western Cape’s Mariske Strauss (Novus OMX Pro Team) put in a dominant performance to claim the 2016 South African Cross-country National Championship title in the Pro-elite Women’s category at the STIHL 2016 South African National Mountain bike Championships at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 16 July. Click here to view the article
  24. So it's round 2 of the XCO World Cup today. The women elites ride at 11am and the men elites at 2pm. There's a decent South African showing at this round. Anyone found the confirmed start list. Seems to be too well hidden for me on the UCI website this year.
  25. 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
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