SA MTB Teams for World Champs

Cycling South Africa announced the National Mountain Bike teams that have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for cross-country and downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from 5-9 September; and the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Auronzo di Cadore, Italy on 15 September. CROSS-COUNTRY Elite Arno du Toit Phillemon Sebona Mariske Strauss Cherie Redecker Candice Lill U23 Alan Hatherly Julian Jessop Junior Daniel van der Walt…

"SA MTB Teams for World Champs"

Double Dutch disappointment for Spies

South Africa’s lone representative at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Jean Spies, found things tough at the Apeldoorn velodrome in the Netherlands as he failed to beat anybody in his two events. In the men’s 1km time trial Spies finished 23rd out of 23 starters in the qualification after his time of 1:04,681 left him 5,164 seconds behind qualifying winner Jeffery Hoogland’s 59.517. In the keirin, Spies finished fifth out of five and fourth…

"Double Dutch disappointment for Spies"

Spies a lonely SA rider

SOUTH Africa will have one lone representative oldest World Championships in cycling, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, starting on Wednesday March 28. Jean Spies has been entered in the time trial and Keirin. He will line up on Sunday for the TT qualifying, with the final due to take pace the same evening, while the Keirin takes place on Thursday. Click for full programme and TV times The Track World Championships were…

"Spies a lonely SA rider"

Tough end to World Champs

The final day of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, proved to be a disappointing day for the South African contingent. South Africa’s final hope of a world title ended in the dust and rocks of the downhill course when Greg Minnaar, incredibly riding in his 20th World Championship, suffered his second blown tyre in two events and just like the World Cup finale in Val di Sole, the Super Saffa was…

"Tough end to World Champs"

Schurter leads Swiss dominance

Nino Schurter wrapped up a perfect season when he won the cross country race at the UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia, on Saturday morning to add to his six wins in six World Cups in 2017 and the Absa Cape Epic for good measure. The day was a celebration of Swiss cyling with a Swiss hat-trick of gold medals as Schurter, Jolanda Neff and Sina Frei won men’s women’s and women;s U23 races…

"Schurter leads Swiss dominance"

Hatherly’s silver in his own words

South African under 23 World Championship silver medalist Alan Hatherly was understandably a bit overwhelmed after his phenomenal ride on Friday. “I’m a bit lost for words,” commented the 21-year-old shortly after the finish. “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…

"Hatherly’s silver in his own words"

Silver medal for Hatherly

ALAN Hatherly grabbed South Africa’s first medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, on Friday when he finished just 11 seconds behind defending champion Sam Gaze from New Zealand in the men’s U23 race. The silver medal is further proof of the incredible talent of the Team Spur rider who earlier this year finished second in the Andorra leg of the World Cup, but has struggled to match that result since…

"Silver medal for Hatherly"

Hatherly’s hopes in his words

As far as cross country racing is concerned, Alan Hatherly probably represents South Africa’s best hopes of glory and the young U23 rider will be carrying the country’s hopes when he lines up on Friday for his tilt at a world title at the UCI World Chamionships in Cairns, Australia. On the back of his most successful UCI World Cup series yet – fifth overall in the U23 series – Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly is…

"Hatherly’s hopes in his words"

Tough opening day for Saffas

Girls’ junior start with Tiffany Keep on the left THE first day of competition for the South African riders at the UCI MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia, did not go as planned with the three junior cross country riders finding the pace too fast – but there was some reflected glory for SA as Australian Cameron Wright, the boys world champion, was born in South Africa. South African did not have a team in…

"Tough opening day for Saffas"