Hatherly claims first World Cup win

Alan Hatherly controlled an explosive race in the U23 Men’s category in Mont Sainte Anne on Sunday to win his first-ever UCI XCO World Cup. The result in Canada, on what Hatherley describes as “one of the hardest tracks on the (World Cup) circuit” is the South African’s most memorable result in a roller coaster season of racing. The 22-year-old broke both wrists in February in a mountain bike stage but bounced back in April…

"Hatherly claims first World Cup win"

Langvad starts with a win … again

Denmark’s Annika Langvad made it three wins in a row at the opening leg of the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup when she beat France’s in-form Pauline Ferrand-Prévot with the Netherlands’ Anne Tauber claiming a best ever third. Langvad has once again started the international season with an emphatic win, repeating her season opening triumphs in 2016 and 2017. The four-time marathon World Championship gold medalist did not have things all her own…

"Langvad starts with a win … again"

A Gaze into the future

El Nino was meant to blow away all the opposition at the opening leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, but instead he blew it at the crucial time to allow young New Zealander Sam Gaze to claim the victory in Stellenbosch on Saturday. The opening leg of the 2018 World Cup was a thriller with New Zealand’s Sam Gaze holding off the reigning UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country champion Nino Schurter in a…

"A Gaze into the future"

Videos: Nino, Needles the course and more

THE World Cup has come to Stellenbosch with the opening leg of the 2018 season kicking off in the university town that just happens to be South Africa’s mountain biking mecca. Undisputed world number one cross country rider Nino Schurter and former South African downhill star Andrew “Needles” Neethling rode the course earlier this week. Get a look at the course from the perspective of the best rider in the world. … and if you…

"Videos: Nino, Needles the course and more"

El Nino blows into Stellies

The El Nino weather phenomenon is described as “an irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes”. That pretty much sums up the effect Nino Schurter has had on the cross country World Cup scene, except there is nothing irregular about how often he wins: In 2017 he won all six rounds of the UCI SCO World Cup and the World Championships and South Africans will not forget his Absa Cape Epic win to start…

"El Nino blows into Stellies"

Four questions with Nino Schurter

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup returns this weekend with the cross-country riders tackling a new course in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Five-time World Cup cross-country winner Nico Schurter was the dominant force in 2017, winning every race en route to a perfect season and convincing title win. Despite the 4.4km Coetzenberg track being new to the circuit, the Swiss rider, 31, is no stranger to it as he has trained there in his off-season for…

"Four questions with Nino Schurter"

Who’s who in Stellenbosch

The mountain biking world focuses on Stellenbosch this weekend when the Western Cape town hosts the world’s best XCO riders for the opening leg of the World Cup. FULL ENTRY LIST When the final list of entrants was released on Wednesday, it was obvious that the cream of the world’s top riders would be on the start line for the four races: men’s and women’s in elite and U23 categories. Heading the strong field in the men’s…

"Who’s who in Stellenbosch"

MTB World Cup: A brief history

The 28th season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup will begin with the first round of the cross-country Olympic  in the new location of Stellenbosch, South Africa on Saturday. Stellenbosch is actually an ‘old-new’ location, having hosted a downhill round of the UCI World Cup back in 1997 and a downhill / dual slalom round in 1998. It is the first World Cup in South Africa since Pietermaritzburg in 2014 and follows after the KZN capital…

"MTB World Cup: A brief history"

Videos: Stellies World Cup

The course, some favourites, the rankings … As the excitement for the 2018 UCI World Cup cross country season starts building, we take a look at some of the reasons why mountain bike devotees want to be at Stellenbosch for the opening leg on Saturday, March 10. Many of the top names have already had a look at the Stellenbosch track at the SA XCO Cup event in February, but if you want to see…

"Videos: Stellies World Cup"

Matthias nicks it from Nino

MATTHIAS Stirnemann firmly dispelled any notion that he may hold back Nino Schurter at the Absa Cape Epic when he beat his Scott Sram teammate in a sprint for victory at the opening leg of the SA XCO Cup event at Stellenbosch on Saturday. Full detailed results of SA XCO Cup #1 Schurter, who was unbeaten in all major cross country events last year, and Stirnemann are hot favourites to retain their Cape Epic title…

"Matthias nicks it from Nino"