Team announcement for MTB Marathon World Champs – Selva Val Gardena-Dolomites (ITA)

Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Selva Val Gardena in the Dolomites, Italy, on 27 June.

The riders have been selected in line with the 2015 CSA-MTB Selection Criteria.

Men:

Max Knox

Women:

Robyn de Groot

Those riders who qualified through the UCI World Marathon Series that intend to participate in the Marathon World Champs are required to send their information to Dellah Paul dellah@cyclingsa.com so that the entry can be processed.

The venue of Selva Val Gardena is located in the mountains of the Italian Dolomites and competitors of the Mountain Bike Marathon World Champs will be set for some truly mountainous terrain. Serving as a popular skiing venue in the winter months, Selva Gardena also provides the perfect topography for mountain biking in the summer months.

At 1563m above sea level, the start of the Men’s 87km race heads straight up to an altitude of 2298m in the first 5km. The undulating terrain takes them across mountain paths bringing them back down into the villages below. The highest points along the route are 2315m at Sourasass (40km into the race) and 2478m at Porta Vescovo. View the 3D track for the Men’s race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hugY9BU1tdc.

The Women’s race tackles a similar trail with the same start, cutting out two sections along the route to create a shorter 60km distance. They will also climb to 2298m in the first 5km. The highest part of the route will be just before the 40km mark at Passo Pordoi, at 2239m, and again at Passo Sella (2240m), approximately 47km into the race. View the 3D track for the Women’s race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=78&v=GBrbbPZVTRQ.

Congratulations on your selection and we wish you every success.