Gravity races promise to thrill in 2018

Gravity races promise to thrill in 2018

For the first time in almost a decade, 2018 sees the emergence of a Gravity MTB working group across the three major provinces, Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. With 2013 Masters World Champion Nigel Hicks at helm of this adrenalin-packed specialist mountain biking discipline, the 2018 SA National DHI Cup Series season promises to thrill all those that compete and support, and hopefully entice newcomers to join in on the action.

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2018 Sabie Classic Mountain Bike Race – 20 Year Anniversary

2018 Sabie Classic Mountain Bike Race – 20 Year Anniversary

Based in the historic Forestry Town of Sabie, in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, the Sabie Classic is one of the most respected and longest running MTB races in South Africa and is renown for providing World Class competition that attracts both weekend warriors to seasoned International Professionals. The inaugural race was held in February of 1998 and was the first race in South Africa to feature both long distance professional level marathon alongside a half marathon distance for the enthusiastic rider.

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Updated MTB Selection Criteria document

Updated MTB Selection Criteria document

To enable riders to prepare, train and schedule for the upcoming 2018 racing season, and for their potential selection to national mountain bike teams, it is essential that clear guidelines and targets are set out for them to work to. This is the link to the selection criteria document for those high performance athletes in MTB who want to be selected for the SA team: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20171201_CSA-MTB-2018-Team-Selection-Criteria-V02-syp8.pdf

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UCI MTB World Championships silver medal for Hatherly (AUS)

UCI MTB World Championships silver medal for Hatherly (AUS)

South African under-23 mountain biker Alan Hatherly achieved a career-best result when he claimed a silver medal at the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, Australia, on Friday 8 September. Hatherly completed six laps of the 4.3-kilometre circuit 11-seconds off the pace of race winner Samuel Gaze (NZL), who’s winning time was one hour 17 minutes 46 seconds.

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Gold for youngest Philogene, hattrick for Thies at Downhill cup

Gold for youngest Philogene, hattrick for Thies at Downhill cup

The third round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series took place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, which formed part of the greater weekend-long mountain bike festival from 16-18 June. Christoper Philogene took the title in the Elite Men’s and Overall results, and Sabine Thies took the overall women’s title, claiming her third win of the festival.

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Hatherly and McDougall dominate XCO Cup Final

Hatherly and McDougall dominate XCO Cup Final

The final round of the SA National MTB Cup Series XCO took place at the world class Cascades MTB Park on Saturday 17 June. KwaZulu-Natal-born Alan Hatherly displayed his phenomenal speed and skill set on a bike to once again take the top honours in the Elite Men’s race and claim the overall Cup Series win. The Elite Women’s race was won by marathon rider Amy Beth McDougall, and Cameron Wright (AUS) and Tiffany Keep took home the Junior titles on the day.

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