UPDATE: The use of E-Mountain Bikes in races

UPDATE: The use of E-Mountain Bikes in races

Further to our previous communication regarding the use of e-bikes in mountain bike races (dated 24 August 2018), and in line with the UCI announcement and amended Rules and Regulations (Part 4: Mountain Bike) regarding e-bikes, effective 1 January 2019, there will now be place for e-mountain bikes in cycling races but NOT in categories against normal bicycles. Interestingly, the UCI only see E-Bike racing for the Olympic format of the sport – XCO racing.

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"Bucket list" moment for Alan Hatherly

"Bucket list" moment for Alan Hatherly

On Friday afternoon 8 September 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Team Spur's Alan Hatherly executed a tactical masterclass to wrestle the U23 UCI XCO World Championship jersey onto his shoulders. Flat-out racing from the starter's gun played into the 22-year-old South African's hands as he put all his racing experience to the ultimate test on a challenging course, covering his rivals closely through the opening laps before breaking clear of the pack with American Chris Blevins.

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Alan Hatherly claims first U23 World Cup win in Canada

Alan Hatherly claims first U23 World Cup win in Canada

On Sunday, 12 August in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada Team Spur's Alan Hatherly controlled an explosive race in the U23 Men's category to win his first-ever UCI XCO World Cup. The result in Canada, on "one of the hardest tracks on the [World Cup] circuit", according to Hatherly, is the South African's most memorable result in a roller coaster season of racing. The 22-year-old broke both his wrists in February in a mountain bike stage but bounced back in April to claim a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. He then defended his African Continental and South African Championship titles recently.

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National Team announced – UCI MTB World Champs (XCO/DHI/XCM)

National Team announced – UCI MTB World Champs (XCO/DHI/XCM)

Cycling South Africa announces the National Mountain Bike teams that have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz 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.

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De Groot and Heyns secure marathon titles in muddy Grabouw

De Groot and Heyns secure marathon titles in muddy Grabouw

Multiple champion Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) and endurance stage racer Gert Heyns (DSV Pro Cycling) both emerged the victors in the Elite class at the recent 2018 SA Mountain Bike Marathon Championships on 14 July, winning the epic battle over the 90-kilometre ultra-marathon course in a time of 03:58:47 and 03:29:30 respectively. The fabulous Oak Valley was the venue for the third round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series, which also played host to the Marathon Championships.

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MTB Champs brings Happy Valley alive – Free State

MTB Champs brings Happy Valley alive – Free State

Happy Valley Conservancy came alive on Saturday when the rustle of frenetic mountain bikes blazed the trails to crown National Champions in cross-country racing at the 2018 SA National XCO Championships on 21 July. It was Alan Hatherly (Team Spur) and Mariske Strauss (Silverback OMX Pro Team) who defended their National titles to once again to don the national jersey for the remainder of the year and the season ahead. Hatherly won the seven-lap Elite Men’s race in a time of 01:38:20 while Strauss finished her five-lap Elite Women’s race in 01:24:02.

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