Fresh changes but same rush for Mankele nationals

Fresh changes but same rush for Mankele nationals

The fourth round of the 2019 SA XCO National Cup Series is set to take place at Mankele Bike Park near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on Saturday 4 May. The event is UCI-accredited as Category 1 for the Elite and Junior categories – all age groups are welcome. The organisers promise the same trail rush that the establishment is well-known for with a few new changes for the added thrill.

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2019 African Continentals MTB XCO Selection Criteria

2019 African Continentals MTB XCO Selection Criteria

The African Continental Championships for MTB XCO is being held in Windhoek, Namibia from 12-14 April 2019. Both UCI and non-UCI categories will be catered for, with the non-UCI categories open to all that wish to enter. The UCI categories will be restricted to the country quota per category as set by the UCI for Continental Championships – the maximum quota allowable per category is five.

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Six Cat 1 UCI races for SA XCO Cup Series 2019

Six Cat 1 UCI races for SA XCO Cup Series 2019

South Africa is the only National Federation internationally hosting six Category 1 events (there are eight Swiss Cup races, but the series is privately owned). The reasoning behind this is to ensure a maximum point haul for South Africa in the qualifying process for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and to ensure that our riders obtain favourable rankings, and therefore starting positions, in UCI World Cups and other international races.

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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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