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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"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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