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.
“I’m lost for words,” said the 21-year-old mountain biker from Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal. “I’m stoked with the outcome. It was my plan from the start of the year to do well at these World Championships. Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way to get me here to where I finished today.”
Hatherly competed in the Olympic Cross-country race, and he had a good week in the build-up to the event, compensating for the heat and humidity at Smithfield Park.
The Team Spur rider said that it was a tactical race, but it all went according to plan. “I knew that I had to be near the front of the group as overtaking on that track was difficult. I stayed on fourth wheel early on, and on the fourth lap, Sam attacked. I managed to chase down and kept him close. We rode together for about a lap, and at the top of the climb he got out of the saddle and kicked really hard. I couldn't react to the attack, but I just rode steadily and managed to hold a 10-second gap through to the last lap. I gave it my all.”
Cycling South Africa congratulates Alan Hatherly on his podium result, and also extends a huge thank you to Team Spur for their involvement in his racing career.
Hatherly is a product of the Spur School’s MTB Series programme, where he raced in his school years. Thank you to Spur for your involvement in these initiatives to support the growth of mountain biking from a young age, providing a racing platform from which South Africa’s riders can race and grow in confidence.
Summary of results – 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns (AUS)
XCO U23 Men
- Samuel GAZE (NZL) 1:17:46
- Alan HATHERLY (RSA) +0:11
- Maximilian BRANDL (GER) +0:51
- Sebastian Fini CARSTENSEN (DEN) +1:26
- Milan VADER (NED) +1:33
- Jan VASTL (CZE) +1:45
For more information about the 2017 MTB World Championships, visit: http://mtbworldscairns.com.au/
To download the event schedule, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/648elkuvpecnbdv/MTMUCI031708-Official%20Competition%20Schedule-V1.pdf?dl=0