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.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Elite

Arno du Toit
Phillemon Sebona
Mariske Strauss
Cherie Redecker
Candice Lill

U23

Alan Hatherly
Julian Jessop

Junior

Daniel van der Walt
Keagan Bontekoning
Jamie Penfold
Tiffany Keep
Zandri Strydom

DOWNHILL

Elite

Greg Minnaar
Johann Potgieter
Stefan Garlicki
Theo Erlangsen

Junior

Connor Finnis
Jasper Barrett

Team Manager: Erica Groenewald
Team Mechanic: Johan Groenewald

MARATHON

Elite Men

Gert Heyns
Philip Buys
Matthys Beukes
Matthew Beers
Nico Bell
Hendrik Kruger
Alan Hatherly
Stuart Marais
Phillemon Sebona

Elite Women

Amy McDougall
Candice Lill
Robyn de Groot
Samantha Saunders
Yolande de Villiers

The Cross-Country track was raced for the first time at the BMC Racing Cup 2014. The four-kilometre route leads from the Bike Arena in front of the Rothorn valley station south through the Seewald forest and north into the Tgapalotta area. South and North loop offer many clear points from which the race can be experienced first-hand.*

The STRAIGHTline downhill track was planned and built by Trailworks, in collaboration with downhill legend Steve Peat. The 2.5km track is fast with technical key points and spectacular jumps. Spectator magnets include the #fullgas jump, the «plunge» drop and the action-loaded finish line.*

Placed at an altitude of 864m above sea level and with about 4,000 inhabitants, Auronzo extends over eight kilometres in the longest valley line in Cadore, for a total area of about 220 square kilometres.

Auronzo di Cadore is a popular tourist destination in summer and winter and is the ideal destination for a holiday of relaxation and physical activity. The Elite Men will cover a distance of 113km and experience a difference in altitude of 4500 metres, while the women will race 98km and experience a difference in altitude of 3600 metres. Both categories will race at a minimum altitude of 840m in Auronzo, reaching a high of 2320m at Rif. Auronzo Tre Cime di Lavaredo.**

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