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.
Arno du Toit
Daniel van der Walt
Team Manager: Erica Groenewald
Team Mechanic: Johan Groenewald
Robyn de Groot
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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