The first mountain bike competitions were held in California (USA) in the early eighties. Since then the discipline has grown very fast, in all aspects. The first World Championships to be officially recognized by the UCI dates back to 1990. A World Cup was set up the following year.
The mountain bike disciplines comprise the following formats:
Cross-Country Olympic (XCO)
Cross-country is part of the Olympic programme.
Cross-country races are held over undulating circuits (with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles) of 4 to 6 km. The race varies from 1 h 20 minutes to 1 h 40 minutes depending on the category.
Cross-country Marathon (XCM)
The Cross-country marathon events are a long version of cross-country held over a course of 60 to 160 km. A special feature is that riders from all categories, from enthusiasts to professionals, race together. The marathon is held in a mountainous region.
Downhill is a race against the clock in which the rider negotiates a succession of fast and technical passages. The participant must demonstrate courage as well as sharp technical and piloting skills in order to affront tree roots, banked sections, bumps, jumps and other natural obstacles along the way. Speeds reach around 80km/h in the men’s races and 70km/h for women.
Enduro events includes several liaison stages and timed stages. The times achieved in all timed stages will be accumulated to a total time. An enduro course comprises varied off-road terrain. The track should include a mixture of narrow and wide, slow and fast paths and tracks over a mixture of off-road surfaces. Enduro racing requires athletes to use a combination of endurance, speed and technical skills.
Cross-country Eliminator (XCE)
The Cross-country eliminator event must be between 500m and 1000m. It’s is a fast-moving, dynamic, action-packed format in which four riders race in heats on technical tracks featuring obstacles such as jumps and bridges. Competitions begin with a qualifying heat that takes the form of an individual timed lap of the circuit, as a result of which the fastest 32 men and 16 women qualify for the main competition. The fastest two riders in each heat thereafter qualify for the next round, with the format continuing until only four riders remain to contest the final.
In four-cross (often abbreviated to “4X”), four participants set off together to ride down a track that alternates banked corners and jumps. The races are very rapid (between 30 seconds and one minute) and give rise to fierce and closely contested confrontations between the riders. The winner is the first to cross the finish line. The four-cross races take place over several qualifying rounds.
2023 SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH FESTIVAL
Dates: 11 – 13 July 2023
Event Organiser: Eden Cycling
Queries: Corne Bence – 071 886 3787
10:00- 13:00 Registration
(Church Hall Bontebok Street)
13:00 Managers Meeting
14:00 Criterium (Church Hall Bontebok Street)
2023 SA NATIONAL MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date: 3- 5 March 2023
Venue: Paarl, Western Cape
Event Organiser: Darren Herbst
More information: www.paarltrails.com
- 10:00: Bike Fest – Paarl opens
- 12:00 – 19:00: Registration & Number Collection for various races opens
- 10:00 – 19:00: Bike Fest Expo
- 16:00 – 18:00: Schools & Junior Short Track Race. Individual & Relay
2023 SA NATIONAL Downhill CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date: 25- 26 March 2023
Venue: Sabie, Mpumalanga
Event Organiser: Justin Victor
Contact Information: 0725876524
Entries close: Tuesday 21 February 2023
2023 SA NATIONAL XCO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date: 15- 16 April 2023
Venue: Thaba Trails, Gauteng
Event Organiser: Gauteng Cycling
Entries Open: Monday 6 February 2023
Entries Close: 11 April 2023
09h00 – 15h00 XCO & XCC Number collection only at race venue
10h00 – 16h00 XCO & XCC Official Practise
16h00 – 16h30 XCO & XCC Riders and Team Managers Briefing
2023 SA NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date: 14-15 October 2023
Venue: Cascades MTB Park, Pietermaritzburg, KZN
Entries Open: Saturday 1 July 2023
Event Program to be confirmed.
2023 SA NATIONAL xCO MTB SERIES
DATE: 04 February 2023
VENUE: Coetzenburg, Stellenenbosch, WC
ENTRIES CLOSE: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023
Note: There will be no Nippers & Sprogs at SA XCO Cup events for 2023. Organizers will arrange skills sessions for these two age groups.
2023 SA NATIONAL DHI MTB SERIES
DATE: 21-22 January 2023
VENUE: Paarl, Western Cape
EVENT ORGANIZER: Helen Erlangsen
2023 SA NATIONAL ENDURO MTB SERIES
DATE: 18-19 February 2023
VENUE: Thaba Trails, Johannesburg, Gauteng
EVENT ORGANIZER: Gauteng Cycling
Coordinator, Administration, National Series and Events Commissioner and National Teams Commissioner
High Performance and Convenor of Selections
Youth, Development and Transformation
Safety & Security
Veteran and Masters
|Convenor of Selectors||Grevile Ruddock|
|XCO Specialist||Ian Smith|
|XCM Specialist||Greg Stedman|
|DHI Specialist||Nigel Hicks|
|Women Representative||Dellah Paul|
|PDI Representative||Ian Goetham|
|Eastern Cape||Shane Bridger|
|Free State||Jacques Koekmoer|
|Kwa-Zulu Natal||Greg Stedman|
|Northern Cape||Dirk Oberholzer|
|North West||Sias Le Roux|
|Western Cape||Geoff McGiven|
|Western Province||Karl Beaton|
|Gauteng (XCM Commissioner)||Enzo di Sante|
|Central Gauteng||Paola Damilano|
|Northern Gauteng||Michael Byleveld|
|Southern Gateung||Christo Faasen|
|West Coast||Sunet Steenkamp|
Men’s Road Cycling
Women’s Road Cycling
Men’s Track Cycling
Women’s Track Cycling
Men’s Mountain Biking
Women’s Mountain Biking
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MOUNTAIN BIKING NEWS
2023 CAC Mountain Bike African Championships Team Announcement
CyclingSA and the Mountain Bike Commission are excited to announce the riders selected to represent South Africa for the CAC Mountain bike African champs for 2023.
CAC MTB African Championships 2023
South African is set to host the CAC MTB African Championships 2023 for 2-4 June 2023 at Thaba Trails, Gauteng.
Notice Regarding Venue Change for XCO National Championships
Notice regarding venue change for the upcoming XCO National Championships. New venue will be Thaba Trails in Gauteng.