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Post MTB / DHI Blues…

Gratefully, due to the tireless efforts of our media officer, the WC MTB / DHI Champs were well attended, and bar a few – few being the operative word – accidents along the way, the event proved to be a resounding success. Although a number of our elite riders were drawn further afield in search of glory on the international stage, racing was tough and at times hair-raising (particularly looking through some of the DHI photos over at ESP).

We are grateful to a number of portals and online publications for making the most of it leading up to the event:

And although we have to wait for our hard copy publications to get the fantastic story of the WC Champs to print (Bicycling, Ride and Die Burger), here are some teasers:

  • The Hub SA covered the XCO and DHI.
  • Enduroplus had some post race commentary from an exceptional team.
  • Enduroplus also had some tweets during the event that make us feel part of the 21st century too:
  1. https://twitter.com/EnduroPlus/status/472617754240225280
  2. https://twitter.com/EnduroPlus/status/472637816238006272

Enjoy the awesome photos. And thanks to all who made it a great day.

I must say, that I have learnt much from Ewald Sadie (Ewald has some great shots over at his site of all the races and participants) and Chris Hitchcock regarding framing a good action photo. But the shot of the day must, for now anyway, go to Ewald for this fantastic shot down the valley on Sunday (reminds me of when I was in the Isle of Man).

Contermanskloof in all her glory

Contermanskloof in all her glory

Western Cape MTB XCO Championships 31 May 2014

Saturday, 31 May 2014 was a very important day in the MTB racing calendar for many of our Cross Country (XCO) riders. Besides the fantastic day of racing, it was the last chance for riders who did not accumulate sufficient points in the first three races to qualify for provincial colours. It was also the opportunity for the qualified riders to stamp their authority on the 2014 season.

The racing took place at the Contermanskloof MTB trails on the H.L. Starke farm. There were predictions of strong winds in the morning which thankfully never transpired. Riders and spectators only had to endure a sharp drop in temperature (at one point it was only 9 degrees!) due to mist, which cleared in time for the Elite race at 12h55.

This event was made possible by a number of generous sponsors; NMC Construction Group, Paarl Media Group, PWC, Mondi, Durbanville Commercial Printers, Cycle Funatic, Gecko Cycles, Dragon Sports and Red Bull. We are also grateful to Rob Starke for making the farm available to us.

Bryan Strauss, better known as “Oom Bryan” to some, laid out a challenging course with about 150 meters ascent from the start to the top of Cheeky Corners. At some points on the climb the incline reached up around the 17% mark which proved to be a challenge for many riders. At the bottom of Cheeky Corners the riders dived into the gum trees and raced down towards the big jump of the day (although many favoured the chicken run).

The morning started out with the Nippers race on a shortened version of the course. Alec Coleske dominated the boys’ category with Hendre de Villers coming in shortly after second. The Nipper girls podium was claimed Anna Marx in first and Olivia Penfold in second.

The Sprog boys and girls raced alongside the Sub-juniors for the first time this year as both categories raced the same full course. Luke Moir (of TeamPaarlMedia) who was racing the in the Sprog category, broke away and convincingly, not only placing first in the Sprogs, but Sub-juniors too – an impressive effort from the young rider.

Renay Groustra won the Elite men’s race, with Nico Pfitzenmaier coming in second to close the days racing.  Lolita van Aardt took first place in the ladies with a convincing win over the rest of the field.

The hero of the day goes to Manie Lubbe who completed his race after puncturing twice and also breaking his chain right at the start. Hats off to this young man, we have great hopes for his future in this sport.

Full official results of the all the category races are available here or right here on our website.

The official photographer has posted all the event pics for you which you can view here and purchase if you wish. 

We are certain the folks from Big Shot Media got some great footage as we are really looking forward to the fruits of their labour. We will keep posted of when this production will be aired on SuperSport.

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(All Photo's courtesy Shane Wilson, unless otherwise specified)

Western Cape MTB Champs 2014 (XCO and DHI)

WC MTB Champs 2014 Poster

WC MTB Champs 2014 Poster

PARKING

Parking will be clearly demarcated.  The parking at the Contermanskloof Mountain Bike Trail and at the Bike Shed is not to be used.  Please use only the demarcated parking area.  Parking marshals will be available to indicate and assist with parking.

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WEATHER FORECAST

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WHO IS ELLIGIBLE TO RACE?

All riders in the West Coast, Cape Metropole (Western Province), Winelands (Boland) and Eden (South Western Districts) Regions with CSA membership are eligible to race.  Cycling South Africa Day Licenses will be available for those requiring one through both the online and manual entry process described below.  The tracks for Nippers (u.10) and Sprogs (u.12) are specifically designed to ensure maximum participation.  The track utilised for the remaining age categories will be identical and will be at a level appropriate for a Provincial Championship and an UCI Category 2 Race. For those that know the Contermanskloof MTB Trails, the XCO Track will be situated around the DHI Track and Cheeky Corners. The DHI Track will be the established DHI Track previously used for DHI events.

ENTRIES

Online entries for both XCO and DHI are on www.racetraq.co.za .These entries will close on Thursday, 29 May 2014 at 12h00.  Manual entries will be available at Contermanskloof as follows:

  •  XCO:                12h00 – 15h00                        Friday, 30 May
  •  XCO:                07h00 – 08h00                        Saturday, 31 May

The exception is that manual entries for Sprogs and Nippers will close at 07h30 Saturday, 31 May, to allow for adequate loading before the race.

  •  DHI:                   Manual Registration will be available at Contermanskloof from 12h00 – 17h00 on Saturday, 31 May and on Sunday, 01 June from 07h00 – 12h00.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED [ALL ENTRANTS UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT IN ORDER FOR AN INDEMNITY AND WAIVER FORMS CAN BE SIGNED]

REGISTRATION

XCO

Registration for XCO is at Contermanskloof on Friday, 30 May 12h00 – 17h00 and Saturday, 31 May 07h00 – 08h00.  Registration for nippers and sprogs close at 07h30.

 DHI

Registration for DHI is at Contermanskloof on Saturday, 31 May from 12h00 – 17h00 and Sunday, 01 June from 07h00 – 12h00.

OFFICIAL PRACTICE

XCO

Official practice is from 12h00 – 17h00 on Friday, 30 May.  Medical assistance and marshals will be available at the practice session.  No riders will be allowed on the track on the morning of Saturday, 31 May.  Riders found practicing on Saturday, 31 May are subject to disqualification under UCI rules.

 DHI

 Official practice is from 14h30 – 17h30 on Saturday, 31 May.  Medical assistance, portage and marshals will be available during the official practice session.  Portage will commence at 13h30 to enable the practice session to start at 14h30, once XCO racing has been completed

PRIZE MONEY

XCO

Prize money will be on offer for all racing categories.  The prizes and medals will be presented at 14h30 on Saturday, 31 May 2014. Riders must be present at the prize giving to be eligible to receive prizes and medals.  Valuation of the total prize money is currently set at R25 000

 DHI

Prize giving for DHI will be at approximately 15h30 on Sunday, 01 June 2014.