Leg-power required for National XCO Cup in PE

2016-05-11 06:00

ROUND four of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series takes place this year at Settlers’ Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, May 14.

Eastern Cape Bike Mountain Bike Commissioner, Charl Joubert, said, “Although it will be very much the same as last year’s track, there are a few changes and new instalments, including a brand new rock garden.”

The upgraded course has 4.2-kilometre laps and an elevation of 170 metres. Joubert also mentioned that the course is very different to the other XCO National Cup tracks. “In the Baakens Valley, there is plenty of beautiful vegetation surrounding the trails, and not too much dust,” he added.

“It won’t be as technically challenging as the 2015 PE XCO track; however it will still be technical. There is a lot of climbing involved though, and this will definitely require a lot of powering down and a lot of strength. It’s definitely going to suit the stronger riders,” said Joubert.

Although the UCI Category 1 rating applies to Pro-Elites only, the Juniors will be able to earn series points, as well as UCI points for their own UCI Junior World Series at some of the Cup Series events.

Entries have closed but late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee.

For more event information, visit www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/ or contact Dellah Paul on 082781 5656.

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