MTB World Cup: ‘rain, rain go away’ as wet conditions favour SA riders’ European competitors

2009-04-08 00:00

Sunny weather may top the wish list of local racers in this year’s Mountain Bike World Cup, but if the SA Weather Service predictions are anything to go by, host city Pietermaritzburg is in for cloudy skies with possible thunderstorms.

The Nissan Mountain Bike UCI World Cup, which officially begins today, will see some of the world’s best mountain bike riders take on the tricky Pietermaritzburg terrain (and its inconsistent weather) for the title of world’s best.

When The Witness spoke to some local cyclists last week, they said rainy weather usually works in the favour of non-South African riders.

KZN’s current No. 1 cross-country rider, Craig Paul, explained that, unlike Europeans, SA riders are not used to cycling in rainy weather.

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