Parker-Moffat aims to make magic

2011-04-21 00:00

WYKEHAM Collegiate pupil Ashleigh ­Parker-Moffat is hoping to win this weekend’s UCI Mountainbike World Cup Junior title at the new Cascades track on Sunday.

Parker-Moffat, who turns 18 today, has already won three prominent titles, including African XC Junior Champion, SA XC Champion and last week SA Junior Marathon Champion.

The young rider said that she hopes to race to the top this weekend.

“I think this weekend’s race is going to be exciting and interesting to see where I lie between international riders,” she said.

The grade 12 pupil said she loves racing because she and her bike become one, creating “magnificent magic”.

“Hopefully the weather will hold off and we will have a great weekend where everyone shows their ability,” she added.

Parker-Moffat’s coach, Johann Wykerd, expects great results from his champ.

“I think she’s going to win the World Cup because she’s faster than the other junior girls and she’s committed.”

She prepared intensely for the World Cup race, with more than 12 hours a week of racing and at least one hard day where she does challeging intervals. “

“I won’t lie. The competitive streak is insane,” she told The Witness while she was at the Cascades track yesterday.

Parker-Moffat said her love for bikes started when her father took her cycling one day when she was 15, and since then she has never looked back.

Her mother, Leigh-Ann, is proud of her daughter’s achievements, describing her as a “goal-oriented person and focused”.

“The nerves will only start to kick on Saturday and Sunday, but now I’m just filled with excitement,” the champion said.

She is also looking forward to the cheering of the moutainbike fanatics who will be attending the race.

The UCI Mountainbike World Cup 2011 starts on Friday and ends on Sunday just behind the Cascades shopping centre.


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