SA title a dream come true for Croeser

2014-07-24 00:00

ROURKE Croeser earned a first elite national title this weekend for South Africa’s first ever UCI Trade Team, Kargo Pro MTB, when he clinched victory in the elite men’s category at the South African National Cross Country Mountain Biking Championships at Thaba Trails in Gauteng.

The KZN North Coast rider has won the national title at age group level every year he has competed in previously, and in his first year competing as an elite rider, he rose to the top step of the podium to clinch “the big one”.

“It has been such an honour to win the national champs at junior and U23 level previously but they almost seem a little insignificant now in comparison to this elite title,” explained Croeser.

“This is the one I’ve worked so hard for not only this year, but my whole life. This is the one everyone talks about and looks up to. To have won it almost seems surreal still.”

The Kargo star enjoyed a monumental tussle with the in-form James Reid (Trek South Africa) for the first three laps before Croeser’s race came just millimetres from an abrupt ending midway through the clash.

“I got away really well and James came with me. I pushed the pace on the first lap and then James came through at the start of the second and I knew I just had to do everything I possibly could to stay with him,” explained Croeser.

“We were still together and I went to the front again after three laps when I then sliced my rear tyre on a rock.

“I stopped immediately to let the tyre seal itself properly and as I did I saw James had punctured too but he carried on riding.



Elite Men:

1.Rourke Croeser (Kargo Pro MTB) 1:32.29

2.Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Spots SA) 1:36.57

3.James Reid (Trek South Africa) 1:38.06

4.Stuart Marais (Kargo Pro MTB) 1:39.33

Under-23 Men:

1.Gert Heyns (ASG-Heart Sports) 1:18.15

2.Brendon Davids (Trek South Africa) 1:19.30

3.Travis Walker (Kargo Pro MTB) 1:21.29

6.William Makgopo (Kargo Pro MTB)

Junior Boys:

1.Alan Hatherly (ASG-Heart Sprots) 1:05.31

2.Johan Hartzenberg 1:06.46

3.Matthew Lombardi 1:07.18

7.Marco Joubert (Kargo Pro MTB) 1:10.15.

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