Cycling SA MTB Selection Criteria Approved for 2017 Race Season

Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has approved the Selection Criteria for the 2017 racing season. The MTB Selection Policy and Criteria have been significantly revised, following a consultative workshop with a wide range of stakeholders. These included active Elite riders, development academies, MTB management, coaches and selectors

All riders contending for selection to the SA National Mountain Bike Team and the High Performance Squad are strongly encouraged to download the document and study it carefully! It is imperative that all requirements are understood, as they will be consistently and strictly applied. The document is available for download here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20161122_CSA-MTB-Team-Selection-Criteria-2017-V04.pdf

While the nominated selection races cover a range of National, International and UCI races, the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series will form an important part of the available races. SA National MTB Champs, however, are compulsory for riders contending for selection.

In the meantime, the dates and venues for the four National Cup Series races in four provinces have been confirmed, with the SA National MTB Championships for XCO and DHI taking place at Mankele MTB Park in Mpumalanga. The Downhill National Cup Series dates will be released shortly.

Selection races (as per Selection Criteria 10.01): XCO

Event and-or Series Weight Dates Venue Class Country
SA National Cup Series 2017 100% Feb – Jun 2017 As per Series C1 RSA
SA National Championships 2017 100% 22-Jul-2017 Mankele CN RSA
UCI World Cup Series 2017 100% Apr – Jun 2017 As per Series CM Various
Swiss Cup Series 2017 100% Mar – Jun 2017 As per Series C1 & HC SUI
UCI Junior World Series 100% Jan – Jun 2017 As per Series C1 Various
African Continental Champs 2017 100% tbc Egypt CC tbc
French Cup Series 2017 100% Mar – Jun 2017 As per Series HC FRA
Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival HC 100% 17-Jun-2017 Pietermaritzburg HC RSA
German Bundesliga 2017 100% Mar – Jun 2017 As per Series C1 & HC GER
Regional and National Schools Series Various dates & venues: Used for talent ID only

Selection races (as per Selection Criteria 10.02): DHI

Names of Series or Races Weight Date Venue Class Country
SA National Cup Series 2017 100% Jan – Jun 2017 As per Series Tbc RSA
SA National Championships 2017 100% 23-Jul-2016 Mankele CN RSA
UCI World Cup Series 2017 100% Apr – Jun 2017 As per Series CM Various
IXS European Cup Series 100% Mar – Jun 2017 As per Series C1 Various
Regional and National Schools Series Various dates & venues : Used for talent ID only

Selection races (as per Selection Criteria 10.03): XCM

Designated Races – MTB Marathon Date Town – Venue Region
Attakwas Extreme MTB Ultra Marathon 21-Jan-2017 Oudtshoorn Southern Cape
SA National XCM Series 2017 [Ashburton] Jan – Jul 2017 As per Series Various
SA National XCM Championships 2017 21-May-2017 Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu-Natal
UCI World Marathon Series Jan – May 2017 As per Series Various
Stage Races & UCI Marathons [see 10.03.001 in Selection Criteria] Various Various Various

The venues for the 2017 and 2018 African Continental MTB Championships have been established, and will see Egypt playing host to the Championship event in 2017 and Mozambique in 2018. Venues and dates are yet to be finalised and will be shared across all of our channels as soon as we receive confirmation of this