Round one of the Eliminator Series for 2018 took place at Thaba Trails in Gauteng on Saturday 31 March 2018. This year the series is running in conjunction with the Cross Country SA Cup Series creating more of a “national series” for XCE.
“We had a great variety in the course with plenty of over taking opportunities, climbs and single track to create some exciting racing among all the age groups. The racing was split into 3 sections with Sprogs, Nippers and Sub Junior and Youth getting going mid morning with all ladies section after lunch including Junior and Elite Women. The day is ended off with the Mens Junior and Elite.”
Alan Hatherly returned from injury after he crashed out of the Tankwa Trek in February with a victory at the second SA MTB Cup Series XCO event at the Thaba Trails. Hatherly beat Arno du Toit in second place by two minutes, with Jan Withaar rounding third on the podium.
Mariske Strauss won gold at the second SA MTB Cup Series XCO event at the Thaba Trails after her team was placed third in the elite women’s category of the Absa Cape Epic last month.
Hatherly and Strauss will now focus on the upcoming Gold Coast Commonwealth Games MTB taking place at Nerang Mountain Bike Trails in Australia on 12 April 2018.
Round two of the series takes place on Saturday 5 May at Cascades MTB park in Pietermaritzburg.
Upcoming Event dates and venues:
3 June – Bloemendal Wine Estate
16 June – Mankele
21 July – Bloemfontein
For more information visit www.onemovement.co.za