Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 66

REVIEW | XCO & MARATHON KICK ASS KICK OFF The 2018 MTB season was off to a cracker start on home turf, with the exhilarating Stellenbosch World Cup and a near-perfect Cape Epic week. All that excitement’s got you itching to race, right? BY LIZA WEST Like Sam Gaze says in our interview with him on p26, when he saw the Olympic MTB XCO race on TV in 2012, his dream to race was ignited. Read on for highlights from the World Cup opening leg and the Epic, plus the TV dates to diarise for the rest of the XCO season (stoke sessions!). If you’ve got your sights set on racing snake glory, we’ve also listed the UCI-accredited races you can enter. UCI MERCEDES-BENZ MTB WORLD CUP OPENING EVENT - 10 MARCH, STELLENBOSCH @petterfagerhaug “The African crowds were frican’ good at cheering!” “I felt much stronger in the beginning of the race. I was just waiting behind the other guys, watching, looking at their strengths and weaknesses. I could see that Oliver was getting tired, and when I pushed the pace he fell off.” – Petter Fagerhaug “Evie and Sina were just on the hunt for the first lap of the race and they made it super hard. When I got ahead and I saw them coming hard at me, I went ‘No! No!’ But I held on.” – Malene Degn (Women’s U23 winner) During a visit to SA in 2015, Malene was confronted by two men on a course just outside Joburg. She was fearful coming back this year but she overcame it, and she won! “I even bring the white leader jersey home with me. It’s going to be a different call-up in Albstadt, as I roll out there as the first one, but I guess the task doesn’t change. Get from A to B as fast as Malene possibly can.” @malene_degn “‘You defeated South Africa Malene’ – Grandma’s first text after my World Cup win. I opened it as I sat at the doping control and got tears in my eyes. She was so right.” U23 Women’s winners 1 Malene Degn (Denmark) 2 Sina Frei (Switzerland) Current U23 World Champ 3 Evie Richards (Great Britain) 3 x U23 Cyclocross World Champ U23 Men’s winners 1 Petter Fagerhaug (Norway) 2 Ben Oliver (New Zealand) 3 Neilo Perrin (France) Elite Women’s Winners 1 Annika Langvad (Denmark) 2 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 3 Anne Tauber (Netherlands) Elite Men’s Winners 1 Samuel Gaze (New Zealand) 2 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) 3 Maxime Marotte (France) PHOTOGRAPHS BOOGS PHOTOGRAPHY, INSTAGRAM, EWALD SADIE/CAPE EPIC/SPORTZPICS, MICHAL CERVENY, BARTEK WOLINSKI/RED BULL CONTENT POOL. 66 | MTB | kicking ass REVIEW | XCO & MARATHON KICK ASS KICK OFF The 2018 MTB season was off to a cracker start on home turf, with the exhilarating Stellenbosch World Cup and a near-perfect Cape Epic week. All that excitement’s got you itching to race, right? BY LIZA WEST Like Sam Gaze says in our interview with him on p26, when he saw the Olympic MTB XCO race on TV in 2012, his dream to race was ignited. Read on for highlights from the World Cup opening leg and the Epic, plus the TV dates to diarise for the rest of the XCO season (stoke sessions!). If you’ve got your sights set on racing snake glory, we’ve also listed the UCI-accredited races you can enter. UCI MERCEDES-BENZ MTB WORLD CUP OPENING EVENT - 10 MARCH, STELLENBOSCH @petterfagerhaug “The African crowds were frican’ good at cheering!” “Evie and Sina were just on the hunt for the first lap of the race and they made it super hard. When I got ahead and I saw them coming hard at me, I went ‘No! No!’ But I held on.” – Malene Degn (Women’s U23 winner) During a visit to SA in 2015, Malene was confronted by two men on a course just outside Joburg. She was fearful coming back this year but she overcame it, and she won! “I even bring the white leader jersey home with me. It’s going to be a different call-up in Albstadt, as I roll out there as the first one, but I guess the task doesn’t change. Get HH\\\X[[HXH['BX[[WYۈ8'8&[HYX]Y]YXHX[[x&H8$‘ܘ[Xx&\\^Y\^Hܛ\[H[Y]\’H]]H[۝[X\[^H^Y\ˈB\Y 'BUX[\•LY[&\[\ŒHX[[HYۈ [X\B[HZH ]\[ B\[Lܛ[\]YHX\ ܙX]]Z[BLXܛܛ[\LY[&\[\ŒH]\Y\]Y ܝ^JB[]\ ]X[[ BZ[\[ [JB[]HY[&\[\ŒH[ZH[ݘY [X\B][[H\[] [JB[H]X\ ]\[B[]HY[&\[\ŒH[]Y[^H ]X[[ B[\\ ]\[ BX^[YHX\H [JBQQKTB 'H[]Xۙ\[BY[[وHXKH\\Z][Z[H\^\][[]Z\[˜[XZۙ\\ˈH[YH]]\\][\Y [[H\YHXHH[ٙ'B$]\Y\]Y