Hometown hero Greg Minnaar sent the massive crowd into hysterical celebrations by winning the downhill title at the RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup, while Australian speedster Tracey Hannah completed a fairytale comeback to MTB downhill racing by winning the women's title in emphatic fashion at the Cascades MTB course.
New Zealand cross-country prodigy Anton Cooper confirmed his status as the hottest property in junior mountain biking with a single-handed demolition of the classy field racing in difficult muddy conditions at the cascades MTB Park.
As the men’s elite cross-country event finished, the heavens opened over the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg making the conditions for the women’s under-23 and junior women’s races of the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup which followed exceptionally difficult.
The widely anticipated Elite Men’s cross country race of the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg delivered all the action, drama and excitement as expected with world number two Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower MTB Racing Team) of Switzerland edging out local hero Burry Stander (Specialized Racing) to claim the spoils in the season opener at Cascades MTB Park.
After a captivating tussle at the front end of the elite women’s cross country race of the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) of Poland emerged victorious in the season opening event at Cascades MTB Park.
Hometown hero Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) started the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup on just the note the local fans were asking for by posting the fastest time in qualifying for the season-opening downhill title decider in cool overcast conditions at the Cascades MTB Park.
Things start tomorrow with a full line up with the men’s U23 cross-country race and ends with the Women’s Junior race late in the afternoon.
Only minutes ago Greg Minnaar flew to a top position finish in the official qualifying session at the UCI MTB World Cup Down Hill Championships in Pietermaritzburg Kwa Zulu Natal.
The world's best mountain bikers spent a scorching hot day getting to grips with the cross country and downhill courses on the first official training day for the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg that starts today (Friday).
Local downhill hero Greg Minnaar has confirmed that despite the poor health of his father Jeff, he will still compete in the 2012 RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg after his dad appears to have turned a corner on his road to recovery recently.