Charity Rocks!

I’m really impressed with Christoph Sauser! Not only is he a world champion cyclist, but he’s also got a heart of gold!

Bike Pure is auctioning off a signed rainbow jersey of Christoph Sauser for the Songo.info charity, which the rider has officially backed for the last couple of years.

This local charity aims to support the children of Kayamandi via sport and education, and try keep them away from a path of drugs and crime.

The rainbow jersey aka The World Championship jersey, was won in June 2008 in Val di Sole, Italy. It has spent the past year travelling on display as a symbol of Bike Pure’s efforts to promote clean, doping-free cycling.

The autographed jersey is framed (93 x 71 cm) and includes a caption which reads “Christoph Sauser (Team Specialized), 2008 World Mountain Bike Champion to Bike Pure”

To participate in the auction, click here. Hurry though, as it ends on the 17th August 2009!

Ricky in Spandex

2009 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships

G’day mate. Since most South Africans are hopping on the one trip boat to Australia, I thought I’d post a blog on an event happening there for all you trait…err mean readers (just kidding).

From 1-6 September, Stromlo Forrest Park in Canberra, Australia will be hosting the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships. Featuring the who’s who of champions, this event will be an action packed spectacle that will thrill every single sheep and kangaroo in the outback.

Expected riders include Christoph Sauser, Margarita Fullana, Rachel and Gee Atherton.

Pssst…here’s a nice scoop – admission will be free from that Tuesday to Thursday. So all you cheapskates, like myself, will be able to get in for nothing.

One man. One adventure….aaaah who am I kidding I’m not Pablo Francisco!

Bandaged Jack

Technical Difficulties

Alright peeps, let’s sort out some admin first. Some of you may have noticed that the site has been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties lately. We have recently upgraded to WordPress 2.7 *if you’re thinking about doing the same, well…DON’T!* and things haven’t really gone according to plan *server problems, coding, blah, blah*. Nonetheless, our technicians are working on the site, day and night WITHOUT any toilet breaks or food, to make it just perfect for you – our wonderful reader.

technicaldifficulties-758506However, on a positive note, the new site design is freaking awesome and given due course, MTB Shorts will be reclaiming its title as the nuttiest blog on the worldwide web!

Now down to business…

DCM Chrome seems to love South Africa, because they are getting more and more involved with the MTB scene than any other manufacturer around *very nice!*

They already sponsor one of the top professional MTB racing teams in the country and now they have also become the main sponsor of the Nissan UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano. How cool is that?

And just to prove that they aren’t any Mickey Mouse manufacturer, they also happen to be the personal sponsors of current cross-country world champion, Christoph Sauser *oooh shiny*

MTB just seems to be getting better and better. Wish I could say the same about the Joke *cough, cough* I mean Cokefest – can anyone say refund?

Marky Mark

German efficiency at the MTN SA Cup

Zee Germans are coming! Zee Germans are coming! Aaah, you gotta love Jason Statham in Snatch, just for that saying.

mtn-logoThe invasion started this weekend with Topeak Ergon’s 34-year-old German racer, Wolfram Kurschat, beating all in his path to win the fourth round of the MTN National Mountain Bike Cup in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Kurschat’s performance was even more impressive considering that he started in 11th place and managed to overtake world-class competitors, such as Burry Stander, Nino Schurter and Florian Vogel.

Spain’s Jose Hermida finished in second place, just one podium place ahead of South Africa’s Burry Stander. Current World Champion Christoph Sauser could only manage a tenth place finish after suffering two punctures – ouch!

Consider this event as a warm-up for the MTB World Cup this weekend. I’m not even going to ask if you have tickets already…because if you’re a true cycling fan, you’ll be there – no questions asked.

Bandaged Jack

ABSA Cape Epic Results

So another Cape Epic has come and gone, but what an event all in all. I think the 2009 ABSA Cape Epic has set new standards in MTB events. And just to think that after the fire in Cape Town, many of us thought the race would’ve been cancelled. Luckily, it didn’t and we were treated to some amazing displays of speed, power and endurance.

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Below are the winners of each category:

In the men’s competitions, the Bulls team consisting of German riders, Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, took top honours.

In the ladies’ competition, the ABSA Ladies team of Sharon Laws from England and our local lass Hanlie Booyens went home with the top gong.

In the master’s competition, the ABSA Masters team of Doug Brown (South Africa) and Bärti Bucher were the final winners.

In the mixed competition, the Adidas Big Tree team of Nico Pfitzenmaier from South Africa and Alison Sydor from Canada went home as champions of their category.

And in the Kodak moment of the year, the Bulls and Songo.info teams, consisting of Burry Stander and Christoph Sauser, crossed the finish line at the same time, holding onto each other.

Please give a round of applause to all the winners *clap, clap*

For all the detailed results, please visit the official website at http://www.cape-epic.com

Ricky in Spandex