A while ago we posted a blog on the Toyota MTN Bike Park Event, and this past weekend, the grand spectacle finally took place. Doubling up as the 5th round of the 2009 Central Gauteng Provincial Series, the Toyota Supercycling event proved to be an unbelievable inaugural showpiece for the new purpose-built facility.
DCM Chrome’s Bryce Munro dominated on Sunday when he cruised to a significant overall victory in the Elite and Under-23 Men’s category. A worthy mention must go to current African Elite Men’s cross-country champ, Specialized’s Ben Melt Swanepoel, who finished second and Jan Withaar in third.
In the women’s category, IMC Momentum’s Yolande Speedy proved to be in her own league as she wiped the floor with all competitors. Second place went to Claudia von Tutschek and the final podium place was claimed by Carien van Jaarsveld.
Overall, it was an awesome event which should bring some new excitement to the concrete jungle, known as Sandton. And seriously, who would’ve thought that Bryanston could actually have a MTB track?!
We don’t usually report on BMX riders on MTB Shorts, but this time around we really think it’s important that we do. Sadly though, it’s not good news.
Local BMX sensation, Sifiso Nhlapo, had to undergo emergency surgery on Monday night after a crash, during a practice session in Norway, left him with two fractured vertebrae in his neck.
Initial reports claim that the surgery was successful *that’s fantastic news* and that he was talking to doctors after the operation, but no one is sure when he will be able to climb onto a bike again *but I know in my heart that he will*
Sifiso made international headlines when he reached the inaugural BMX final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since then he’s been on a hot streak claiming a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships, and is currently No. 1 in Europe and No. 4 in the world.
From everyone at MTB Shorts, we wish Sifiso a speedy and healthy recovery.
Zee Germans are coming! Zee Germans are coming! Aaah, you gotta love Jason Statham in Snatch, just for that saying.
The 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.