And the winners are…

Man, oh man! What a weekend of cycling! This last weekend was the greatest weekend of my life. Screw wedding photos or birth of kids, this weekend’s pics are going straight into my wallet!

The Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, sponsored by DCM Chrome in Pietermaritzburg, was beyond amazing. It provided the blood, sweat and gears which will be immortalised in the history of MTB.

beautiful2In the downhill men’s category, local Maritzburg boy, Greg Minnaar, kicked some major butt again to claim first place ahead of Michael Hannah and Steve Peat. In the downhill women’s category, Tracy Moseley celebrated her 30th birthday with a first place finish ahead of Emmeline Ragot and Sabrina Jonnier.

In the men’s cross-country event, Spaniard Jose Hermida took the honours ahead of Julien Absalon and South Africa’s own Burry Stander. In the ladies’ cross-country event, Elisabeth Osl finished top ahead of Irina Kalentieva and Lene Byberg.

For full detailed results of the MTB World Cup, please visit www.uci.ch.

If you were at the event, please share some stories with us. Tell us what you thought of it and if you’ll go attend another event in the future.

Ricky in Spandex

Reminder: MTB World Cup!

Just in case you forgot, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, starts TODAY! If you ain’t in Pietermaritzburg yet, you better get your ass into gear, because from today till the 12th of April, the cycling world is going to be gathered in KZN for the event of the year.

MTBCome now! The minimum price for a ticket is only R30 – that’s so cheap, it’s almost a steal! What else you going to be doing over the long weekend? Listening to boring family stories around the fire again? Hey, hey, hey???

Stop with the excuses, get in your car or go to the airport and get to Pietermaritzburg, by any means necessary. Yes, I know the town is generally pretty dead, but this weekend will be the exception to the rule.

You can purchase tickets through the official event website at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za as well as at the event itself.

P.S. If you see a guy riding with a cast on his arm – don’t laugh because that may be me!

P.P.S. Happy Easter or Pesach – choose whichever is applicable to you!

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