Cape Town - Saturday, March 2 will see some of the world’s
top marathon and XCO pros line up at the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge.
2018, this iconic event was won by New Zealand’s Sam Gaze (Specialized). Gaze
went on to famously win the elite men's race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
in Stellenbosch the following weekend.
For the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge win, Gaze
out-sprinted his Specailized Factory Racing team-mate Howard Grotts (who would
later win the 2018 Absa Cape Epic with Jaroslav Kulhavý) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon–Circus) who had a
stellar season on the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup to finish second
overall. The rest of the top 10 included the likes of Florian Vogel, as well as South
Africa’s Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys (Pyga-Euro Steel) and Gert Heyns from
The likes of Gaze and Simon Andreassen - who will be
riding the Absa Cape Epic with Christoph Sauser for Investec-songo-Specialized in support of Grotts
and Kulhavý - will be on
the start line again come March 2. So too will be our own Alan Hatherly, who,
among a list of other accolades, won the U23 UCI XCO World Championship in
“I’ve never actually managed to make it down for the
MTB Challenge or the Cycle Tour for that matter,” Hatherly said.
has just never worked out for me to do it previously so am quite stoked to do
it. Watching Sam win last year was quite awesome, so I’m really excited to be
out there and in the mix.”
In the women’s race, the racing promises to be just as
competitive with a whole host of big names lining up as a final shakedown ahead
of the Absa Cape Epic.
Three-time defending champion Jennie Stenerhag will be
back. She crashed during her dominant performance last year which unfortunately
put her on the sidelines for much of last season. She is now back to full fitness
and hungry to defend her title. However, she will have her work cut out for her on the
day. Watch out for Kate Slegrova, Hayley Preen, Yolandi du Toit and Mariske
Strauss to take the racing to her.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is of course
not only for the top pros however and offers something for every skill and
In 2019 it will once again feature three routes - 20km, 40km
and 60km - each specially-designed by Dirtopia’s trail-building expert, Meurant
Stay in touch with the latest developments of the Cape
Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge by liking the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour
and follow the racing live on Twitter: @TheMTBChallenge.