MOUNTAIN BIKING WORLD CUP SERIES BEGIN THIS WEEK IN
Top Mountain bikers still fighting for their Olympic
(Pietermaritzburg, RSA – March 15, 2012) The 2012
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Tour begins this weekend
with both cross-country and downhill races in Pietermaritzburg,
Republic of South African, and Canada will have its
top stars competing either for the Canadian team or
for their respective professional cycling teams.
In the women’s cross country race, all eyes will
be turned on 2011 UCI World Champion Catharine Pendrel
of Kamloops, BC, who will be racing for Team Luna Pro.
Pendrel will sport for the first time on the UCI World
Cup the coveted Rainbow Jersey, awarded to the World
Champion. Pendrel, a two-time defending Canadian Champion
and 2010 UCI World Cup Champion, will be looking to
start the season with a bang, but she will have stiff
competition from other Canadian riders also fighting
for an Olympic spot. Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ont. will
be racing wearing the colours of Team Subaru-Trek, while
Marie-Hélène Prémont of Chateau
Richer, Que., will represent Team Rocky Mountain-Maxxis.
Amanda Sin of Collingwood, Ontario, will also be in
contention at the race with Team SCOTT-3Rox Racing.
Canada is ranked at top of the UCI Olympic rankings
in women’s cross country, and ninth in the Men’s
rankings. In 2011, three of Canada’s women finished
in the Top 8 of the individual World Cup standings as
the last season ended.
In the men’s cross-country race, Canada will have
current Canadian Champion Max Plaxton of Victoria, BC
wearing the Team Canada colours. Olympian and seven-time
Canadian Champion Goeff Kabush of Courtenay, BC will
race for the first time at a World Cup while representing
Canadian-based Team SCOTT-3 Rox Racing, alongside his
teammate Derek Zansdtra of Trenton, Ontario. Adam Morka
of Toronto, ON will also take part in the South African
race, with Team Trek Canada.
The event in South Africa is one of six events on the
UCI World Cup calendar, and one of four remaining in
the UCI Olympic rankings.
The UCI World Cup in South Africa will showcase the
World’s top downhillers, including Canadian Steve
Smith of Cassidy, BC, with Team DeVinci Global Racing
The cross-country races will be held on Saturday, March
17, while the downhill races will be held on Sunday
Full program for the UCI World Cup in South Africa
can be found