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2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Champs

2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Champs

There are now only six days to go before the biggest and most prestigious mountain bike event of the year takes place in Pietermaritzburg. Final preparations are being made to the event site and the courses are all ready to be ridden by the world’s best.

The event is bound to be world class and is situated at an amazing venue, Cascades which has been the venue for 3 x UCI MTB World Cup events already. This 12 hectare piece of land boasts competition ready Cross Country and Downhill courses that were all utilized at the previous editions of the MTB World Cup events as well as the new Cross County Eliminator and Trials competition venues. 

The Burry Stander Memorial Garden has been added to the venue, this will be dedicated at a short ceremony on Thursday 29th August at 4.30pm.

Event Website

For more comprehensive information about the event and the linked entities, the official event website is now live and fully operational and can be viewed at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za.


Ticket must be booked for Friday 30 August, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. Admission on all other days of competition is free. Book your tickets online here

Single Entry (Online) R 80 + vendor service fee 1 x Entry
Single Entry (At Event) R 110.00 1 x Entry
Family Pack, 1 Day Package (Online) R 350 + vendor service fee 4 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 1 Day Package (At Event) R 400.00 4 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 2 day Package (Online) R 690 + vendor service fee 8 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 2 day Package (At Event) R 780.00 8 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 3 day Package (Online) R 1000 + vendor service fee 12 x Entry
3 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 3 day Package (At Event) R 1100.00 12 x Entry
3 x Event Programme
Single Entry, 3 Day Deluxe Package (Online Only) R 1000 + vendor service fee 3 x Entry
1 x Event Programme
3 x VIP Pass*
Single entry, 1 day VIP Ticket* R550,00 One day
Single entry, 2 day VIP Ticket* R825,00 Two day
*This includes entrance to the venue and access to the VIP tent/the assigned area free lunch  from 12-2 and free snacks all day.   VIP tent is located at the bottom of the downhill track, near the XC track and finish line.To purchase a VIP ticket, you must contact CRA World Events at chris@craevents.comwww.craevents.com or call 031 570 7500.

Mont Saint Anne affected by weather

Unfavourable weather conditions took its toll on the midfield at the UCI Downhill World Cup that was held at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada on Sunday 11 August 2013.

South African Andrew Neethling riding for Giant Factory Off-Road Team, posted a slower time in his qualifying run on Saturday, which placed him in 76th place and resulted in an early start in the race on Sunday.

After a 15th place at the first timed split, the reigning World Downhill Champion, Greg Minnaar managed to obtain fifth fastest time in qualifying, a time of 4:08.340.

Neethling’s final run on Sunday was a huge improvement on his qualifying time and he claimed the hot seat for a large portion of the race, posting a final time of 4:02.984, unfortunately Gee Atherton managed to knock Neethling off when he posted 3:59.389.

Sam Hill then descended the treacherous course, finishing 1.2 seconds behind Atherton. Minnaar was next to descend, and managed to hold it together but also finished behind Atherton, placing him 3rd.

Despite the soggy conditions, local Canadian, Steve Smith, impressed the fans as he put together a solid run and managed grabbed the victory in great style.

Greg Minnaar said: “With nine podiums here: six 2nds, one win, one 3rd and now a 4th, I know I’m good at Mont Sainte Anne, but to win you need to be great. I made the mistake of switching to mud tyres after the rain started.  What brought me happiness was watching Stevie winning on home turf! Big thanks to the Syndicate, I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t justify all their efforts with a better result.”

In the womans event, Ragot took the win after a ballsy but smooth run and was joined on the podium by Manon Carpenter in second and Floriane Pugin in third.

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Summary of Results – UCI World Cup – Downhill – Mt Sainte Anne

Women’s DH results

1 Emmeline Ragot (FRA, Lapierre Garvity Republic)

2 Manon Carpenter (GBR, Madison Saracen)

3 Floriane Pugin (FRA, Gstaadt-Scott)

4 Emelie Siegenthaler (SUI, Gstaadt-Scott)

5 Myriam Nicole (FRA, Commencal/Riding Addiction)


Men’s DH results

1 Stevie Smith (CAN, Devinci Global Racing)

2 Gee Atherton (GBR, GT Factory Racing)

3 Sam Hill (AUS, CRC/Nukeproof)

4 Greg Minnaar (RSA, Santa Cruz Syndicate)

5 Aaron Gwin (USA, Specialized Racing)

UCI MTB World Cup, Next leg kicks off tomorrow

The next event in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is upon us. Taking place in the picturesque Val Di Sol, in Italy.
Be sure to keep your eyes on Greg Minnaar (RSA) and Tracey Hannah (Aus) who will be defending their first round win, from Pietermaritzburg earlier this year. But lets not forget the Atherton’s and the likes of Sam Hill, who will be sure to chase those seconds as they head down the course. Continue reading UCI MTB World Cup, Next leg kicks off tomorrow