Mariske Strauss crowned African MTB XCO Champ!

MARISKE COMPLETED THE SIX-LAP COURSE IN 1:23:39 AHEAD OF CHERIE REDECKER-1:25:39 AND CANDICE LILL-1:26:33.

Silverback rider, Mariske Strauss won the elite women’s race at the African MTB Cross-Country Championships. The race took place in Windhoek, Namibia, on Saturday the 13th April 2019.

She completed the six-lap course in 1:23:39 ahead of Cherie Redecker(1:25:39) and Candice Lill (1:26:33).

Mariske Strauss, South Africa, XCO
Post-race interview with Mariske Strauss

Photo: Ulla von Holtzz

“It was a challenging course, but absolutely fun. The track had loads of climbing and technical descent,” she said after the African mtb.

“The relay before the race was a good wake up for my leg, I felt super strong and ready to race. I led from the start which was fun to do.”

South Africa, Luke Moir, XCO
Luke Moir representing South Africa

Silverback rider, Luke Moir was unlucky. He picked up two punctures on the course, resulting in a fifth-place finish.

“I was super confident going into the race African mtb race. I posted a really good lap time during the team relays the evening before.”

“Unfortunately, I suffered on the fourth lap where I suffered a major puncture,” adds Luke.

He completed the race in 1:04:23 in the Junior men’s category.

“My Silverback Stratos handled the terrain very well. Now I am looking forward to the race season ahead of me,” adds after race at the African mtb race says Mariske.

Mariske has one more race in South Africa before she heads to Europe again.

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