Silverback Junior Rider, Luke Moir finished tenth at the Super Cup Massi in Banyoles Spain on Saturday.
It was a tough weekend for Luke at the World Junior Series. With a massive start of 194 junior boys sprinted off the start line and with the course offering little in the way of technical sections it kept the bunch together with multiple attacks throughout the race. Luke described it as more of a “road race” with the laps being just over 6km and flat.
The pace throughout the race did catch him out towards lap 4 and a hard sprint gave him a 10th place finish.
Luke completed his race in a time of 1:17:20, two minutes and two seconds behind the winner.
The International Catalan Cup has become one of the most important mountain bike races outside the World Cup. The event brought together a very high level of participation in all categories, both elite races and in lower divisions.
The environment was ideal to kick off the best World Cross Country. Thousands of fans packed the different points of the circuit. The atmosphere and a unique atmosphere, which edition after edition, leaves its mark on all the corridors that make up the starting grid.
Endless stars gathered on the grid of the exit of the Super Cup Massi. World champions, Olympic champions, and mountain bike stars, to measure their strength at the start of the Olympic season.
Luke has gained the experience of what this year has in stall for him at the international races. No doubt we will see him on an international podium shortly.
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IN SOUTH AFRICA
Silverback Fairtree rider, Jennie Stenerhag finished second place at the 2020 Imbuko Big Five MTB Challenge on Saturday.
The race for solo riders is almost identical to stage five of the ABSA Cape Epic. While the Epic stage covers 2 900m of climbing in 85km, the Big Five does 100m more ascent in 10km less distance.
“We started with the men and it was nice and steady for the first few kilometres until we made a left turn and the first climb started! It was long!! We were 4 girls together at the beginning of the hill but soon we lost Ariane and a little further up the climb we lost Anne” says Jennie after the race.
Stenerhag and Candice raced together for the climb and lost her on the downhill, “I tried to catch up on the next climb and came close at one point but then it was like she put one more gear in and disappeared,” adds Jennie.
She risked it all as she couldn’t see her opponent in front nor behind her, “Some climbs were brutally steep and at one place I had to get off since it felt impossible to ride.”
With support from the sidelines she felt motivated to give it her all for the last 17km.
“I was very happy with the day considering the tummy thing the day before, I was not really sharp during the race which I think made me take extra care on the downhills”
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A Big congratulations to Monique Swart who finished 1st place in the U23 & Overall Elite Women at the Gauteng XCO Cup1 .
Well done to Gerhardt Struwig for finishing 13th Place Gauteng XCO Cup1 race in the Junior Category.
Bike: Stratos CF 1
Nice one, Philip Ayres! Well done for completing 166km and 1600m of climbing on your Stratos CF1, at the 100 Mile Series. #BornToBeFast