Silverback’s rider, Luke Moir won the junior men race at the first WC MTB XCO which took place at Bloemendal Wine Estate in Cape Town, South Africa.
Matthew Lochner, Silverback Stratos Pilot finished seconds and Eben Baasden completed the junior men’s podium. Luke completed his 4 laps in a time of 54 minutes and 8 seconds, 2 minutes ahead of Matthew.
Bring It On
With a heat index reading of 45 degrees, “hot” would be an understatement when describing the temperatures experienced at the first round of the Western Province Cross Country Series.
From the start gun, Luke piled on the pressure as he used the Elite men (who started two minutes before the Juniors) as motivational targets.
The fast start and hot weather took its toll on Luke during the first two laps. He admitted not having experienced those sorts of conditions even in training.
With much-needed ice bottles and words of encouragement in the tech zones from dad and mechanic Clint Elliot from The Bike Park Uitsig, Luke settled into a rhythm in Laps three and four whilst continuously extending his lead over the Junior men field. He passed all but two of the Elite riders on his way to winning his category.
This first race of the season was used to gauge Luke’s strength, fitness and mental preparations as he builds up to the first World Junior Series race in Bayoles, Spain on 22 February.
After being announced as the UCI number one ranked Junior boy in the world starting the season earlier in January, Luke is focused on maintaining a high ranking in the hope of a front row start for the World Championship which will be hosted in Albstadt, Germany in June this year.
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Results: Junior Men
Luke Moir 52:08
Matthew Lochner 54:05
Eben Baasden 54:22