UCI MTB World Champs

Hopefully you’ll have picked up the September issue of Full Sus early enough to read this and take note, the 2015 UCI MTB World Champs are taking place from the 1st to the 6th of September in Vallnord, Andorra. There’s a good contingent of SAFFA’s and adopted SAFFA’s out there, with the likes of perennial local fan favourite Nino Schurter and ABSA Cape Epic heroine Annika Langvad. Nino will be looking to add the World Champ’s title to his overall World Cup victory while Annika will be doing all she can to hold off Jolanda Neff, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå as she did in the final round of the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup in Italy.

The great South African hope once again rests on the shoulders of Greg Minnaar, who despite his crash at Val di Sole looks to be getting smoother with every passing season. Aaron Gwin though, has been near as unstoppable as Rachel Atherton so far this season so Greg will have to be more than just silky smooth to claim the rainbow stripes.

In the Cross Country format Rourke Croeser is coming off the back of a career best 15th at the Val di Sole World Cup and the ever improving National Champion, Cherie Vale will be looking to make up for a disappointing round in Italy with a big performance in Andorra.

There’s also the Cross Country Eliminator and the Cross Country Relay to look forward to and with spots in the Olympic team to Rio next year up-for-grabs the South African XCO riders will have to compete beyond their best if they hope to impress SASCOC.

Sus the UCI MTB World Champs Schedule:

1 Sept: XCE World Champs

2 Sept: XCR World Champs

3 Sept: Junior XCO World Champs

4 Sept: U23 XCO World Champs

5 Sept: XCO World Champs

6 Sept: DHI World Champs

The weekend’s races will be live on RedBull.com/Bike along with all the usual build-up fanfare with course previews from Claudio Caluori and Co.

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