9th Team in World Cup Pietermaritzburg South AfricaGepubliceerd op: 13 april 2014
PIETERMARITZBURG – The first round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place in South Afrika this weekend. In Pietermaritzburg Blaza Klemencic, Lisa Mitterbauer and Ruben Scheire defended the colors of Feenstra-Felt p/b Kenda.
World Cup One South Africa were bad luck costs Scheire top rank
The 5.7 kilometer course was completely new and a lot tougher from the one riders saw last fall at the world championships, and most riders consider it to be harder. Riders technical skill were challenged on multiple Rock gardens and jumps, and gave them no chance to rest with various steep climbs per lap.
Lisa competed in the Ladies U-23 category and the young Austrian girl did very well ending in 5th position after a hard race. The Under-23 race was won by Swedish national champion Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo). ,,In the beginning I could keep up with Rissveds but then I over paced and had to slow down a little bit but, I'm satisfied with this result'', told Mitterbauer.
Swiss Jolanda Neff claimed her Woman elite Cross Country World Cup win at the same Cascades MTB Park where she won her Under 23 World Championship title last year, as she held off the experienced Gunn-Rita Dahle (41) and team mate Maja Wloszczowska in harsh conditions on Sunday afternoon. Klemencic was in 7th place until the last lap when dropped to 11th place. Not bad at all considering that see was pulled back due to a crash during training.
The World Cup races at Cascades MTB Park came to a thrilling end with the elite men's cross country final that saw Julien Absalon claim his maiden victory in South Africa. BMC MTB Racing's Absalon started slowly but, soon found himself locked in a titanic tussle with Pietermaritzburg favourite and three time winner at the venue, Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing, and the expected fascinating final two laps had the large crowd abuzz with excitement.
Feenstra-Felt-Kendas Ruben Scheire could easy consolidate his place within the top-30 until he got a flat tyre just after the service post. ,,Unfortunately I flatted and in quite a bad place too so I had to ride far with the flat, but that's racing'', said Scheire. The young Belgian was feeling strong. ,,I certainly had good legs but, this just was not my lucky week I think.'' Scheire ended 42st after half a round on a flat rear wheel. ,,I'm
happy with my good shape but , not with the result.''
With these tree results the team managed to get 9th in the overall team ranking this weekend that was won by Merida.
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano now moves to Cairns, Australia, for round two of both the Downhill and Cross-country, plus the first round of the Eliminator, taking place April 25-27.