With a successful UCI World Cup season behind him, and the U23 World Championship jersey on his shoulders, Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly returns to South Africa to finish off his season with some of the Western Cape’s most spectacular stage racing.
The result in Canada, on “one of the hardest tracks on the [World Cup] circuit”, according to Hatherly, is the South African’s most memorable result in a roller coaster season of racing. The 22-year-old broke both his wrists in February in a mountain bike stage but bounced back in April to claim a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Get ready to saddle-up young mountain bikers for the 2018 season of the Spur Schools MTB League – it’s set to be better than ever. The Southern Cape will kick off the series at Klipheuwel Trail Park on 19 May, while the Western Cape date is set for 9 June at Southey Vines Cycle Park in Somerset West.
On Sunday morning, 30 September, Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi lined up in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, close to the southern shores of Lake Zurich for the start of the Swiss Marathon Championships. One hundred kilometers – and over 3,700m of climbing – later the Swiss powerhouse came home ahead of compatriot Esther Süss to reclaim her national jersey in the discipline, adding the 2018 honour to her victories in 2016 and 2013.
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