Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard won the final stage of the Perskindol Swiss Epic on Saturday, 16 September to finish second overall on GC in the women’s category. “What a great week of racing!” commented an ecstatic Ariane after the finish of the 45km final loop around Zermatt, which included some 1900m of climbing. The Team Spur-Wallonie pair finished in 3 hours and 24 minutes, six minutes ahead of the Meerendal CBC outfit of Jennie Stenerhag and Esther Süss who did enough to win the overall.
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Thursday’s Stage 3 of the Perskindol Swiss Epic served up a wet and muddy day, which played into the hands of Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and her Belgian partner, Alice Pirard. Race organisers were forced to shorten the stage due to severe rains forecast, the already short stage was cut to just 42km with some 1700m of climbing.
Stage 2 at the 2017 Perskindol Swiss Epic was a close battle at the front of the Elite Women’s field. On the thrilling technical descents between the lung-busting Alpine climbs, Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard put pressure on the leaders, Team Meerendal/CBC’s Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag, throughout the 70km stage.
Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard finished second behind Team Meerendal CBC (Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag) on Stage 1 of the Perskindol Swiss Epic, after suffering a double puncture early on in the event’s Queen Stage over 92km with 3000m of climbing.
Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi and Alice Pirard will start Tuesday’s Stage 1 of the Perskindol Swiss Epic in the leaders jerseys after winning the Prologue on Monday, 11 September in style. According to Lüthi, the pair rode within themselves over the 18km route yet finished with a 1 minute 54 second gap over their closest challengers, the Team Meerendal CBC outfit of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag.
Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly capped off his best ever XCO season by finishing in second place in the U23 Men’s race at the UCI MTB World Champs in Australia, on Friday 8 September. Hatherly completed the six laps of the 4.3km course in 1:17:57, some 11 seconds behind New Zealand’s, Sam Gaze who won his second straight U23 World Championship, Maximilian Brandl of Germany rounded out the podium.
With UCI MTB World Champs currently the talk of the Mountain Bike world, SA’s U23 podium contender, Alan Hatherly provides some insights on the course ahead of race day.
Team Spur had a busy weekend of racing as Ariane Lüthi takled the Swiss Marathon Champs and Alan Hatherly took on the final round of the UCI XCO World Cup series in Italy.
A valiant effort at Mont Sainte-Anne sees Alan Hatherly within reach of an overall series podium in the UCI U23 World Cup series, with one round remaining. Visa delays saw Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly arrive in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada only 15 hours before the start of the Men’s U23 race at the UCI XCO World […]
Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly is the 2017 South African Elite men’s cross country champion. Racing with the #1 board from his consistent season at the SA XCO Cup series, Hatherly lead from start to finish over the 7-lap course at Mankele Bike Park in Mpumalanga to take the title ahead of Philip Buys in second and Matthys Beukes in third.
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