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.
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.
On Friday afternoon 8 September 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly executed a tactical masterclass to wrestle the U23 UCI XCO World Championship jersey onto his shoulders.
Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly takes aim at the U23 World title on Friday afternoon on a natural course, littered with roots and slick wood sections, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. And mountain bike fans can follow the bar-to-bar action live!
The weather gods did not play along for Alan Hatherly’s final UCI XCO World Cup race as an U23 rider. The last round of the 2018 World Cup season was hosted in the cold and wet French town of La Bresse.
In the second edition of the Carpathian Mountain Bike Epic, hosted near the city of Brașov in central Romania, Team Spur’s Ariane Lüthi showed her class through the challenging mountainous terrain to claim the overall victory after four days of intense 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.
On Sunday, 12 August in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada Team Spur’s Alan Hatherly controlled an explosive race in the U23 Men’s category to win his first-ever UCI XCO World Cup.