Race Highlights From Round 3 of the SA XCO Cup - Produced by WILD AIR Sports
UCI points were up for grabs at the South African XCO Cup Round 3 presented by Insect Science. The beautiful and remote Summerplace Game Reserve an incredible location for South Africa’s best to come together for a heated battle, with the addition of one Aussie!
3 hours North of Johannesburg, the reserve located in the Waterberg has a formidably technical track that puts even the most seasoned XCO racers to the test. At 4.3km long with 185m of elevation gain per lap set at 1350 meters above sea level, the hard work isn’t only due to the unyielding technicality of the terrain.
Watch the riders go shoulder to shoulder in contest for precious UCI and SA Cup points in the Waterberg!
The beauty of Summerplace Game Reserve undoubtedly added to the atmosphere of the event. The location is remote and the riders made the most of the time out there, enjoying the trip, catching up with fellow competitors, and the slow pace of the bushveld.
It was a track of 2 halves, one relentlessly physical and the other incorporating more flow and mellow terrain. The Summer Flow jump line was a firm favourite among the riders!
1st - Philip Buys (01:29:13)
2nd - Johan van Zyl (+ 02:14)
3rd - Arno Du Toit (+ 03:05)
4th - Keagan Bontekoning (+ 03:33)
5th - Cameron Wright (+ 05:06)
1st - Ernest Roets (01:08:12)
2nd - Massimilliano Ambrosi (+ 00:09)
3rd - Justin Swanepoel (+ 01:41)
4th - Ruan Janse van Vuuren (+ 02:02)
5th - Jordan Boshoff (+ 03:16)
1st - Mariske Strauss (01:33:23)
2nd - Candice Lill (+ 04:05)
3rd - Karla Stumpf (+ 19:47)
4th - Liz Pretorious (-1 lap)
5th - Anneke Van Der Walt (-1 lap)
1st - Tyler Jacobs (01:04:50)
2nd - Lillian Baber (+ 05:24)
3rd - Madison Mann (+ 13:50)
4th - Riley Smith ( + 15:42)
5th - Anna Marx (+ 15:59)
Catch the full interviews with the Elite Men HERE
and Elite Women HERE
Great to see riders who can be competitive between the tape but still good mates after the racing is done! Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss will be off in Europe racing on the World Cup circuit in the coming weeks.
A huge thank you goes out to Insect Science and Summerplace Game Reserve for putting on a spectacular event in a beautiful little corner of the world.
Dom Barnardt worked tirelessly behind the lens to capture the scenes of the day!
The 2022 SA XCO Cup will wrap up with the 4th and final round at Thaba Trails in Gauteng province on the 4th of June.
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