KZN mountain biker Hatherly takes Elite title in Mauritius



May 15, 2017
KZN mountain biker Hatherly takes Elite title in Mauritius

Alan Hatherly

Rio Olympics mountain biker, Alan Hatherly, won the men’s Elite XCO title at the African Continental Champs in Mauritius at the weekend.

He outclassed fellow countryman Stuart Marais, and Mauritian Yannick Lincoln to claim the title in a time of 1hr 20min 18sec over five laps.

“Solid points in the bag ahead of Europe next week,” commented the 21-year-old after the race.

Earlier in the week Hatherly put in a request to race in the Elite category, instead of Under-23, in which he was the defending champion.

His decision was based on the additional UCI points available for an Elite win (200) – Under-23 carries just 60 UCI points.

Hatherly’s goal was always the title, additional points for his up-coming European UCI XCO World Cup campaign was the real reason behind the mission to race in Mauritius.

As expected, the weather played a big role on the day. It had been raining all week on the Indian Ocean Island, making track conditions challenging.

Hatherly managed to get the hole shot into the first corner after the downhill start and entered the single-track in the lead.

Hatherly led out of the single-track and on to the first road section, where he was overtaken by Arno du Toit.

“The road was completely waterlogged. Arno had changed to mud tyres just before the race, so he overtook me there because he wasn’t slipping as much.

“Then, as we hit the first climb it was myself and Arno. The climb kicked up and Hatherly put in an attack near the top of the climb, ‘to test the waters’.

“At the top I had about 10 seconds and from there it was pretty much just controlling the gap, making sure that it wasn’t closing.” 

 African News Agency 

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