The dust had not quite settled for the Insect Science mountain bike (MTB) team as they are shifting their focus towards the next round of the Limpopo MTB XCO championship this Saturday the 29th of May. This was after their competitive outing at the fourth round of the South African MTB XCO Cup on Saturday the 22nd of May.
The Insect Science sponsored Limpopo MTB XCO round will be held at Stanford Lake College. The SA XCO Cup round took place at the course of the Iron Throne MTB Park at Hartbeespoort. Arno du Toit who competed in the men’s division, was rewarded with a fine third place for his efforts amongst a competitive field of riders.
Keagan Bontekoning also competed in the same category as du Toit and crossed the line in fifth position. The team’s female rider, Danielle Strydom, missed out on a podium position with a strong fourth place in the women’s race. Gunther Katzke raced in the junior category and finished his race in fifth place.
Teammate Herman Fourie completed the race, albeit outside the top 10. Riders from the Insect Science MTB team also had quite an outing from the 22nd until the 24th of May at the 2021 Sani2C adventure race in KwaZulu-Natal. In the overall classification in the women’s team rider’s division, the Insect Science team was rewarded with an excellent third place.
Alan Gordon rode consistently over the 265km route to eventually finish in fourth place. About the Sani2C, this marathon race begins on a small sheep farm near the country’s mother of all mountain passes, the Sani Pass in the southern Drakensberg. Pedalling across a section of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands mist belt, riders negotiate scenic dairy and timber farms, glide through indigenous forests and soar down a breath-taking pass into the Umkomaas Valley before crisscrossing a nature reserve and sugar cane farms that eventually leads them to the shores of the Indian Ocean.
About the SA XCO Cup and Limpopo XCO championship, XCO is the abbreviation for Cross-Country Olympic which is part of the Olympic programme. Cross-country races are held over undulating circuits with technical descents, forest roads, rocky paths and obstacles between 4 to 6km in distance. The race times varies from one hour and 20 minutes up to one hour and 40 minutes, depending on the category.