EC XCO Champs – Port Elizabeth
A big shout out to Graeme Daly for keeping XCO Racing alive in Port Elizabeth! In my books XCO racing is where every young cyclist should start their cycle racing. It teaches you to have fun while riding your bike. Jumping, sliding, sprinting… and crashing. While doing that you learn a whole bunch of skills just by having fun!
Podium positions Junior and Youth men
XCO & Top class local racers
John Lee Augustyn started as a young XCO racer with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club and ended up as one of the talented riders at the Tour de France. You don’t get better than riding for Team Sky as he did. It is a great shame his cycling career was cut short by a bad fall resulting in a hip replacement. We will always remember him as one of the very best talented SA riders whose name back then was often mention along with that of Chris Froome. John Lee was in a league of his own and an inspiration to many young riders!
Marco Joubert is a more recent example of a young rider from the Eastern Cape who focused on XCO. As John-Lee he also honed his skills as part of Fat Track Mountain Bike Club. Last year he had a couple of good results as a young Professional cyclist. This year he is really settling in with some good podium finishes against some of the best SA Mountain Bike racers. When given the chance he can also stay with the best on the road. As was the case with this year’s Herald Road race.
It is great to see a lot of up and coming youngster doing the same by focusing on XCO. Many world class road cyclists started out with XCO and crossed over to road like Cadel Evans and Peter Sagan.