About four years ago the Border and Eastern Province regions joined under one banner called East Cape Cycling. However, in mountain biking nothing much changed for these regions as they were still operating very independently with regards to XCO. 2014 marked a real change!
Riders from all over the East Cape supported the EC XCO series which consists of five events. Not only was this apparent by the turn out at each event, but the amount of positive feedback and buzz on social media was very reassuring about the direction of XCO in EC.
The highlight of the series is definitely the XCO Champs. This is where riders are crowned East Cape Champs in their respective categories. This year the Champs was held at the Mpekweni resort.
The weather prediction was not good and it turned out to be exactly as predicted….. Very cold and windy! Despite the weather we had just about all the top riders on the start line.
The school’s categories were very well represented and these riders were clearly keen to be crowned as Champs in their age categories. We had close racing and some riders are really getting into XCO at the end of the season – showing a big increase in pace!
This season there was a good tussle between Jason Reed and Marco Joubert who are currently setting the bar for XCO racing in East Cape and on National level in the SA XCO Cup Series.
At Mpekeweni Joubert did not have the legs and Reed was able to set the fastest speeds of the day. 2014 has really been a good one for Reed. He’s had his best XCO season and finished 1st on the SA XCO log for Sub Vet Men. A great achievement! He’ll be joining the rest of the EC Team for the 2014 SA XCO Champs taking place in Johannesburg.
Other riders who impressed this season with top positions in the SA Series Log were: Alex Fanicchi (Nipper Boys); Robyn Emslie (Youth Girls) and Mathew Allen (Junior Boys).
A special thanks to Mpekweni Resort for welcoming us and making their facilities available to the riders. The Oyster Bar was perfect for the prize giving. Also thanks to Momsen Bikes and Universal Power Corp for their continued support throughout the year.
Lappies from The Cycle Asylum in Port Alfred and Craig Hensburg helped to cut and prepare the track. Without their help it would have been impossible to have the race in the middle of the two most active Mountain bike areas in the Eastern Cape.