2019 SA Downhill Champs moves to Lesotho

Cycling South Africa informs the Downhill MTB community of changes to the current National Cup and National Championships calendar for 2019.

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Due to unforeseen technical circumstances, the SA DOWNHILL National Championships has been moved from the Western Cape to Afriski, Lesotho, from 4-5 May 2019. Photo credit: Andrew McFadden

 

Due to unforeseen technical circumstances, the National Championship round has been moved from the Western Cape to Afriski Lesotho with the following date changes:

  • 4-5 May 2019: SA National Championships / Round 2 – SA Cup Series DH – Afriski, Lesotho
  • 18-19 May 2019: Round 3 – SA Cup Series – Contermanskloof, Western Cape
  • 27-28 July 2019: Round 4 – SA Cup Series – Iron Throne Bike Park, Hartbeespoort, North West
The new event date will combine with the current Round No. 2 of the SA National Cup Series at Afriski Resort on 4 and 5 May 2019. For more details on this event, please contact Peter Peyper (peterp@afriski.net).

 

The Western Cape will now host the third round of the National Cup Series on 18 and 19 May 2019 at Contermanskloof DH track. The previous date of 15 and 16 June now falls away! For event details, please contact the Western Cape DH Commission (chris@chrisnixon.co.za).

 

The fourth and final SA National Cup Series Round for 2019 will be held at Iron Throne Bike Park, Hartebeespoort Cableway on 27 and 28 July 2019.

 

Cycling SA apologises for any inconveniences caused due to the unforeseen adjustments of dates and venues.






10 Comments

Simon123, Mar 27 2019 11:44

LOL.  The irony of holding your own national champs in another country is hilarious. 

Pipsqueak, Mar 27 2019 12:16

April 1 is next week.

Headshot, Mar 27 2019 12:55

What on earth are unforeseen technical circumstances?

nigelhicks, Mar 27 2019 01:12

LOL.  The irony of holding your own national champs in another country is hilarious. 

 

I know - it really is a hoot, but its all I could do. Afriski put up their hands to host the round - and they have lift-access ... so I was not going to turn that offer down.

nigelhicks, Mar 27 2019 01:20

What on earth are unforeseen technical circumstances?

The "unforseen circumstances" are actually very simple.

The Cape were supposed to have the Champs in 2019, as discussed by myself and the governing body in 2018 (as it was their turn to host), but the dates set aside by the UCI were a bugger up ...

 

The UCI set an early date (sort of now - for southern hemisphere countries), and then one in June for the northern hemisphere countries. We are then all meant to stick by these dates as the UCI build the racing season around them.

 

But for our guys to go to Worlds in Canada, the date is later than we need to get visa's etc. so thats a bugger up.

 

Then the Cape guys could not get timing, or land access for the date that the UCI had set, so we tried to change the date, but in each instance, the dates available to us could not work ....

 

So the Cape have kindly forfeited the Champs round this year, and will host a Cup series round as part of their provincial on the 18-19 May, whilst Afriski - who were only supposed to have a Cup Series round will do the National Champs as they are ready to host already.

 

So then the Champs round will go to the Cape in 2020, giving them time to prepare. 

 

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And if that wasnt enough - the date change for the Cape Round to late May, then made the date for the round in Harties (scheduled for mid June) too close, meaning that guys will have to have travelled 3 times in like 6 weeks ... so I needed to make another plan.

 

So I went up to Harties on the weekend and chatted to Charl at Iron Throne, and he said that July (the date we should have had Champs on as set by the UCI) would suit him fine ... so we moved the final cup round to that date ....

 

It was a ball ache I tell you ....

TheJ, Mar 27 2019 01:38

LOL.  The irony of holding your own national champs in another country is hilarious. 

 

Almost as bad as the Tour de FRANCE starting in another country every year...

morneS555, Mar 27 2019 06:38

Lesotho is just another province of Sa...#AskMangosuthoButhelezi

Iwan Kemp, Mar 27 2019 06:57

The "unforseen circumstances" are actually very simple.

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Respect. The sport need more people like you

 

(I'm assuming you're getting paid mega bucks for all your time and effort!)

nigelhicks, Mar 27 2019 07:40

Respect. The sport need more people like you

 

(I'm assuming you're getting paid mega bucks for all your time and effort!)

Thanks Iwan

I believe you are in the WP crew now, so thanks to you too ......

 

As for the mega bucks ... HMMM unfortunately no. I dont get anything... not a cent. I Use my own cash actually. As with this weekend going to Harties - but if you can link stuff (like going to Ed Sheeran with the Wife and mates) then its fine. 

 

CSA do not give any cash to disciplines that are not Olympic, so Enduro and Downhill get ZIPP. ... thats why I need to make plans as I do to keep things running ... Its a hack, but at least we have events ...

 

And think of this - 2 of 4 events this year have LIFT access ....

Just need you captonians to make a plan with the table mountain cable car and we are sorted. hahahahaha

SwissVan, Mar 28 2019 02:14

Well done Mr Hicks
The sport needs heroes like you
👍