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19 Jun, 2015

Excitement builds for downhill cup finale

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The 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series draws to a close when the curtain falls after the final rounds of both XCO and DHI, which take place at Cascades MTB Park, KwaZulu-Natal, on 27-28 June. © Craig Dutton/pics2go.co.za
The 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series draws to a close when the final rounds of both XCO and DHI take place in a thrilling finale at Cascades MTB Park, KwaZulu-Natal, on 27-28 June.

The mix of superb Downhill riders competing on the Sunday will provide for an electrifying event.

The first DHI round at Contermanskloof, Cape Town, saw Team Solid Reverse rider Stefan Garlicki (sponsored by Investec) take the Men’s Elite victory after a number of podium finishes but never the number one spot.

Stefan was over the moon with his win and credited it to his massive support base, more time on the bike, and the right frame of mind going in.

Sports Nut Team rider, Samuel Bull, won round two of the DHI Cup Series at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, three seconds ahead of Tiaan Odendaal – no stranger to the podium himself.

Tian took the win in the third round at Mankele MTB Park in Mpumalanga, and a top three position in each round has placed him on the top of the series log with 650 points.

On Sunday 28 June, Tiaan will compete to defend his overall cup series title.

Among names placed near top of the log are Christopher Philogene (465 points), Sam Bull (443), Timothy Bentley (354) and Kelvin Purchase (351).

Bull, Garlicki and Johann Potgieter are currently in Europe competing in World Cup and European Cup events, while Bentley will be in Canada and will not be taking part in the last round of the SA DHI Cup Series.

Stihl 2015 SA MTB Cup Series Results Co-ordinator, Grevile Ruddock, says: “While the top end of the Downhill Series is not as close as the XCO, there is still much that can change within the categories, and, with DHI perhaps being less predictable, we are certainly in for some exciting racing at Cascades on 28 June!”

To view the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series log (DHI) after three rounds, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20150426_SA-Downhill-Series-Log-2015-3.pdf.

Although there are no changes to the DHI on Sunday, be advised of the changes in Saturday’s XCO programme. The updated Standard Programme of Events can be downloaded here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20150511_CSA-MTB-Std-Program-XCO-DHI-2015-4a-0ldm.pdf.

Online pre-entries are open, and close on Tuesday 23 June. Click here to enter: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/enter-an-event/mtb/2015---mtb---sa-cup-series-4-xco--dhi.aspx. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee.