SPEEDY TOPS START LIST FOR JUICY LUCY MTB SERIES
By Bardy the Action Scribe
African women’s mountain bike champion, Yolande Speedy (IMC Mongoose), will be one of the stars in action at the Juicy Lucy Series, which kicks off on Saturday at Logwood Bike Haven just north of Johannesburg.
Fresh from an impressive 31st place at the recent World Cross-country Championships, Speedy will be chasing yet another title to add to what has been an impressive year. So far in 2007, Speedy has among her list of achievements, won the Mixed title at the Absa Cape Epic and the Subaru Sani2c (both with partner Paul Cordes). She also won the SA marathon championships and the African cross-country championships. With one event remaining she looks set to claim the Mazda Series title and for good measure has added the inaugural Juicy Lucy Series title to her to-chase list.
“I’m planning to do all three events in the Juicy Lucy Series. It’s something new and challenging and much needed for the discipline of cross-country racing,” said Speedy, currently, South Africa’s best Olympic Games female prospect.
There’s only one Olympic discipline for mountain biking and that’s cross-country. A medium duration, high intensity form of lap racing that tests the rider’s fitness, will, skill and strength. In an effort to boost South Africa’s Olympic hopes both in 2008 and beyond, Juicy Lucy has invested in the three-race series, which kicks off on Saturday, followed by an event in October and the final in the November. Each event will take place on a different course. Saturday’s circuit will be fast and flowing, October’s course will be tight and twisty and November’s event will be a combination of the two.
Logwood Bike Haven offers a professionally manicured palette of singletrack that’s become legendary throughout the country. And the Juicy Lucy Series will give riders a chance to test themselves in a safe environment not far from the city.
To ensure that it’s not only Olympic hopefuls that get an opportunity to race, a variety of categories will be catered for, including the Crater Maker class, which is reserved for men that weigh at least 95kg. The other categories are: Junior (Under-19), Senior (19-29), Sub-veteran (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Master (50-plus) and Pro (any age).
There are prizes on offer for top finishers and racing starts at 08h00. To enter or to find out more information, visit www.cultcycling.co.za