Team Spur has had a busy May, with international events across Europe and South Africa. Ariane Lüthi was victorious in the three-day Belgian Mountain Bike Challenge (BeMC) in the Ardennes region at the start of the month before returning home to Stellenbosch, South Africa for a few weeks. Alan Hatherly and the rest of the support team also return to a wintery Cape Town this week after a successful stint chasing UCI World Cup glory in Germany and the Czech Republic.
While back in South Africa Ariane took on the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near the Addo Elephant park with a new partner, but old friend, Robyn de Groot from Team Ascendis Health. The pair have raced each other countless times but never partnered up to compete in a two-person team before. The highly-anticipated partnership delivered on expectations as Ariane and Robyn kept a clean record of wins over the challenging three-day race and rode away with the women’s category title. Ariane is currently the women’s world number-one-ranked XCM rider and returns to Europe for more marathon duties.
Alan’s May adventures included the second and third rounds of the UCI World Cup Series. A top-10 result in Albstadt, Germany followed by a third place in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic in the U23 men’s races has Alan ranked inside the top-10 U23 riders in the World Cup Series and, crucially, gives him second-row start for the next World Cup in July
Before hopping on the plane back home, Alan and the team headed to the Czech capital Prague for a few days to compete in the famous Prague Stairs Race. Alan decided to take in some sight-seeing beforehand, and rode 180km from the World Cup venue in Nove Mesto to Prague the day prior to the race on Monday. The 25-year-old race is a brutal classic and, as its name reveals, features countless flights of stairs as riders battle it out in an urban XCO format through the historic streets of the old town. The short loop takes riders around three minutes to complete and with just 35 minutes of racing in total it offers riders very little chance to relax. Alan pulled off a strong result, working his way from a mid-pack start to finish eighth in a strong Elite men’s field.
Source: Team Spur