The big names in mountain bike racing continue to confirm their participation at the South Africa round of the 2009 Nissan UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, from 10-12 April. Joining the list of top stars is Frenchman Julien Absalon, currently the biggest name in cross-country mountain bike racing.
Absalon has been the dominant cross-country racer at major events over the past few years, having claimed 17 World Cup victories, four consecutive world titles (2004ÔÇô2007) and the gold medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. He has also been the overall winner of the World Cup Series four times ÔÇô 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The 28-year-old Frenchman, who races for the Orbea international team, has stated that his goals for 2009 are to win a fifth overall World Cup title and a fifth World Championship crown. He is already the record holder for number of victories in both competitions.
The Pietermaritzburg round of the World Cup is sponsored by DCM Chrome and incorporates the cross-country, downhill and 4X disciplines. It takes place in Pietermaritzburg from 10-12 April with tickets available from as little at R30 per person, which can be purchased on the event’s website, www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za