SA’s Strauss ‘ready to roll’ at world championships

Team South Africa’s Commonwealth Games cyclist Mariske Strauss lines up for her eighth UCI Mountain Bike Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland this weekend, writes MARK ETHERIDGE. And while she may... Read more
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Team South Africa’s Commonwealth Games cyclist Mariske Strauss lines up for her eighth UCI Mountain Bike Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland this weekend, writes MARK ETHERIDGE.

And while she may have been shaken by a fall at a recent World Cup event in La Bresse, France her fighting spirit has been stirred.

‘I had a crash at the last World Cup where my chain snapped on the first lap and my knee got a bit bashed but it’s not too bad,’ the Durbanville-based racer told Team South Africa.

‘I’m just looking to go from strength to strength and I’m ready to roll. Touch wood I’ve been very healthy so far… been taking all my vitamins, had no serious injuries, doing all my rehab exercises etc.’

Strauss will be lining up for her fourth World Champs as an elite rider and isn’t putting any undue expectations on her slender, yet steely-strong shoulders.

‘I’m trying to focus on just giving it my best, giving it all and staying calm – this is what I do daily so I must just focus on what I can can do on the day.’

Strauss will stay in Europe after her race on Saturday as she’s also racing the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in Auronzo, Italy the following weekend.

‘Of course my main focus is on the cross-country event but with marathon champs just a week later I thought I’d give it a go. It’ll be more of a “fun race” than anything else but who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised,’ she laughed.

On the Lenzerheide venue, she went on: ‘I raced here two years ago and it looks pretty much the same, with not too much out of the ordinary.

‘Myself and JP van Zyl [mechanic] have just checked it out. It looks great., a little bit slippery in sections but much the same as the last time I raced it here for that World Cup two years ago.’

Strauss’s best finish to date at World Championships came last year when she was 24th in Cairns, Australia.

PHOTO: Strauss in action at the World Cup in La Bresse, France, by Anna Buick/Silverback, OMX Pro Team

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