Shlomi and Cherie were in action for the opening round of South Africa’s National XC Series this weekend in Port Elizabeth.
The course was steep, rocky and technical both ascending and descending, and with temperatures in the high 20s it made for a demanding day’s racing.
What undoubtedly heightened spirits was the prospect of racing for the first time on their new Silverback bikes! It is often hard to race on a new and unfamiliar bike but feedback was immediately positive and spirits were high.
Cherie got the racing underway for Novus OMX Pro Team and quickly settled into second position. The commentator was full of praise for Cherie’s smooth bike handling but Cherie was in fact finding it difficult to find her rhythm. Nonetheless, a solid start to the series and more race conditioning under her belt.
Shlomi found himself pitted against many of South Africa’s top talents, plus a handful of international visitors, many of whom are gearing up for the infamous Cape Epic. As with Cherie, Shlomi struggled to find his fast legs and really get into the race. The heat was a problem for Shlomi who, after a fast start, had to back off the pace set by front runners such as Philip Buys and Emil Lindgren and just put in the best performance he could on the day. Ninth place was a good round-off to a tough couple of weeks’ training in the Southern hemisphere sunshine.
Many thanks to Ewald Sadie for the fantastic photography – http://www.esphotography.co.za/