Recent Mountain Bike News
Oakley Helps Struggling Lesotho National Cycling Send First Team To Mountain Bike World Championships
Lesotho. Ever heard of it? Many people across the globe very well may not know what this word is. It’s not a company. It’s not a type of food. No, Lesotho is in fact a country. Even more, Lesotho is a very proud African country. Landlocked within the confines of South Africa, Lesotho is home to roughly two million plus people. It measures just over 11,500 square miles, has it’s own independent government and form of currency (the Maloti).
If given the challenge, you’d have a harder time finding a race that Nino Schurter HASN’T won in his professional mountain biking career, rather than the alternative. The Swiss cross-country specialist has two Olympic medals to his name (bronze in 2008 in Beijing and silver in 2012 in London), two UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (2009, 2012), double digit career UCI Mountain Bike World Cup victories as well as two overall World Cup titles (2010, 2012).
It doesn’t get any better than this for Greg Minnaar. The local boy, the reigning UCI Mountain Bike World Champion. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is where Minnaar grew up and it just so happens to be the venue for the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships. While the reigning champ describes his 2013 season as “average,” there’s no doubt the South African has saved a little something special in the tank for his triumphant return home.