UCI MTB World Championships 2013

Rider Cat Result
Mariske Strauss Elite U23 8th

UCI MTB World Championships World Championship 2013 – South Africa

To do well in a World Championships everything has to come together on that one day. Months of hard training and sacrifice all come down to 90 minutes of adrenaline-fuelled carnage on the track and can end with ecstasy or despair.

The despair started early when the call came that David Fletcher would not be selected by British Cycling, despite a career best result in Canada and a fight back from injury that was nothing short of remarkable. Not only this but they would actually take neither a senior man or women full stop! This was obviously a blow but we had a secret weapon – the pocket rocket! Mariske Strauss!

UCI MTB World Championships Mariske had based her entire season around this one race. It was her home country with a home crowd and she was ready!

Mariske raced in a strong looking South African team for the relay but struggled with the high pollen and not setting a fast time it made the anxiety even stronger for the main race. The mental strength this girl has is incredible though and when she took the start line on Friday afternoon there was little doubt that she would perform.

UCI MTB World Championships A bad start, however (caught behind a crash) put her back in the late twenties meaning there was some work to do to gain a result. By lap 2 Mariske was knocking on the door of the top 10 until a huge crash in the rock garden set her back once again. After composing herself and pushing all sorts of pain thresholds Mariske finished in 8th place.

Mariske Strauss – 8th best Under 23 XC Mountain Biker in the World!

It may not have been the podium she craved but it was a phenomenal result and with the XC Eliminator still to go anything could happen.

XC Eliminator is a short course of around 2minutes where 4 racers go neck and neck and compete through heats where the top 2 progress until there are just 4 remaining in the final.

UCI MTB World Championships Mariske was an outsider as she entered the race on Sunday morning but after easing through the opening heats her competitors looked worried. Was this to be her podium moment? It was looking good until a massive crash whilst looking certain to reach the semi-final left her on the floor with some nasty bruising and some shattered dreams.

Mariske may have missed the podium she wanted but her team were incredibly proud of her achievements and know that the podium is waiting. Her moment will come.

Photo Album - World Championships - South Africa