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Du Toit, Hatherly in World Champs action
- Updated: September 5, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
African Youth Games champions Frankie du Toit and Alan Hatherly have had a mixed bag of results at the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in Hafjell, Norway.
Du Toit, from Wartburg in KwaZulu-Natal, ended 26th in the junior women’s race.
She raced over four laps for a total of 16.8 kilometres. Her time was 1hr 19min 54sec, +13:38 off the pace as Switzerland’s Nicole Koller won in 1:06:16.
The junior boys went an extra lap for a total distance of 21km. Another KZN product, Hillcrest’s Hatherly ended 56th in the junior men’s event, clocking 1:20:07 and +11:18 behind gold medal-winner Simon Andreassen of Denmark who won in 1:08:49.
Seventeen-year-old Du Toit told Road to Rio 2016 after her race: ‘It was a tough course due to the climbing.
‘All the technical sections were “do-able” but still a little sketchy. The racing is just on a completely different level to in SA – it was very, very tough!
‘But what it did show me is what I need to do in order to get into the top 10 – so it was a rough wake up call!
‘My race was very tough – I fell on the third lap and had to stop for a wheel change because I burped my tyre quite badly. But all in all it was still a good experience.’
Picture by Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA