There are a couple of things you can do in about 18 minutes, you can stand in a long line to get the winning lottery ticket, you can listen to Bill Gates tell you about the latest version of Windows being launched or if your name is Max Knox you could go Win a Big Mountain Bike Race by more than 18 minutes…
This past weekend in Mpumalanga Max Knox showed his class and professionalism when he destroyed a very competitive field that had some of the countries strongest mountain bike riders.
Max Knox tells us more…
“Well Saturday was a very special day for me, one of my personal favourite races of the year was being held in my back yard. After having to wait two years for another crack at the win (last year was not held due to clash of soccer world cup opening ceremony) I was ready and super motivated to make this one count. The First Ascent Big Induna Marathon with approx 120km of ground to cover that includes 3000 meters of climbing laid in wait for the well represented field.”
“I was really impressed with the extra effort that the organisers had put in this year to the race everything flowed smoothly during registration and the weather was beautiful. This set the scene for a great showdown between some of South Africa’s best riders.” Said Knox.
“The 70km race started with the 120km race which added an extra little element as it was giving some young stars there chance to shine against the pro riders. The first loop of Induna has always been very fast and flowing with some of the area’s finest trails all mixed together. The youngsters go really hard at the start, this saw a small lead group form, there were about 8 riders at the head of the race namely Ben Melt Swanepoel (specialised), Pieter Seyffert, Charles Keey, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Paul Cordes (all MTN), HB Kruger and lowveld rising star Lourens Luus, we were all together through the first tech zone at 40km, shortly after that I put in a surge in to see who had good legs on the day, I was surprised as the field split up real quick and I managed to ease out a gap. With 80km to go and 2200 meters of climbing left I knew it would not be any use riding in a group, so I just set about at my own steady pace and it seemed to work well as the time gaps increased. Starting the last loop I got a good time check and knew that barring any mechanicals or a stupid mistake I would be able to take home the big win. So from there on out I just tried to really savour the feeling of being out there in one of my favourite areas. “
“I can’t say enough about the way the course kept riders on the edge and concentrating, a really great mixture of everything that a mountain biker needs was on offer and definite must do for anybody wanting to have a great experience on and off the bike.”
“I think the fact that the route was really testing with plenty of corners, rough ups and downs it suited my Ghost 26 incher to perfection as the time gaps got bigger and I could keep a steady speed. Coming into the finish was really wonderful, to win in front of local supporters who have cheered for me through the years and making it even that much more sweeter was to win it for my new team GHOST-DOITNOW who had come out in full force to be there for me.”
“Anyway, I have two weeks up and until the next big challenge, The Nissan series lies ahead and I cannot wait to get to start line”
Look out for Team GHOST –DOITNOW, coming to Win a race near you soon…..