Evans pleas for team work amongst SA’s Worlds hopefuls
Pietermaritzburg – South Africa’s most experienced international marathon mountain biker, Kevin Evans, has urged the host nation’s largest contingent ever to take on the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships to adopt a team mentality and race together in the search of obtaining the best possible result for the country when the 2014 edition is staged in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 29 June.
Outside of the late Burry Stander’s podium finish in 2010, Evans’ eighth in Austria in 2009 is South Africa’s best ever result at the global marathon showpiece and the FedGroup ITEC rider believes 2014 presents the Rainbow Nation with its best ever chance to repeat Stander’s remarkable feat with both the number of riders, as well as home turf working in the local lads’ favour.
Despite his vast experience on the international circuit, Evans however doesn’t expect the help to automatically come his way should the team tactics option become a reality.
“If the team assessed things and said ‘you’re the strongest, we’ll race for you’ then that would be great and I’d give it my all. If it was determined that the best candidate to lead the team was someone else then I’d be just as happy to support them as well,” said the FedGroup ITEC rider.
“It’s all about getting the best possible result for South Africa!”
Evans believes local track knowledge is a further aid in the South African’s bid, particularly after this past weekend’s SA National MTB Marathon Championships were staged on exactly the same course as will be used at Worlds. This, coupled with the travel requirement for all other competitors may also play into the local riders’ hands.
The UCI MTB Marathon World Championships takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on 29 June 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za