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2021 SA National Downhill MTB Championships Race Report

The 2021 SA National Downhill MTB Championships was met with epic conditions and a record number of entries Contermanskloof, Paarl in the Western Cape.
From the get-go, competition was fierce with riders primed and ready to compete on the dry and tricky course.

Stefan Garlicki racing the 2021 SA National Downhill MTB ChampionshipsStefan Garlicki

In the Elite Men’s Division, Theo Erlangsen had posted the fastest qualifying time and would be the last rider down the hill in the final. Past South African champions, Stefan Garlicki and Johann Potgieter were in the mix and hot on the heels of Erlangsen making for an exciting final run.

Johann Potgieter racing the 2021 SA National Downhill MTB ChampionshipsJohann Potgieter

Garlicki crossed the line in a time of 01:44.747 to secure 3rd place. Potgieter followed with a blistering time of 01:42.575 to take the hotseat. Erlangsen put down an incredible run to edge out Potgieter with a time of 01:42.480, just 0.095 seconds ahead to emerge victorious and take the 2021 South African Championship.

Theo Erlangsen racing the 2021 SA National Downhill MTB ChampionshipsTheo Erlangsen

In the Elite Women’s DivisionFrankie Du Toit took the overall win and South African championship with a time of 02:07.319, ahead of 2nd place finisher, Beani Thies and her time of 02:08.628. Jessi Nixon rounded off the podium in 3rd place with her time of 02:16.041.

The Junior Men’s Division saw Morgan Louw crossed the line in a time of 01:55.881 to secure 3rd place. Rory Kirk’s time of 01:48.895 saw him take home 2nd, while Ike Klaassen was the fastest on the day with a time of 01:46.618 to be crowned the South African champion. Ike’s time was also the 5th fastest overall on the day.

Ike Klaassen racing the 2021 SA National Downhill MTB ChampionshipsIke Klaassen

2021 SA National Downhill MTB Championships Results

Elite Men (Top 10)
1st Theo Erlangsen – 01:42.480
2nd Johann Potgieter – 01:42.575
3rd Stefan Garlicki – 01:44.747
4th Cullen Mcmaster – 01:46.371
5th Niko Velasco – 01:46.720
6th Adi Van Der Merwe – 01:47.347
7th Connor Finnis – 01:47.938
8th Jason Du Toit – 01:48.476
9th Matt Lombardi – 01:48.746
10th Sharjah Jonsson – 01:49.741

Junior Men (Top 5)
1st Ike Klaassen – 01:46.618
2nd Rory Kirk – 01:48.895
3rd Morgan Louw – 01:55.881
4th Jordan Anastasis – 01:56.721
5th Riley Filen – 01:57.904

Elite Women (Top 3)
1st Frankie Du Toit – 02:07.319
2nd Beani Thies – 02:08.628
3rd Jessi Nixon – 02:16.041

Photos by Grant Mclachlan.

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