After weeks of intense training with coach Tiaan Odendaal in the KZN Gravity MTB Development Program, the team had an outstanding start to the 2019 Greg Minnaar Cycles KZN Gravity Series. 

Starting with the SAPPI Howick Enduro on 3rd March, the riders put their new skills to the test with amazing results! Ongezo Mini had a strong race to finish in 5th Junior Women with an overall time of 31:19, followed by her Velosolutions Izimbali teammate, Aphiwe Goge in a total time of 40:26 which placed her as 2nd Sub-Junior Women.

All five male riders finished inside the top 20 of their age categories. Sakhile Langa placed 8th Youth Men, followed by Bluff Meat Supply Pro-Am Team rider Mncendisi Mkhize in 9th place Youth Men. In the Junior Men category, Sanele Hadebe was 14th place, followed by Bluff Meat Supply Pro-Am Team rider Wanda Myeza in 16th place. Lungani Mbambo rounded out the results in 20th place Senior/Elite Men.

The following weekend saw the first round of the Regional Downhill Series presented by Greg Minnaar Cycles which also doubled the first round of the South African National Downhill Cup Series held at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg.

Ongezo Mini made history as the first black female to compete in the Downhill Junior Women's elite category and proudly claimed 3rd position for her brave efforts! Aphiwe Goge also wowed with her fearless technical skills to win the Sub-Junior Women's category.

The boys yielded equally impressive results with Sanele Hadebe achieving 10th place in the very competitive Junior Men's elite category in his first National Downhill race with a time of 3:53.17. Sakhile Langa put in another compelling performance finishing 6th place Youth Men with a time of 4.12.67

"Regardless of the results, we are extremely proud of these riders who have taken on the daunting challenge of competing in Enduro and Downhill racing for the first time," says Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy. "They have grabbed the opportunity with both hands and are showing strong potential as versatile athletes in the gravity disciplines. We can't wait to see how they will improve and excel in the remainder of the season!"

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