Entry for spectators to the event will be free of charge.


Media Accreditation

Invitation to recognised media to apply for accreditation
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Are you already accredited with the UCI:

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Unless advised to the contrary, your accreditation will be processed, and will be available for collection at the media centre at the competition venue.

Should you have any further queries, please contact:
Kyle Gilham
Gameplan Media
+27 31 764 3017

We look forward to welcoming you to the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg!



Accommodation elements for the event are being managed by Ecco Tours and Nathan Levendall and the Ecco Tours team will gladly assist you where they can to ensure you have the best solution for your needs.

Please contact Nathan at  directly for assistance.



From Durban :
• Take N3 to Pmb
• Take Armitage Road turnoff at Liberty Midlands Mall
• Follow road to the left (away from mall) and go through “car dealership land” till big traffic circle
• Around circle and follow signs to Greys Hospital
• Go past Greys and through robot till McCarthy Road – cascades on the right
There are a number of ways to get to Pietermaritzburg and South Africa now has three international airports – OR Tambo in Johannesburg (450km from Pmb), Cape Town (1400km from Pmb) and King Shaka International in Durban (90km away).

Most international airlines fly into South Africa and nearly all of them arrive into OR Tambo in Johannesburg or Cape Town. King Shaka International airport has limited international flights arriving there but all domestic airlines fly into King Shaka in Durban.

The best suggested option for teams is to fly into Johannesburg and then either fly on to Durban and travel by car to the venue or there are also 7 x flights directly in Pietermaritzburg’s Oribi Airport per day. Another option is to collect vehicles in Johannesburg and drive to Pietermaritzburg which is situated 450km from Johannesburg and is an easy 4 – 5 hour drive.
The event organisers are very pleased to announce that South African Airways (SAA) is an official event partner and is offering all teams and riders travelling to the event – from whichever departure destination in the world – preferential rates and special travel benefits including extra weight allowances and free transport of one bike per passenger, up to 23kgs. Please note that this applies only to SAA flights. SAA cannot offer this on any partner or codeshare airline unfortunately. The SA website reflect the sporting allowance and conditions of carriage.To find out more about these offers, as well as others should the SAA option not suit best, please contact Rajes Govender and her team which includes Mahesh Naidoo at Consolidated Travel and they will do all that they can to assist in the best way possible.

The contact details for the relevant role players at Consolidated Travel are as follows:

Rajes Govender
+27 31 266 6691

Mahesh Naidoo
+27 31 266 6691



Space for teams will be carried out by CRA World Events Management and the people to make contact with in this regard are as follows:

• Victoria Page –  – +27824670696
• Tamica Couzens –


How To Enter

Entries for the Elite UCI MTB Marathon World Championships are done through each national federation.

Entries for the build-up events can be done online by clicking the link below:

SA Marathon Championships

UCI Rainbow Challenge –  28 June 2014


The Event Schedule

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Date Time Event
Thursday 26.06.2014 09.00 – 17.00 Course inspection by the UCI Technical Delegate
Friday 27.06.2014 09.00 – 17.00 Unofficial training
Saturday 28.06.2014 09.00 – 17.00
12.00 –16.30
17.30 – 18.00
Unofficial training
2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – riders registration and accreditations delivery
2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships – Team Managers Meeting

Rainbow Challenge Final
08:00 70km Men 30-34 35-39
08:30 70km Men 40-44 45-49
09:00 70km Men 50-54 55-59
09:30 70km Women 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49
10:00 50km Men 60-64 65-69 70+ & Para Category
10:15 50km Women 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70+
13:00 UCI World Marathon Championships Opening Ceremony
14:00 Rainbow Challenge Awards Ceremony

Sunday 29.06.2014 08.00
2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships Start Men
2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships Start Women
2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships Awards Ceremonies – directly after finish Top 3



Download the full results HERE

1. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 4:15:58
2. Alban Lakata (Aut) 4:19:16 +05:26
3. Christoph Sauser (Sui) 4:20:11 +04:13
4. Urs Huber (Sui) 4:22:56 +06:57
5. Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) 4:23:26 +07:27
6. Bartlomiej Wawak (Pol) 4:23:39 +07:40
7. Roel Paulissen (Bel) 4:24:06 +08:07
8. Robert Mennen (Ger) 4:25:45               +09:46
9. Ilias Periklis (Gre) 4:26:56 +10:57
10. Moritz Malitz (Ger) 4:27:10 +11:11
11. Jiri Novak (Cze) 4:29:35 +13:36
12. Tiago Jorge Oliviera (Por) 4:30:26 +14:27
13. Fredrik Ericsson (Swe) 4:31:27 +15:28
14. Tony Longo (Ita) 4:32:01 +16:03
15. Simon Stiebjahn (Ger) 4:32:39 +16:40
16. Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) 4:33:22 +17:23
17. James Reid (RSA)  4:34:09 +18:10
18. Rourke Croeser (RSA) 4:34:53 +18:54
19. Stephan Sahm (Ger) 4:34:53 +18:54
20. Cory Wallace (Can) 4:35:26 +19:27

1. Annika Langvad (Den) 3:50:53
2. Sabine Spitz (Ger) 3:56:20 +05:26
3. Tereza Hurikova (Cze) 3:59:50 +08:56
4. Esther Suss (Sui) 4:07:07 +16:13
5. Ariane Kleinhans (Sui) 4:11:32 +20:38
6. Robyn de Groot (RSA) 4:12:30 +21:36
7. Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) 4:13:53 +23:00
8. Jeannie Bomford (RSA) 4:22:11 +31:17
9. Alice Pirard (Belgium) 4:28:09 +37:15
10. Regina Genser (Ger) 4:28:50 +37:56


Video Gallery

SuperSport TV broadcast times:

14-Jul-14 23:00 SS8
14-Jul-14 20:00 HD2/SS2/2A
15-Jul-14 7:00 HD2/SS2/2A
16-Jul-14 19:00 HD7/SS7/7N
16-Jul-14 10:00 HD7/SS7/7N
16-Jul-14 5:00 HD7/SS7/7N
17-Jul-14 11:30 HD6/HD1A/SS6/6A
18-Jul-14 23:00 SS8
19-Jul-14 19:00 SS8
19-Jul-14 23:30 HD7/SS7/7N
20-Jul-14 1:00 SuperSport HD5
20-Jul-14 23:00 HD7/SS7/7N
21-Jul-14 7:00 SS8
21-Jul-14 12:30 HD6/HD1A/SS6/6A
23-Jul-14 19:00 HD2/SS2/2A


Langvad untouchable in Marathon World Champs

Denmark’s Annika Langvad wrapped up a hat-trick of women’s world titles at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday entrenching her status as one of the best female endurance mountain bikers in the world.

The result was especially pleasing for the Dane who came to South Africa putting a lot of pressure on herself to win.

“This win is just awesome!” Langvad said afterwards. “My previous two wins I wasn’t really expecting at all but this time I knew I could win and so I put a bit more pressure on myself around so to have come here and got the win despite that little bit of added pressure, is really pleasing!”

“I didn’t expect to win so comfortably in the end though!” she added excitedly.

Familiar with the local conditions having raced in South Africa previously, Langvad looked to stamp her authority on proceedings early on, especially after the non-participation due to illness by Great Britain’s Sally Bigham and early withdrawal by fellow title hopeful Milena Landtwing.

It took Langvad until just after the first tech zone to make her decisive move and her lead was soon a significant one.

“I think riding a full suspension made things a lot easier for me with this terrain and allowed me to recover a lot more,” she explained.

“I also did the Cape Epic, an extremely hard stage race, leading up to World Champs and I came here today in a very similar mood to my Cape Epic mood so I managed to get into a rhythm and just keep pushing and all of a sudden the 74km actually counted down quite quickly!”

“As I got closer to the finish line and I got told I had a good gap, I just said to myself ‘Okay, no mistakes now. Just get down safely and you’ve got the World Championships title again!’ and it was just amazing! I loved every minute of it!”

Germany’s vastly experienced Sabine Spitz showed her pedigree once more as she overcame the rest of the world class field to clinch second place while recently crowned European Champion Tereza Hurikova finished third.

“Early on I tried to go to front so I could keep the speed high because I’ve been involved in two crashes before when the speed was too slow but then Annika made her move between tech zone 1 and 2 and once she opened up a gap it just continued to grow and grow and grow!” said Spitz with a wry grin.

“Annika was just stronger than me, you have to accept just it when someone is stronger than you and she is a deserved World Champion!” she added gracefully.

The renowned competitor also had some high praise for Nick Floros’ widely anticipated course.

“I really liked the course! My first impression of the course when I got here on Monday was very good and it didn’t change at any stage.

“It was different to the marathon courses we get in Europe where you ride mainly on gravel and can be quite boring. Here the landscape was so different and the course was just great!” said Spitz.

With the podium in a class of their own, 40-year-old legend of the sport Esther Süss and fellow Swiss star Arian Kleinhans – who now calls Stellenbosch home after marrying South African Erik Kleinhans – were left to battle it out for the remaining top five positions.

South African national marathon champ Robyn de Groot had the ride of her life as she compiled her solid sixth place yielding effort while birthday girl Jeannie Dreyer finished eighth and was the second local lass across the line.

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1. Annika Langvad (DEN) 3:50:53
2. Sabine Spitz (GER) 3:56:20 +05:26
3. Tereza Hurikova (CZE) 3:59:50 +08:56
4. Esther Suss (SUI) 4:07:07 +16:13
5. Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) 4:11:32 +20:38
6. Robyn de Groot (RSA) 4:12:30 +21:36
7. Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) 4:13:53 +23:00
8. Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) 4:22:11 +31:17
9. Alice Pirard (BEL) 4:28:09 +37:15
10. Regina Genser (GER) 4:28:50 +37:56