Jem and I spent the Easter weekend at the Mountain Bike UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg. WOW! What an amazing event – it was well supported and the crowds were not disappointed with top international riders gracing the downhill, four-cross and cross country courses. South African competitor Burry Stander came 3rd in the cross country event which was held on Saturday and Greg Minnaar, also a local lad, won the downhill event on Sunday which was spectacular to watch. The supporters went mad, blowing Vuvuzelas, chanting the names of riders, jumping up and down, pumping clenched fists into the air, you name it, the noise level was high and the atmosphere was incredibly patriotic. I even got goose bumps on my arms when Greg crossed the line to finish in first place. He must have been overwhelmed to win on his home turf. Well done guys, you made us feel proud to be South Africans!

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