Team Zimbabwe has arrived in Vallnord, Andorra and are training ahead of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships which begin this week (1-6 September 2015). The team of four – Chad Scallon of St John’s College, Liam Beahan of Falcon College, Skye Davidson of Hellenic Academy and Stacey Hyslop of Peterhouse College – today sampled the terrain which is very different from their Zimbabwean training course, including extreme mountain drops, severe downhill mountain switchbacks and high altitude conditions. Course inspection takes place tomorrow (31 August) with the championship races opening on Tuesday.
2105 marks the fourth time that Vallnord Bike Park Masasna in Andorra has hosted the MTB World Championships, having done so successfully in 2008, 2009 and 2013. The weeklong championships include downhill and cross country, individual and team events. The competition serves as a selection event for national representatives to qualify to bike in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2015 marks the first time that Zimbabwe has sent junior representatives to world competitions in four cycling disciplines; in addition to the mountain bike championships, Zimbabwe is sending participants for BMX as well as to road cycling and triathlon world championships, the latter two which are both in the United States later this month.