Davidson, Hyslop shine in Rwanda?

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top junior cross-country mountain bikers Skye Davidson and Stacey Hyslop stormed through the Africa Continental Mountain Bike Championships held in Musanze, Rwanda over the weekend.

The event which took place in Northern Rwanda, at the foot of the misty Virunga Volcanic Mountain, pulled nine international teams, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Uganda, Kenya, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritius and Rwanda.

In the junior women category, Zimbabwe dominated with Davidson leading the way, scooping gold.

That achievement added to the silver and bronze medals she won at the Continental Road Race and time trial cycling disciplines earlier this year.

Hyslop scooped the silver in her first ever international mountain bike event completing a Zim one and two podium finish.

“The six kilometre track in Musanze was technically very challenging with washed away river crossings, volcanic rock gardens and steep drop offs,” said coach Linda Davidson.

“Racing at 2000m altitude also challenged the athletes but strong discipline and willpower won out in the end.

"Mountain biking is an extremely tough sport at this level and I could not be more proud of the courage and determination shown by these two girls today."

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s junior men also had strong finishes with current national champion Chad Scallan taking sixth place whilst Jake Greenway finished seventh.

Lim Beahan and Thom Haddon finished eighth and ninth respectively in a strong Zimbabwean display of team work.

Elsewhere, in the Elite men's MTB race, current national champion Albert Kirevha and Nkulumo Dube were still battling for honours at the time of going to print.

Comments (1)

Do you talk about the European gentlmen I saw. Oh. Is he a Zimbabwean?

Yves Rugunga - 12 May 2015

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