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Smith wins junior women's race

Hayley Smith overcame all odds to claim victory in the junior women's race

Hayley Smith overcame all odds to claim victory in the junior women's race (Image credit: Darren Goddard /

As the men's elite cross country event finished, the heavens opened over the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg making the conditions for the women's under 23 and junior women's races of the 2012 UCI MTB World Cup which followed exceptionally difficult.

By the end of their races, most of the competitors were barely recognisable beneath the mud that covered them from head to foot, however, local rider Hayley Smith claimed the junior women's title.

Smith's victory in the junior women's event, which featured an all-South African field, was quite remarkable considering the obstacles she has overcome in the past year.

"I had a heart operation last year in April," she said. "And two weeks after that, I broke my collarbone, so then I was out for another six weeks. So I am really happy just to be here and have made a comeback."

"It was extremely tough," she said. "The conditions made it really hard, but I really still enjoyed myself it was a lot of fun."

The slippery course meant that the competitors had to resort to running in many places. "I was just slipping down on my bum on most of the features and it made it really hard just to ride some sections as they were just totally unrideable," said Smith.

Nicole Erasmus claimed second place, with third going to Savannah Vosloo.

Full Results

Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hayley Smith (RSA) South Africa - B0:59:11
2Nicole Erasmus (RSA) South Africa - B0:04:19
3Savannah Vosloo (RSA) South Africa - B0:06:23
4Mikayla Olivier (RSA) South Africa - B0:12:16
5Marie-Christin Kempf (RSA) South Africa - B0:16:20
6Linda Van Wyk (RSA) South Africa - B0:18:06
7Tayla Odendaal (RSA) South Africa - B0:21:27


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