HARARE - Zimbabwe Juniors Mountain Biking team got a rude awakening at the World Championship MTB in Andorra on Thursday.
Stacey Hyslop finished on 37th position out of 45 in a disappointing showing.
Skye Davidson pulled out of the race due to injury. Davidson fell twice on the second lap and was forced to abandon the race with a severe leg wound.
Italy’s Martina Berta won the race ahead of Britain’s Evie Richards and Ida Jansson, who finished second and third, respectively.
The junior male representatives — Chad Scallan and Liam Beahan — finished a distant 83 and 85 respectively among 89 participants at the same championships won by Simon Andreassen of Denmark.
Germany’s Maximilian Brandl came second while Colombia’s Egan Bernal finished third.
Zimbabwe Mountain Biking association head coach Wayne Davidson said the performance was encouraging considering that the country was participating in their first World Championships since 2006.
“I think as a debut appearance this is a very solid performance- much will be needed to be dome from a development perspective to achieve top 20 results consistently — but we could not reasonably have expected more from these kids,” Davidson told the Daily News yesterday.
“This is the first time since Tim Jones in 2006 that Zimbabwe has managed to qualify for the World Championships.
“Tim Jones was a full Elite level professional — probably the cycling version of Peter Ndlovu — he was an exceptional talent and maybe not a true reflection of his abilities when he raced this event and was a non-finisher due to mechanical issues.”