SA MTB stage race granted UCI status


first_img“It’s essentially a badge of prestige that attracts a higher level of international riders at the competitive end of the race,” Rademeyer added. Prize moneyBy being granted UCI status, a race is obliged to offer a minimum amount of prize money in Euros and pay prize money down to at least 10th position in the men’s and women’s Elite categories on each stage and in the General Classification rankings at the end of the event. Graded events also offer UCI rankings points to top performing riders. The fifth edition of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, which takes place from 20 to 26 October, has attracted some of the biggest names in the world of women’s marathon mountain bike racing. The UCI grading will ensure even more top women and a strong international men’s field in 2014 too. ‘Very pleased’“We are very pleased with this news,” Cape Pioneer Trek Race director Henco Rademeyer, said in a statement on Friday. 6 September 2013 ‘The world’s best racers’“That’s not to say we’ll take any focus off the enjoyment factor for the majority of the entrants, who will, from next year, be competing alongside a number of the world’s best racers.” “It’s been on our list of goals for some time. With not many other international stage races taking place in October, we felt that the combination of the Cape Pioneer Trek’s quality race route, high organisational standards and its calendar position, would all work in our favour. The Absa Cape Epic is the only other South African stage race that holds a UCI grading. The seven-day stage race, which takes place each year in late October in the Western Cape province, has shown appropriate compliance to the UCI’s grading criteria. It will begin as a UCI S2 level status event, the first tier of three for international stage races and can improve its grading over time. Bridge CEO Emile Aldum commented: “The UCI status echoes the level of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek as a world class race and it yet again strengthens our pride in being the title sponsor of such an esteemed event.” The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race has been granted International Cycling Union (UCI) race status for 2014, making it only the second South African stage race to be awarded the prestigious classification. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gautam Navlakha gets interim protection from arrest till December 2


first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to activist-journalist Gautam Navlakha till December 2 for his role in the Elgaar Parishad case.A single Bench of Justice P.D. Naik was hearing the anticipatory bail plea filed by Mr. Navlakha on November 4. However, the same Bench had directed him to go to sessions court first. After the Pune sessions court rejected his plea, he moved the HC again.The court said the plea will be heard along with that of another co-accused Prof Anand Teltumbde who too has been granted protection from arrest from HC.While refusing to quash the FIR filed against him by the Pune Police, a division Bench of HC had held, “we are satisfied that the investigating agency has material to connect Mr. Navlakha in the subject crime. The investigation is still in progress. Considering the nature and magnitude of the conspiracy, in our opinion, the investigating agency is required to be given sufficient time to unearth the evidence against Mr. Navlakha especially when the scope of investigation is not restricted to Bhima-Koregoan incident but activities leading to the incident and subsequent activities as well are the subject matter of investigation.”In an affidavit filed by the Pune Police in Mr. Teltumbde’s case, the prosecution had said, “there is incriminating evidence against him and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under which he has been booked does not allow for anticipatory bail.”last_img read more