Moolman-Pasio Wild-Carded into World Marathon Championships

Road-race-ace Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has been drafted into the South African squad for the upcoming World XCM championships.

The Bicycling Editors |

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, on a mountain bike?  True story, as Cycling South Africa’s MTB Commission has announced the riders who will represent South Africa at the upcoming UCI XCM World Championships on the island of Elba on 2 October, 2021.

🇿🇦 Elite Women
Robyn de Groot
Sarah Hill
Theresa Ralph
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

🇿🇦  Elite Men
Matthys Beukes
Gert Heyns
Robert Hobson
Kabelo Tshukudu
Tlotlo Selala

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, current e-Sports World Champion and ranked 14th in the UCI Road rankings, has been extended a wildcard entry for this year’s Championships by the UCI. Ashleigh is no stranger to mountain-biking, having competed at many local stage MTB events around the country. Due to the mountainous terrain, the route aligns with her climbing abilities positioning Moolman-Pasio as an exciting addition to the team.

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The newly designed Monte Calamita track on the island’s southeast region promises a healthy mix of ⛰️ steep climbs, technical single tracks, fast firebreaks, old mule tracks and dirt roads.

Elite Women
📍Distance: 80km (2 laps)
📈 Ascent: 3100m

Elite Men
📍 Distance: 115km  (3 laps)
📈 Ascent: 4500m

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