When it comes to the Cross Country Eliminator Aussie Paul Van Der Ploeg is a natural. Oh and a World Champion. However with a recent shoulder surgery and not a single XCE race since Pietermartizburg last year, the odds were against him.
The weather was no picnic either, the heavens opened up and the rains poured down. From the start line there was about 3 metres of hard wooden boards and then the real fight for traction began. There simply was not a 100% chance to lay down power bar the finish straight, it was all about picking your chances and staying upright. …View More