30th July 2018

“Dedication and hard work pays off” – these are the words of one of the younger FatTracks members who is making a name for himself in the world of MTB.

14-year-old Marcell Swartz recently claimed the title of SA XCO Champ in his age category AND the title of the SA Cup national series winner!

Marcell is no stranger to the podium however. This talented young MTB enthusiast took part in his first race at the age of eight. Since then, he has taken first place, and podium positions in a number of national XCO series and marathons.

You may have met him in the valley or at Crossways which he frequents on weekends. He also takes part in wheelie Wednesdays (which meets at Coimbra Cycle Centre), and takes his road bike out twice a week from the Figtree meeting spot.

“I enjoy the variety of trails in the valley and Crossways but would like to see more technical trails with B lines to simulate the national tracks,” says Marcell.

FatTracks would like to congratulate Marcell on his outstanding achievements, and we wish Marcell all the best in pursuing his MTB passion.

 

Take a look at Marcell’s impressive list of achievements below:

 

2015 – 1st Year as sprog

 

EC Regional series winner and regional champ

Spur series winner

National XCO series:

Race #1  2nd place

Champs race – 10th place

 

2016 – 2nd Year Sprog

 

EC Regional series winner

Spur series winner

National XCO series:

Race #1 – 3rd place

Race #2 – 10th (tummy bug)

Race #3 – did not compete

Race #4 – 3rd place

Race #5 – 2nd place

Champs race – 4th place

 

2017- 1st Year as Sub Junior

 

Winner of all the regional races to date

EC XCO champ - 2017

 

National XCO Series:

Race #1 – 3rd place

Race #2 – 5th place

Race #3 – 2nd place

Race #4 – 4th place

 

Overall 3rd for the 2017 national series.

 

Other achievements: 2016

20km Solarfast – 2nd - 2016

30km Meerkat challenge – 2nd  2016

 

Other achievements: 2017

30km Herald MTB race – 2nd

35km Hayterdale Classic – 1st

25km Angora MTB Classic – 2nd

30km Samil Karoo Bazaar MTB – 1st

20km Steeltek MTB  - 1st

20km Kingfisher MTB – 2nd

30km Longmore Classic – 1st

 

2018 – 2nd year sub junior:

 

SA National XCO Cup series

Race #1 – 1st place – Coetzenburg

Race #2 – 3rd place – Thaba Trails

Race #3 – 1st place – Cascades

Race #4 – 3rd place – Mankhele

 

Series winner 2018

SA Champ 2018

 

Regional XCO series:

Race #1 – 1st Place – Port Elizabeth

Race #2 – 1st Place – East London

Race #3 – 1st Place – Port Elizabeth

Race #4 – 1st Place – East London

 

Regional series winner

Regional Champ

 

 

Other Achievements:

30km Herald MTB race – 3rd

25km J Bay Windfarm Classic – 3rd

 

 

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