Olympic Rower to Compete in Knysna MTB 200

Matthew Brittain (L) and Rob Dormehl © Thys Dullaart

Matthew Brittain (L) and Rob Dormehl © Thys Dullaart

Fresh from his success at the Old Mutual joBerg2c, Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain is set to be more than just a celebrity guest at the 3-day RE:CM Knysna 200 mountain bike race next month.

Brittain, who finished sixth overall alongside Rob Dormehl in the nine-day event, will once again team up with his fellow rower to take on the Garden Route race from June 7.

The 26-year-old oarsman said he hoped his recent achievements on the bike meant that he would be taken seriously in the competitive stakes.

“I would way rather be a racing snake than a celebrity guest! When I go slowly ‘for the fun of it’ I don’t really enjoy myself; to me it’s more fun to race a bit and go for it.”

This year, he also notched up a 27th place finish in the Absa Cape Epic with Olympic teammate James Thompson.

Brittain said the Knysna race would be an interesting test, as he had only participated in the longer stage races.

“I would guess the shorter distance would suit me better but I don’t have the experience to really know where I stand relative to the competition. I know the terrain down there is incredibly steep so I will be bringing a granny gear and expect the legs to feel like they have done double the distance!

The Centurion resident said he was looking forward to riding the 200km route in and around the Knysna forest.

Read the other half of this article by at www.supersport.com/cycling/sa-cycling/news/130509/Olympic_rower_ready_to_race_in_Knysna.


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