We caught up with Rob Warner to get his Pietermaritzburg World Champs picks.
Having raced the World Champs as far back as '93 and commentated on some of the most incredible races to date, who better to chat rainbow stripes with than our very own Rob Warner?!
Who is your number one prediction to take the win then, Rob?
I think I'll have to go with Minnaar. On that course, with the home crowd behind him, I think he'll be tough to beat. I think he might have extra motivation this year too if rumours are to be believed but it's by no ways his to lose. There's a few guys who could win.
Who else do you think will be on the podium then?
Again, it's difficult but I'll go with Gee Atherton, Steve Smith, Aaron Gwin and Mick Hannah. I think those guys will be on there in some sort of order.
You've been to PMZ before - do you think the track will have a big say in determining the results?
It will. It's a very unique course in that you're not going to win unless you're extremely fit and powerful. It will come down to the big sprint in the middle and how tired they all are after that for the bottom section. Used to it or not, you've got to be in the shape of your life to win there.
You think there's be a lot of pressure on Minnaar then?
Yeah, but Greg won't just crumble like an old woman's hip! Last year was tough for him and he still smoked them here - I think the pressure will lift him if anything.
Do you think we could get a shock result? The likes of a Remi Thirion or someone similar getting on the top step?
No, I don't think it'll be like that because of the nature of the course. It's not like you can just get off the brakes and get wild and pull it off - there's too much pedaling. It'll be one for the strong guys, for sure.
Gwin has won here before and seemingly needs a result - do you think he can potentially pull it off here?
Yes I do, he's on his way back to the top. After last year here he went away knowing that he wasn't strong enough and he's been working on it. Maybe he just spent too many miles on the road bike this winter? Mick Hannah's another one to watch though. With Gee, Minnaar and Smith though too, it's going to be one hell of a battle which could go anyone's way on the day!
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