Getting Off_Track at the World Cup – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Photos from our Instagram ninja at the first MTB World Cup stop.

Bike magazine has a photo ninja following the MTB World Cup. He will be posting some of the best moments and behind-the-scenes action to our @off_track Instagram account. Here is what he captured from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa:

Steve Peat making his sponsors happy and dishing out high fives.

Nothing about this photo is right. Rob Warner is a wildman.

World Cup stripes and a powermeter. The course in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, was fast.

This is what 1/8000th of a second looks like up close. Greg Minnaar fully focused on the course.

Niño Schurter looking at all the 29er riders. 650b was the fastest wheel size in South Africa–Schurter’s legs and lungs could have had something to do with it too….

Emily Batty flipping everyone the bird on her way to 2nd place–her best World Cup finish to date.

Brendan Fairclough in qualifying. In the finals, Fairclough flogged his new bike to a solid 20th place.

Greg Minnaar has an army.

The podium. 1st – Greg Minnaar, 2nd – Aaron Gwin, 3rd – Michael Hannah.

Bird’s-eye view with Brendan Fairclough on the hotseat.

Shooters for shooters. The hardworking photographers of the World Cup. It looks like this will be Gary Parkin’s (sitting far right) last World Cup.

Victor Lucas and John Lawlor invade The Cape for the upcoming Cape Epic.