Hatherly to make key World Cup rehearsal in Nals

Winner in Chelva (Spain) early in the season, the 26-year-old South African hopes for a second HC success in Südtirol. “Nals will be the perfect testing ground. I will race in Italy again in La Thuile”

The ABSA Cape Epic is underway in his home Country, but South African Alan Hatherly has chosen the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race in Nals (Bozen, Northern Italy), Internazionali d’Italia Series’ stage 2 to be held on Saturday, April 2nd, to test himself ahead of UCI World Cup opener in Petropolis, Brazil.

In 2021, the 26-year-old was not at his best in Nals due to stomach issues, but having started the new season on a high with a HC success in Chelva, the South African now hopes to take a second one in Italy.

“My condition is good. I’ve had a great pre-season build-up and tuned up the shape in the early races I’m looking forward to the World Cup opener round in Brazil, but first I can’t wait to race in Nals”, said Hatherly.

The athlete born in Durban, the first ever e-MTB World Champion in 2019, will be one of the top names on the starting line in Nals. “The podium position will definitely be my goal. I had some stomach issues last year at the event, so I’m hoping to be in top shape and be competitive. It’s also the perfect chance to test myself before flying out to Brazil”.

“My last season was affected by Covid, but I think my coach Phil Dixon and I have figured a few things out during pre-season and we will soon know more about them”.

After Nals, Hatherly has added another Internazionali d’Italia Series race in his season program, confirming his presence in the last stage in La Thuile (Aosta), to be held on Saturday, June 25th. “I followed the race last year and it looked incredible”, concluded the former U23 World Champion.