The Santa Cruz Syndicate rider said he did not have the hand strength towards the end to push it as hard as he needed to.
“All-in-all, I’m happy to leave there in one piece,” he said.
South African elite men’s champion Stefan Garlicki finished 57th with a time of 4:07, and Johann Potgieter came 72nd with a time of 4:22 after suffering two crashes during his race.
“Worlds is always a highlight for me in the year and hanging with the South African team is such a good vibe,” said Potgieter.
The South Africans described the course as one of the most challenging they have faced.
The riders faced tough conditions and a dry, steep course, with deep dust, roots and rocks from top to bottom. The physical nature of the track took its toll on not only the fresh faces, but also the more experienced downhill riders.
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