2014 marathon champs in PMB

2012-06-16 00:00

CYCLING South Africa has clinched another major coup with the awarding today of the right to stage the 2014 MTB marathon world championships in the greater Pietermaritzburg area.

The announcement of the award was made on Thursday evening at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) board meeting in Salzburg, and will follow hot on the heels of the MTB downhill and cross-country world championships in Pietermaritzburg in August 2013.

Cycling South Africa won the bid to stage the long-distance marathon world champs at the popular Karkloof mountain-biking venue, which offers a testing mix of open jeep and single tracks. It is used each year for the Mr Price Karkloof Classic MTB festival.

“It’s a big feather in the cap of Cycling South Africa and the pursuit of their vision to attract international events at the highest possible level in South Africa,” said event director Alec Lenferna.

“Winning this bid also helps to cement Pietermaritzburg as a major global centre for top-end international cycling competition, and to pursue the city’s and the province’s dream of making Pietermaritzburg South Africa’s Cycle City,” he added.

The city has been fortunate to host an unprecedented number of international cycling events, from the BMX World Championships and World Cup meetings to the MTB World Cup this year and the 2013 MTB World Championships for seniors and junior preceded by the Masters World Champs a week before.

In August this year, the city will host the final of the UCI World Cycling Tour — effectively the amateur Masters road cycling world championships — over 112 km out and back from Alexandra Park.

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