All eyes on 2014 event in Slovenia

2013-10-26 00:00

THE Msunduzi Road Challenge takes place this weekend in and around Noodsberg (near Wartburg). The time trial takes place today and the road race tomorrow. The Msunduzi Road Challenge accommodates amateur riders (over the age of 16) and this is they first year that tandem bikes are encouraged to participate. The focus of the event will be on qualification for riders to go to the 2014 UWCT Final in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants need to register today between 8 am and 3 pm at Greg Minnaar Cycles in Townbush Road, Pietermaritzburg.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

For those riders who love to ride fast downhill, be sure not to miss the second event in the Enduro Series South Africa, which takes place at the Cascades MTB Park tomorrow morning. Choose between the five-stage or three-stage race. This means either five or three timed downhill runs. The runs are not super-technical and cross-country bikes and riders with a reasonable skill level can easily handle them. This is a great event and there are cash prizes for the top male and female riders. Late entries will be taken tomorrow morning from 7 am. The five-stage event starts from 8.30 am.

• The Pam Golding Sani Transfrontier Epic takes place tomorrow morning. This is an iconic event that takes riders from the South African foothills of the Drakensberg to the very summit of the legendary Sani Pass in Lesotho. The ultimate test of a climber’s ability, it is also a gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery one can experience on a mountain bike. Starting at the Sani Pass Hotel, at 1 566 m above sea level, riders climb for 21 km up the Sani Pass, eventually summiting in the thin air at 2 873 m before turning and hurtling for home. While undoubtedly a tough test of the legs and lungs, it is by no means beyond the capabilities of your average rider and presents a unique opportunity to join a select club of climbers. For the fun riders there is the shorter option of turning after 13 km at the SA border post, at 1 968 m, a worthy challenge in itself.

Registration will take place at the Sani Pass Hotel from 6.30 am. Racing will start from 8 am. For more information visit www.drakmtbclub.co.za.

• The KZN MTB Classic takes place at the Cascades MTB Park next Sunday, November 3. The event offers a 40 km and 20 km run, as well as a two- kilometre Kiddies’ Fun Ride. A portion of the entry fee — R10 — will be donated to the East Coast Radio Toy Story campaign. Riders are also encouraged to bring a new toy for the Toy Story collection box, which will be at registration. Entries and further details on www.roag.co.za.

• Riders looking for a serious challenge should consider an entry to the Homeward Bound Challenge, taking place next weekend, November 1 and 2. The race covers a distance of 227 km between the start at Mountain Splendour Resort in the Drakensberg to the finish at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, in a maximum time limit of 18 hours in order officially to finish this challenge.

Enter in teams of three or four riders, which includes one support vehicle and driver.

A worthy achievement for anyone who loves to ride a mountain bike, the beautiful scenery of the KZN Midlands makes this epic journey all the more pleasurable. Entries and further info on www.homewardboundchallenge.co.za.

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