Bikers’ delight

2010-05-08 00:00

THE Mr Price Karkloof Classic started last night with the 20 km Global Trader Night Ride.

South Africa’s biggest mountain bike festival, which attracts well over 3 000 riders from as far as Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and the Free State, continues with a full programme of events today and tomorrow.

Today’s events include the Cross Country racing event, which starts at 8 am on a great lap-racing course that will test all mountain biking skills, while at the same time being manageable for the inexperienced rider. It is a great way to try out this form of riding for those who haven’t experienced it before.

The Cycle Sprint Shoot-Out, set to begin at 1 pm, is expected to be quite a spectacle, and will coincide with registration for Sunday’s races. There will be a 400 m course with several obstacles and jumps that riders will race around. Anybody can compete, and heats of two laps each will be held all afternoon. The top 24 men (by time) will go through to the two semi-finals.

Tomorrow sees three events taking place, with the Karkloof Classic Marathon starting at 8 am. This takes place on 75 km of some of the most challenging, picturesque mountain biking terrain that South Africa has to offer.

With big prize money up for grabs as well as several staged incentive prizes, this race promises to attract the best in SA and will provide a highly competitive field of participants, all gunning for the first prize.

The 40 km Half Marathon starts at 9 am, the 19km Family Experience race at 10 am and the 10 km Family Fun Ride at 10.15 am.

For further information, visit www.karkloofclassic.co.za.

ENTRIES have opened and are pouring in for the inaugural Compendium Cycle Lab MTB Derby to be held at Shongweni Polo Club on May 29. There is an unusual but well-known name on top of the list of participants — arguably South Africa’s most successful road rider, Malcolm Lange.

The derby is a new event based at Shongweni near Hillcrest, on the outskirts of Durban, with 40 km, 20 km, 10 km and five kilometre options.

The derby will also be supporting a good cause with R5 of each entry fee being donated to the Jessica Foord Foundation. The R5 donation also buys each entrant a ticket into the lucky draw to win a full suspension KTM mountain bike donated by Cycle Lab. Another draw is for a free Sequ T-shirt for the first 1 000 online entries. A full children’s play area will be available.

Starting and finishing at the Shongweni Polo Club, the race is just 15 minutes from Durban and 35 minutes from Pietermaritzburg.

Riders can obtain further information from www.mtbderby.co.za.

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