Downhill daredevils to set Glenwood streets alight

2014-04-24 00:00

GLENWOOD will come to life on Sunday, May 4 when the 2014 edition of the Urban Descent Downhill Longboard Race puts daredevils to the test.

More than 70 riders are expected to hit the suburb and tame the streets where they should reach speeds of 70km/h on the descending course.

The route of more than a kilometre starts in Maze Road and descends right into JB Marx Road, previously Chelmsford Road. Riders head toward Glenwood High School, along Alan Paton Road and with several chicanes, there are strategically placed hay bales to prevent serious damage should a rider slip up or catch a speed wobble.

This is the second event, the inaugural showpiece held in October last year, where Port Elizabeth’s Jason Browne did the business in the premier men’s open division ahead of Durban’s Stephen Hayes and Cape Town’s Ricki Allardice.

Competition is expected to be far tougher and fiercer this time around at an event that could become another feather in Durban’s sporting cap.

Racing starts on the day from 9 am with several qualifying rounds. Age groups cater for open men, junior boys 1 (8-14), junior boys 2 (15-17) and open women.

Qualifiers are the riders who cross the line first and top finishers are included in the finals of every division. Finals are set to race off from noon, with prize giving at 4 pm.

A cash prize of R5 000 is on the line plus various sponsors’ prizes valued at more than R40 000.

Entries are R150 and entry forms are available at www.quiksilver.co.za/urbandescent.

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