MTB World Cup: watch world’s best bikers race for the title in PMB

2009-02-16 00:00

Tickets for the 2009 Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, presented by Shimano, in Pietermaritzburg from April 10 to 12 are now on sale for as little as R30.

“The entry fees for the spectators to the event have been structured in two ways, with both the individual and the family group or group of enthusiasts in mind,” said Denzil Ulyate of the organising team.

More than 750 top mountain bike racers from 40 countries will be in Pietermaritzburg to contest cross-country, downhill and 4X titles on the forested slopes adjacent to the Cascades Centre Shopping Mall.

In order to ensure spectators have access to as much of each race route as possible, “uplifts” on motorised all-terrain vehicles will transport spectators up to various points on the courses.

“It is a UCI MTB World Cup event and the best riders in the world will be on display for the first time in South Africa at an event of this status,” said Ulyate.

“We really hope to see as many of the MTB enthusiasts in the country as possible coming to the event to support the first ever Triple MTB World Cup event on the African Continent.

“I know that there is a lot of excitement out there among the mountain biking community, and if the course is full of people, then it makes it so much easier for the International Cycling Union to justify automatic inclusion of a South African round of the World Cup in future years,” said event director Alec Lenferna.

All tickets are available for purchase through the official event website at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za and at the event itself. However, it should be noted that the two- and three-day packages will be limited, as will the three-day deluxe package and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

See the Witness website at www.witness.co.za for the pricing structures.

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