Sappi MTB race: tweaked route offers fun ride

2011-06-17 00:00

MOUNTAIN bike enthusiasts cannot wait to try the tweaked course for the popular Sappi Scottburgh MTB this weekend, which offers a unique South Coast flavour.

The prospects of cycling past crocodiles or catching a glimpse of the spectacular fish eagle while keeping a magnificent stretch of ocean in sight are just some of the reasons the event continues to attract MTB enthusiasts from around the province.

Said course designer Flavio Scarpa, “We have quite a few unique aspects to our race, which brings something special to the overall experience.

“I don’t think there is another race on the globe where you could cycle alongside a crocodile enclosure as our riders do when they head through Crocworld.”

Scarpa and race director Billy Harker have worked hard to ensure the track is in tip-top condition. The track is similar to last year’s, but the organisers have changed a couple of sections, which should take the riders on an even better route. The riders will do some sections the other way round compared to previous years, but the popular finish on Scottburgh’s main beach remains unchanged.

Scarpawarned,“One of the notable changes sees Sean’s Beast done in reverse this time and so with it now being downhill I’m sure many are breathing a sigh of relief.

“However, with the recent rains, this may well prove to become rather technical,”

Contestants can choose between 10 km, 25 km or 42 km routes.

With the race intended mainly for novice and intermediate riders, the course is described as “fast easy riding, but tough” and offers a variety of surfaces and scenery.

Harker said, “The race is moderately difficult and positioned for the rider who is not interested in pushing the bike through soft sand or rocky bits.”

The race is part of the three-leg Scottburgh Winter Solstice Festival.

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