MTB Festival hosts national and international guests

2016-02-24 06:00
PHOTO: Craig Dutton The development race during the 2015 Maritzburg MTB Festival.

PHOTO: Craig Dutton The development race during the 2015 Maritzburg MTB Festival.

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THE second annual Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival will host national and international guests at Cascades MTB Park from 30 April to 2 May.

On Sunday 1 May spectators will see a display of development racing from some of KwaZulu-Natal’s surrounding districts. The young and keen mountain bike and BMX enthusiasts will be able to put their learned skills to the test in a real competition environment.

Each rider will receive a medal for taking part, and those getting podium positions will receive trophies to take home, also encouraging other young members of the communities to aspire to do the same.

“The series finale at the PMB MTB Festival is the highlight of the year for a lot of the children. It will be a great opportunity for them to come to Pietermaritzburg for the first or second time to compete in an event that is bigger than anything they have ever participated in before,” said KwaZulu-Natal Cycling development officer, Tyrone­ Johns. Johns said the finale would showcase and identify cycling talent and give young riders an opportunity to compete against each other on even terms.

“KwaZulu-Natal Cycling prides itself on having the leading grass-roots development programme in the country and we allow access to cycling to as many children as possible.

“This year we have achieved new heights in giving opportunities to over 2 500 children and they have loved every minute of it,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Cycling president, Greg Stedman, said the development of cycling as a sport is an important task and responsibility of the provincial cycling body. “Our aim is on developing clubs and cycling hubs. The fruits of our efforts are starting to bear fruit and we are seeing more children from disadvantaged communities rising through the sport.

“I am looking forward to this, the second district series finale at the PMB MTB Festival, and would like to thank the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation for their continued­ support in this programme,” Stedman said.

Spectators will be able to witness first-hand what Johns and Stedman see every week - the determination, passion, pride and oy on the faces of these young cycling heroes whose skills have been nurtured and their growing talent supported.

For more information visit www.cycling sa.com/2016-pmb-mtb-festival/

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