Pietermaritzburg 2016 MTB Festival in May

2015-12-16 06:00
PHOTO: Craig Dutton  The second annual Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival will be making its way to Africa’s ‘Bike City’, as it hits Cascades MTB Park from Saturday 30 April, 2016 to Monday 2 May, 2016.

PHOTO: Craig Dutton The second annual Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival will be making its way to Africa’s ‘Bike City’, as it hits Cascades MTB Park from Saturday 30 April, 2016 to Monday 2 May, 2016.

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THE 2016 edition of the popular Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival is to attract throngs of mountain bikers to Africa’s “Bike City” to participate in various mountain bike activities at Cascades MTB Park from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May, 2016.

The world-class mountain biking destination has hosted several UCI MTB World Cup events since 2009, a UCI MTB and Trials World Championship event and a UCI MTB Marathon World Championship among others. With the inaugural PMB MTB Festival taking place in 2015, mountain bike lovers witnessed a multitude of races for riders of varying ages and abilities, from beginners to pros, young and old.

The top attraction at the 2016 PMB MTB Festival for Elite cross-country specialists in the Olympic year is the UCI HC-rated XCO race, where Elite men and women take advantage of the high-ranking UCI points on offer on the African continent in a bid to garner points towards their Olympic qualification.

South Africa, Africa and the world’s best are set to descend on Cascades MTB Park to tackle the familiar, challenging routes set by MTB course designer extraordinaire, Nic Floros.

“The focus of the PMB MTB Festival allows more variety and inclusivity and sees beginners taking part in some instances. It must however, never be forgotten that Pietermaritzburg is one of the leading competition venues in the world,” said event organiser, Alec Lenferna.

Junior men and women can earn UCI HC points as part of their own world series to qualify and get seeded for the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships.

For more information visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-pmb-mtb-festival/

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