Daniel Pienaar opens mountain bike track

2015-09-23 06:00
Ryno Gerber (13) a keen mountain bike cyclist will participate in tomorrow’s inaugural Daniel Pienaar THS MTB Challenge in Uitenhage.  

Ryno Gerber (13) a keen mountain bike cyclist will participate in tomorrow’s inaugural Daniel Pienaar THS MTB Challenge in Uitenhage. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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THE interest in mountain biking in the Eastern Cape is growing fast. This sport has even become popular at primary as well as high school levels, and is encouraged by the Spur School Mountain Bike League.

Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage, is the first school in the region which has its own track. It also offers mountain biking as a school sport. In fact their team will participate in the forthcoming Spur High Schools League national finals, held in Magaliesburg during the first weekend in October.

The official opening and inaugural mountain bike challenge of the DP MTB track, which is situated at the school and the adjacent green area, will be held tomorrow on the public holiday (Heritage Day). It comprises a 2.5km distance for kids u.10 (starting time 08:30); and 10km and 20km races, which both start at 9am. The latter are both open to all mountain bikers, from beginners, cyclists wishing to just enjoy the track, to the more daring who thrive on adrenaline.

Action starts and ends at the DP sports fields, where there are ample parking, rest room facilities and spectator points. As it also is National Braai Day, there will be lots of braai fires and the public are invited to bring along whatever they wish to braai.

The race offers lots of lucky draw prizes and hampers with grand medals to all the finishers as well as to category winners.

Entry forms for the Daniel Pienaar MTB Challenge are available at the school. Entries can also be made on the morning of the race. For more information contact Sampie Marais 076 126 3472, 041 922 9990 or admin@danielpienaar.co.za

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