Third leg

2017-08-17 06:02
PHOTO: Anthony Grote/Gameplan MediaDefending champion Andrew Hill (front) comes into the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race this Sundays upping the possibility of becoming the race’s first multiple winner of the men’s title.

PHOTO: Anthony Grote/Gameplan MediaDefending champion Andrew Hill (front) comes into the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race this Sundays upping the possibility of becoming the race’s first multiple winner of the men’s title.

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THIS Sunday, mountain bikers from all over KwaZulu-Natal will descend on Scottburgh beachfront for the staging of the ninth Sappi Scottburgh MTB race.

The Cycling 4 Mobility Team has been hard at work and is eagerly waiting the arrival of the mountain bikers.

Since the inception of the event the men’s race has the distinction of having a new winner every year, and in the ladies category there are two ladies targeting their third win.

Will we have a second-time winner for the first time in the men or will someone up stage last year’s winner Andrew Hill, who has to be the hot favourite.

South Coast ladies Candice Parker Dennison and Halley Smith will dice it out for their third win, or will we have a surprise visit form someone to challenge them?

With the fat boy bikes officially being recognised this year we hope to see a number of fat boy bikes on the track. Giant Toti are sponsoring the prize money as well as supplying a fat boy bike as a lucky-draw prize for one person who is at prize giving.

Bobby’s Cycles will also be sponsoring a bike so there is a lot to look forward to by hanging around for prize giving.

The course has recently had some rain so that should settle the dust. The dry winter and lack of rain is going to supply the riders with some challenges.

The harvesting of sugar cane and timber felling is going to ensure the route will be raw and untamed. The single track in the Sappi Cannon Brae plantation is going to be smooth and flowing.

A new section of track in the forest is going to extend your fun.

Tiagos Open Flame Chicken have come on board with a cash injection. For the fastest run through Cannon Brae, keep a look out for the Strava Segment “Tiagos Flaming Run”.

Towards the end as you enter Mamba Alley, a new housing development fence has forced us to take a detour tour which will now take us in to the Mambas bedroom. The run down to the finish which has to be one off the nicest finish around, has now been tarred as a part of the new development.

The Chep SA pallet runway will take you across the beach to the finish on the grass.

During your ride if things are starting to get tough just think of who you are assisting by doing the ride the Cycling 4 Mobility team will ensure they become mobile by supplying them with wheelchairs. These people have it tough every day and wish they could be in your position on a bike.

The Halfway Toyota Kidz zone hosted by the teachers of Umkomaas pre-school will be available to look after your little ones while you out on your bike. Rent –A-Tool plant hire will be there to wash the dust of your bike.

Remember to pick up your Enzo’s voucher at registration so that you can go enjoy a little piece of Italy at a discounted rate.

This voucher is valid for six months so if you can’t make it on the day you can always come back.

For those travelling from far why not make a weekend of it and check in at the Blue Marlin Hotel they have a special running and when you produce your proof that you competing in the event they will also deduct your entry fee off you bill. Call 039 978 3361 and ask for Malthee.

The South Coast is experiencing beautiful winter weather so don’t forget to pack your baggies. A dip in the sea will ease the legs after your ride. With just days remaining get your entries in for one of the nicest races on the KZN calendar the race that provides you with every challenge you can possibly have on a MTB.

- Flavio Scarpa.

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