All eyes on 2014 event in Slovenia

2013-10-26 00:00

THE Msunduzi Road Challenge takes place this weekend in and around Noodsberg (near Wartburg). The time trial takes place today and the road race tomorrow. The Msunduzi Road Challenge accommodates amateur riders (over the age of 16) and this is they first year that tandem bikes are encouraged to participate. The focus of the event will be on qualification for riders to go to the 2014 UWCT Final in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Participants need to register today between 8 am and 3 pm at Greg Minnaar Cycles in Townbush Road, Pietermaritzburg.

• The Pam Golding Sani Transfrontier Epic takes place tomorrow morning. This is an iconic event that takes riders from the South African foothills of the Drakensberg to the very summit of the legendary Sani Pass in Lesotho. The ultimate test of a climber’s ability, it is also a gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery one can experience on a mountain bike. Starting at the Sani Pass Hotel, at 1 566 m above sea level, riders climb for 21 km up the Sani Pass, eventually summiting in the thin air at 2 873 m before turning and hurtling for home. While undoubtedly a tough test of the legs and lungs, it is by no means beyond the capabilities of your average rider and presents a unique opportunity to join a select club of climbers. For the fun riders there is the shorter option of turning after 13 km at the SA border post, at 1 968 m, a worthy challenge in itself.

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