Best downhill stretch in final event of MiWay Big 5

2013-09-28 00:00


THE final event in the MiWay Big 5 Series takes place from Kwambonambi Club (Zululand) tomorrow morning. “The Build It Kwambo Lion is where the series becomes very interesting,” said series co-ordinator Shane Webster. “Riders who have competed in either three or four races will be pushing for podium finishes, and the final is where we see those riders really going all out for that podium place.” For the 50 km riders, the track follows the 25 km for the first 12 km, and then heads out into the hills, the highest point being Double Storey. “In between the 25 km split and the high point, you’ll be riding through a maze of natural footpaths, cattle single track and some rocky climbs up to the best views in the area. Then it’s the ride down the hill — known as the best downhill of the series,” he said. The 10 km track is laid out along the golf course before heading south through forest Jeep tracks, keeping the route as easy as possible but still enough of a challenge to keep everyone interested. Registration will be open between 6 am and 8 am, with the 50 km race first off at 8.30 am.

• The Dargle Family MTB Festival takes place from the Lions River Club (Dargle) tomorrow morning. Highlights of the family-fun event include an awesome new single track, exciting river crossings, R12 000 worth of prizes and tons of kiddies’ activities. The event also boasts mountain biking distances of 40 km, 20 km, five kilometres and 200 m for the whole family to enjoy. Registration and late entries between 6 am and 7.30 am, with the first event (40 km) starting at 8 am.


Road cyclists can look forward to the Time Freight Noodsberg Cycle Challenge, which takes place from the Noodsberg Country Club at 6.30 am tomorrow morning. Two race distances are on offer; 90 km and 27 km. The routes make use of the quiet and scenic roads around Noodsberg, Harburg, Wartburg and Dalton. It is just two weeks prior to one of KZN’s historic classic cycle races — the Amashova between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Late entries will be taken at registration between 5 am and 6.30 am at the Noodsburg Country Club.

• Entries for the Msunduzi Road Challenge are open and road cyclists competing in the Masters’ categories have the opportunity to participate in the only leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) on the African continent, in Pietermaritzburg, next month on October 26 and 27. This year’s Msunduzi Road Challenge serves as a qualifying event for the 2014 UWCT final, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, later next year. The time trial route is 29 km long and the road race has two different race distances — 80 km and 109 km. The event will be centred out in the Wartburg, Harburg and Noodsberg areas, situated approximately 35 km from Pietermaritzburg. These country roads offer good terrain for road cycling with little traffic. “Cyclists can use the event to qualify for the UWCT final if this is what they wish,” said event organiser Alec Lenferna. “But for the less competitive cyclists, this is a well-managed, secure road event in KwaZulu-Natal that all road cyclists should come and ride and be part of.”

Participants need to finish in the top 25% of their age group in order to secure invitations to take part in the prestigious UWCT final. It is at the final where cyclists racing in the Masters categories can earn the coveted UCI rainbow-striped world championship jersey in their respective age groups. However, the UWCT also provides cycling enthusiasts the chance to cycle a world-class cycle route with full road closure, and fulfills the aim of the UCI to acknowledge “Cycling for All”.

Route maps for the scenic time trial and road race courses in Wartburg and surrounds have been uploaded to the official website, and can be found on The online entry deadline has been extended to October 21, but cyclists are encouraged to enter early. For general inquiries, contact Alec Lenferna at, and for event inquiries,

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