Longboarders gear up for Urban Descent

2014-04-23 00:00

THIS year’s Urban Descent longboarding race is just around the corner with those participating gearing up for the event.

The 2014 edition of Urban Descent is set to take place on Sunday, May 4 in Durban.

The event will see 70 competitors from around the country participating in various races on the board, which is much larger than your average skateboard, reaching speeds of up to 70 km per hour.

The course on which the participants will be racing begins at Maze Road in the Berea area descending toward J.B. Marks Road (old Chelmsford Road) toward Glenwood High School using Alan Paton Road.

The route is over a kilometre long and boarders face various obstacles along the way in the form of hay bales.

“The response from last year’s race was phenomenal, we’re expecting to see a bigger crowd and some faster, more competitive racing this year,” said Quiksilver marketing and sales manager Dane Patterson.

In an event held in October last year, Jason Browne of Port Elizabeth stole the show in the premier men’s open division ahead of Stephen Hayes of Durban and Ricki Allardice of Cape Town.

The day begins with several rounds of qualifying, starting at 9 am. Age divisions will consist of Open Men’s, Junior Boys’ 1 (8-14 years), Junior Boys’ 2 (15-17 years) and Open Ladies’.

Qualifiers will be selected by riders who cross the finish line first, top finishers will be included in finals which are scheduled to take place from 12 pm onwards with prize-giving expected to be held around 4 pm at the finish line.

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