Mandela Day MTB Dash draws riders

2014-08-16 00:00

ALTHOUGH most of the national team riders will be in Norway for the 2014 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, a strong bunch of riders is still expected for the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday, August 30.

The event will see three distances, with the 42 km and 21 km races expected to be fiercely contested, not only for the pride of winning but for the prize money on offer.

There is also a 10 km family race that can accommodate MTB riders of all ages, skills and fitness levels. The start and finish for all races will be at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick.

The Kargo Pro MTB Team have embraced the opportunity and will have three strong riders at the event with Travis Walker, Stuart Marais and Siya Njiva raring to go. Walker’s recent third in the U23 category and Marais’s fourth in the elite category at the recent SA Champs show they have hit form at the right time. “We have watched the build-up to the event and there is plenty of hype around it,” said Shaun Peschl of Team Kargo.

Stiff competition is expected though as most of the top teams will be sending riders to contest and racing at the sharp end of the field is bound to be fierce.

Another local stalwart, Con Malherbe, and his team-mates from the Coffeeberry Velolife team have also entered and will be hoping for a solid showing. Mark Adams, also a local rider, will be looking to make his presence felt.

Event director Alec Lenferna said, “The courses for the event are able to be ridden by everyone and what makes it challenging is the pace at which these routes are tackled. With the amount of prize money and the prestige of winning the first ever Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, it’s going to be hectic at the sweaty part of the group. There’s bound to be excellent racing”.

Entries are open for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at and close on August 23. There is an entry cap of 600.

Event information can be found at

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