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2018-06-29 06:01

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THE South Coast Fever MTB Series 2018 has expanded to include trail runs and fun walks and rides in each mountain biking race in the series. This means that everyone can enjoy the scenic and diverse trail terrains, ranging from beach and desert to forest and game reserve.

Races forming part of the South Coast Fever MTB Series 2018 include the Sardine MTB Race, starting on July 8 at the Port Edward Holiday Resort and the Lake Eland Classic, being held on October 7 at the Lake Eland Game Reserve.

Organiser Michael Bester said the vision of the series, which is in its third year, was to bring the strengths of individual races (some of which have been going for more than 15 years) together in one mega MTB series to have a bigger impact in the sporting community and provide larger exposure to the KZN South Coast. The series also aims to keep alive the Burry Stander legacy of developing cycling in the region, and to attract an increased number of amateur and professional sports people, as well as holidaymakers.

He adds: “The series isn’t just for a select few, but for everybody who enjoys the outdoors and adventure and who wants to embrace a healthy lifestyle.”

The development of the sport is key to the event. The series sponsors a group of ten riders, with the assistance of Mandie Stander, with full kit, entry fees, bike assistance, and training, with some of the riders finishing in the Top 10 at races.

The Cycling for Mobility, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and schools like Westbury Preparatory are just some of the organisations that greatly benefit from the series, and the sport, by hosting or assisting with the events through donations from the race organisers.

Justin Mackrory, CEO of UGU South Coast Tourism and co-founder of the event, commented that mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in the country and that “the KZN South Coast is ideally suited to host the series, with its multitude of MTB and running trails and its already well-known joBerg2c and sani2c races, both of which end in Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast.”

RACES INCLUDED IN THE SERIES

• Sardine MTB Race and Trail Run (July 8) — 5km/25km/45km MTB races; 5km/10km Trail Run (coastal forest, farm roads, rocky single track close to the scenic Umtamvuna River Gorge

• Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race (July 22) — 10km Family Ride; 28km Dash and Splash MTB Classic; 45km MTB Classic

• Funky Pants Scottburgh Trail Run (July 21) — 5km Family Trail Run/Walk; 10km/18km Trail Run/Walk (sugarcane farms; Cannobrae plantation; Chep SA Pallet beach runway; beach sand) — the first 350 MTB entries will qualify for a limited edition Sappi Scottburgh 10-year anniversary T-shirt.

• Ingeli Mountain Bike Ride and Fun Run (July 29) — 10km Fun Ride and Fun Run/Walk; 25km Intermediate MTB Race; 40km Classic MTB Race (indigenous forests; pine and gum plantations; wildlife spotting)

• Lake Eland Classic (October 7) — 5km Fun Run; 10km/20km Trail Run; 10km MTB Fun Ride; 25km Intermediate MTB Ride; 45km Classic MTB Ride (single track (gravel roads in the Lake Eland Nature Reserve; gameviewing) — goodie bags to pre-entries

Riders and runners are urged to register now. The KZN South Coast is always affordable and entrants can also take advantage of the “book four races, pay for three” offer, which includes a quality limited edition golf shirt for the 45km MTB Classic participants. The first three winners of all categories will receive cash prizes and medals and the overall male and female winners will each win R5 000 in cash. Register on www.bundubashers.org or www.roag.co.za

The series forms part of the official KZN Mountain Biking Calendar and entries close on July 4, 2018.

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