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We all love a challenge, but let me tell you, Ultra marathon riders are in for a treat - that’s if you spent the festive season in the saddle. The organisers decided to treat the riders with 25% more elevation then the previous years, yes… that means that your total ascent will be over 3,000m, you will be climbing a mountain - literally! No one said it would be easy, however, we know it will be worth it! The Ultra is not only for male cyclists, ladies (or should we say tough koekies) competing in the Elite category will also be able to win prizes. Like if that isn't enough, the President of the Barberton Rotary Club, George Pearse, was excited to announce that riders who pre entered the Ultra marathon will be able to take their Cape Epic training to the next level with a FREE pre ride on the Friday prior to the race (27 January) and a post ride on the Sunday following the race (29 January). More information regarding the rides is available on the website.

If you are not on the Ultra rider level yet there is still a very delicate 20km and 30km and the not so delicate 48km and 77km - you choose. The Barberton Nursery School will host a Mini MTB Challenge for children between 2 and 12 years! Bring all the bikes - we are going to have some fun!

By supporting the race you are supporting charity, as all the monies raised are utilised for a variety of charity projects in and around Barberton - every little bit counts and helps someone in need.

For more information regarding the race visit www.barbertonxcm.co.za. Enter online, at www.cycleevents.co.za – pre entries close on 24 January.