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BSi Steels Executive Director Craig Parry said this impressive race was a natural fit for the steel Company. “BSi Steel is proud to be the new title sponsor for this unique event, it is a good fit, complementing the ethos of our company. We are looking forward to a superb event in 2014,” said Parry.

“The beauty of dusi2c is that it is not just a mountain bike race, but a race that benefits communities all along its 140 km route from Pietermaritzburg to the end of the uMngeni River at Blue Lagoon. BSi continues to endeavour to develop the communities and promote conservation in areas, in which we operate, “Parry added.

BSi Steel, a South African JSE listed company, who have strong ties to the Sub-Saharan African market are involved in the sourcing, processing, stocking and distribution of mild carbon steel, wear resistant and high strength steels. Their product development is focused on manufacturing, mining and infrastructural development.

“The skills required to finish a race are in fact the same skills we needed to build and grow this company. We are excited to embrace this race with the same entrepreneurial spirit on which BSi was founded,” said Parry.

Dusi2c founder Glen Haw was thrilled to have BSi Steel as the races new title sponsor, particularly as they share common roots in Pietermaritzburg.

“Not only are they a local Pietermaritzburg based company but many of their employees and customers have been associated with mountain biking from a participation point of view,” said Haw.

“To have their brand supporting mountain biking is exciting and great for our sport. Like mountain biking BSi Steel is a vibrant, relatively young company who have a strong community responsibility,” he added. “I am excited about this partnership and look forward to the innovative future of BSi Steel dusi2c.”

The Dusi2c, which was founded in 2013, is a two day mountain bike stage race starting in Pietermaritzburg and follows the route of the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon down the banks of the uMsindusi and uMngeni rivers and finishing at Blue Lagoon in Durban on the East Coast of South Africa.

Competitors will be following much of the route of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and will share the same start and finish lines. Dusi2c has partnered with Durban Green Corridor to build flowing trails along the banks of the river. The idea is to follow the valleys all the way to Durban and avoid unnecessary climbs and loops up and away from the river paths. Many bridges crossing the river and its tributaries are necessary to enable competitors to stay in the valley. These bridges will become a feature of this event.