Mpumalanga’s popular mountain biking venue is situated near the Sudwala Caves, on the outskirts of Nelspruit. Mankele has hosted many National Cup Series events since their opening, as well as a National Championship event.

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Rourke Croeser (Orange Monkey Pro MTB Team) racing cross-country during the 2012 National Championships at Mankele Mountain Bike Park in Mpumalanga. Photo credit: Johan Orton

The course regularly receives great feedback from competitors, who get to experience great use of natural and man-made features during the race. The cross-country track features boardwalks, bridges, river crossings, lung-bursting climbs, smooth single track and Mankele’s infamous “bush tunnels”, all within the 5,1-kilometre lap.

Downhill riders get to experience 1.8km of “adrenaline madness” on a track that includes rock gardens, berms, jumps, bridges and some really tight switch backs to test the riders’ skills.

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Candice Neethling (BMC-SA) racing cross-country during the 2012 National Championships at Mankele Mountain Bike Park in Mpumalanga. Photo credit: Johan Orton

The cross-country race has a UCI category 2 rating, which assists our riders’ UCI points tally for their UCI World Cup season rankings and for the prestigious one-off World Championship that will be hosted in Pietermaritzburg late August.

Online pre-entries close at midnight on Wednesday 19 June, so enter soon:http://csams.cyclingsa.com/enter-an-event/mtb/sa-mtb-national-xcodhi-cup-series-4.aspx

Late entries will be accepted at registration on Friday 21 June (09:00-16:00 for XCO and DHI) andSaturday 22 June (09:00-14:00 for DHI only).

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Jaco Veldsman tackles the downhill course at Mankele Mountain Bike Park in Mpumalanga during the 2012 National Championships. Photo credit: Johan Orton

The SA XCO and DHI Series gives riders around the country the opportunity to compete against one another in these disciplines, and provides SA Mountain Biking the chance to see the best of the best in action, and how they handle the competition on the different courses in varying conditions. This process assists SA MTB in selecting the best possible team to represent SA at the UCI MTB World Championships.

Entry Info:

Date: 22-23 June 2013

Province: Mpumalanga

Location: Mankele MTB Park

Entries Close: Wednesday 19 June 2013

Starting Time: 08:00

Registration: 21 June 09:00-16:00 XCO & DHI / 22 June 09:00-14:00 DHI only

Click here to enter

For any further info, contact Mark Meyer on 082 338 9532 mark@mankele.co.za or Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 dellah@cyclingsa.com. For further info on Mankele MTB Park, or for directions to the venue, please visit www.mankele.co.za.