Mountain biking endurance athletes racing outside of the elite category will battle it out for national titles next weekend as hoards of mountain bikers are expected to descend upon Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal for the 2012 SA Mountain Bike Masters Marathon Championships.

The race starts at Hilton College on Sunday 23rd September 2012, and is the fifth annual hosting of the MTN National MTB Series #7 (Hilton Dirt Festival) Driven by Nissan.

Sub Veteran Men and Women (30-39 years), Veteran Men and Women (40-49 years) and Master Men (50-59 years) will take the challenge in the 75km marathon race that starts and finishes on the grounds of Hilton College, riding through timber plantations and sugar cane farms with spectacular views over the Albert-Falls Dam and the Umgeni Valley. Riders will encounter a total elevation is 341m with 1650m climbing in 75km, and will be participating in one of the most scenic routes in the country.

On the same day, the remaining age categories of Youth Men and Women (15-16 years), Junior Men and Women (17-18 years), Master Women (50-59 years) and Grand Master Men and Women (Age 60+) will tackle the 40km Nissan Half Marathon race, offering “a little bit of everything”, avoiding the big climb and experiencing the flowing sections in Hilton College.

Regular participants will still be able to race for their MTN National MTB Series points, and the Ultra marathon distance of 115km is available for those accomplished riders who wish to tackle the tough course.

For detailed race information, maps and route profiles, visit

Online entries will be done via the Advendurance website Online pre entries are open and close at midnight on Wednesday 19th September 2012.

For any further race information, please contact Advendurance Chief Operations Officer Wessel van der Walt on 083 327 2499. For further Cycling SA MTB related info, please contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656.