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From all accounts, the event was highly enjoyable for all participants and has certainly set the tone and expectation for this year’s USN MTB Series. Cyclists of all ages, both regular, and those new to the race, turned up at The Big Red Barn in Midrand, Gauteng, ready to prove that they had what it took to race amongst the best of the best.

With last year’s final race ending on a high note, there was much excitement filling the early morning Jozi air. Previous men’s champion Arno Du Toit once again took centre stage as he raced against many new hopefuls on the spectacular routes the venue has to offer.

Andrew Grobler, Race Director and Event Organiser says, “We are thoroughly pleased with the overall outcome of this race. The standards have now been set for the rest of the season, and the atmosphere was electric with riders clearly wanting to get their game on this year.”

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Young and aspiring riders were also encouraged to take part in the free kiddies’ race, further adding to the family orientated ambiance.

As the races continued throughout the day, it become clear that cyclists not only appreciated the beautiful scenery Big Red Barn had to offer, but could also make the most of the exciting and challenging terrains set in place.

1200 cyclists in total completed the race in challenging hot weather, taking part in either the 50km, 30km or 10km races.

The overall winners of the USN MTB Cup #1 2014 are:

Men’s winners

50km: Arno du Toit

30km: Brandon van der Berg

10km: Nathan Badenhorst

Ladies winners

50km: Janine King

30km: Genevieve van Coller

10km: Lauriesian Brett

“The first race was once again booked out and we urge interested riders to book their spot early for the next race on 15 February 2014 which is taking place in Modderfontein.” We have already started planning the next event, and just as the first race of the Series, we are excited to make it not only more challenging, but also more rewarding for our cyclists” concluded Grobler.