Earlier this year, the races that form part of the 2013 ROAG Series powered by Quattro were released to the public to great excitement. Including three of the provinces largest events – The Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill, the Karkloof Classic MTB Festival and the 4ever Cycles MTB Classic – the Series includes six of the largest ROAG-administered races, as well as three wild card events.

Kicking off the 2013 ROAG Series powered by Quattro on February 23 is the 4ever Cycles Wartburg MTB Classic on February 23.

The race - in its ninth year – is expecting an increase in cyclists on the track, who will be handled by a combination of batching and multi-tracking.

“All our single-tracks have two (or in some cases three) track options, which intensifies that ‘race-your-mate’ feeling, but dissipates the cycle traffic effectively. Also, being a part of the ROAG Series again this year, we believe the popularity of the race will be boosted further still,” said Event Organiser Antony Jarvie, he added that all pre-entries are done through ROAG, and once the races cut-off numbers are reached, there will be no further entries on the day for the premier events.

The race is introducing a 62km marathon option, in addition to the traditional 45km Classic. For the enthusiasts, there is a 25km MTB ride and a 10km Fun ride, for trail runners who enjoy cool forest track, there is a 10km trail run that can be run on its own or combined with the 25km MTB ride for the Multisport option.

Andrew Hill (2012 overall men's winner)

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Overall Men’s winner in the 2012 edition of the ROAG Series, Andrew Hill said: “I didn’t race the route last year but I’m really keen to have go at the new 60km format on offer, said Hill when asked about his decision to race the 2013 event. “I think more and more people are looking at training for the upcoming Epic or Joberg2c and the 60km gives them a slightly longer route to put in the critical time in the saddle.”

When asked about this year’s Series competition Hill said, “ There is always a great pool of riders coming through the junior ranks to keep the bar set high and its going to be a good hard season of racing at the front of the group with a number of guys who can challenge for a podium.”

“The ROAG Series has raised the profile of KZN Mountain biking and hopefully continue to do so for the next couple of years,” replied Hill when asked about a major benefit of the ROAG Series.

For a full route description and more details regarding the event, visit www.wartburg.co.za.

"There will be lots of food and other refreshments on sale, a Kafeestubbe with homemade cakes, a craft market and a Kiddies entertainment area with baby-sitting facilities available. So, join us for a great day out for the whole family, whether you are a cyclist or not!” Jarvie said.

Nicole Talbot, Business Manager for ROAG said: “Prize money for the overall man and women is a whopping R20 000, thanks to our Overall sponsors, Quattro. Second and third places will also be rewarded. Age category prize money is still to be confirmed – watch this space!”

Natalie Bergstrom (2012 overall women's winner)

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The races that form part of the 2013 ROAG Series are:

4ever Cycles Wartburg MTB Classic

23 February 2013

Wartburg Kirchdorf School

Karkloof Classic MTB Festival

20 - 21 April 2013

Karkloof Country Club

Compendium Derby

26 May 2013

Shongweni Polo Club

Safire Baynesfield MTB Classic

16 June 2013

Baynesfield Estate

Sardine Classic

30 June 2013

Port Edward

Tour de Krantz

10 August 2013

Harburg

Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill

14 - 15 September

Shongweni Polo Club

Gears 4 Ears MTB

27 October 2013

Holla Trails

Complimed Mountain Splendour

15 - 17 November 2013

Central Berg