ccs-41808-0-79919600-1399632206.jpgHennie Kriek tackles the "BBB Drop" at Mankele MTB Park in Mpumalanga, the venue for the third round of the 2014 Southern African Mountain Bike Cup Series, from 24-25 May.
Mpumalanga’s popular mountain biking venue always offers thrilling racing in the bush with great effort from the race organisers in their construction of the boardwalks, bush tunnels and bridges. Riders can expect a few river crossings and lung bursting climbs, but the smooth, flowing singletrack makes it all worthwhile in the jam-packed 6.9km lap.

Downhill riders will race along a 1.8km track that the race organisers call “adrenaline madness”. Features on the track include rock gardens, berms, jumps, bridges and some really tight switchbacks to test the riders’ skills.

As with the previous two rounds, cross-country (XCO) and downhill (DHI) riders can accumulate valuable UCI points – the XCO carries a UCI Category 1 rating for the Elite men and women, while the DHI carries a UCI Category 2 rating for the Elite men.

In order for downhill Junior riders to be eligible to earn UCI points, all Juniors need to race in the Elite Category. The UCI Elite Category is 17+ and includes Juniors.

Online entries close on Tuesday, 20 May, and riders who need to enter can click here. Late entries will be accepted at registration.

Dates and Venues for the 2014 Southern African Mountain Bike Cup Series:
  • #1: 14-15 March -- Cascades, Pietermaritzburg [KwaZulu-Natal]
  • #2: 19-20 April -- Afriski, Lesotho *
  • #3: 24-25 May -- Mankele, Nelspruit [Mpumalanga] *
  • #4: 21-22 June -- Hayterdale Trails, Addo [Port Elizabeth] *

*Events that are part of the UCI Junior World Series

2014 South African National MTB Championships (XCO & DHI):

  • 19-20 July – Thaba Trails, Gauteng

For any further details regarding accommodation and race info, please visit, or email or call 078 801 0453. For race information, contact Mark Meyer on 082 338 9532.

Detailed start times for the various categories can be found by viewing the Southern African Mountain Bike Cup Series 2014: Standard Programme of Events, which can be downloaded here:http://www.cyclingsa...ILE00003152.pdf