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The elite men, represented by Max Knox, Nico Bell, Charles Keey, Lourens Luus, Darren Lill and Erik Kleinhans, will tackle a 94-kilometre course with 4,400 altitude metres. The world championship route, which is the ultra marathon loop for the annual KitzAlpBike-Marathon, presents a highly technical trail with high-speed descents, killer climbs and fast, steep corners.

2013 National MTB Marathon Champion Robyn de Groot and Samantha Sanders will be put through their paces on the 85km elite women’s route. With tough climbs and dangerous descents to be negotiated, the women will also have to tackle 3,700 metres of altitude during their race to be crowned the World Champion.

Cycling SA wishes all the athletes the best of luck for the weekend.