ccs-62657-0-53170300-1465458895.jpgThe Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg prepares for the KZNMTB Provincial XCO Championships on Saturday 25 June 2016. Photo: Dreyer Botma (Jowetts Cycles). Photo credit: Paul Botma

Cross-country racing is mountain biking’s only Olympic discipline and the Provincial Championships is often what triggers the desire for the top-end riders to pursue their racing dreams to much greater heights.

ccs-62657-0-17200800-1465458895.jpgMegan Bircher (Team P.A.W) races at World Championship Venue, Cascades MTB Park, which will play host to the KZNMTB Provincial XCO Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 25 June. Photo credit: Paul Botma
The acclaimed venue has hosted high-end racing events in the past, including the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 UCI MTB World Cups and the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, as well as the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships. Most recently, Cascades MTB Park has been the venue for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the PMB MTB Festival, which included the UCI HC (Hors Categorie) XCO races for the Pro-Elite Men and Women and formed part of the UCI Junior World Series for the Junior Men and Women. It is also the venue for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 SA MTB Masters Marathon Championships.

KwaZulu-Natal-based and internationally renowned mountain bike route designer and designer of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games MTB course, Nick Floros, is in the plotting and planning stage of the Provincial Championship route and we look forward to sharing details of the route in the coming weeks. It will no doubt be a challenging course to be worthy of crowning a Champion on the day.

Competitors have only one shot to become the Provincial Champion, which makes the unpredictability of cross-country mountain biking even more exciting for the riders and spectators. Entrance for spectators is free, and all are welcome to attend to watch some spectacular mountain bike racing.