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  1. Rio 2016 Olympian Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro Cycling Team) took the top honours in the 42km Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quickpix Keen trail runner, Owen Bhengu took a chance in the 10km MTB ride, and came first at the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quickpix The grandson of our late former President Nelson Mandela – Mandla Mandela – took full opportunity to cycle in honour of his late grandfather. “Today went very well. It was a very touching moment for me to be able to participate in the 21-kilometre mountain bike ride. At the same time it was a really challenging course. In his book “The Long Walk to Freedom”, Madiba says once you have climbed to the top of the hill, only then do you realise how many more hills and rivers you have to climb and cross. The Capture Site is a direct depiction of that chapter. Once we got to the top of the first hill only then did I realise how many hills we still had left to climb. I have to applaud all of those who came out today to ride in honour of our Madiba.”Racing in his first MTB Dash, and his first race since returning from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hatherly said: “I started a hard effort on the final climb on the race and pretty much time trialled from there until the end. The wind was quite hectic and had to play tactics to try and hide from the wind but really happy to come out on top. On the whole, it was a really awesome race and I will definitely be back here next year’s.” Endurance athlete Jeannie Dreyer's (Merchants) supreme fitness saw her trump the 42-kilometre route at the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quickpix Dreyer, who has competed in every MTB Dash in the past three years, scored two out of three victories with today’s win. “It was a big surprise to win today; the race panned out differently to last year. There was quite a bit of climbing and it was a brilliant day to be on the bike.” Riders were “blown away” by the magical route that wound it’s way through the Lions River Valley and the adjoining Sappi Forests with magical vistas of the Midmar Dam area and sections of Howick over the 42-kilometre, 21-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes. Race winner in the 21-kilometre race was RMB Change-A-Life’s Mboneni Ngcoso, who also made it two victories out of three races. “It went well today – I came here to defend my title from last year. To win today makes me very happy. To ride for Madiba is amazing – it is a very big honour and I am proud to be an African and proud to be racing a big race like this.” Young Sub Junior rider Chloe Bateson won the 21-kilometre women’s race: “It is the third time that I am doing this race and it was really dry and dusty today. I really enjoyed the singletrack and the flat district roads were great. There were a lot of sharp climbs but the fantastic atmosphere made it a great day out. I just kept going and raced against the guys because there weren’t any other young girls to race against.” Race winner of the 10-kilometre race, Owen Bhengu, put his energetic traits to the full test for the festival of sports over the Mandela Day Marathon weekend. “I am trail runner – it's what I do. I love running, especially in the mountains. Trail running is like a washing machine to me, I can do it automatically. Today I did the four-kilometre trail run and finished third and then after that I decided to do the 10-kilometre mountain bike ride and I won it. It was my first mountain bike race ever. Tomorrow I will be back and will run the 42-kilometre marathon – I am sure that it will be tough, but I will do it.” While the three races were underway, KwaZulu-Natal Cycling continued with their District Development Programme by inviting local cyclists from the Lions River area to compete in a small contained loop at the venue, some of them for the very first time. Phakamane “PK” Radebe (KZN Cycling Development Event Officer) has been working with newcomers to share his passion for cycling with a brand new wave of riders. “Some riders have got the idea of how to ride a bicycle but don't ride as often as they can, but as you can see I coach them and get them through the loop. Some are just naturals, and they jump on the bike and just want to race,” he said. KZN Cycling hosted a clinic which formed part of their District Development Programme at the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quickpix PK’s roots are deeply embedded at Giba Gorge and he has a BMX background, racing at competitive level with his fourth place finish in SA’s was his highest finish. He started out when Giba first opened as a cycling park, and he became part of the furniture long before the MTB trails and BMX track were developed. “I first started out as a mountain bike rider and built the track there, and I fell in love with the sport and never looked back ever since,” he said. His absolute desire and love of bicycles developed into becoming more involved with the sport, and his greatest joy is being able to give back. He is in training for SA BMX Champs and African Continental BMX Championships over the first weekend in October. Nhlanhla Thabede, founder of the Ladysmith Development Cycling Club in the uThukela District, commended KZN Cycling on doing a wonderful job with the development events and for helping the young riders learn and grow in cycling. “I now would like my riders exposed to competition environments so that they can come back next time and race for honour in the main races. I am working on starting a racing league in the uThukela District to encourage my riders to start competing and to lift their level of racing.” The grandson of our late former President Nelson Mandela – Mandla Mandela – took full opportunity to cycle in honour of his late grandfather at the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quickpix Summary of Results – 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash 42km Overall Men 1.Alan Hatherly 01:42:53 2.Brendon Davids 01:43:12 3.Stuart Marais 01:44:01 4.Travis Walker 01:48:59 5.Jaco Pelser 01:51:07 Overall Women 1.Jeannie Dreyer 02:05:59 2.Frankie du Toit 02:12:17 3.Hayley Smith 02:16:27 4.Desiree Verwey 02:17:27 5.Chriestie-Leigh Hearder 02:23:44 Senior Men 1.Alan Hatherly 01:42:53 2.Brendon Davids 01:43:12 3.Stuart Marais 01:44:01 Senior Women 1.Frankie du Toit 02:12:17 2.Hayley Smith 02:16:27 Junior Men 1.Thomas Jessop 01:55:35 2.Dean Wortmann 01:56:58 3.Kelvin Green 01:58:07 Junior Girls 1.Chriestie-Leigh Hearder 02:23:44 Youth Men 1.Devon Baird 02:15:31 2.James Lycett 02:33:31 3.Scott Fisher 02:38:04 Sub Veteran Men 1.Tyronne White 01:52:37 2.David Low 01:53:34 3.Mitchell Ginsberg 01:58:30 Sub Veteran Women 1.Jeannie Dreyer 02:05:59 2.Desiree Verwey 02:17:27 3.Nadine Nunes 02:37:21 Veteran Men 1.Jeremy Thomson 02:00:50 2.Marc Adam 02:08:10 3.Martin Dreyer 02:09:54 Veteran Women 1.Landy Puddu 02:26:24 Master Men 1.Kozma Dede 02:19:15 2.Charlie Young 02:21:52 3.Dave Hanbury 02:22:27 Master Women 1.Marie du Toit 02:40:41 Grand Master Men 1.Kim Phillips 02:13:25 2.Bruce Hansen 02:32:41 21km Overall Men 1.Mboneni Ngcoso 00:48:40 2.Siyanda Masango 00:00:50:16 3.Scelo Mhlongo 00:50:33 4.Travis Stedman 00:52:12 5.Leonard Roberts 00:53:41 Overall Women 1.Chloe Bateson 00:57:40 2.Maria Pieters 01:05:37 3.Kim Kriel 01:10:27 4.Judy Gouws 01:14:59 5.Josick Watkins 01:20:00 Senior Men 1.Mboneni Ngcoso 00:48:40 2.Siyanda Masango 00:50:16 3.Scelo Mhlongo 00:50:33 Sub Junior Boys 1.Travis Stedman 00:52:12 2.Dean Gregson 00:57:35 3.Mitchel Potgieter 00:59:23 Sub Junior Girls 1.Chloe Bateson 00:57:40 2.Bandisa Ndlovu 01:41:10 3.Uyonda Majingo 01:48:39 Nipper Boys 1.Connor Wright 01:05:32 2.Omar Wilson 01:12:48 3.Luke Newlands 01:18:36 Sprog Boys 1.Josh Gillitt 01:18:07 Sub Veteran Men 1.Mbongi Ndlovu 01:01:32 2.Sphamandla Ngubane 01:06:35 Veteran Men 1.Shane Wright 01:09:17 2.Jorge Cruz 3.Kurt Knoop Sub Veteran Women 1.Maria Pieters 01:05:37 2.Kim Kriel
  2. Rio 2016 Olympian Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro Cycling Team) and South African endurance athlete Jeannie Dreyer (Merchants) took the top honours at the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash in the windy KwaZulu-Natal Midlands located at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August 2016. Hatherly’s conditioning was on top form following last weekend’s Olympic XCO race in Rio, and Dreyer’s supreme fitness saw them both trump the 42-kilometre route. Click here to view the article
  3. 20-year-old Hatherly, who represents Kargo Pro Cycling Team, is still abuzz with wonder and awe as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games curtain drew to a close at the weekend, but is looking forward to racing back on home soil. “Coming back from Rio with a solid result, I think, will definitely give me the upper hand because I know I've got the form to do really well,” he added. South African Mountain bike Olympian Alan Hatherly has recently returned home from the 2016 Rio Oympic Games, and is eager to take on the 2016 edition of the iconic Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo credit: Tyron Mackenzie. The KwaZulu-Natal local is eager to take to the trails of the Midlands Meander, even though he is yet to test out this race. “It'll be my first time racing the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, but I've heard lots of good stories about the event. That alone has got me excited to get out there,” he said.The significance for Hatherly as a young South African athlete taking part in such a momentous event is rather special for him. He said: “Racing for my country and in honour of our country’s heroes is always something I love to do with pride. So definitely, racing the Mandela Dash will be a good day out.” Kargo Pro Cycling Team Manager, Shaun Peschl, said: “We’re quite excited to have Alan back in the country after his amazing result in Rio, which made us and the rest of the country really proud. The plan was always to come and do the Mandela race immediately after Rio, whether Rio went as planned or not.” Peschl was also thrilled to mention the team’s back-to-back wins over the past two years. “Having Alan represent us on the day with Andrew Warr, Hayley Smith and Frankie du Toit is our way of giving back to some of the events as well. Bringing an Olympian to the races, we know, can add value to a lot of these events. So we hope that it has an effect of a few more people coming out to see Alan and have a chat to him. He’ll definitely be available to chat to before and after the event,” said Peschl. Peschl will also be bringing between three and five riders from the GO!Durban Cycling Academy to take part in the event. The recent KwaZulu-Natal Youth Development camp that took place last month, saw members of the GO!Durban Cycling Academy taking part. Skills learned at the camp will now be able to be put to the test as the young riders gear up for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash. The Academy supports the growing needs for increased mobility in the eThekwini Municipality, and has partnered with Kargo Pro Cycling Team in order to introduce young members of the eNanda communities to the sport of cycling. The GO!Durban Cycling Academy has provided safe environments for the youth to ride in, bringing them together through sport, whilst also introducing those interested to competitive side of bike riding. The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August. The mountain bike event forms part of the greater Mandela Day Marathon sports festival over the same weekend. Not only will the essence of Madiba draw the crowds, but also a lucrative prize purse, which will be an added bonus to the already incredible event. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 24 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Olympia Hall, Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg from 11:00-17:00 on Friday 26 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:00-07:30 on race day, Saturday 27 August. For information on the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1735
  4. South African Mountain bike Olympian Alan Hatherly has recently returned from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil and will be heading to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to tackle the 2016 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 27 August. Entries for the event are open, and close at midnight tonight (Wednesday 24 August 2016). Click here to view the article
  5. Founder of the RMB Change a Life Academy and keen multi-sport enthusiast, Martin Dreyer, will be bringing his MTB team from the Valley of a Thousand Hills to take part in the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday 27 August. The mountain bike event forms part of the greater Mandela Day Marathon sports festival over the same weekend. Click here to view the article
  6. “Some of the riders have done both MTB Dash events, but the team has been evolving and there have been some new guys coming into the team,” said Dreyer. “It’s going to be quite nice because some of the more experienced riders will be able to tell the younger guys that it is a tough ride. It’s by no means easy – the 42-kilometre distance is quite deceiving. Having Nick Floros, the Rio Olympic course designer, set the route adds a lot of value to the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash. But having said that, it does make it an honest, hard course for those racing at the top,” he added. Mazwi Simango of the RMB Change a Life Academy MTB Team will be taking part in the 2016 edition of the iconic Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Gavin Ryan/QuickPix Photography Sthembiso Masango, part of the RMB Change a Life Academy MTB Team that will be taking part in the the 2016 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 27 August 2016 Photo: Gavin Ryan/QuickPix Photography “I think it’s what the guys want as a challenge, because if you don’t want a tough ride then you do the lesser distances.” Paralleled to the distances of running races, there is also the option of taking part in the 21-kilometre Intermediate and the 10-kilometre Fun Ride.“One of my good riders did race in the 21km last year and he is bragging about how he has the record now. But I explained that he was racing against kids so we’ll see if he races against the men in the 42km this year,” Dreyer said. In terms of the late former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy and racing in his honour for freedom, Dreyer explained how his team prepares for such an iconic race. “Mandela is their ultimate role model, they look up to him with huge respect. Just to have his name associated to the race creates a good vibe. “It’s just wonderful from my side, to see the municipal support coming into sport with the marathon, trail running, triathlon and mountain biking, because most of our local races are privately sponsored but this has got the municipal support, which is a great thing.” Speaking about the size of his team, Dreyer explained that it revolves around the number 10. “It is the optimum amount in terms of bike maintenance, food parcels, ten-in-a-taxi. It is budget restrained but a team of 10 is enough for me to manage. Some new guys come in, some guys move off because they have raced hard for two years and then they get an opportunity to study or they get a job. “For a rider like John (Ntuli), he has been taken to the highest level with a private sponsor, Merchants. You can say that he is a professional mountain biker, earning a salary. He’s a clean-cut, hard worker and the guys look up to him and are proud of him. I feel that he is deserving of that type of sponsor.” Dreyer also extended thanks to event organiser Alec Lenferna for his support of the RMB Mountain Bike Academy, and for helping with the entry fees. “Wherever I can save costs in one place I can add value somewhere else,” said Dreyer. The start and finish of the mountain bike race takes place at the famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (near Midmar Dam). Not only will the essence of Madiba draw the crowds, but also a lucrative prize purse, which will be an added bonus to the already incredible event. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 24 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Olympia Hall, Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg from 11:00-17:00 on Friday 26 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:00-07:30 on race day, Saturday 27 August. For information on the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1735
  7. “Well I’ve done the race for two years now. The first year that I did it I was under 16, and I came second in that race, which was really nice,” he said. Michalehouse pupil, Kelvin Green anticipates the excitement at the 2016 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Free State Cyclists Hub Green (Hattons Cycles) was chuffed at the route change last year. “They added a section of single track on top of Piggly Wiggly on the hill there, which was lots of fun,” he said.Hoping to do well last year, Green would have like to have claimed the first prize. “I think we all do, but Josh is a really good rider and unfortunately I didn’t have the legs on him that day,” he added. He also mentioned that the KwaZulu-Natal MTB racing scene is a competitive one. The Michaelhouse matric pupil has also taken part in the Dusi Canoe Marathon for three consecutive years. “It’s at the beginning of the year so it’s really good base training – it sets the tone for the season,” he added. Green has also finished in the top 100 finishers each year that he has competed. He lives on a farm in the Drakensberg and has known mountain bike riding ever since he was a child. “My parents wouldn’t let me stay inside, so I had to make do with the great outdoors,” he laughed. “My uncle is also in charge of the Berg n Bush. Seeing people riding through the farm made me want to ride more and I’ve been lucky enough to do that event twice, which is really cool,” he added. Although focusing predominantly on marathon racing because he enjoys to “suffer long climbs”, Green has also dabbled in cross-country racing, but his season was cut short due to a lung infection. “I’m not too sure where that puts me in terms of training for the race,” he said. On the essence of Madiba captured through the iconic sporting event, Green said: “We all get a great feeling from exercise. Madiba once said: “I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind”. He wanted us to make the most of our freedom and come together as a nation. The race really promotes that. It’s a huge event, which caters for everyone and that is really nice. “As young riders, we are laying the foundation for future generations. Cycling in South Africa is not where it is in Europe, even running as well, and an event like this just promotes that so much more. South Africa has had really hard times. I think a great place to start is obviously education, but exercise is just as important, so promoting the benefits of it is also so great. To be honest I think that’s what he would’ve wanted, we see that with how he drove to become a part of the Rugby World Cup in 1995.” The start and finish of the mountain bike race takes place at the famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (near Midmar Dam). Not only will the essence of Madiba draw the crowds, but also a lucrative prize purse, which will be an added bonus to the already incredible event. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 24 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Olympia Hall, Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg from 11:00-17:00 on Friday 26 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:00-07:30 on race day, Saturday 27 August. For information on the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1735
  8. Local athlete Kelvin Green has embraced the tagline of this year’s Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash – Triumph of the Human Spirit – in honour of the overcoming of trials and tribulations faced by former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Green placed second behind Joshua Nelson in the Junior Category last year and is looking ahead to better his result on Saturday 27 August. Click here to view the article
  9. Ntuli captained the Change a Life Academy Mountain Bike Team until March this year, when he attained his own personal sponsorship from Merchant. “This will be my second time doing the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash,” he said. Merchants' John Ntuli (third from the right) and Change a Life Academy's Mazwi Msimango (centre) are ready for the 2016 edition of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 27 August 2016 Speaking about the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, Ntuli said: “This race is a very important race for me. It’s important because it shows that South Africa is free, and we get to race under the Mandela name. It’s just brilliant. It is extremely important in my life.” Ntuli, who has succeeded in not only mountain biking but in many multi-sport events too, is referred to by his peers and Dreyer as “Ngwenya” (crocodile) because of his sheer toughness and resilience. “Mountain biking is my career and my life now. I do it full time, and train six days a week. I train mostly on weekdays and race on weekends, but if there’s no races, I still train,” he said. “I am looking forward to the MTB Dash and I am just going to show up and try my best,” he concluded. RMB Change a Life Academy’s Mazwi Msimango from Inchanga said: “I have been with the team for two-and-a half-years now, if I’m not mistaken.” Msimango began riding only three years ago. “I just began riding normally and then I joined a team and I started training properly. I then got a good bike to race on. I started racing my bike in August of 2014,” he said. 24-year-old Msimango chatted about his dream of being able to take part in the MTB Dash: “This is really good for me. It was always a wish of mine to be able to ride a bicycle and to race with other people – it’s a great experience and a really good achievement. If I wasn’t in the Academy, these opportunities would not be available to me as mountain biking is too expensive, and traveling to races and equipment costs money. So for me – this is such a good thing because I’m achieving a lot and experiencing a lot. I talk to people and learn about their experiences and their thoughts – we share everything, and it’s really good.” The start and finish of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash is at the well-known Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands – a reminder of the struggles endured by our former president and leader. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 24 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Olympia Hall, Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg from 11:00-17:00 on Friday 26 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:00-07:30 on race day, Saturday 27 August. Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee 10km Fun Ride 08:30 R 80,00 R 100,00 21km MTB Intermediate 08:15 R 100,00 R 120,00 42km MTB Classic 08:00 R 130,00 R 150,00 For information on the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1735
  10. The RMB Change a Life Academy, founded by Martin Dreyer, has seen success from its athletes in many disciplines of sport, including mountain biking. Many members of the Change a Life mountain bike family have thrived in their own skill sets on the bike, including Merchant rider, John Ntuli, who will take on the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday 27 August. The mountain bike event forms part of the greater Mandela Day Marathon sports festival over the weekend of 27-28 August. Click here to view the article
  11. The mountain biking event forms part of the greater Mandela Day Marathon sporting festival, which takes place from 27-28 July. The start and finish of the mountain bike event is at the iconic Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, which has become a popular tourist destination since the erection of the famous steel-column sculpture in 2012, made famous by artist Marco Cianfanelli. 42-kilometre, 21-kilometre and 10-kilometre routes are on offer in the scenic Midlands. The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash takes place in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday 27 August 2016. Photo: Mylene Paynter The Mayor of uMgungundlovu District, Yusuf Bhamjee, said in his speech at the Mandela Day Marathon Media Launch that the theme for this year’s event is: “It is always impossible until it is done, the triumph of the human spirit”, which is the epitome of Nelson Mandela, who was a universal icon of freedom. “We reach out to the people who want to associate themselves with the memory and the legacy of the Father of the Nation; this contextualises the importance of the Mandela Day Marathon Sports Festival,” said Councillor Bhamjee. “Madiba belongs to all of us as the Father of the Nation. We must never allow generations after us to forget who Madiba was. Participants will be running, cycling and living for Madiba so that his legacy lives on. We are celebrating an international icon who has been embraced nationally and internationally because he had a story to tell, and that story is the “triumph of the human spirit”.” President of KZN Cycling, Greg Stedman, embraced the opportunity to once again see the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on the Mandela Day Marathon sporting festival’s calendar for the third consecutive year. “We are very privileged to be a part of this sports event,” he said. “Over the past three years, the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash has grown from strength to strength and has become a “must do” event on the KZN Cycling Calendar,” he added. Stedman also spoke about KZN Cycling’s dedication to transformation and development, and listed their involvement with various projects around the province. “These projects introduce the youth to the sport of cycling, as well as create opportunities for up and coming talent to compete at Provincial and National level,” he added. The 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash gave more than 150 local youth the opportunity to learn to ride and participate in the event. “This year will follow a similar theme involving the local youth,” he said. Stedman also mentioned that most of the country’s top-end Elite and high-performance athletes would have returned from their racing commitments in Europe by the end of August and would have the opportunity to participate. “These athletes attract a lot of media attendance, and make for great racing across their various categories,” he added. “Whether you are competing for the win or for personal achievement goals, this event embodies the essence of Nelson Mandela, and provides the platform to embrace the Triumph of the Human Spirit,” he concluded. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 24 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Olympia Hall, Royal Showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg from 11:00-17:00 on Friday 26 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:00-07:30 on race day, Saturday 27 August. For information on the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1735
  12. In the month of August, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands will be the location for the celebration of the life of the Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela, where we will remember the trials and tribulations that Madiba had to overcome in order to change our lives for the better when eager participants will face challenges, hills and obstacles along the route of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 27 August. Click here to view the article
  13. In what has been dubbed a massive prize purse for a classic race distance, Davids (Kargo Pro MTB Team) and Neethling (Pam Golding/Specialized) were both dominant in their performances from the get-go. Brendon Davids (Kargo Pro MTB Team) pushed hard from the start and claimed victory in the 42km Men's race at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in KwaZulu-Natal for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, Saturday 29 August 2015 © Darren Goddard Davids pushed hard from the start and was not pressured by acclaimed cycling stars Darren Lill, Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance), Tyronne White (Thule SA), and other eager cyclists climbing the pack. By the 30km mark he had stretched his lead to more than five minutes in the incredible singletrack that was waiting for them in the Lion’s River Valley. He was unfortunate to get tangled in some barbed wire, which would set him back slightly but fortunately not cost him his lead. “I managed to get a gap about 20 minutes in, and I just focused on keeping it as hard as possible,” said Davids. “I pushed as hard as I needed to where I could and unfortunately just before the halfway mark I hooked a piece of barbed wire with my foot and came down quite heavily on my knee. Luckily I had worked hard enough from the start to still have some time to get going again and finish in front.” This is the second Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash title for the Kargo Pro MTB Team. “Travis (Walker) was in Kargo colours last year when he won this race, and I think it’s pretty cool to get it second year in a row for the team,” said Davids. Top contender and local rider Hill abandoned the race before the halfway mark due to an illness. It was Lill who continued to surge ahead in a bid to catch Davids, claiming second place overall, with third place going to White. Smimango Mazwi of RMB’s Change a Life Academy, who finished 11th overall, breathlessly described the team’s experience of the race. “It was very good, but it was very tough. There was a lot of climbing. We tried to manage it even though it was very hard. But we really enjoyed it. It’s great to be racing for Mandela’s name, and so good for Change a Life.” In the women’s race, it was Candice Neethling that rode a very strong race and remained untouchable throughout. Neethling heads to Europe next week to compete with the National Road team in two UCI races. Candice Neethling (Pam Golding/Specialized) was a force to be reckoned with in the 42km Women's race at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in KwaZulu-Natal for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, Saturday 29 August 2015 © Darren Goddard “I felt very strong, I’ve been training really hard because I am going to Europe next week to compete in some road races. This race fell at the right time for me and it was good to have done some hard mountain biking before I leave. A win is always a good confidence boost – I know it's going to be a completely different story in Europe but I’m leaving on a positive note.” Almost eight minutes behind was Tiffany Keep (Pure Adventure Wear) and a charging Hayley Smith (Bell), who rode a stronger second half of her race to pass endurance rider Jeannie Dreyer (USN/Hi-Tec) and claim third place overall. Keep’s impressive performance throughout the race saw her claim the first prize in the Youth Women’s category and second place overall. “It was a very hard ride, it was extremely dusty out there. The course was really nice and I really enjoyed the singletrack that they put in this year. I was riding with a nice group of riders throughout. My legs got a little tired towards the end but in the end I am very happy with how I rode and being the second lady overall.” In the 21km race, it was Mboneni Ngcobo (RMB Change A Life Academy) that claimed top honours with Juniors Timothy Nefdt and Leonard Robberts claiming second and third respectively. The women’s race saw young Sprog rider Chloe Bateson take the win, with Sub Junior Sarah Ryan (2nd) and Sub veteran Angela Dragt (3rd) rounding out the podium. Mayor of uMgungundlovu Municipality, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, said it was a bold decision for the Municipality to host the two-day festival of sports, but that the concept behind the Mandela Day Marathon was to embrace more sports. It was a lovely day out for the family at the monumental Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 29 August 2015 © Darren Goddard “We are forging a partnership with all codes of sport. The mountain biking event is the first event other than the marathon to go into its second year and we believe that we can live the legacy by cycling for Madiba in a way to bring all types of sporting codes and people together, because Madiba belonged to all. “We need to create awareness to people from all the sporting codes that Madiba delivered a significant blow to racism, nationally and internationally. We will continue to use these events to endorse to young and old and the future generations the understanding of what the oppression was, what the struggle for freedom was and how now together we must address other pressing issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality. By doing this we can promote the legacy of Madiba.” Summary of Results – Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash 42km – Overall Men1.Brendon Davids (Senior) 2.Darren Lill (Sub Veteran) 3.Tyronne White (Sub Veteran) 4.Jaco Pelser (Senior) 5.Joshua Nelson (Junior) 6.Sthembiso Masango (Senior) 7.Matthew Wilkinson (Senior) 8.Ryan Piercey (Sub Veteran) 9.Stuart Marais (Senior) 10.Leeroy Emslie (Senior) 42km – Overall Women 1.Candice Neethling (Senior) 2.Tiffany Keep (Youth) 3.Hayley Smith (Senior) 4.Jeannie Dreyer (Sub Veteran) 5.Desiree Verwey (Sub Veteran) 21km – Overall Men 1.Mboneni Ngcobo (Senior) 2.Timothy Nefdt (Junior) 3.Leonard Robberts (Junior) 4.Devon Baird (Sub Junior) 5.Gerhard Gous (Veteran) 6.Sam Moore (Sub Junior) 7.Dreyer Botma (Sprog) 8.Timothy Larsen (Sub Junior) 9.Reece Mc Callum (Sub Junior) 10.Tanner Quinn (Youth) 21km – Overall Women 1.Chloe Bateson (Sprog) 2.Sarah Ryan (Sub Junior) 3.Angela Dragt (Sub Veteran) 4.Kerrine Harvey (Sub Veteran) 5.Gilly Robartes (Open) Full results will be available online from Sunday www.elitetiming.co.za.
  14. Dreyer (USN/Hi-Tec) is set to compete and although another win in the bag would be a bonus, it’s the pure love for the sport that brings her back. “Every race I do is always for enjoyment, I absolutely love riding. So regardless of the event, I just go out there and have a really great time,” she said. 2014 Women's Winner, Jeannie Dreyer (USN/Hi-Tec, is excited to be taking part again this year in the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard Jeannie and her husband, Martin, recently returned home from a tough 900km Colorado Trail MTB race in the United States, where she was the first woman across the finish line setting a new record as well. “It was incredible, well when I look back it was,” she laughed. “The scenery and experience was unlike anything I’ve done before, but it was tough.” The Dreyers are well known for their mountain biking adventures together, and when asked what the significance of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash means to her, she said: “There are a lot of different types sporting activities on offer at the festival. It creates an environment for as many people as possible to get involved because there’s something for everyone. Having added mountain biking to the event brings another exciting dimension to the weekend.” Although a large total prize purse of R120000 is on offer for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, Dreyer is more excited to be on her bike taking in the atmosphere on the day. “It’s such a momentous occasion, and to have the start and finish at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site is so special. It’s a truly iconic venue, and although most people know where and what it is, many people don’t actually take the time to absorb the beauty and history that it offers,” she said. With equal prize money up for grabs in the men and women’s races, the event organisers have gone a long way to recognise the efforts and commitment from women, particularly during Women’s month in August. Being a mother herself, Dreyer sees the importance of making this event a family affair: “The venue is a great place to hang out in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and it is safe off the highway. The children can picnic on the grass there in the beautiful setting with mum or dad whilst the other parent competes, if the youngsters don’t take part themselves. It’s just a really good day out.” The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash offers route variations, with the full 42km MTB Classic, a 21km intermediate and a 10km fun ride for family and friends. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 26 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Greg Minnaar Cycles, Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg from 12:00-17:00 on 28 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:30-08:00 on race day, 29 August. For information on the 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website - http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1599
  15. After a successful first instalment last year, the second annual Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash will be back again this year and has once again attracted the interest of South Africa’s great cyclists, including the 2014 women’s winner Jeannie Dreyer, at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015. Click here to view the article
  16. In less than a month, throngs of mountain bikers – along with road runners, trail runners and triathletes – will make their way to the iconic Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the heart of the uMgungundlovu District in a celebration of the life and the work of the late former President Nelson Mandela, for the 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 29 August. Click here to view the article
  17. Cycling KZN President, Greg Stedman, said that the provincial cycling body was proud to be involved, not only as the sanctioning body but also as part of the organisation of such a prestigious event. The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015. At the recent media launch, the Mayor of Msunduzi Municipality, Councillor Chris Ndlela, mentioned that the Msunduzi Municipality was already home to iconic events such as the Comrades Marathon, Dusi Canoe Marathon and Midmar Mile, and has become South Africa’s hub of international cycling events like the UCI MTB World Cups and Championships. “The Mandela Day Marathon is now also growing into a world class iconic festival of events. The Msunduzi Municipality is proud to host these events and our focus in 2015 is to support the Mandela Day Marathon by creating a “first world athlete’s village”, catering for all the needs of the underprivileged athletes wanting to participate in these events. “These events have the potential to attract up to 30 000 participants in the next five years,” said Councillor Ndlela. The 2015 events will be taking place under the banner “Keep Running His Legacy” and will encourage more people from all over the world to visit the Msunduzi Municipality and uMgungundlovu District to participate in the Mandela Day Marathon Sports Festival. The Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, presented strategic input and highlighted the importance of Mandela Day Marathon sports festival. The MTB Dash takes place at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015. The Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality, Councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, presented strategic input and highlighted the importance of this festival to the region.“The 2015 events will target close to 13000 athletes, inclusive of a 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km, youth run, trail run, mountain bike races and triathlon race. “The improved MTB races will be held in the forests surrounding the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, with the UCI-standards route incorporating forest trails and many singletrack sections, aimed at creating a world class experience with the finish at the magnificent marathon finish line and Nelson Mandela sculpture.” Councillor Bhamjee says that the expected number of spectators will be in excess of 30000. At the same time, many will be watching the live coverage of the event on SABC2, followed by Supersport broadcasts. “The estimated economic impact is R70 million compared to R40 million in 2014, which will benefit the local communities, hospitality and transport industries in the region.” Cycling KZN President, Greg Stedman, said that the provincial cycling body was proud to be involved, not only as the sanctioning body but also as part of the organisation of such a prestigious event. “All events that are run by CKZN have a strong focus on development, and this event is no different. By developing the young cyclists of KwaZulu-Natal, we believe that this will make a huge impact on increasing our talent pool and discovering our future champions in the province.” The overall prize purse has also been significantly increased by the race organisers, with a dedicated R120000 to the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash. The focus on the athlete will be greater this year than ever before, with more facilities being introduced to the athlete with adequate en-route refreshment stations and a greater athlete recovery zone. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 26 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Greg Minnaar Cycles, Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg from 12:00-17:00 on 28 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:30-08:00 on race day, 29 August. For information on the 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website - http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1599
  18. The 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash takes place in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday 29 August, with the start and finish situated at the iconic Nelson Mandela Capture Site, which has become a popular tourist destination since the erection of the famous steel-column sculpture in 2012, made famous by artist Marco Cianfanelli. Click here to view the article
  19. The 50 linear vertical steel columns commemorated the 50-year anniversary since our late former president’s capture in August 1962. Each element of the sculpture plays an integral role in telling the story of Nelson Mandela’s struggle, his vision, and his many ideas, which as a whole had the power to bring about democracy and political change for our nation. The pathway on which people walk to view the statue depicts the “long walk to freedom”, and visitors to the site can see a two-dimensional image of Madiba’s portrait from 30m away. Riders of all ages will be able to compete in either the 42km, 21km or 10km race at the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015 © Darren Goddard Riders competing in the MTB Dash, like in many other mountain bike races, will face challenges, hills and obstacles along the way. However, the tough parts of the race that will be tackled will be in remembrance of the trials and tribulations, which Madiba had to overcome in order to change our lives for the better. The individual elements of the Mandela capture site sculpture, which all come together to symbolise one meaning, will be reflected in the efforts of each individual taking part in the race thus unifying all competitors in this exquisite and historic part of the country. Although aimed at the regular rider, there are enough sections for families and first-timers to enjoy, as well as it being challenging enough for those at the top-end of the sport, thanks to the input from KwaZulu-Natal local and 2016 Rio Olympic MTB course designer, Nick Floros. The revamped route incorporates the grasslands sections of the inaugural 2014 route, with the new inclusion of the Sappi forests and the popular Howick mountain bike trails. The 42km, 21km and 10km routes offer something for everyone with varied abilities, with enough punch to give the pros a reason to give all they have in contesting for a share of one of the largest overall race prize purse being R120000. Floros says that big hills will remain and are a vital part of the route in order for the vantage points and descents to be appreciated as well. One of the most talked about sections is the highest point on the course, which overlooks Howick, Karkloof and Midmar Dam. The beauty of the KZN Midlands will be largely appreciated. The ever-popular mountain bike trail networks in Howick and the Lions River Valley will be extensively utilised, presenting a sublime taste of mountain biking at its best. A huge thanks is extended to Sappi and to all the landowners on whose properties the race routes will traverse. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 26 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Greg Minnaar Cycles, Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg from 12:00-17:00 on 28 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:30-08:00 on race day, 29 August. For information on the 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website - http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1599
  20. The mountain bike race will start and finish at the monumental Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard We saw this in events such as the 1995 Rugby World Cup, his profound influence on our national cricket team, his links to our aquatics team and more, and so the privilege to be able to use his name and to have his on-going legacy connected to cycling in our country is just wonderful. Such an event, now in its second year and set to become entrenched on the annual cycling calendar going forward, would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. As sport lovers we are indebted to our local political fathers and mothers who lead our regional area and districts and municipalities, which include the seven local municipalities Impendle - Impendle, Mkhambathini - Camperdown, Mpofana - Mooi River, Msunduzi - Pietermaritzburg, Richmond - Richmond, uMngeni - Howick, and uMshwathi - New Hanover/Wartburg. Their generous funding for this event is a marriage between their desire and that of Mandela’s to continue seeing barriers broken down and sport becoming an influence in our social and sporting lives, accessible for all people. The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash is paralleled to the running marathon race and is a “triumph of the human spirit” presenting distances of 42km, 21km and 10km mountain bike routes. Participants will experience a new and improved challenging but scenic route at the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard Of great significance, the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash begins and ends at the internationally famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site, where Madiba was apprehended in 1962 and taken into captivity and incarcerated, mainly on Robben Island for some 27 years until his release in 1994. It is ironic that we should be using his name under a banner of freedom at his original capture site. Cycling KZN President, Greg Stedman, says: “We at Cycling KwaZulu-Natal (CKZN) are glad to be involved in the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, not only as the sanctioning body but also as part of the organisation of such a prestigious event, which is now in its second year. All events that are run by CKZN have a strong focus on development, and this event is no different. By developing the young cyclists of KwaZulu-Natal, we believe that this will make a huge impact on increasing our talent pool and discovering our future champions in the province.” Participants of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash will be experiencing a new revamped route with the valuable input from maestro mountain bike course designer, Nick Floros. The 42km route includes the popular and newly established trails through the Sappi forests in the Lions River Valley from David and Dwayne Arpin of Big Wheel Cycles. Extending into Howick, the Howick MTB Club’s well-maintained trail network will also be utilised. Pitched at the regular rider, competitors will still require a reasonable level of fitness in order to enjoy the 42km race, bearing in mind that the route needs to be challenging for the top riders as well. For those considering mountain biking or for those who have lost a little of their fitness, the 20km race is a great stepping stone to mountain biking and to getting back into the sport. The 10km is along a relatively flat route, also along a totally revamped course with a great amount of singletrack included as well. Riders of all ages will be able to compete in either the 42km, 21km or 10km race Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site (R103) KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard On behalf of Floros and KZN MTB, we extend a huge thanks to Sappi and to all the landowners on whose properties the race routes will traverse. Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 26 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Greg Minnaar Cycles, Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg from 12:00-17:00 on 28 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:30-08:00 on race day, 29 August. Race Start Time Pre Entry Fee Late Entry Fee 10km Fun Ride 08:30 R 80,00 R 100,00 21km MTB Intermediate 08:15 R 100,00 R 120,00 42km MTB Classic 08:00 R 130,00 R 150,00 The total prize purse of R120 000 is up for grabs with a break down amongst the categories and distances as per the table below. For information on the 2015 Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, visit the official website – http://www.mandelamarathon.co.za/ For more information on KZN MTB Commission, visit – http://www.kznmtb.co.za/ For the online event entries, visit the ROAG website – http://www.roag.co.za/eventinfo.aspx?EventID=1599
  21. In the short time that we knew late former President Nelson Mandela as a leader in our country and internationally, he left us with a very special part of his legacy being his extreme love for sport and his belief that sport would cross and cover all barriers and boundaries. Click here to view the article
  22. In cold and windy conditions, Travis Walker and Jeannie Bomford emerged as the big winners at the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 30th August. The event started and finished at the Capture Site near Howick and formed part of the expanded programme of events linked to the Mandela Day Marathon this year that also included a Trail Run and a 5km kid’s road running race. Click here to view the article
  23. The wind that picked up earlier in the week and that blew hard on the day played havoc with many of the riders that took part in the 42km and 21km MTB races with many riders after the race showing signs of a hard day in the saddle. Nick Floros designed a course that was more challenging the quicker it was ridden making the sharp end of the race interesting indeed, but the weather conditions also played a huge role in how people got on on the day. Although Walker and Bomform walked away with the bulk of the prize money on the day, with a total of R 122 700.00 prize money up for grabs, even those in the minor places walked away with broad smiles on their faces. However, it was not just the prizes that gave everyone a warm fuzzy feeling about the race. The general consensus amongst the entrants is that they all had a great time and that the event was well organised and that it will hopefully become a feature on the national mountain biking calendar for many years to come. A full set of results can be found at www.mandelamarathon.com.
  24. Although most of the national team riders will have already left for Norway to prepare for the 2014 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships by the time the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash comes around on Saturday 30th August, such is the depth in the sport at present that an extremely strong group of riders and teams will be on the start line for this new and exciting event. Click here to view the article
  25. Travis Walker of the Kargo Pro MTB Team The event will see three distances being contested with the 42km and 21km races to be fiercely contested – not only for the pride of winning but also for the large chunks of prize money that are up for grabs - and there will also be a 10km family race that can accommodate MTB riders of all ages and skills and fitness levels. The start and finish venue for all races will be the Mandela Capture Site in Howick. The Kargo Pro MTB Team have embraced the opportunity and will have three very strong riders at the event with Travis Walker, Stuart Marais and Siya Njiva all raring to go and Travis’ recent 3rd place in the U23 category and Stuart’s 4th in the elite category at the recent SA Champs show that they have good form at present. “We are very excited to be present at this event as we believe it will be a day to remember. We have watched the build up to this event and lots of hype around it in memory of Mandela.” said Shaun Peschl of Team Kargo. “Having 3 of our riders not present as they will be jetting off to Norway for World XCO Champs we are lucky we have such a diverse team and with some team tactics and planning we hope to seal the deal with podium spots.” Stiff competition is expected though as most of the top teams around will be sending riders to contest and racing at the sharp end of the field is bound to be fierce. Another local stalwart Con Malherbe and his team mates from the Coffeeberry Velolife team have also entered and he will be hoping that he too is the best in the Midlands come the end of the race on the 30th August, just like his cappuccino’s at his local coffee shop. Mark Adams is another strong local rider that will be looking to make his presence felt. Event Director Alec Lenferna said “the courses that have been put in place for the event are able to be ridden by all and what will make it challenging is the pace at which the routes are tackled. With the amount of prize money up for grabs and the prestige of winning the first event Mandela Day marathon MTB Dash, it’s going to be pretty hectic at the sharp sweaty part of the group and there’s bound to be some excellent racing”. Entries are open for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash at www.roag.co.za and will close on the 23rd August or when the first 600 x entries have been received. General event information can be found at www.kznmtb.co.za.
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