The weekend of the 25-26 April promises to be another action-packed 2 days of mountain biking as the third round of the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series takes place at Mankele MTB Park in Mpumalanga. Entries for the XCO and DHI events are now open. Course designer and event organiser, Mark Meyer, said that there are very similar elements to last year’s downhill and cross-country tracks, however, there have been some exciting new developments as well.
Meyer says: ‘The cross-country course is very similar to last year’s – we still have Geoff Bridges and Burry’s Rock Garden. However, this year we have added “Slippery Snake”. This cuts down on the climb quite a bit. But still, it’s rooty, it’s rocky, it’s a great course.’ The riders can expect boardkwalks, bush tunnels, bridges, river crossings, lung bursting climbs and, according to the Mankele MTB website: ‘the smoothest single track jam packed into 6.9km laps of Mountain biking Heaven.’ He added: ‘The downhill course is … whoah! It’s really looking good. This course is also similar to last year’s, we’ve just done a few fix-ups here and there and repaired blown-out sections. Its really quick and really crazy.’
Berms and bridges, rock gardens and serious switchbacks await this year’s riders on a course that has been described as “1.8km of absolute adrenaline madness”. Fifty metres from the bottom of the cross-country course, spectators are able to see some great XCO track sections. Meyer said: ‘There’s also a coffee shop that’s going to be selling all sorts of great things to eat and drink, so the spectators can come and support, relax and enjoy themselves. Three hundred metres from the bottom of the DHI course, the spectators will be able to view all the action and watch it all from below.’
Online pre-entries are open, and close on Tuesday 21 April. Click here to enter: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/enter-an-event/mtb/2015—mtb—sa-cup-series-3-xco–dhi.aspx. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee.
For more information about the 2015 SA Stihl MTB Cup Series, click here:
http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-mtb-cup-series or visit the event website for more information on Mankele MTB Park: http://www.mankele.co.za/