New trails for Sanlam MTB early birders

New trails for Sanlam MTB early birders

An exciting mix of adventure trails awaits riders when the Sanlam MTB Invitational takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl on November 19 and 20.

Having completed a survey of the possible route options this week, race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said they were looking forward to creating an interesting challenge for riders.He said the route scouting for the race, which is co-presented by the City of Drakenstein, also formed the groundwork for creating a series of permanent trails in the area.

“We expect this to be the catalyst to develop an area which has plenty of riding options for mountain bikers.”

To this end, Herbst said they were looking at establishing a mix of single-track and other trails through a number of wine farms.

“These will take in the natural terrain and highlight the breath-taking scenery,” he said.

“We have already identified a number of new sections that will be used for the race itself.”

Meanwhile, those wanting to compete in the Sanlam MTB Invitational still stand a chance to receive a state-of-the-art backpack after the early bird entry offer was extended to Friday.

The extension was agreed to by event partners Scicon after the gift – a Solargenome Hydracharge backpack – proved extremely popular.

While anyone can enter the race, which is based on a two-man team format, Herbst said families were encouraged to enter as father and son, mother and son, father and daughter or mother and daughter combinations.

He added that they had teamed up with Cartrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform allowing drivers and passengers to arrange lifts together.

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