15 Jul, 2016

Cascades MTB Park to Host SA National MTB Championships


The 2016 South African MTB Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) National Championships are to be held at the Cascades MTB Parkat Cascades Lifestyle Centrein Pietermaritzburg this Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July 2016.

In anticipation of the turnout, Cascades Lifestyle Centre is encouraging its tenants to come out of their stores and create promotions and table presentations in the walkways of the centre for the weekend. The cafés and restaurants are readying themselves for a sporting entourage, welcoming competitors, as well as family and friends with great healthy food options.

The South African XCO MTB National Championship will feature cross-country mountain bike riders from as young as 11 years old (sprogs) to nippers, youth, sub-juniors, juniors, Elite, under 23’s, sub-veterans, veterans, masters to grand masters (60 years +).

Each category will complete a number of laps, usually ranging from 2 laps up to 7 laps. Cross-country in mountain biking is the pinnacle of mountain biking and is tough and requires fitness and biking skills for obstacles.

The toughness of the National Champs will be down to Cascades MTB Park cross-country course designer, Nick Floros. Revered for his tough international-class courses, he has created a completely different course for SA Champs this weekend.

As with all of Nick’s courses, having the time to practice on the course in advance will be an advantage. Even though it is an advantage, the ladies race at World Champs revealed anything can happen, even with a home-ground advantage.

Nick’s courses are highly respected as he became the first man to test the course for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games when he journeyed to Brazil in 2015. According to a tweet by International Cycling Union (UCI) technical delegate, Simon Burney is the man behind the building of the course, which he termed “awesome”.

Through hard work and a natural instinct for what will challenge and thrill competitors, Nick, a Hilton College Old Boy, has earned his revered reputation as an XCO course designer, with the Cascades MTB Park rated as one of the top three XCO courses in the world by the UCI.

The National Downhill Championships boasts a brand new track for Sunday’s event, much to the excitement of the riders. Race organisers also said that special mention needed to go out to Tim Bentley and other local downhill riders who made efforts in the assistance of the track build..

Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

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