17 May, 2016

Eye on the Prize for Robyn de Groot

With the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic only 5 days away, reigning women’s champion Robyn de Groot has set her sights on a problem free day on the bike and hopefully a second victory at the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. After a great win at the 2016 KAP sani2c, Robyn is confident that she has got what it takes to walk away with the win!

The 2016 Magalies Monster MTB Classic will take place at the ATKV in Buffelspoort this coming Saturday, 21 May 2016.

“The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is proper mountain biking,” says Robyn. As a newbie to the Magalies Monster last year, Robyn had been warned that it was a hard race. The race would certainly deliver on that promise and gave Robyn a good workout.

In terms of climbing, descents and also the technical aspect, it’s a nice hard route.

“My approach to racing is generally stress-free,” continues Robyn. “Returning as the defending champion doesn’t result in added pressure. I know that once I pedal my bike, it all falls into place. I just focus on the moment. It is always nice to defend a title. My advice to newcomers to the Magalies Monster is to come in with a pretty good fitness level and don’t be frightened of the rocky terrain. These days the bicycles handle the terrain pretty well,” said Robyn.

Professional Sports Coach, Nico Sterk will be gunning for a top five position in the men’s race. “In 2013 I secured my personal best Magalies Monster result, a second spot on the podium. I wouldn’t miss the event for the world. It is without a doubt one of the bucket list events for all cycling enthusiasts in South Africa. You cannot call yourself a mountain biker if you have not conquered the Monster. We wear the finisher’s t-shirt with pride.”
Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

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