With two rounds left to race in the Madibaz MTB XCO Series, a strong showing is expected for the penultimate leg of the series, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela University in George this weekend.
The series opener in April attracted more than 100 entries and race director Jan Venter said he expected another good turnout this weekend.
“The first event went well, we had lots of riders. The weather looks great for this weekend so I think we’ll be on track again.”
Sunday’s event will present riders with an opportunity to try their hand at a challenging new course, which Venter said featured tight corners, drop-offs and a gap jump.
He added the track, used in the opposite direction last year, was one that would allow participants to test their skills to the limit.
“The race is going to take place in and around the surrounding plantations, so there’s going to be a lot of single-track,” he said.
He described it as a “tricky” course that could lead to exciting racing as the top contenders looked to gain an edge over their competition.
Poor weather during the second round of the series in June means riders who want to challenge for overall series honours have to compete in the final two events.
“It put a spanner in the works because we could only race the nippers and sprogs,” said Venter. “The older groups will now have to take part in both of the last two races to qualify for series honours.”
Fewer rounds also meant that the competition would be closer and he felt that most of the categories would go down to the wire when the event concluded on October 29.
Nippers – Roy Fraser-Mackenzie and Gita Hildebrand
Sprogs – Neil Erasmus and Mienke Boshoff
Junior boys and girls – Julian Bunge and Sorina Venter
Youth – Tristan Nortje and Charlissa Schultz
Junior men and women – Adriaan Venter and Britney Wilmans
U23 – Brandon Williams and Jean-Marié Roelofse
Elite women – Robyn de Groot
Seniors – Luke Cocksedge and Rose Bailey
Sub vets – Nico Kruger and Anel Strampe
Vets men – Gerrie Beukes
Grandmaster men – Roy Kruger