While entries for the Mandela Day Marathon road running events are closed, the entries for the MTB Dash are still flowing in nicely with many riders signing up.
All the mountain bike events’ entries will only close on August 23, three days before the races on Saturday, August 26.
Riders have the choice of riding in memory of South Africa’s greatest icon in three different events – a serious 42km race for top level competitors, an intermediate 21km event for weekend warriors and part-time mountain bikers, or a 10km fun ride aimed at younger riders’ families and those who simply want some fun in the saddle.
Entries for the mountain bike events are all being taken through www.roag.co.za
The mountain bike races are part of the weekend of events that also include a road running marathon, half marathon, 10km run, trail runs, a youth run and a triathlon, all in honour of former President, Nelson Mandela.
With a healthy prize fund of R122 000, the mountain bike event offers what is believed to be the biggest prize money for a one-day classic MTB distance event and as such normally attracts a strong field of riders.
All the Mandela Day MTB Dash events start and finish at the world famous capture site in Lions River.
By: Lisanne Lazarus