MTB race a family event

The Midlands MTB Stage Race promises to have some spectacular single track for riders to enjoy on all three days. PHOTO: Gavin Ryan, QuickPix

“FAMILY fun” is the key phrase for KwaZulu-Natal’s newest mountain biking event, The Midlands MTB Stage Race which provides perfect holiday action on the weekend of 29 June to 1 July.

Appropriately based around Howick High School, the three-day event in the middle of the school holidays is loaded with options to make sure it caters for a complete family experience – with options ranging from a 10km one-day kiddies ride, to a half-distance two-day ride up to the full three-day event.

Race organiser, Ballito’s Johnny St Clair Gibson, and Race Director Gavin Ryan from Howick have pooled their areas of knowledge to create what promises to be a spectacular event based around the twin pillars of great mountain biking and a well-organised family fun.

“We offer three days of fully-supported riding. There will be awesome seconding tables, race village with free snacks, cold and hot drinks and an awesome chill area. In addition, we will have a daily craft beer festival,” said St Clair Gibson.

The three-days are all achievable 50km to 56km stages. “All routes are carefully designed by our course designer so as to be manageable, but packed with safe, fun riding,” said St Clair Gibson.

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For those who are nervous about a full three-day race, The Midlands MTB Stage Race offers two-day full-distance and half-distance events for the weekend, and there is a 10km kiddies event, to ensure anybody who rides a mountain bike will find something that suits their fitness and fun level.

The half distance race is shorter route packed with safe and enjoyable riding.

Entries are via www.roag.co.za and close on 22 June. Visit: www.themidlandsmtb.co.za.

 

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