At the end of this month, Alexandra will be home to the Revolution mountain bike race. This is a oneday multi-stage event, where riders will earn points for their placing in each stage, to determine an overall winner.
The inaugural Revolution was held in Alexandra in August 2015, and received very positive feedback from competitors. Local rider Mike Sangster took out the title of overall male, with Kath Kelly winning the overall female category. A strong field is expected to be on the start line again in 2016, and with a revised course, the 2016 Revolution is anticipated to be even better.
This year, there are three different levels of competition available, providing something for everyone. There is 3-stage Elite and Sport category, for the more experienced riders (aged 16 years and over). Plus, for the more recreational rider, there is the 2-stage ‘Mini’ Revolution, and this is open to riders 10 years and over.
The Revolution course is making use of the purpose built mountain bike tracks recently developed by local mountain bike club, Mountainbikers of Alexandra (MOA), with the Elite and Sport riders beginning at Flat Top Hill, and the Mini Revolution riders at Boot Hill, on the outskirts of Alexandra. All categories will then complete a time trial along the Alexandra to Clyde River Track. The Elite and Sport riders will finish their day with a challenging uphill/ downhill near Clyde.
The Revolution is a great showcase of the riding around Alexandra, and it will let competitors see the area for the complete mountain bike destination that it is.
Entries are now open for the Revolution, and local riders are encouraged to join in, with standard registrations closing this Friday.