Dundee to host bat­tle of a dif­fer­ent kind

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - CHAR­MAINE FOR­TUNE

DUNDEE’S bat­tle­fields will next week­end host a clash of a dif­fer­ent kind when bik­ers and quad rid­ers de­scend on the area for the Sacc Bat­tle­fields Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Race next week­end.

The race is a first for the scenic ru­ral area and prom­ises a fi­nan­cial bo­nanza for the town’s busi­nesses as a sup­port crew comes with each racer in round two of the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship comes on May 6 and 7.

And they all need feed­ing and ac­co­mo­da­tion.

The Sacc Bat­tle­field Race is also a se­lected event where a round of the KZN regional and club cham­pi­onships will be run in con­junc­tion with the na­tional race and around 180 com­peti­tors will con­verge on Dundee and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Mo­tor­cy­cle and quad com­peti­tors last com­peted in this area at na­tional level in 2014 when they raced in the Vry­heid area, about 70 kilo­me­tres from Dundee with the type of racing ter­rain be­ing pop­u­lar with rid­ers.

Ho­tels, mo­tels, lodges, guest houses and bed and break­fast es­tab­lish­ments are ma­jor ben­e­fi­cia­ries as teams, fam­ily mem­bers, me­dia and cross coun­try en­thu­si­asts snap up avail­able ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Fill­ing sta­tions, restau­rants, take­away out­lets, en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties and small busi­ness en­trepreneurs also ben­e­fit from team spend­ing power.

“There are fur­ther spin- offs in that com­peti­tors and en­thu­si­asts are ex- posed to tourist at­trac­tions and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that re­gions of­fer as hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions,” said Sanora CEO Siegfried Rousseau.

In this re­spect coal rich Dundee, set in the Big­gars­berg Moun­tains, of­fers huge po­ten­tial. The area is steeped in South African his­tory and Dundee is the cen­tral point to the Blood River and Isan­dl­wana bat­tle­fields and Rorkes Drift, while nu­mer­ous other places of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est are in Dundee or within easy reach of the town.

Spec­ta­tors will also be treated to spec­tac­u­lar race action from the in­flux of na­tional cham­pi­onship rid­ers from all over South Africa and Botswana who travel to com­pete in these events.

Race head­quar­ters, the start/ fin­ish and the des­ig­nated ser­vice point for the Sacc Bat­tle­fields Race will be at the aptly named Bat­tle­fields Coun­try Lodge and Sports Re­sort ap­prox­i­mately six kilo­me­tres from Dundee.

The Time Trial, for quads and mo­tor­cy­cles to de­ter­mine grid po­si­tions for the race, will start at 12 pm and 2 pm re­spec­tively on Fri­day, May 6.

The main race of 300 km will start at 7 am on Satur­day, May 7.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Jac­ques ‘ Boes­man’ Struwig in action dur­ing the Red Cherry 400 in 2007, shows what the fans can ex­pect when rac­ers in the Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle and Quad Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship ar­rive in Dundee next week­end.

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