Dundee to host battle of a different kind
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.
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.