Berg riding... and with Sharks
CYCLING in KZN is winding down for 2018, but there is a new event which looks to provide some excitement for both road and mountain bikers as well as a chance to meet a few rugby heroes trying their luck.
The Drakensberg Extravaganza will be taking place on the weekend of November 24-25 (it was initially advertised by CSA as the Bergville Extravaganza).
The whole event is planned as a weekend of cycling (with a bit of trail running thrown in). Based in the Bergville area, the mountain bikers get their chance to ride a 10 or 20km route at Champagne Sports Resort on Saturday, while on Sunday the roadies have the choice of 15, 40 or 84km near Bergville’s Woodstock Dam with full road closure.
There will also be a trail run on Saturday, also from Champagne Sports Resort.
A week later mountain bikers could get a chance to interact with some Currie Cup Champions at the annual Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure at the Summerveld Estate on Sunday, December 2.
The family-orientated day includes four MTB races and two trail runs, all based around the leafy Summerveld equestrian complex, with the serious runners targeting the 18km trail run and the MTB pros keen to win the prestigious 40km MTB Marathon, won by Andrew Hill last year.
Mountain biking has become something of a second home for ex-rugby players with a lot of them turning their competitive instincts to tackling the trails.
Some, like Joel Stransky and Jeremy Thomson, are regular names on age group podiums so it is perhaps not too much of a stretch to have The Sharks so closely linked with a major MTB event in KZN.
The day is intended to be a family event which means the Sharks mascot, Sharkie will be on hand to start the short and easy Kids Ride at 11am, a race where parents are encouraged to accompany their youngster from start to finish.
“This comes at a great time in our year when we have caught our breath after the Currie Cup campaign, and we can devote quality time to meeting and interacting with our fans.” said Novashni Chetty of The Sharks marketing team.