Participants in the 2015 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race can look forward to a new approach to the finish on the main beach of the KwaZulu-Natal resort town on August 9.
The new, 70m purpose-built Chep SA walkway will be among the exciting new additions awaiting riders in the South Coast race.
Race director Flavio Scarpa said heavy rains had necessitated some tweaks ahead of race day and they had introduced a few fresh elements for the 45km Classic.
“Right at the very first climb we’ve given everyone an option this year. They can head up the district road as they usually do or tackle the section of single-track that we’ve opened up.”
Scarpa said the king of the mountains hotspot had been moved further into the route to the crest of Clint’s New Switchback around the 20km mark.
“This is quite a steep gradient at first before easing off onto some old single-track and then up an open district road.”
He said this stretch could see a final sprint between riders who still had the legs.
“Once riders reach the 30km mark there is a bit of work still to be done,” cautions Scarpa.
“If you go too hard too early then you’ll be in a bit of trouble on the way home.”
The line-up of races also includes a 28km Dash & Splash Intermediate Ride and 10km Dash & Splash Kids Ride courses.
“The 28km isn’t too technical but does have 600 metres of climbing – enough to get the blood flowing – while the 10km route will be heaps of fun,” added Scarpa.
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