Nine development riders from the BMT Mountain Bike Academy in Stellenbosch will be in action at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge in Durbanville, Cape Town, on September 4.
Started in 2015, the goal of the academy is to encourage Kayamandi residents to participate in sport and to challenge themselves.
Chris Norton of the academy said they had 10 members, with the youngest being 15 and the oldest 32.
“Our members have always been great people. The academy has just taught them teamwork and dedication, while giving them a goal,” he said.
“Each rider has the opportunity, through sport, to improve physically and mentally.”
They take part in at least 10 races each year and specifically entered the MTB Challenge because they thrive on being tested.
“Being based in Stellenbosch, we don’t often get the opportunity to experience the awesome MTB trails in Durbanville.
“We’re looking forward to testing our skills and learning a few new lessons on the route.”
Team captain Thando Nthuthu has been a member of the academy for two years.
“I enjoy mountain biking because it keeps me fit and is always a challenge with the technical terrain,” he said.
“My goal at the MTB Challenge will be to podium in my age-group.”
Read more information on the MTB Challenge.