The Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race has seen an increase in the prize purse for this year’s event taking place in the Western Cape from November 11 until 13.
It has been announced that the purse has grown to an impressive R407 500.
Event director Michael Meyer said they were proud to have increased it.
“The increase is sure to elevate the calibre of racing by attracting professional riders both locally and from abroad.
“To add to the excitement, the overall men’s and women’s prize has been increased from R65 000 to R100 000, while prize-money has also been allocated to age-group riders,” said Meyer.
This will be the highest prize purse the race has offered to date.
According to Swiss mountain bike legend Christoph Sauser prize-money is crucial in supporting the career of a professional mountain-biker.
“It is great to see that the events are honouring the pros. I am certain that they won’t be disappointed in getting awesome racing in return,” he said.
Current national marathon champion Robyn de Groot is also grateful for the increase.
“Last year the organizers increased the prize purse for the women’s teams. This was an incredible move to provide equity within the sport.
“This year they continue to make waves by increasing the prize purse for professional racing teams. As a professional athlete, a healthy prize purse is something that we always appreciate and are extremely grateful for.”