Frazer Clacherty will be on the starting line at the SA National XCO Cup Series event at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate on Saturday.
The U23 British champion is hoping to retain his national championship title this year, as well as a consistent top 15 in the World Cups.
He is also aiming for a top 10 at the MTB World Championships in Australia in September.
Another rider to look out for is Martin Gluth (OMX Pro Team), who has set himself big goals for the 2017 XCO World Cup season. He is targeting top 15 results in the races.
Focus XC Team rider Marcel Guerrini wants to keep his goals realistic, despite his successful 2016 season.
“I had a pretty good season in the World Cups, with a win in Andorra and third overall, as well as third place at the world championships in Nove Mesto,” said Guerrini.
On the women’s side, the rider to look out for is Mariske Strauss.
The technical 5km lap route has an ascent of 200m and most parts of the course are spectator friendly.