McDougall, who is currently without a sponsor, indicated she would not be settling for anything less than victory.
“My goal is definitely to win; it always is as a professional,” she said. “It will be ideal for some good training and preparation for the Cape Epic.”
“I haven’t had a great start to the season, but I do feel like my form is coming along much better now.
“I’m quite confident I can deliver on the weekend. We’ll have to see.”
This weekend’s race will be the 20th edition and McDougall is happy to be part of marking that milestone. “I’m looking forward to competing in a event that has been around that long.
“I’m really glad it is continuing, even though the National MTB Series isn’t [at the moment]. I would like to see it still flourish in the coming years. I love Sabie. It has always been my favourite.”
She felt the route would suit her. “There is about 1 000-metres of ascent and I know it is going to be very muddy, which suits me,” McDougall said.
“There will be a lot of climbing and technical riding, so I feel the course could definitely play to my strengths.”
McDougall is preparing to reap positives from the challenges she may face. “I love challenges. The mud will be difficult and it is generally just a tough race.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It does not look like it will rain, because it has been raining all week. Chances are good it will stop by Saturday.
“I can just expect the tracks to be heavy underfoot, but that will be the same for everyone and I will be going out to do my best.”