The closing date for entries for the Liberty Waterberg Encounter has been extended to May 29, providing a reprieve for those cyclists still keen to enter the bushveld event.
The mountain-bike race, which is the third and final leg of the Encounter Series, will take place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 7 to 9.
ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said there were still places available on the entry list.
“There are some riders whose entries are coming and we have a few more openings which we are sure will be filled,” he said.
“We felt it would help to extend the entry date by a week to give cyclists a final chance to get their names down.”
Killy Bacela, Liberty Group’s divisional executive for brand and integrated marketing, said there were many characteristics which connected the company’s business to mountain-bikers.
“This sort of race requires the participants to put in a great deal of preparation, both physically and mentally,” she said.
“Any endurance athlete will tell you that at the end of the day it comes down to your mindset and being able to push yourself to keep going, no matter how hard it is.
“We at Liberty know a thing or two about this kind of discipline and motivation.
“It is central to the work we do every day, to help our clients obtain financial freedom. To achieve financial freedom requires discipline and motivation of a similar kind.”
She added that they would be activating the Liberty Wellness Bonus option at Waterberg.
“This is an innovative way of rewarding clients who engage in physical activity to actively manage lifestyle risks.
“Our clients who are members of a wellness programme recognised by Liberty can earn up to 50% of the premiums they have paid to Liberty for their Lifestyle Protector cover in cash.”