Next weekend’s Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl will provide a fresh challenge for competitors after organisers ASG Events introduced several changes to the two-day event.
The annual race in the Western Cape takes place from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate near Paarl, starting on November 18, offering stages of 60km on the Saturday and 40km on the Sunday.
ASG operations manager Darren Herbst said they planned each year to create something new, working with the feedback they received from the cyclists.
With Paarl Mountain still the key feature of the stage, Herbst said their focus had been on the opening day’s route.
“In the biggest change of our planning, we decided to take the trail clockwise around the mountain this year. This decision not only provides some change, it also gives the route an entirely new look.”
He said they had also created several new trails and sections to be ridden for the first time this year.
“A total of 25 per cent of the route is single-track, most of it new. Without giving away too much, we believe it offers some of the biggest variety anywhere in the Western Cape.”
Herbst added that they had not ignored the time spent off the bike.
“Thanks to the support of Sanlam, Rhebokskloof, SPAR Wellington and CBC Brewery, competitors can look forward to awesome snacks and even a surprise or two along the way.
“The five-star tented village will be filled with treats and those staying over can look forward to bonfires, great music and two wonderful nights under the stars.”