Riders will be able to enjoy a number of unique, custom-built tracks following the revival of the third Paarl MTB Classic in the Cape Winelands on May 20.
The one-day event features two route options – 60km and 30km – and participants will pass through the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, as well as going past the Taal Monument.
Race director Darren Herbst said they were excited with what they had created to try to ensure an unforgettable experience for the riders.
However, he warned that the 60km would have some challenges, which would test even the more experienced riders.
“For the long distance riders, there’s a lot of new single-track and plenty of great views as they ride along the top of Paarl Mountain.”
Herbst added that the shorter distance also featured prominently in their planning because they wanted to present something which was manageable for all riders.
“Often the shorter race is neglected, so we’ve focused on providing something the riders will look back on fondly,” he said.
With much work having been done to create fresh routes for the race, Herbst felt the field of about 1 000 which is expected to start at Rhebokskloof could look forward to a memorable day.
“With the route we’ve put together, along with the overall experience, the day will really be something special.”
After not featuring on the cycling calendar last year, Herbst said they had decided to reintroduce the event after overwhelming demand from the cycling fraternity.
Organisers want to build the event, presented by ASG Events in partnership with the City of Drakenstein, into one of the leading one-day off-road races in the Cape Winelands.