A climb to the top of a plateau after a 14km section of district road riding is expected to play a key role when the Wild Coast Sun MTB Classic takes place near Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal next weekend.
While route director Ian Wilson said their aim was to ensure a memorable ride for cyclists of all levels, he acknowledged the 14km section would be critical in deciding the winners.
Taking place from the Wild Coast Sun hotel on December 9, the 40km and 20km routes cover spectacular areas of coastal wilderness, providing scenic views from trails that border the region’s huge gorges.
“The 14km section takes the riders to the top of the plateau (Mzamba Gorge) and that is where the race can be won,” he said.
“Those who climb well and can hold on for a long burn will do well.”
He said they had built trails going up to and along Mzamba Gorge, which provided spectacular views.
“The route also includes fast-flowing single-track, and the participants will ride through rural villages where they will come across extremely friendly people.”
He felt the race was something really special given the nature of the region in which it takes place.
“There are not many places so close to a town where you can ride in such unspoilt scenery.”
He added that they had removed the 3km beach section because “the tides are against us”.