Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race Media
3 August 2017
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Hill not distracted by chance to make history at Sappi Scottburgh MTB
Scottburgh – Defending champion Andrew Hill is looking
forward to trying to retain his title in the Sappi Scottburgh MTB on
Sunday 13th August, while trying hard not to focus on the fact that a
win will make him the first multiple winner of the respected men’s
Hill brings good form into the event, having won the Imana Wild Ride
with his partner Warren Price, going into a full month that will include
the Illovo Eston MTB Marathon the weekend before he returns to the KZN
South Coast for his Scottburgh title defence.
For Hill, the Scottburgh event, run by local MTB enthusiast Flavio
Scarpa and his team as a ‘raw and untamed’ track, is something that he
“I really enjoy riding different trails,” says the TIB Insurance rider.
“I think guys get too hung up on smooth, manicured trails, but I really
don’t mind riding rougher trails.
“The Scottburgh MTB Club riders are a passionate bunch and they love to
showcase their area at the race, which makes it special. There is a
great vibe around the event and good media hype, so it is an event that
I look forward to,” he added.
He added that the race, which is the third leg of the recently formed
South Coast MTB Series, fell into an ideal time of the year.
“I see friends in Cape Town complaining about the rain and the cold. The
Sappi Scottburgh race is at a fantastic time of year here. It’s warm,
and if we have a little rain beforehand to settle the dust, it can be
brilliant MTB riding,” said the Hillcrest based rider.
Hill said he didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself by thinking
about the possibility of becoming the first male rider to win the
Scottburgh title more than once.
“Look, a consecutive win would be nice, for sure,” he pondered, while at
the same taking stock of the fact that he recently failed to finish
another South Coast series race, the Ingeli Forest race, after being
derailed by a puncture problem early on in the outing.
“I am just looking forward to riding the Scottburgh race again, and
trying not to focus on the opportunity to set any records,” the modest
2008 Cancelled due to flooding
2009 Shaun Peschl
2010 Andrew Warr
2011 Nick Porteous
2012 Burry Stander
2013 Evan Van Der Spuy
2014 Tyrone White
2015 Brendon Davids
2016 Andrew Hill
Date: Sunday 13 August
Start/Finish Venue: Scottburgh Main Beach
08h30 - 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race
(Pre-entry - R170, Late Entry - R195)
08h45 - 28km Dash &
(Pre-entry - R130, Late Entry - R155)
09h00 - 10km Family Fun
(Pre-entry - R60, Late Entry - R85)
Registration: Sunday 14 August (06h30-08h30) at Scottburgh
Lifesaving Club clubhouse
Contact: Flavio Scarpa - 084 330 6029
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Defending champion Andrew Hill
(front) comes into the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday 13 August
sizing up the possibility of becoming the race's first multiple winner
of the men's title.
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