Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race Media Release


10 August 2017

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Written by: Nick Tatham


South Coast big weekend as Scottburgh MTB takes centre stage

Scottburgh – Winter is often the most sought after season on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast with mild temperatures and sunny skies providing comfortable conditions, however the racing at this year’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race will be red-hot when the event takes place on Sunday, 13 August.

The small town of Scottburgh is known as a mountain biking hub on the South Coast with the main beach providing the backdrop to the finishes of both the Old Mutual joBerg2c and the KAP sani2c.

In recent times the Scottburgh MTB Race has formed part of the South Coast Series and this year it will be the third race of this exciting series which adds extra motivation for local riders who are hoping to finish at the top of the log.

This past week has seen rain fall across the coast of KwaZulu-Natal and race organiser Flavio Scarpa knows all too well that weather and the Scottburgh MTB Race have a very interesting relationships with torrential rains cancelling the first edition of the event in 2008.

“I will never ask for a bit of rain so you guys don't have to ride through soft sand,” Scarpa mentioned on the events Facebook page.

“I asked for a bit of rain and got a whole lot on the track. In the region of 55mm fell and has given me a bit of work to do.

“True to form the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race will be ‘raw and untamed’ – it's going to be fun!”

From a racing perspective the pressure is most definitely going to be through the roof with a number of potential race winning candidates putting their names in the hat.

Andrew Hill and Bianca Haw will go into the showdown as the favourites, however both riders know that anything can happen on the day and will just need to try and avoid any crucial errors that might cost them.

Team TIB’s Hill got his name on the winner’s trophy at Scottburgh when he won the 2016 edition of the race, however this year he will be up against some tough competition for the top spot.

An eleventh hour entry into the 45km Marathon came from one of Hill’s former partners, Tyronne White. Having served a doping ban recently the North Coast resident is slowly getting back into racing and might cause a few problems at the front of the field should anyone ahead slip up.

Another exciting entry in the men's 45km race is multi-sport star Andrew Houston. Houston, who has been concentrating on multi-sport adventure racing, is always a dark horse and the riders up front will have to keep an eye out for him.

In the ladies division it is difficult to look past Red Bull’s Bianca Haw as the favourite. The 22 year-old from Underberg dominated at the Eston MTB Challenge last weekend and has been improving steadily over the past few months.

Her sights are also set on the MTB XCO World Championships next month and a strong result at Scottburgh will stand her in good stead ahead of the global showpiece.

Two-time winner of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race Hayley Smith will be Haw’s strongest competition and with local knowledge and a pair of winner’s medals Smith might be one to cause a surprise this weekend.

There are three events taking place on Sunday with the elite riders and your seasoned riders taking on the 45km Marathon while there is a 28km Dash & Splash and a 10km Family Fun Ride to choose from.

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 & Splash (Pre-entry - R130, Late Entry - R155)
          09h00 - 10km Family Fun Ride (Pre-entry - R60, Late Entry - R85)
Registration: Sunday 13 August (06h30-08h30) at Scottburgh Lifesaving Club clubhouse
Flavio Scarpa - 084 330 6029
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Defending champion, Team TIB's Andrew Hill will have his work cut out for him if he is to make it two from two at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday, 13 August.

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As she build strongly to the UCI XCO World Championships next month, Red Bull's Bianca Haw will be tough to beat at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday, 13 August.

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With some heavy rain mid-week, riders can expect some 'raw and untamed' mountain biking at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday, 13 August.

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