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9 July 2018

  Written by: Nick Tatham


Haw hoping to be on Scottburgh MTB start line

Scottburgh - Defending Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Running Weekend ladies champion Bianca Haw will be hoping that she can get back to the South Coast holiday town from Bloemfontein for the 45km marathon on Sunday, 22 July.

2018 has been a tough year for the Red Bull/Cannondale star who has been on the road to recovery following a nasty crash early in the year in the Western Cape and has been working slowly to get back to full fitness.

She feels that she is close but needs race practice.

"I am going to go and race at the SA Marathon Champs in Grabouw this weekend to get some time in the legs," the smiling Haw said. "I haven't raced at a national marathon championships for about three years so it is going to be an interesting race."

From there it is complete focus on SA Cross Country Champs on the Saturday before Scottburgh.

"We are going to leave as soon as we can on Saturday so we can get down to Scottburgh and hopefully I'll be in good enough shape to race on Sunday."

The national cross country showdown is in Bloemfontein this year which is going to make it a tough trip back to the KwaZulu-Natal, but Haw wants to be at the South Coast classic because the event has been an important part of her life growing up.

"I think I did the first one in 2009 and I was about 12 then so going to Scottburgh and racing feels like coming home," she explained. "My whole family is from Scottburgh and we have a house there and do a lot of riding around there so I have a strong connection with the event and the region."

There are a number of reasons why Haw enjoys the race but she expands on that by talking about why it is an appealing event for others too.

"The single track is always great and Flavio (Scarpa) puts in so much effort on the track, but the event is also really accessible because it isn't too far from Durban so it is a great morning out!"

With this year's edition forming part of the Quattro ROAG Series, Haw is hoping that the field will be a strong one.

"The ROAG Series is a positive for the race I think because we will be getting riders from all over coming to take part to get the points.

"This too will increase the competition, I think, which can only be good for the race.

"Unfortunately I can't win the ROAG Series this year because I have missed too many races but it is an exciting series."

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Defending ladies champion of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Running Weekend's 45km marathon Bianca Haw will be hoping that she can be back to defend her crown on 22 July.

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