Sappi Scottburgh Virtual MTB and Trail Run
21 Aug 2010
Scottburgh MTB going virtual in aid of Cycling4Mobility
Scottburgh - The Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run has become the first
event to allow mountain bikers and trail runners to get formally back to
competition in KwaZulu-Natal when it hosts a modified virtual event that
signals the resumption of the Quattro ROAG Series on 28 August.
Under level 2 lockdown regulations the event organisers will allow
riders and runners to cover the required distances over appropriate
terrain close to them or to travel to Scottburgh where race boss Flavio
Scarpa has arranged for most of the trails to be available for the
participants to enjoy.
Scarpa said he opted to stage the unusual format of races to ensure that
the event maintained its support for Cycling4Mobility, the charity that
is central to the South Coast classic.
"We wanted to make sure that we kept Cycling4Mobility involved and
supported them in which ever way we could this year," Scarpa said. "So
we wanted to offer riders and runners the opportunity to take on the
Scottburgh trails as they are.
"They will be Raw and Untamed but that's how we like to position
ourselves so we encourage entrants to come down and use the trails."
Many of the virtual events in the recent past have required participants
to remain indoors and take part on treadmills or static trainers but
Scarpa is changing this, allowing remote riders and runners to join in
virtually, subject to one proviso.
"Our main rule is that you need to be outside and do the distances over
real terrain and not in your lounge!" he added. "Now that we can get out
and ride and run again, it's the perfect chance to take on our virtual
"The other rule is that your running or riding must be done offroad."
From a distance perspective the event is offering trail runners a 5km
and 12km option while the mountain bikers will have a 10km, 22km and
42km distance to choose from.
The event will also be giving away prizes for the most elevation gained,
a selfie competition as well as some lucky draw prizes for those taking
Entries cost R50 and athletes can enter and find all the event rules at
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2020 Sappi Scottburgh Virtual MTB
and Trail Run
logo - JPEG
Despite riders and runners not
being able to gather officially for the this years event, organisers of
the 2020 Sappi Scottburgh Virtual MTB and Trail Run are encouraging
people to head down to the KZN South Coast and cover their chosen
distance on the events trails on 28 August.
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