STIHL Sharks Trail
Adventure Diary Note
Sharks Trail Adventure MTB routes
Durban – An about turn could signal an early Christmas present for
mountain bikers as the organisers of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on
Sunday 3 December at Summerveld Estate confirm that the popular 40km and
20km MTB routes will be run in the reverse direction, easing the climbing
and creating some exciting descents on both routes.
“In last year’s heat it was clear that the steep climb in to the finish at
Summerveld estate was taxing on the riders, so we have decided to reverse
the courses for the first time in five years,” said Andrew van Rensberg,
the race’s route director.
“The route ensured that we eliminated a major road crossing which was
essential from a safety and a logistics point of view, and we are
determined to preserve that.
“We will be sending the 40km riders out on the route they came back on in
previous years, intending to spread them out before they get into the
single track that run behind the Summerveld stables. The middle section
will have some really fun big descents.
“The climb up to the finish at the race village will now be a far gentler,
more gradual climb. Overall the reversed route offers more gradual
climbing and some fun descending, which I honestly feel will be more rider
friendly,” he said.
Van Rensberg confirmed that the 20km route would also be reversed, sharing
the outgoing and incoming legs of the 40km race, but added that both
sections had some interesting technical sections in between the jeep track
and district roads through the cane fields.
“The 20km route has some great new sections using horse trails that come
down one of the valleys.
“There are lots of exciting sections of single track, some of which use
paths used by off-road bikers on the weekends, which makes it rutted in
places. We are working on clearing new sections that will take some of
those dug-out and rutted tracks out of the race routes.
“We always advise people keen on doing the 20km race that they need to be
proficient enough on technical trail.
He said that the 10km ride was heavily slanted towards easier family
riding, with a water table at halfway before the gradual climb up to the
race track and the race village.
The 2017 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at Summerveld Estate
in Shongweni on Sunday 3 December.
Entries can be submitted online via
www.roag.co.za and more information
can be found at
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STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure logo - JPeg
Riders taking part in the 40km and 20km MTB races at
the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday, 3 December will find the route
reversed eliminating the tough climb into the race finish. Four times
winner Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) will plan his race strategy around the
faster start and easier run into the finish.
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