Excitement mounting for MTB challenge in September

The start of the MTB Challenge in September last year. Photo: Bev Mortimer

Cyclists and lovers of MTB are already upgrading, maintaining and polishing their mountain bikes, as well as training hard  for this year’s great St Francis MTB Challenge held annually at St Francis Links.

Now in its third year, this event on 4 September 2011 is arguably one of the biggest in the Eastern Cape and draws about 500 entrants each year.

 The event raises money for the Sea Vista Disney Creche .  Already funds raised from previous events, for more than R20 000, have been spent on the crèche and building maintenance.

This year the MTB routes that starts at St Francis Links clubhouse have much less sand. There are 5 km, 15 km, 35 km and 70 km routes. The 35km & 70km routes go around the Cape St Francis lighthouse and all races have an amazing new spectator-friendly start and finish.

The popular 5km route for under 12s and much younger (and for some of the oldies or unfit) is within the safety of the Links estate. Plus there is the same flat 15km route, also ideal for the not-so-fit occasional cyclist, through pristine bush behind the Links.

The MTB Challenge  is hosted by St Francis Sport, Pam Golding Properties and Fat Tracks. Sponsors are Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants, St Francis Brick & Plant Hire, Midas Earthcote, Jean Hugo Construction, Scribbels Interiors, Farol Bistro, USN, African Overalls, Custom Bikes, Commencal, Focal Point and  Cape St Francis Resort. Other businesses are asked to consider donating prizes; the quality and quantity of the prizes are a great draw card.

There will be a pre-race social function and registration session at the Cape St Francis resort from 6 pm on 3 September .

 Non-cyclists are invited to volunteer to marshall or help with registration. There is also a great light lunch served on the lawns. From hot dogs to hamburgers, to cakes and quiches,plus refreshments… there is a wide variety on offer and at most reasonable prices.

Spectators can while away the time waiting for the return of the cyclists by watching TV in the lounge bar or suntanning on the deck or lawn… all  while their kids amuse themselves jumping on the giant plastic castle.

All online entries received before 23 August will receive T-shirts.  The cut off date for entries is 1 September.

Visit: http://www.stfrancissport.co.za. R10 from each entry fee will be donated to Disney Creche in Sea Vista.  For more info tel. Richard on: 083 284 0168.

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