Entries for the Stihl SA MTB XCO Cup Series #1 close at midnight tonight

South Africa’s top Elite cross-country stars, and international riders too, will be looking to garner UCI category 1 points towards their Rio Olympics 2016 qualification at the first event of the 2015 Stihl SA MTB XCO Series, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 28 February 2015, in partnership with East Cape MTB. Entries close at midnight tonight, Tuesday 24 February 2015.

The course location is at William Moffet Retail Park, and the track itself is said to be technically challenging and exciting, covering an official distance of 4.7km, with close to 171m elevation per lap. There will be two feeding/Tech zones on the track: one at the start-finish, the other will be 1.8km into the lap. This is easily accessible and within 500m walking distance from the start-finish.

Brendon Davids at Big Rock Garden and spectator spot at the Eastern Cape Provincial MTB XCO held on Saturday 14 February 2015. Photo: Vicky Laing

Brendon Davids at Big Rock Garden and spectator spot at the Eastern Cape Provincial MTB XCO held on Saturday 14 February 2015. Photo: Vicky Laing

Six official spectator points on the track will provide fans and supporters of cross-country racing ample opportunity to watch these talented riders as they go for broke. This includes the second Tech zone, and each spectator point will have a gazebo and marshals. Most of these points are visible from the start-finish area. Maps of the track will also be available for spectators. There are 5 technical sections on the track with A, B and in some cases even C lines. Although subject to change, there are favourable weather conditions forecast for the event, sunny, with temperatures reaching the mid twenties.

There will be a lucky draw competition for riders who do a lap on the Strava App. The winner of the lucky draw will win a GoPro camera. The competition will only close on Friday evening 27 February.

Entries for the event close at midnight tonight, and you can enter online here.

Late entries will be accepted at registration on Friday with an additional R50 to the entry fee.

Clear here to download the program of events.