Van Gaalen gears up for MTB Marathon Champs

Rated as having the best mountain bike trails in the province is an accolade that Van Gaalens Cheese Farm is proud of, and the star venue of the fourth round of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series will also play host to the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl, in the North West Province on Saturday 6 June 2015.

Known for the abundance of single track trails and varied terrain, Van Gaalen Cheese Farm has welcomed friends and families alike who flock to the venue to enjoy some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery that winds its way over the Magalies.

South Africa’s top endurance mountain bikers can be seen in a battle supreme to crown the National Champion over an ultra marathon distance for men, and a marathon distance of 75km for the women.

Competitors of the MTB Marathon Champs can expect loads of single track and jeep track with gravel roads through indigenous woods and bushveld. Features of the track include hand built single track, bridges, river crossings, bush tunnels, and even a floating bridge to keep the adrenalin high.

 
South Africa’s top endurance mountain bikers will be seen in a battle supreme to be crowned the National Champion at the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl, in the North West Province on Saturday 6 June 2015. Photo: Mylene Paynter

South Africa’s top endurance mountain bikers will be seen in a battle supreme to be crowned the National Champion at the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl, in the North West Province on Saturday 6 June 2015. Photo: Mylene Paynter

 

2015 SA MTB Marathon Champs presented by Stihl - Championship categories and distances:

110km Ultra Marathon
Men 19+

75km Marathon 
Women 19+
Sub Vet Women (30-34) (35-39)
Sub Vet Men (30-34) (35-39)
Vet Women (40-44) (45-49)
Vet Men (40-44) (45-49)
Master Men (50-54) (55-59)

45km Half Marathon
Junior Men 
Junior Women
Youth Men
Youth Women
Master Women (50-54) (55-59)
Grand Master Women (60+)
Grand Master Men (60+)

Online pre-entries for the 2015 SA MTB Marathon Champs powered by Stihl – which doubles up as the fourth round of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen – are now open and close at 06:00 on Tuesday 2 June 2015. To enter, click here: http://www.nationalmtbseries.com/theseries/races/vangaalen. Late entries will be accepted on the day, with an additional nominal fee of R50.

For more information, including the programme of events, visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-mtb-marathon-champs/ and http://www.nationalmtbseries.com/theseries/races/vangaalen.

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