Mountain Kingdom prepares to host MTB Continental Champs

Preparations are well underway for the 2016 African Continental Mountain Bike Championships, which will be taking place in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho at the Afriski Resort from Tuesday 29 March to Sunday 3 April. The event is organised jointly between the Confederation of African Cycling, Federation of Cycling Lesotho and Afriski Resort.

AfriSki Resort is one of the few ski resorts on the continent of Africa. At an altitude higher than 3000 metres above sea level, the weather can be unpredictable and during the months of March and April, visitors may feel the weather much colder than they are used to. Visitors are advised to pack some warm clothing. AfriSki Resort is a mountain bike paradise, with a ski-lift for Gravity enthusiasts and well-marked trails heading off in all directions. The resort also boasts some great restaurants and bars.

The Downhill course will be a length of 1.1km with a drop of 184m.

The Downhill course will be a length of 1.1km with a drop of 184m.

The following events will be competed at the Continental Championships:

Category - Race (Class)

Men Elite - Downhill (ME DHI CC)
Women Elite - Downhill (WE DHI CC)
Men Elite - Cross-country Marathon (ME XCM CC)
Women Elite - Cross-country Marathon (WE XCM CC)
Mixed Elite - Team Relay (XE XCR CC)
Men Elite - Cross-country Olympic (ME XCO CC)
Men Juniors - Cross-country Olympic (MJ XCO CC)
Men Under 23 - Cross-country Olympic (MU XCO CC)
Women Elite - Cross-country Olympic (WE XCO CC)
Women Juniors - Cross-country Olympic (WJ XCO CC)
Women Under 23 - Cross-country Olympic (WU XCO CC)

Any riders wishing to participate can do so as there will not be a participation quota, and that all riders who wish to enter, may enter. The African Continental MTB Champs has been opened up for maximum participation to create greater opportunities and to be of greater benefit to our riders and to our sport.

The Cross-country course will be a length of 5km with an elevation of 3047m.

The Cross-country course will be a length of 5km with an elevation of 3047m.

In addition, the following events will be held as unofficial Continental Championships provided that there are enough competitors in each category:

·  Downhill – Nippers (8-10), Sprogs (11-12), Sub Junior (13-14), Youth (15-16), Sub Veteran (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Master (50-59), Grand Master (60+);

·  Cross- Country – Nippers (8-10), Sprogs (11-12), Sub Junior (13-14), Youth (15-16), Sub Veteran (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Master (50-59), Grand Master (60+);

·  Marathon – Sub Veteran (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Master (50-59), Grand Master (60+);

· Enduro – Youth (15-16), Elite (17-30), Sub Veteran (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Master (50-59), Grand Master (60+).

Entries are open and riders who are interested in competing can do so by entering here: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/5381-african-conti-mtb-xco-dhi-xcm.

Click here to view all event information, including the route map and profiles: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160229_CAC-Champs-Lesotho-Technical-Guide.pdf

Junior and Elite Riders please note that you are required to participate in Cycling South Africa’s Federation kit. Those that need to order kit must please contact Dellah Paul urgently by email dellah@cyclingsa.com.

For any enquiries regarding Sporting/ Technical/ Entries, please contact Mark West on +266 63050135 or email marklesotho@gmail.com; Afriski Facilities/ Course, please contact Peter Peyper on +27 716067337 or email peterp@afriski.net; and Accommodation queries can be directed to AfriSki Reception on +266 59544734 or email reception@afriski.net.

ENDS