Development Race Day series finale for Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival

With all of the events in the Development Race Day Series now complete, the top ten riders from each district will compete head-to-head in the Grand Finale, which forms part of the cycling festivities at the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival on Friday 3 April.

The 2015 leg of the Development Race Day Series continued with five KwaZulu-Natal districts visited in a space of two weeks during the month of February. This resulted in approximately 600 learners getting the opportunity to ride a bicycle, some of them for the very first time, in a space of two weeks.

 
Children from the Umzinyathi District who competed in Dundee on Wednesday 19 February. Photo: Supplied

Children from the Umzinyathi District who competed in Dundee on Wednesday 19 February. Photo: Supplied

 

Once again Johns – with the support of KwaZulu-Natal Sports and Recreation, KZN Cycling, Cycling SA and Giba Gorge MTB Park – will supply bicycles for the BMX-style format of racing on 3 April, with 100 cyclists expected to compete. Transport costs for the finalists from their respective districts to Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, will be covered and the competitors will be provided with lunch and cool drinks while at the races.

All competitors will compete on the same type of BMX bike in three races with the two participants with the least amount of points after three races moving into straight elimination rounds, where the top four participants will move into the next round, until there is a final round of eight participants.

With the Pietermaritzburg MTB festival also hosting the Spur Schools MTB Series event on the same day, the budding racing cyclists will witness a cross-country style mountain bike race first-hand, many of them for the first time.

“The Development Race Day Series has been a great way to identify talent from the various districts within KwaZulu-Natal,” said Johns. “The whole experience has been overwhelming. In many instances, learners have experienced riding a bicycle for the first time. Those youngsters who have shown promise at this early stage of the Series have been connected with their local cycling clubs in their areas.

“Cycling is such a life changing experience the kids are always asking me when we will be back. I can see in their eyes that they want us to stay longer so they can just carry on riding but we have to end it, pack it all up, take in the sights and sounds of the day and make sure to do it bigger and better next year.”

To read about the remaining five races of the Development Race Day Series, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/transformation-development/2015/3/11/600-learners-experience-cycling-in-two-weeks

For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.