While the marathon enthusiasts take to the tracks at the 2017 SA National MTB Marathon Championships, Cross-country Eliminator races will also be taking place for the Youth and under categories at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 21 May.
The Eliminator discipline sees four riders compete per heat over a distance much shorter than a normal cross-country course. This is a very fast-paced spectator-friendly discipline. The fastest two riders progress to the next heat and the slower two are eliminated from the race. This continues until there are only four riders left to determine first to fourth place.
The category options for Sunday’s Eliminator are as follows:
Sub Nipper (U8) – Entries on Saturday or Sunday
Sub Junior (13-14)
Eliminator Event Organiser, Tim Keep said: “The course is going to be about 400 metres in length. The youngsters will race four at a time, and the winning two will progress to the next round.”
Keep also said that the emphasis of the races will be purely on fun. “The course won’t be scary, nor will it be too technical, it will be exciting and entertaining and it will promote basic bike skills,” he added.
Parents and volunteers will need to hold the riders as this will be a standing start. Althou
Sub junior does include highschool
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“I hope that some of the marathon riders or spectators will bring their children along to take part in the Eliminator races. It will also provide some entertainment for those waiting for loved ones to complete the Marathon,” he said.
The Marathon distances are as follows:
80km - Elite Men only
60km - Elite Women, Masters 30+ Men and Women
50km - Junior and Youth Men and Women
The Cascades MTB Park is situated right next to the Cascades Shopping Centre – which provides the perfect opportunity for friends and families supporting the riders to grab a snack or drink. Those who aren’t followers of the sport can spend their time browsing the great selection of boutiques and stores at the centre.
Entries for the National MTB Marathon Championships and Cross-country Eliminator are open, and close on Tuesday 16 May. To enter, click here: https://cyclingsa-events.co.za/app/
For more information about the National MTB Marathon Championships and Cross-country Eliminator, click here