For the first time in almost a decade, 2018 sees the emergence of a Gravity MTB working group across the three major provinces, Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. With 2013 Masters World Champion Nigel Hicks at helm of this adrenalin-packed specialist mountain biking discipline, the 2018 SA National DHI Cup Series season promises to thrill all those that compete and support, and hopefully entice newcomers to join in on the action.
“The exponential global growth of disciplines such as Enduro in the last five years has seen a large influx of riders into Gravity-orientated disciplines, which were once feared and largely misunderstood by most mountain bikers,” explains Nigel Hicks.
The South African Gravity working group has therefore been working hard to put together a seamless Gravity season for 2018 with local, regional and national events being held around the country to give riders the largest exposure possible to varying terrains and venues.
- Round 1 – 28 January – Paarl Monument – Western Cape
- Round 2 – 7 April – Hartebeespoort Cable Way – Gauteng
- SA National DHI Championships – 8 April – Hartebeespoort Cable Way
- Round 3 – 29 April – Cascades MTB Park – Pietermaritzburg
- Round 4 – 27 May – Tokai – Noordhoek – Western Cape
Round one kicks off in the Western Cape at the popular Paarl Monument venue on Sunday 28 January with online entries open now on www.roag.co.za. There’ll be a short break before the second round takes place in April, which runs concurrently with the SA National Championships on the same weekend in Gauteng.
It is the first time in several years that Gauteng will host the gravity discipline championship event, which will see a brand new track at the Hartbeespoort Cableway. Official practice will be held at the track on Friday 6 April, with the second round of the National Cup Series taking place on Saturday 7 April, and the National Championships taking place on Sunday 8 April.
“Charl van Zyl is building a magnificent beast of a track and we are trying to negotiate Cableway-Shuttle for the weekend as part of the deal. The track will NOT be ridable for the coming weeks so please don’t try. We will keep you posted as to when the track will be open,” Nigel said.
Round three will be held at the infamous UCI Downhill World Cup and World Championships track at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 29 April, with the fourth and final round returning to the Western Cape and taking place in Tokai, Noordhoek on 27 May.
The scheduled dates for the 2018 Enduro/Downhill season, for all events include National Cup Series, National Championships and provincial events can be found here.
For any further information, please contact Nigel Hicks on firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 244 7499.