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MTB | Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race

[image] 25 August 2016

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Scottburgh – Mountain bikers from across KwaZulu-Natal arrived for the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday 14 August for the 2016 edition of the popular South Coast MTB event.

The launch of the five-race South Coast MTB Series earlier this year saw a heightened interest in the region’s major cycling events and the series’ ‘sea’ leg again provided participants a unique, coastal MTB experience as they soaked up the magnificent winter weather.

Organised by the Cycling 4 Mobility team, the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race serves as the primary fund raiser for the organization that strives to purchase and distribute wheelchairs to disabled members of underprivileged communities in the area.

The stormy weather a month before the race left a trail of destruction across the track and provided riders with a true ‘Raw & Untamed’ ride.

Race stalwart Russell White was once again present and finished with a smile all over his face after a truly enjoyable and challenging ride.

Andrew Hill became the eighth solitary Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race title holder when he raced to victory, while Candice Parker-Dennison successfully defended her women’s title when she was crowned again in 2016. Just the second rider ever to claim multiple race wins.

After the event’s first ever staging was washed out in 2008, the subsequent eight editions have remarkably produced a new men’s winner each time, TIB Insurance’s Hill the most recent to join the rare club after he overcame the most richly talented field in the history of the event.

Hill commented after the race, “There was some unbelievably brilliant track out there!”

“Some of the sections of trail, particularly through the Sappi plantations, rival a few of those that we associate with some of the province’s big-name race such as the renowned Sappi Karkloof Marathon.”

“This race is all about exploring the area via some incredible single track, some good climbs and even some technical, off-camber stuff – there’s a bit for everyone at this race.

“This Scottburgh race is a highly underrated event and is definitely one for everyone to come and do!

“Its not too far from Durban or Hillcrest, it’s a great destination for a weekend away where you’ve got both the beach and some really incredible trails.”

22 year-old Candice Parker-Dennison was unchallenged in her title defence, a result she was well pleased with.

“I’m really stoked,” said the Scottburgh local. “It’s always cool to ride, let alone defend my title, in your hometown.”

“I really thought the course was going to be quite hard after the flood a month ago, but the route was so well prepared and the single track was absolutely amazing.

“The organisers did a great job!”



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Big up to Flavio calling to chat about comment I posted. Very constructive, looking forward to next year.