Green embraces Madiba’s view on sport
Local athlete Kelvin Green has embraced the tagline of this year’s Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash – Triumph of the Human Spirit – in honour of the overcoming of trials and tribulations faced by former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Green placed second behind Joshua Nelson in the Junior Category last year and is looking ahead to better his result on Saturday 27 August.
“Well I’ve done the race for two years now. The first year that I did it I was under 16, and I came second in that race, which was really nice,” he said.
Green was chuffed at the route change last year. “They added a section of single track on top of Piggly Wiggly on the hill there, which was lots of fun,” he said.
Hoping to do well last year, Green would have like to have claimed the first prize. “I think we all do, but Josh is a really good rider and unfortunately I didn’t have the legs on him that day,” he added. He also mentioned that the KwaZulu-Natal MTB racing scene is a competitive one.
The Michaelhouse matric pupil has also taken part in the Dusi Canoe Marathon for three consecutive years. “It’s at the beginning of the year so it’s really good base training – it sets the tone for the season,” he added. Green has also finished in the top 100 finishers each year that he has competed.
30 July : The Spares Shop MTB Challenge
7 Aug : Illovo Eston MTB Classic
13 Aug : KZN Spur School Series #2
13 Aug : Ride4Rhino
14 Aug : Scottburgh MTB Race
14 Aug : Marriot Dargle Trails Festival
14 Aug : Grantleigh MTB Challenge
20 Aug : Pedal4Patients Fun Ride
18-21 Aug : iSimangiliso MTB Stage Race
20 Aug : aQuelle Tour de Krantz
The UCI unveils the 2016 mountain bike calendar and its main events
The Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI’s) 2016 season of major mountain bike events will be marked by the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the UCI World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (for Olympic cross-country – XCO, Cross-country Eliminator -XCE, and Cross-country Team Relay - XCR) and Val di Sole, Italy (downhill and four-cross – DHI and 4X), as well as the return of Cairns (Australia) and La Bresse (France) to the World Cup.
Pietermaritzburg - The success of KZN Cycling's and Cycling South Africa's development programme was on full display as development racing kicked off the three-day long Pietermaritzburg Mountain Bike Festival at the Cascades Mountain Bike Park on Friday. All districts of KwaZulu-Natal were represented, with 10 riders from each district showing off their skills.
Since the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Sport and Recreation got behind the development initiative, cycling has been making increasingly significant inroads into communities, especially in rural areas.