MTB ‘Zulus’ anticipate celebration of Mandela’s Day
Hailed as a “triumph of the human spirit”, the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash’s slogan slots right in with the triumph of the spirit of KwaZulu-Natal’s RMB Change A Life (CAL) Academy, who are relishing the chance to be part of the celebration of Mandela’s Day at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on Saturday, 29 August.
Speaking of the significance of a race like the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, RMB CAL Zulus team captain John Ntuli said that it was a very important race for the team. “Mandela was a man of the country and an important part of our history. When the race started last year, the guys were very happy to do it. It is an iconic race actually, and we love to be part of it. It is very important to all of us to be part of the celebration of Mandela’s Day.”
Explaining the significance of the team to the local community of the Valley of 1000 Hills, Ntuli says: “The Academy has changed my life, big time! All the younger kids who see us riding want to join the team and do what we do. They love us and they love the idea of cycling, and the good lifestyle that it brings.”
20-23 Aug : iSimangiliso MTB 4 day
22 Aug : Aquelle Tour De Krantz
29 Aug : Mandela Day Marathon
5 Sept : KZN Schools - Final
6 Sept : Lynford Clover Classic
6 Sept : Monzi Hippo Challenge
12 Sept : The Spares Shop MTB Challenge
12 Sept : Sunday Tribune H2H (45km)
13 Sept : Sunday Tribune H2H (100km)
2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: All you need to know
More teams, more countries represented (including newcomers China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel), and larger audiences: the 2015 season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano looks like being as enthralling as ever. A quick overview of the nine rounds of the season, which starts on April 11 and will be available on Red Bull TV:
- Two new rounds: Lourdes (France) which makes its debut by opening the season, and Lenzerheide (Switzerland), at the beginning of July
- After a year’s break, the return of Val di Sole (Italy) which will close the season at the end of August, one week before the UCI MTB World Championships in Andorre
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.