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The KZN MTB Commission is a volunteer organisation established in terms of the constitution of Cycling KZN, and is a subsidiary of Cycling KZN. Cycling SA reports to the Department of Sport and as such is accountable to the government of South Africa. The KZN MTB Commission comprises a number of commissioners that strive to administer the sport in the province in a responsible and professional way. Our primary goal is to manage mountain biking in KZN in accordance with the rules and regulations that have been developed over time, while promoting and adding value wherever possible.

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Hat-trick of title for Stuart Marais

Defending champion Stuart Marais overcame a "silly" potentially race-ending crash to claim his third KZN Lap Challenge Mountain Bike Championship title at the Mazarat Park course in Waterfall on Sunday.

In the women's race, matric student Tiffany Keep put her books away on Saturday night and was in a league of her own the next morning as she cruised to victory to claim the junior title with Christie Leigh Hearder finishing second to take the U23 title.

The men's race was a tense battle for the opening three laps as Marais and U23 rider Henry Liebenberg battled for any advantage on the tough, technical track which is being used for a major event for the first time.

On the third lap Marais managed to get a small gap and extended that on laps four and five to start his final 3,5km circuit with a healthy one-minute cushion. Halfway around the course the leader glanced over his shoulder to check that Liebenberg was not closing and nearly ended his race as he clipped a tree.


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International News

After season-long competitions that saw the most consistent athletes crowned UCI World Cup winners, the best event organisers are also being rewarded.

Stakeholders at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, the BMX Supercross World Cup and the UCI Trials World Cup have voted for the best event of each of the series, taking into account different criteria including organisation, venue, course/track and atmosphere. The winners are….

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano

A long season spanning five months and taking place in eight countries saw cross-country Olympic (XCO) and downhill (DHI) specialists compete in top-class conditions.

Downhill: Fort William (GBR)

This legendary spot in the Scottish Highlands wins the “best event” vote for 2016. Also host of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, Fort William organised a World Cup stopover for the 15th time this year.

KZN Cycling Development

For many years now, Pietermaritzburg and the province of Kwazulu – Natal has been recognised worldwide as a leader in the staging of major cycling events and since 2009, Pietermaritzburg has been recognised as Africa’s Bike City. In fact, the region is now recognised worldwide as having staged the most varied international events in history - a great accolade for the city and the region.

After staging 10 x UCI World Cups, 6 x UCI World Championships and 3 x Continental Championships in various disciplines as well as a host of other major international road cycling events, it was decided that the focus of activities should switch to development programmes and the unearthing of new talent from the region of KZN for the future. Thus the KZN Cycling Development programme came into being and is being undertaken in conjunction with the KZN Department of Sport & Recreation who provide the vast bulk of the funding that allows for such activities to take place and also with Cycling South Africa.


Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure

 Registration Closed
Single day event



Date: 03/12/2017
Time: 05:30-09:00
Venue: Summerveld Estate




The STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure is all about hitting the trails of the beautiful Summerveld Estate and surrounds. It is a family day out that offers something for everyone, as well as entertainment and lifestyle activities once you’re done riding or running. The beautiful Summerveld Estate offers a wonderful venue to stage this event, and a superb spot to spend a Summer Sunday lazing amongst the avenue of plain trees surrounding the race track on site.


  • 40km MTB Marathon
    • A challenging but stunning route designed by Impi Sport that has a good mix of tough climbs and brilliant single track sections that offer riders a wonderful riding experience in the Summerveld area. Throw in a few river crossings, the odd bridge and a few switchbacks, you have a fast flowing course that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
  • 20km MTB Half Marathon
    • We have changed things up for the 20km route to offer riders the best value for money experience that will take you down into the heart of the Shongweni Valley and lets you experience the awesome views. With a few tough climbs to test the legs and some single track thrown in as well, this is one very enjoyable ride.
  • 10km Family Ride
    • An enjoyable peddle around the Summerveld complex and Tongaat Hullett Estate for the entire family to get out and enjoy the day in some superb surroundings.
  • Sharkie Kids Ride
    • This is one for everybody, including parents who have ridden earlier in the day. Bring the prams, push bikes or just run with your kids who will be following legendary Sharks mascot, Sharkie!
    • Entries will be accepted on the day. The race start time is 11h00
  • 18km Trail Adventure
    • This course takes runners down into the Shongweni Valley and offers some of the best running sections the area has to offer. Throw in a few tough climbs up motorbike enduro paths, a waterfall crossing and some sublime downhill single track, runners are in for a testing but rewarding trail adventure.
  • 9km Trail Adventure
    • We’ve changed the route around a bit to get the 9km runners up to a view point where you can experience the magnificent views down into the Shongweni Valley. A very manageable course for everyone.


Exclusive Sunday staging of the Shongweni Farmers market on site at the event, as well as a stage and live entertainment.

Prize Money will be issued for certain categories. To view the prize money list, please mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Branded slops to the first 500 entries across all races. 


Medals will be awarded to all finishers. 

  • Direction to Summerveld Estate:
    • Take the N3 to Hillcrest from either PMB or DBN
    • Take the Shongweni off-ramp, and then head towards Shongweni Dam from the off-ramp
    • Continue past the Shongweni Dam turnoff and follow the signs to Summerveld
    • Allow 45min travel from Durban and PMB

All Dates

  • 2017-12-03

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