Sun City Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic
Aug 22 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic this year receives an incredible injection with the addition of a 70km marathon ultra-distance event as well as a 10km fun event to complement the existing offerings of 25km and 50km.
The move is sparked by an increased demand for ultra-distance mountain bike events and to position the Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic as a dedicated standalone event on the Saturday over the weekend.
The new 70km route is flowing and without major technical obstacles. It joins the 25km and 50km trail over the final 20km. The route takes place on provincial gravel roads, with jeep track and lots of flowing single track and trails thrown into the mix.
At the Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic riders are looked after particularly well on the trails while off the bike they will have a choice of vendors where they can buy breakfast or lunch on race day and enjoy all the entertainment activities at Sun City.
The Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic is organised and presented with all participants as the main focal point of the event. Participant satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the race are the organisers’ primary and utmost goals. We work tirelessly to deliver a legendary and unforgettable mountain bike experience.
The Cycle4CANSA MTB Classic is one of the most beautiful races in South Africa and it’s at a nice time of the year with very little chance of rain and mild temperatures coming out of winter.
The existing Saturday route options continue to grow courtesy of continued route development, and the event is now set for major growth with the addition of a 70km marathon race.
The extended single track in the Letsatsing Game Reserve is now coupled with wonderful new trails around both golf courses and this will assist in elevating the status of the MTB Classic to that of a quintessential off-road biking experience.
The Letsatsing Game Reserve borders the Pilanesberg National Park but still falls within the boundaries of Sun City. It’s a 700Ha reserve with an abundance of wildlife such as Wildebeest, Impala, Sable antelope and Nyala as well as variety of bird life.
The animals in the reserve are used to human activity and riders will spot lots of game on their journey.
The 70km Cycle4CANSA MTB will encompass all these trails but will include amazing new riding terrain in the first half of the race which has been made available to the organisation by the Royal Bafokeng Nation.
The event’s relationship with the Royal Bafokeng Nation has opened vast new riding terrain, which is varied and interesting and has led to the inclusion of the 70km distance.
Route building on the Cycle4CANSA mountain-bike course continues every year and the result is that the trails keep improving.
New trail sections inside the stunning Letsateng Game Reserve and to the South of Sun City have been added for the 50km and 70km rides and some more terrain on the Western side of the Sun City complex now also accommodates great trails.
“Route building and cleaning started some time ago and it’s really come a long way. We look forward to elevating the route experience for our participants,” said race organiser Mauritz Meyer.
The 25km, 50km and 70km route options follow different routes on their first sections, but then all run onto the tarred roads and access the complex gate at the top of the Lost City Golf Course.
Racing through the complex on the main artery tarred road is exhilarating before linking up with the Gary Player Golf Course at the back of the Cascades Hotel.
Mountain-bikers who have ridden the event in the past will know the golf course section, which traverses both the Lost City and Gary Player courses as well as some beautiful riding terrain above the Lost City Course.