Hit The Trail In Dargle

Darlg trails festival biker on bridge Barry Downard.(2)

Crossing the uMngeni River by Barry Downard

Hundreds of mountain bikers and trail runners headed through the Dargle Valley on Sunday 29 September traversing farm land and plantations as part of the Lawnmower Shop Dargle Trail Festival – powered by Stihl, hosted by the Lions River Club.

“As an event organiser and trail builder, working in the Dargle is always a great experience”, says Devlin Fogg from Mi Trail. “Thanks to the Lawnmower Shop and Stihl for being great title partners and the local community for their support and enthusiasm.”

The 40km MTB trail was closely contested by Midlands riders Gareth Cook and Travis Hesom. “Travis and I battled it out” said Gareth. “We went into a sprint finish and I just managed to pull through for the win!”

Pietermaritzburg rider Carla van Huyssteen took the ladies honours. “Not even the lurking forecasts of rain could ruin the vibe at Lions River this weekend” says Carla. “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging route, well marked and fun for all levels of riders.”

The 20km MTB trail was won by Durban North rider Cayde Muldoon. “It was a very fast track which was a great challenge” he said. The first woman was Robyn Howard whose husband Benjamin and sons Dylan (14) and Luke (10) all competed. “It was a lovely ride and an awesome day out with the family” she commented.

This year a 14km and 6km trail run were added to the programme. Fresh from his win at the Howick Highlander, Malawian Owen Bengu took the 14km route in his stride. “The course was nice, tough and very well marked. One of the best courses I have ever run,” he said enthusiastically. The 6km trail was wrapped up by Dargle all rounder Craig Rees. A fun 5km MTB race and 200m kiddies bike race completed the bill of events.

Back at the club families enjoyed activities organized by the Midlands Meander Education Project, the Stihl bouncing castle, pony rides and delicious produce from the Dargle Local Market. The winners took home prestigious Zulu Lulu Dlamini sculptures and the entire field enjoyed a lucky draw with donated prizes valued at over R20,000.

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