Howick MTB Enduro gets a facelift

Howick MTB Enduro gets a facelift

Howick – The popular mountain bike Enduro that kick-starts the weekend festival of riding at the Sappi Howick MTB Classic on Saturday 4 March is getting a bold make-over, much to the enthusiastic response of the sport’s speedsters. As a result of the regular harvesting of the plantations, the five-stage enduro course has been moved to the plantations between the Curry’s Post Road and the N3 freeway, giving the event a total facelift for 2017.

It’s riders with an even mixture of skill, fitness, vasbyt and love of speed that will excel on these kinds of trails,” said Enduro enthusiast Kathryn Fourie of the route planned for the 2017 Sappi Howick MTB Classic Enduro. Gavin Ryan/QuickPix

“All-in-all, the plantation closures have encouraged innovation and creativity, which the riders get to experience first-hand at the Enduro on the 4th of March,” said course designer Gavin Ryan.
The Sappi Howick MTB Classic is the oldest race on the KZN MTB Calendar, and stays true to its motto of “raw and unplugged mountain biking“.

The revamped courses for the Enduro and the Sunday’s three marathon events spanning rides of 40km, 20km and 10km are part of a natural migration around the extensive plantations in the region, as the forestry production needs change year-on-year. Coupled with the thorough communication from the Howick MTB Club advising riders of the trails that are affected by the forestry harvesting in progress, the continual retooling of the trails for the weekend serves to keep the oldest MTB event in the province fresh.
More information can be found at www.howickmountainbiking.co.za or www.facebook.com/howickmtb.
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