Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash

Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash

 The mountain bike race will start and finish at the monumental Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard

The mountain bike race will start and finish at the monumental Nelson Mandela Capture Site in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash on Saturday 29 August 2015. © Darren Goddard

In the short time that we knew late former President Nelson Mandela as a leader in our country and internationally, he left us with a very special part of his legacy being his extreme love for sport and his belief that sport would cross and cover all barriers and boundaries.
We saw this in events such as the 1995 Rugby World Cup, his profound influence on our national cricket team, his links to our aquatics team and more, and so the privilege to be able to use his name and to have his on-going legacy connected to cycling in our country is just wonderful.
Such an event, now in its second year and set to become entrenched on the annual cycling calendar going forward, would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Their generous funding for this event is a marriage between the desire of the seven local Municipalities and that of Mandela’s to continue seeing barriers broken down and sport becoming an influence in our social and sporting lives, accessible for all people.
The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash offers distances of 42km, 21km and 10km mountain bike routes. Of great significance, the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash begins and ends at the internationally famous Nelson Mandela Capture Site, where Madiba was apprehended in 1962 and taken into captivity and incarcerated, mainly on Robben Island for some 27 years until his release in 1994. It is ironic that we should be using his name under a banner of freedom at his original capture site.
Cycling KZN President, Greg Stedman, says: “We at Cycling KwaZulu-Natal (CKZN) are glad to be involved in the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash, not only as the sanctioning body but also as part of the organisation of such a prestigious event, which is now in its second year. All events that are run by CKZN have a strong focus on development, and this event is no different. By developing the young cyclists of KwaZulu-Natal, we believe that this will make a huge impact on increasing our talent pool and discovering our future champions in the province.”
Participants of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash will be experiencing a new revamped route with the valuable input from maestro mountain bike course designer, Nick Floros. On behalf of Floros and KZN MTB, we extend a huge thanks to Sappi and to all the landowners on whose properties the race routes will traverse.

Online pre-entries for the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash are open, and close on Wednesday 26 August. Late entries will be accepted at registration, which is at Greg Minnaar Cycles, Town Bush Road, Pietermaritzburg from 12:00-17:00 on 28 August, and at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site from 06:30-08:00 on race day, 29 August.

The 10km Fun Ride starts at 08h30. Pre-Entry costs R80.00 Late Entry R100.00
21km Mtb Intermediate starts at 08h15. Pre-Entry costs R100.00. Late Entry R120.00
42km Mtb Classic starts at 08h00. Pre-Entry costs R130.00. Late Entry R150.00
The total prize purse of R120 000 is up for grabs