Nine development riders from the BMT Mountain Bike (MTB) Academy in Stellenbosch will be seen in action at the second annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge at the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville) on Sunday, 04 September 2016.
Started in 2015, the goal of the Academy was to encourage Kayamandi residents to participate in sport, get outdoors and challenge themselves.
“We currently have ten members,” says Chris Norton of the BMT MTB Academy. “Our youngest member is fifteen, while our oldest member is thirty-two. Our members have always been great people, the Academy has just taught them teamwork and dedication, while giving them a goal. Each rider has the opportunity, through sport, to improve physically and mentally.”
“We take part in at least ten races per year,” continues Norton. “Stillwater Sports does an amazing job in assisting us with race entries. We specifically entered the Fedhealth MTB Challenge because we thrive on challenges. Being based in Stellenbosch, we don’t often get the opportunity to experience the awesome MTB trails in Durbanville. We’re looking forward to testing our skills and learning a few new lessons out on route.”
“I’ve been a member of the BMT MTB Academy for two years,” says team captain, Thando Nthuthu. “I enjoy the sport of mountain biking because it keeps me fit and is always a challenge with technical terrain. After a good training session I always feel as if I can defeat all of life’s challenges. I enjoy being part of the BMT Academy because of the team spirit. I have the opportunity to train and race with friends. My goal at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will be to podium in my age group.”
“At Fedhealth we’re driven by the ethos that ‘Family takes care of family’. That’s why it is especially great to know that the Fedhealth MTB Challenge also provides our broader South African family with an exciting opportunity to develop and test their skills – the Academy riders being a case in point,” says Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth Principal Officer.
Saturday, 03 September 2016
|Event:||Fedhealth Kids MTB Events: 500m, 1.5km and 5km Fun Rides|
Sunday, 04 September 2016
|Event:||35km Fedhealth MTB Challenge|
|Entry Fee:||R200 per rider (excludes CSA License)|
|Event:||65km Fedhealth MTB Challenge|
|Entry Fee:||R300 per rider (excludes CSA License)|
|Event:||15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge|
|Entry Fee:||R150 per rider|
EXCITING NEWS ~ Fedhealth members will be pleased to hear that they can enter free of charge by typing in their membership number when entering on line.
Fedhealth Kids entries will receive a medal, a sweet treat and a Fedhealth Kids waterbottle as well as access to the Fedhealth Kids Zone with a jumping castle, movies and child minders.
Fedhealth MTB Challenge entries (15km, 35km and 65km) will receive:
- A Fedhealth drawstring bag
- A pair of MTB socks
- An entry into a lucky draw to win one of three vouchers worth R5 000 each to spend at a cycling shop.
- The first 1 000 entrants will receive a free event t-shirt
- A free massage post event compliments of the Fedhealth Muscle Menders in the Fedhealth Zone
- Access to the Fedhealth Kids Zone which will include a jumping castle, movies and child minders
- Superb live entertainment
- Trophies and prize money for overall winners in the 35km and 65km only
With an array of food stalls serving up mouth-watering treats combined with Meerendal’s award winning wines and live music, participants and spectators will be spoiled for choice!
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