North West Province – The picturesque Magaliesberg will be in the limelight this coming weekend as eager mountain bikers and trail runners line up to participate in two prestigious off road events, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic (Saturday, 03 June 2017) and the FNB Platinum Trail Run (Sunday, 04 June 2017) at the ATKV (Buffelspoort).
According to Harry Schubert, Course Designer, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and drama of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. “The popularity of the event continues to exceed expectations from year to year,” continues Schubert. “The route designers are constantly challenged to ensure that the riders experience the best of what the Monster has to offer. The Magalies Monster (the +- 65km race) is one of the toughest and most demanding one day events in the country. Mountain bikers taking part in the +- 65km event for the first time must be well prepared and make sure that they pace themselves. Just a heads up, the down hills are as technical as the up hills.”
“On Sunday the runners will have a bit more time than the cyclists to absorb the unique scenic surroundings of the Magaliesberg,” continues Schubert. “Running adds a different perspective to the experience of being out in the mountains. The longer 24km distance is regarded as one of the toughest, but most enjoyable trail running events in the country. The stunning views and scenery from the top of the mountain will make all the exertion worthwhile. Runners must remember to focus on hydration as the day time temperatures can increase during the course of the event. This applies especially for the 24km route.”
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is ideal for all mountain bikers. Entrants can choose between a 15km Fun Ride, the +-33km ‘Half Monster’ and the +-65km ‘Monster’.
|Date:||Saturday, 03 June 2017|
|Venue (start & finish):||ATKV, Buffelspoort|
|Distance, cost & start:||+-65km / R350 / 08h00|
|+-33km / R250 / 09h00|
|15km / R150 / 09h30|
|CSA Temporary License||R35|
One lucky mountain biker will take home a whopping R35 000 Specialized voucher after completing the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. The voucher can be used for any product available from a Specialized retailer. The lucky draw will take place on Saturday after the race. The winner has to be present to redeem his/her prize.
Entrants that are looking for another challenge can sign up for the FNB Platinum Trail Run that will take place at the same venue the very next day.
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Platinum Trail Run
The FNB Platinum Trail Run has three stunning routes to choose from: a challenging 24km race, a shorter challenge of 12km and a less challenging 8km route.
|Date:||Sunday, 04 June 2017|
|Venue (start & finish):||ATKV Buffelspoort|
|Distances, cost & start:||24km /R300 / 07:30|
|12km /R200 /07:45|
|8km / R120 /08:00|
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FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth are proud to be the title sponsor of the annual Magalies Monster Mountain Bike Classic and Platinum Trail Run.
This sponsorship forms part of FNB’s ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle and family involvement. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, for both our clients and their families in order to continue building enduring, rewarding relationships. Both the Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the Platinum Trail Run are designed to provide an enjoyable outdoors family experience. This platform allows us the opportunity to engage with our clients, non-clients and the broader community with the aim of creating lasting connections.