The Mandela Day Marathon is no longer just a day for runners to hit the road that literally began a ‘long walk to Freedom for Nelson Mandela’ …the event now spans over two days, 26 & 27 August, and incorporates road running, Triathlon & MTB races to test the mettle of even the toughest athlete.
Speaking about the significance of the MTB Dash on behalf of the provincial government, MEC for the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, says the Province is excited to welcome the hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts and the thousands of athletes who will take part in the festivities that accompany the Mandela Day Marathon.
Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash course designer Nick Floros is excited that the MTB route is shaping up to provide a great test of skill and fitness.
Floros, a very accomplished rider who has five Imana Wild Ride wins under his saddle, was widely praised for the Rio course he designed for the 2016 Olympics, but that was the result of over ten years of track-building experience.
The Pietermaritzburg-based course designer first made a name for himself locally by helping create some of the popular sani2c trails, including the iconic Nick’s Pass which is widely rated as one of South Africa’s top sections of trail and takes riders down into the Mkomazi Valley on Day 2 of the sani2c.
Floros then started his own course design business and after helping some of the country’s biggest races grow, he put himself on the international map at the World Cups which were held in the KZN capital in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and World Championships in 2013.
Saturday’s MTB Dash is part of a weekend of Mandela Day Marathon events that also include a road running marathon, half marathon, and 10km, trail runs, a youth run and a triathlon, all in honour of former President Nelson Mandela.
Pre-entries for the MTB Dash close on Wednesday, 23 August although late entries will be taken on the day if the entry limit has not been reached.