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World Cup warm-ups

KwaZulu-Natal will be home to no fewer than four UCI Cross-Country events in February and March next year, leading the way locally by raising the bar to international standard in this form of the sport, which is an Olympic mountain biking discipline.

Serving as a prelude to the opening round of the UCI MTB World Cup to be held at Cascades in Pietermaritzburg on 17-18 March, the first three of these events, presented by Momentum Health, will be held on courses designed by Nic Floros from KZN, who already designs many of the country’s top marathon and cross-country track.

Competitors are guaranteed challenging trails to test the technical aspect of the race, whilst providing the enjoyment factor on Nic’s signature flowing trails.

Given the UCI status of these events, KZN is bound to attract a number of riders from other provinces, as well as an international field, especially since UCI points will be on offer for the Junior, Under-23 and Elite racing categories.

Many international mountain bikers will be in South Africa in preparation for the Absa Cape Epic, while others will want to come out early and get a taste of local conditions in preparation for the first 2012 UCI MTB World Cup event.

The KZN events will be held at Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park on 18 February, Karkloof on 3 March and the Cascades track on 10 March 2012.  All of these events are within 100km of each other so visitors wanting to stay would do well to look for accommodation in Pietermaritzburg, which is more or less the central location.